Max Landis Recounts the Death of Superman

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Pics, screening details for Frankenstein scribe’s short film

I’m breaking genre here, but many involved in the following have been part of the horror scene…and I’m a comic book nut anyway, so I don’t get to talk about that enough around here.

(Photo Credit: Tom Clancey)

When Superman bit the big one back in 1992, it was sort of a big deal. The death of DC’s ultimate Boy Scout made the mainstream news and kept guys working at small town comic shops at the time, like yours truly, busy selling black-bagged issues of the “event.”

Max Landis – writer of the upcoming Chronicle and Frankenstein for 20th Century Fox – had something to say about it and channeled his thoughts through a short film. And he’s brought a few friends along for the right. Check out this roster of those making an appearance: Elijah Wood, Mandy Moore, Elden Henson, Morgan Krantz, Zach Cregger, Ron Howard, Simon Pegg, Matt Bennett, Sarah Shahi, and Barats and Bereta.

Written and directed by Landis, The Death and Return of Superman is a comedic viral short in the vein of Drunk History and Red Letter Media. Here’s an official synopsis:

The Death and Return of Superman forever changed comics. Superman’s tragic death was not just mourned by comic book readers, it echoed throughout the entire country. What is never mentioned, however, is just how poorly conceived The Death and Return of Superman saga was and how it shattered the integrity of the comic book industry. A follow up to his previous comic web videos Cooking with Comics: Knightfall and Vague Recollections of: Watchmen, writer/director Max Landis shows us through reenactment just how ridiculous The Death of Superman saga became and how it affected the world of comics.

If you’re in Los Angeles, The Death and Return of Superman is making its premiere at 12pm on November 27. Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theater (611 North Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036) is hosting the event. A Q&A will follow.

Head to THIS SPOT to RSVP. For more details, visit the short film’s Facebook page!

Source: Ryan Turek, Managing Editor