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Friday, November 24, 2023 

James Gunn's new take on Superman looks like it'll serve as a setup for the Authority

Deadline announced whom some of the cast for Superman: Legacy will be, and what's reported appears to indicate this upcoming DC adaptation will involve some kind of wokeness, to nobody's surprise:
María Gabriela de Faría, the Venezuelan actress best known for roles in Fox comedies Animal Control and The Moodys, has landed a breakout part on the film side, joining the cast of James Gunn’s Superman: Legacy.

Her character is Angela Spica aka The Engineer. Part of the Warner/DC flick’s villain team, Angie’s powers stem from nanotechnology built into her body. Created by Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch, she’s the second DC character to bear the name of The Engineer and was first introduced in The Authority vol.1 #1 in 1999.

The first title in a revamped DC slate, marking Gunn’s first directorial effort as co-head of DC Studios, Superman: Legacy will follow Superman as he looks to reconcile his Kryptonian heritage with his human upbringing. He is the embodiment of truth, justice and the American way, guided by human kindness in a world that sees kindness as old-fashioned. Others in the ensemble, as previously announced, include David Corenswet as Clark Kent/Superman, Rachel Brosnahan as Lois Lane, Nathan Fillion as Guy Gardner/Green Lantern, Isabela Merced as Hawkgirl, Edi Gathegi as Mister Terrific, and Anthony Carrigan as Rex Mason/Metamorpho.
Wow, just what we need, a movie based on one of the most overrated liberal ideology comics of the past quarter century. Sounds like this'll be a backdoor entrance to follow up with a film adaptation of the Authority, certainly if the movie turns out to be successful. Granted, unlike recent productions such as Black Adam, it doesn't look like they're following a dictate of forced "diversity casting" for this new Superman film, since 5 of the 6 performers cited here are white, and the 6th, Gathegi, is black like the 2nd Mr. Terrific. (And they might even employ the American Way slogan.) But even so, that they'd be doing a film like this as a setup for a comic as ultra-leftist as the Authority was, is still reason to give pause, because how do we know they won't build on the same kind of ideologies Ellis and Hitch did, right down to all the emphasis on Apollo and Midnighter as a gay couple? What that would mean is that Gunn doesn't have the what it takes to make a movie refraining entirely from wokeness. And what if "kindness" is some kind of leftist anti-war allusion?

If it turns out this upcoming edition of Superman builds on as leftist a premise as the Authority comic was, you could probably describe the situation as similar to whether Marvel would restore Spider-Man and Mary Jane Watson's marriage: that would be wonderful in itself, but if the writers are as far-left as they've been for some time, then beyond a reunion of Peter and MJ, you couldn't expect the stories following not to be repellent, whether politically or otherwise. Come to think of it, that's what J. Michael Straczynski's stories are in hindsight, explaining perfectly why his Spidey run's aged poorly. Just as many of these live action superhero movies look to be like within the next decade.

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