Mad as Hell
If there is one person we thought could handle the changing news industry, it’s Superman. Print may be dying, but if even the Man of Steel can’t hack it, well, what hope is there for the rest of us?
Clark Kent has finally give up on the Daily Planet in DC Comics’ latest installment of the longrunning comic. Apparently, the combination of lingering feelings for Lois Lane and an editor who is giving him a hard time for missing Superman scoops leads Mr. Kent to go out in a blaze of glory–ranting about how journalism has just become entertainment in front of the whole staff of the Daily Planet. Sounds like someone has been watching too much Newsroom.
Every summer, studios seem to come out with another gritty reboot of a comic book classic that serves only to remind us how messed up these masked vigilantes actually are. Batman is a Howard Hughes-esque psycho with a martyr complex and an uncanny ability to cause so much damage to Gotham’s infrastructure that it’s not even worth the price of catching the bad guys; Spider-Man is a brooding, emo geek with an infected hand; Wolverine is an alcoholic with anti-social tendencies, and Tony Stark is just an alcoholic.
As Alan Moore once famously cribbed from Roman poet Juvenal: Who watches the watchmen? Today, SVA grad Skye Greenfield is papering the Lower East Side with Wanted posters for superheroes that go one step further, accusing our childhood heroes of the most heinous crimes imaginable.
The teaser trailer for Man of Steel, the Superman reboot directed by Zack Snyder of 300 fame and Watchmen and Sucker Punch infamy, has dropped, and it shows a Clark Kent (played by Henry Cavill) wandering in the wilderness, having seemingly abdicated his claim to superhero-dom. (Sort of the same wanderjahr Bruce Wayne undertook in Read More
What’s Playing has a list of contenders for the Lois Lane part in Zack Snyder’s new Superman reboot, following the casting of Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel. Cavill’s casting was the subject of much speculation, with names like Jon Hamm and Joe Manganiello bandied about — and it looks like the Read More
Editors note: what follows is an account from a press event in July for Zack Snyder’s latest movie Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole 3D that we mistakenly attended not knowing it was a movie for children. It never ran because, again, the movie is for children. With news that Mr. Snyder is Read More
Tom Wolfe famously wrote of Manhattan real estate, “What drives people wild at bottom is the simple fact that le monde is sheerly divided into Good Buildings and those that, for whatever reason, are not Good.” Ten Gracie Square is one such “Good Building”—there are only 42 in Manhattan, sayeth Mr. Wolfe—but unlike Read More
Amid the current, near-narcoleptic state of the market, lease renewals are one of the few signs that the the commercial sector has not rolled over and died.
It’s not as sexy as, say, Harry Macklowe finally selling the GM Building, but hey, it’s something.
The New York City Department of Environmental Read More
Hillary Clinton began one of her last appeals to Iowa voters by lifting Barack Obama’s signature line.
“We are fired up and we are ready to go,” she said in the Starlight Building of Davenport’s Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds. Later in her speech, she talked about “hopeful, hopeful programs for the future.”
Whether the imitation was Read More