Is the “S” silent? According to USA Today, DC Comics, owner and publisher of the universe’s best known comic book superhero, the newest comic book series to feature the Man of Steel will not be the title of his latest movie, but “Superman Unchained.”
Writer Scott Snyder teams up with artist (and DC co-publisher) Jim Lee for the new series, which will hit comic store shelves on June 12th - probably not coincidentally 2 days before the opening of “Man of Steel,” director Zack Snyder’s 3D Superman cinematic reboot with a Kryptonian-sized budget. In case you haven’t heard, Henry Cavill (“The Tudors,” “Immortals”) plays Kal-El/Clark Kent/Superman, with Amy Adams taking over the role of Lois Lane. Michael Shannon (“Boardwalk Empire,” “Premium Rush”) plays General Zod. Kevin Costner and Diane Lane play Jonathan and Martha Kent, while Russell Crowe steps into Brando-sized shoes as Jor-El.
There’s no word on why the new comic book series, which marks the characters 75th anniversary, won’t have the same title of the new movie. Does the success of Quentin Tarantino’s very hip, counter-culture western have something to do with it? Superman breaking chains with a flex of his pectorals is one of the iconic images for the character, and that’s been on more covers of the comics than you might think.
In any event, DC is determined to make June the month of the Man of Steel, no matter what the title.