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SH S2E2: Suicide Squad – What You Need to Know

SH S2E2: Suicide Squad – What You Need to Know
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The next big DC Comics movie, Suicide Squad, is just under a month away! The live action anti-hero film stars Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, and Jared Leto as The Joker. The movie takes place in the same universe as Batman v Superman, with Ben Affleck reprising his role as Batman in Suicide Squad.

To prep for the film, we sit down to talk about everything you need to know before you see it. We discuss how the group came to be, some of its previous members, how the Suicide Squad played out in The CW’s Arrow, and our thoughts on the casting. We talk about which characters we’re most excited to see plus those we might be a little nervous about.

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Suicide Squad – What You Need to Know Podcast Credits

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SH S2E2: Suicide Squad – What You Need to Know

SH S2E1: “Would you Watch it?” Super Mario Bros.

Welcome to Season 2 of the Screen Heroes podcast! Our first episode of the season is another fan cast. This time, Rae, Ryan, and I sit down to cast our own versions of Super Mario Bros. films. We’ve done fan casting before but for those who haven’t heard, we each pick our own style, tone, plot, cast, and director for the movie. We then go around discussing our individual visions and react accordingly. If you’re interested in other fan castings, check out Episode 07: “Would you Watch it?” Ghostbusters and Episode 18: “Would you Watch it?” Justice League Dark.

We also touch on the recently release Batman v Superman Ultimate Cut which hit Digital HD yesterday, the new CBS\Paramount Star Trek fan film guidelines, and we express our sincere regrets on the passing of Anton Yelchin.

Finally, we announce our newest Twitter account @GridDnD where we post about Dungeons and Dragons, specifically when we play. Your Screen Heroes hosts are in the middle of a campaign with two other Grid Daily contributors, so follow us and enjoy the memes in the meantime.

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Derreck Mayer

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Michael Wallace (Flying Killer Robots)

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SH S2E1: “Would you Watch it?” Super Mario Bros.

Independence Day: Resurgence – Spoiler-Free Review

It’s been 20 years since the original Independence Day attack our movie theaters. The original film was fun, intense, and a little over the top, true to a 90s action film. Bill Pullman’s presidential speech has held up as one for the ages. Over the years, we’ve heard talks of a sequel but it never seemed to happen. By the 10 year anniversary, I was fairly certain we’d never see a sequel, no returning mothership, no adventure into space, nothing. I guess I just didn’t wait long enough.

My girlfriend probably said it best: “Roland Emmerich Roland Emmerichs all over this Roland Emmerich film.” There’s no question whose film this is and whether or not that’s a good or bad thing is up to you. I’ll provide my thoughts in this spoiler-free review but keep in mind that I’ll be noting things that do appear in the trailers and perhaps a couple of things noted in interviews.

Independence Day: Resurgence takes place 20 years after the first film in an alternate future where the events of The War of 96 actually happened. We’ve had alien ships laying around we could take apart and reverse engineer to help advance our technology. This movie does not exist in our 2016 but instead in a 2016 where the world has come together as one, where new technologies have lifted our civilization to two decades of peace. In the meantime, we’ve been preparing in case our enemy ever return. Well, if you can’t tell from the poster alone, they do come back and this time with a MUCH bigger ship.

Independence Day: Resurgence – Cast

The cast is real hit and miss. We have some great returning cast members including Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Judd Hirsch, Brent Spiner, and Vivica A. Fox. How much these Independence Day veterans play into the story varies but I will say that I really enjoyed Judd Hirsch’s story even though it’s a little tangential to the overall plot. Bill Pullman has a solid role as well and one that lives up to what I hoped it would. His story was worth the wait, in my opinion. Jeff Goldblum can easily be considered a co-star or supporting actor. He’s in most of the film and has an integral part in the story and the future that’s come to be. Brent Spiner, for those who didn’t know from interviews, returns. His character was never confirmed dead and instead has been in a coma for 20 years.

Independence Day Resurgence Poster

The new cast includes Liam Hemsworth, Jessie T. Usher, and Maika Monroe. Monroe plays Patricia Whitmore, the President’s little girl from the first film all grown up. Monroe does a fine job but I’m unclear as to why they recast Patricia’s character and didn’t bring back Mae Whitman who still acts. People I’ve spoken to believe it’s a physical attractiveness issue since her character plays the love interest of Hemsworth and Mae Whitman is a lot shorter than Monroe. Either way, it’s fine. Monroe does a fine job but at the end of the day, her character is more intended to push the stories of her father (Bill Pullman), her love interest (Hemsworth), and her best friend (Usher). Speaking of Usher, he plays Dylan Hiller, son of Vivica A. Fox’s character and step-son of Will Smith’s character from the first film. As most know, Will Smith did not return for the sequel. Reasons why vary but in order to handle that in the film, they had to kill off the character, something that’s addressed quickly in Independence Day: Resurgence but it needed to be done. Usher plays an ace pilot like his father who is still friends with Patricia Whitmore from the first film. Usher does a solid job and I’d like to see him in more. I hope this movie gets him some additional roles that are more high profile than When the Game Stands Tall or G.I. Joe: Renegades. Finally, we have Liam Hemsworth. I think it’s painfully clear that his character Jake Morrison was originally intended to be Will Smith’s character but it was rewritten when Smith couldn’t\didn’t return. Much of what Morrison does fits the bill for Steven Hiller (Will Smith) in not only tone and style but in consistency with characters from the first movie. With that in mind, Liam Hemsworth can’t live up to Will Smith and that hole is noticeable.

Independence Day Resurgence - Jeff Goldblum and Brent Spiner

Other cast include an incredibly underused Angelababy (whose real name is Angela Yeung Wing). She plays Rain Lao, another pilot who represents China, one of the main powers to help build this new world. When she is involved, she’s great, but she is pushed to the side most of the time to give screen time to Hemsworth and Usher. It’s unfortunate as she is one of only two Asian characters in the film and only one of three females. Lastly, there’s Deobia Oparei who plays a Warlord named Dikembe Umbutu. The story of him and his people is very cool and I’d like to watch a miniseries or movie just about their experiences. Unfortunately, his character is paired with the comic relief and is used as a balance to that for much of the film. His power and presence, like Angelababy’s, is wasted in a movie trying to spotlight Hemsworth and Usher while still providing enough screen time for the returning cast members.

Independence Day: Resurgence – Story

The story is fine. It’s an easy progression from the first film and doesn’t really surprise much if at all. It’s a little formulaic but it is Independence Day and if you expected some high level psychological masterpiece, you’ll be disappointed. The pacing is very similar to the original film with a few twists and the end of the movie definitely takes a different direction from the original. It’s hard not to compare and I know I’ve done that a lot here but the movie tries the multiple story concept the first did and it just doesn’t do it as well. At the end of the day, it’s an alien invasion film. The part I really don’t care for is the over the top nature of the new ship. It’s massive. Completely massive. So massive that it broke  the immersion for me. I love sci-fi and give a lot of passes to such films, trying not to question the real scientific nature of what’s going on because it’s just a movie but in this case I need Neil deGrasse Tyson to let me know if a ship that large could land on Earth without cause a lot more damage than it did.

Independence Day Resurgence Mothership

Independence Day: Resurgence – Special Effects

Okay, these are pretty good. The movie’s budget was significantly lower than other big block busters like Batman v Superman and Captain America: Civil War but I think overall, the special effects were better. There’s a lot going on with immense city destruction, buildings being thrown around, futuristic fighter jets, alien space craft, etc. and they all look really great. My girlfriend noted she didn’t care for some of the blue screen work but I honestly didn’t notice much outside of the big anniversary celebration scenes. Without spoiling anything, it’s clear that some things that were practical effects in the first are definitely CGI now. Some of those things look awesome in CGI and a few look a little more obvious.

Conclusions

I like the movie. As I said, it feels like an appropriate progression from the first and it opens up the possibility of an exciting sequel concept that I’m looking forward to. I loved what they did with most of the veteran actors who returned and I enjoyed the new universe they built. The alternate 2016 is awesome and I really appreciate that there were major effects of The War of 96. The special effects are solid overall even if some are over the top. It is a disaster movie in the end. Independence Day: Resurgence takes itself more seriously than the original but does not leave humor out. I mean, how can you with Jeff Goldblum and Brent Spiner on the cast? And even though Bill Pullman gets another speech, it just can’t compare to the original.

Independence Day President Speech

What did you think of Independence Day: Resurgence? Comment below!

Independence Day: Resurgence – Spoiler-Free Review

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Renegades Without the Trek

As many might know by now, CBS and Paramount finally released official fan film guidelines earlier this week. While this was something many Star Trek fans wanted for a long time, the guidelines we received appeared to take aim at the bigger productions currently in-progress. You can find out more about this in my analysis article here. Just this morning, the crew of Star Trek: Renegades announced that they will not stop production on their current project Star Trek: The Requiem, instead they will be dropping all references to the Star Trek universe all together, making a brand new and original universe.

We, at Renegades, have nothing but the utmost respect for Star Trek and its IP holders, CBS and Paramount. Everything we have done has been because of Gene Roddenberry’s vision and creativity. Star Trek is their property and we will absolutely abide by their rules and guidelines.

That being said, we do have an obligation to our donors and fans, and we have every intention of fulfilling it to the best of our ability. So, we will continue to make “The Requiem” as promised, but without any Star Trek elements.

As you know, we’ve already begun filming “The Requiem” so we cannot halt, suspend, or postpone production. Renegades, from the get go, was designed to be transformative… not derivative. Thus, with very minor changes to our script, we have eliminated all of the Star Trek references. The good news is that Renegades is now a completely original and ongoing series.

We would like to take this time to thank CBS and Paramount for letting us play in their proverbial sandbox for as long as they did. And we’d also like to thank our loyal, creative, and passionate fans for their unending support. We truly appreciate it.

For those who don’t know, Renegades was a Kickstarter that produced a feature length film staring many previous Star Trek actors including Tim Russ and Walter Koenig with many more veterans slated for the sequel including Robert Beltran and Nichelle Nicoles. Now, going to the production’s website brings you Renegades: The Series and a new URL. The crew has worked very quickly to step away from Star Trek and seems to have done so in the hopes of providing their donors with the experience they were hoping for as best as possible without provoking the legal brass at CBS or Paramount.

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So far, we have no official word on what other productions like Axanar or Star Trek Continues intend to do but the people behind Pacific 201 spoke out the other day with this to say:

The new fan film guidelines certainly limit exactly how we wanted to tell the Pacific 201 story, but we are committed to making this a virtue for our film. We’re confident that Pacific 201 will survive and thrive within these guidelines (even if it’s a little shorter and more to-the-point than we intended)!

What are your thoughts on how these productions are moving forward? Would you rather The Requiem cease production or are you glad to see something come from all of their effort? Comment below.

Renegades Without the Trek

Official Star Trek Fan Film Guidelines Aim at Current Projects

For those who know me, I’m a Trekkie. I’m The Star Trek Dude on Twitter and Facebook and I do tend to bring in Trek examples more often than I probably should. That’s why this issue is near and dear to my heart. On Thursday, June 23rd, Paramount and CBS announced via StarTrek.com the first official Star Trek fan film guidelines. Of course, I jumped on quickly to review these and see what the situation was. Now, I was feeling very optimistic after everything Justin Lin (Director of Star Trek Beyond) and J.J. Abrams had said specifically about fan films and the Axanar lawsuit. Unfortunately, my mood has since changed.

For a full explanation of these guidelines, please check them out here but I’m to highlight a few and talk about my thoughts.

Analyzing the Guidelines

I don’t hate all of these guidelines. Some make perfect sense like:

2. The title of the fan production or any parts cannot include the name “Star Trek.” However, the title must contain a subtitle with the phrase: “A STAR TREK FAN PRODUCTION” in plain typeface. The fan production cannot use the term “official” in either its title or subtitle or in any marketing, promotions or social media for the fan production.

I totally get it. They want everyone to know exactly what is and is not a fan production. There is nothing wrong, in my opinion, about this one. It’s straight forward and reasonable. The very next point is just as reasonable:

3. The content in the fan production must be original, not reproductions, recreations or clips from any Star Trek production. If non-Star Trek third party content is used, all necessary permissions for any third party content should be obtained in writing.

Again, yes, we don’t want fan films literally ripping off content from licensed official episodes, movies, etc.

If the rest were like this, I wouldn’t even need to write an article but things just blow up. Let’s start with the very first point:

1. The fan production must be less than 15 minutes for a single self-contained story, or no more than 2 segments, episodes or parts, not to exceed 30 minutes total, with no additional seasons, episodes, parts, sequels or remakes.

Out of the gate this means that Star Trek Continues is basically dead in the water. They produce nearly hour long episodes following ongoing missions of The Original Series Enterprise and crew under Kirk’s command. Each episode would break this rule not to mention every other fan film that is well over 30 minutes in length like Of Gods and Men and Renegades. In fact, Prelude to Axanar is over the 15 minute mark and would need to be broken into two just to fit this very rule. The short segments could be dealt with in a serialized web format much like Red vs Blue or something to that affect BUT “no more than 2 segments” and “with no additional seasons, episodes, parts, sequels or remakes.” That means you get 30 minutes to tell your story with your characters and then they are gone forever. I don’t know about you but one of the things I loved about Trek in the 90s was how characters’ lives continued. They grew older, got promoted, and showed up on different shows. It was a connected and evolving universe. Fan films can kiss this goodbye.

4. If the fan production uses commercially-available Star Trek uniforms, accessories, toys and props, these items must be official merchandise and not bootleg items or imitations of such commercially available products.

That point focuses on props and costumes. Now, if I’m understanding this one wrong, let me know. It sounds to me like fan films that use existing styles (i.e. uniform designs from TV series or movies, props from the same) they must use officially licensed products. Does this mean fan films can make their own? What about costumes made from officially licensed costume patterns? And how is this going to be enforced? This one is tough and a little nebulous to me, so I’ll move on.

The big one I want to talk about is #5 which focuses on the actors and crew allowed involvement in fan films.

5. The fan production must be a real “fan” production, i.e., creators, actors and all other participants must be amateurs, cannot be compensated for their services, and cannot be currently or previously employed on any Star Trek series, films, production of DVDs or with any of CBS or Paramount Pictures’ licensees.

So this means that ANYONE who has ever worked on Trek in any official capacity or any other CBS or Paramount product cannot legally be involved in a fan film. No one. No actors, lighting guys, DVD art designers, maker of t-shirts. Even a person who does graphic design work for Star Trek Online said he has to drop off a fan films he was planning to work on. This immediately means that Star Trek: Renegades and their upcoming project Requiem is a no-go from the start since it includes legacy actors like Walter Koenig, Tim Russ, and Robert Picardo just to name a few. It also means that anyone who might have helped with ship design back in the 90s is a no-go too.

What does this mean?

From my perspective it’s simple. This is a direct reaction to the events around Axanar, its lawsuit, and the other popular fan productions, specifically Star Trek Continues and Star Trek: Renegades. Paramount and CBS have a new movie and TV on the horizon. While we don’t know the details on the show, we know that Beyond continues the JJ-verse with Kirk and company. Meanwhile, the fan productions focus on the Prime universe in the old TV show era, before that, and in the future after Nemesis. These things don’t clash yet Paramount and CBS seem to take issue with them. Now, maybe this is more personal and just about Axanar or maybe it’s less personal and it’s about all fan films. I don’t know but I can say that these new guidelines appear to take aim at the big three.

As a lifelong fan, I’m disappointed. I love Star Trek and I enjoy the fan productions. They get me through the empty time Paramount and CBS have left in addition to telling stories those companies have no interest in telling. The fact that everything is coming to a head on the 50th anniversary of the franchise is both disappointing and disheartening. For us fans, it was supposed to be a year of celebration and excitement. Instead, there is a lot of tense, hurt feelings, and distrust.

Since the news is still young, I’m curious to see what these fan films have to say in addition to others I have not mentioned. In fact, we’ve published at least five other articles about Star Trek fan films. Check them out below to see some of what we might be missing with these new guidelines.

Star Trek Horizon

Star Trek Progeny

Star Trek Renegades

Pacific 201

Axanar

What do you think of the new fan film guidelines? Comment below or hit me up on Twitter @griddaily!

Official Star Trek Fan Film Guidelines Aim at Current Projects

Marvel Collector Corps: Women of Power Unboxing

Hey everyone, it’s time for another Marvel Collector Corps subscription box unboxing! Once every other month, we receive a new box from Funko in their Marvel Collector Corps line. Each box contains 100% exclusive items including comic book variants, POP Vinyls, and more. Every box has a theme. In the past we’ve had Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, and Secret Wars, as a few examples. We’re well into the second year for this service and it’s now time for Women of Power. Keep in mind that throughout the video, I’ll be discussing and showing every item in the box, so if you don’t want spoilers, I’d stop now.

If you like the video, be sure to check out the rest of our unboxing videos, interviews, and other videos on our YouTube page. You can find the link in the top right of this website. We unbox the DC Legion of Collectors and Star Wars Smuggler’s Bounty boxes too!

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Marvel Collector Corps: Women of Power Unboxing

Justice League Logo & Synopsis Released

(Updating as news comes in. Last updated: 6\21\2016 8:30AM CST)

The upcoming Justice League film from DC Entertainment officially has a logo and a plot synopsis. For those wondering, it has also been confirmed that the main villain for the movie is not Darkseid but instead one of the New Gods, Steppenwolf.

Additionally, it looks like we know who Willem Dafoe is going to be, Vulko, one of Aquaman’s main allies. Per Wikipedia:

Nuidis Vulko is a fictional DC Comics character and one of the most recurring members of the Aquaman supporting cast. He was created by Bob Haney and Howard Purcell in The Brave and the Bold #73 (August–September 1967).[1] His look was redesigned by Nick Cardy for Aquaman #35.

Here’s the Justice League film synopsis:

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy.  Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat.  But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

Directed by Zack Snyder, this marks the big screen debut of the Justice League, featuring an all-star lineup: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller and Ray Fisher.

Two logos have been released, one black text on white and one the opposite of that. check them out below and let us know your thoughts.

Justice League Movie Logo Black Justice League Movie Logo White

Justice League hit theaters in November 2017.

Which logo do you like best? Are you excited for the film? Comment below!

Justice League Logo & Synopsis Released

SH S1E26: CW’s DC-verse + Supergirl Season Recap

A power outage won’t stop us! For those watching the live stream, we kicked off a few minutes late but things eventually settled down. This week was recap The CW DC TV shows which include Arrow, The Flash, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. We also talk about CBS’ Supergirl which is set to move to The CW for its second season this fall. We discuss everything from season finale plots, best and worst moments, character deaths, and expectations for next season. So with that in mind, we have tons of spoilers for both shows! You have been warned.

Don’t forget to join us live every Tuesday night at 8PM CST on Twitch! Head over to twitch.tv\griddaily to follow us and get notifications when we go live!

Prefer to watch us but not live? Head over to our YouTube page where you can see more than just our podcast recordings. We’ve got interviews, unboxings, video game streams, and more!

We are also completely revamping our Patreon starting next week! We’ll have new perks and videos so bookmark patreon.com\griddaily and stay tuned for an announcement.

Finally, we are off next week. This episode marks the end of Season 1 for Screen Heroes. We’ll return in two weeks with our fan casting of a live action Super Mario Bros movie! See you then!

CW’s DC-verse + Supergirl Season Recap Podcast Credits

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Derreck Mayer
Rachel Stewart
Ryan Couture

Special Guest
Noah Smith

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Derreck Mayer

Editor
Derreck Mayer

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Michael Wallace (Flying Killer Robots)

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SH S1E26: CW’s DC-verse + Supergirl Season Recap

Doodlespork Cosplay & Children’s Mercy with Big Slick

We’ve talked about cosplay before at The Grid Daily but usually in the context of conventions or movie premieres. While those are fun and enjoyable experiences, cosplayers also have the ability to do great things for the community, especially on a local level. That’s what we have with DoodleSpork, also known as Sloane Withers-Marney. She is working with Big Slick Celebrity weekend and Children’s Mercy to help fund raise. The fundraiser is specifically for the Children’s Mercy Hospital Foundation. In fact, the foundation has raised over $50,000 on crowdrise so far.

The Big Slick Celebrity Weekend is coming back to Kansas City for the 7th year in a row and is looking to continue its charitable tradition by working directly with local high school kids for an event called Red, White & Bowl Celebrity Bowling Tournament. The celebrities include Paul Rudd, Eric Stonestreet, Rob Riggle, and Jason Sudeikis!

DoodleSpork is one of the high schoolers involved in the fundraiser and is looking to make a splash in her first year participating in the charity event. You can find out all the details on her fundraiser page here: Sloane Withers-Marney’s Fundraiser

This is also just one of her charities she works with so be sure to check out her public Facebook page here: DoodleSpork Cosplay

DoodleSpork Cosplay - Super Snow White

Anyway, the Big Slick Children’s Mercy fundraiser ends late this week, so let’s do our best to help Sloane to her goal of $2,500 for the Children’s Mercy Hospital Foundation.

Doodlespork Cosplay & Children’s Mercy with Big Slick

SH S1E25: X-Men Apocalypse Review

We start off with some current events including the official title of the upcoming DC Comics Justice League film, casting news for Pacific Rim 2, some bits about the new Warcraft film hitting theaters this weekend, and then we hit our main event, reviewing X-Men: Apocalypse. For those who haven’t seen the film, there are spoilers abound. We talk about the overall style, plot, characters, and casting for the third film in the new X-Men trilogy. We discuss which characters were the most underutilized and maybe one that is being overdone. We don’t pull any punches and end the episode with individual letter grades for the film.

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X-Men: Apocalypse Review Podcast Credits

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Derreck Mayer
Rachel Stewart
Ryan Couture

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Ian Turner

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Derreck Mayer

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Derreck Mayer

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Michael Wallace (Flying Killer Robots)

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SH S1E25: X-Men Apocalypse Review

Muhammad Ali Even Beat Superman

We don’t cover sports often on The Grid Daily but sometimes there are athletes who are so much more than competitors of their sport that they shatter into other universes. Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) is world known as the greatest boxer of all time. With a record of 56-5 including 37 KOs, Ali won nearly 92% of his fights. That number climbs even higher if you take out his final four fights. That’s right, in his first 57 fights, he lost twice. Twice. And one was to Joe Frazier, known as “The Fight of the Century”. Ali would go on to beat Frazier two more times.

Ali was fast, not just in his incredible “float like a butterfly” sense but also in his thinking, quickly calculating where to “sting like a bee”.  His fighting style, personality, and confidence made up just some of the aspects that the world loved or loved to hate about him.

In 1978, toward the end of his historic career, DC Comics published Superman vs. Muhammad Ali, written by Neil Adams and Dennis O’Neil. It wasn’t just a simple issue either. The story counted 72 pages and included not just a fight between the Man of Steel and the Black Superman, but them teaming up to fight off an alien invasion. Now, I’m sure you’re thinking, Ali couldn’t beat Superman, right? I mean, Superman is impervious to bullets, how could a punch hurt him? Well, Ali had become much more than just a boxer. He was an icon, a symbol for many people.

Superman vs Muhammad Ali

Sure, he was a boxer and that’s a violent sport but he was a man of peace, advocating against war, specifically the Vietnam War. Ali was even found guilty in 1967 for refusing to step up when drafted. “The New York State Athletic Commission suspended his boxing license and stripped him of his title. Other boxing commissions followed suit. Ali would not be able to obtain a license to box in any state for over three years.” Ali’s conviction was overturned about four years later due to “the Appeal Board [giving] no reason for the denial of a conscientious object exemption to Ali”.

Ali was always a man of conviction and continued to stand up for what he believed in. This inspired many people including Martin Luther King Jr. and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

It was the Muhammad Ali symbol in the ring with the Man of Steel. It wasn’t Cassius Clay. It was the Black Superman.

How did the fight go? Ali won. It wasn’t quite that simple. The book portrays Ali as the superior boxer, which makes sense since Superman has been portrayed as a guy who just uses his strength and doesn’t usually have fight training like his peers Batman and Wonder Woman. With that context in mind, Ali was able to out maneuver Superman and Superman was able to take a lot of punishment from the Black Superman. In the end, Ali called for the fight to end. He feels that the fight is over and at this point it’s just him hitting Superman. Instead of taking the easy way out and calling a TKO for Ali, Superman ends up falling down, making it a KO for Ali. The story has a lot more to it and continues from there with the alien invasion. I encourage everyone to read the story which is available in digital form on Comixology and hardcover on Amazon.

Muhammad Ali

In the end, Muhammad Ali was many things. He was a boxer, an athlete, a world champion, a religious man and inspiration, a social inspiration, a protester, a husband, and a father. He was not perfect. Nor are any of us but he was an incredibly huge part of American culture and had additional impact throughout the world. He gave voice and hope to many who found themselves unable to speak up and at the same time, he took over a sport for two solid decades.

Muhammad Ali died on June 3rd, 2016 at the age of 74. We wish his family and friends well.

RIP Black Superman.

Sources:

Muhammad Ali Wikipedia Page

Superman vs. Muhammad Ali Wikipedia Page

Muhammad Ali Even Beat Superman