If you look at my comics list on the site, you’ll see that the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe and DC Who’s Who are some of my favorites. There’s something about having all of that information in one place. The bad thing about them is they become outdated even before they are published.

You can find entries on popular heroes on Wikipedia, but noting exhaustive. I once had a friend that asked me about setting up and online version of those old books, but we never got around to it. As I started messing with some Wiki software, I thought that would be a great project for it and it looks like someone else did too.

Check out the DC Database Project and the Marvel Database project. Browse all the cool entries or contribute if you have the knowledge. Definitely going into my bookmarks.

Recently, comic author Mark Millar posted his thoughts about Bryan Singer being announced as the director for the sequel to Superman Returns. They were:

For half the cash, it seems we’re getting twice the excitement and everything that was missing from the first picture. He also says he’s getting all Wrath of Kahn on this one’ which is cool if he means they’re firing the people who did the first flick and bringing in a whole new writer/ director team.

Good news for anyone who’s always wanted a remake of Superman 2, I guess, with Superman’s kid.

Who would Millar rather see attached to the project?

[Brett] Ratner would be better. Seriously. Ditto Michael Bay. Bay can be awful. Truly, truly awful. But when he’s on he’s the best action guy in town. I think he would have raised his game for Supes’ [Ratner’s] Red Dragon is perfect. It’s a really slick movie. And X3 was OK, given what he was working under. Would have loved to have seen him bring back Supes for a new generation (as he planned with a new Krypton, etc, etc) as opposed to the wank-fest for the over 35s Singer did. I want someone to remake Jaws just so Singer knows the agony I’ve gone through since that flick!!!

I have to say I disagree with Millar and here’s why. . .

I loved the Superman movie for what it was. Yes, it was nostalgic for those that grew up watching th original Donner movie, but it also tried to be more than an action movie. The problem with X3 (which I did like quite a bit) was the fact it was too much action and not enough plot/character development. Or, too much plot crammed into too little movie.

Superman Returns took a few simple ideas and developed them. Father/son issues have always been big in Superman, so it’s no surprise to see them in Returns. The idea of Superman being relevant in a post 9/11 society is also quite appealing and timely. While 9/11 didn’t happen in the DC film universe, the idea of violence out of control was shown when Clark watched the news upon returning. Plus, you have to admit Superman stopping the jet from crashing into the ballpark was designed to evoke those emotions.

Yes, I would have liked to have seen a few more action sequences in the film, but not if it meant sacrificing plot. If I have one complaint, it’s that I’m tired of seeing Luthor as the villain.

If anyone questions the success of this movie, then you should watch Carter (our 3-year old son) for a day. At 2 and a half, Superman Returns was the second movie he saw in the theater. Carrying him out of the theater, he had his arms stretched in from of him, imitating Superman flying. Almost a day doesn’t go by without mention of Superman or him recreating the scene from the movie where Superman lifts the Space Shuttle off of the jet plane. He either acts it out with his Superman and Space Shuttle toys or he grabs some large object and lifts it over his head.

While I have no idea what’s going on inside of his head, I can’t help get the feeling that it’s they way I felt when I first saw Star Wars when I was 3 years old or the way I felt when I saw Superman fly for the first time in 1978. To me, as a father, that’s a much better feeling than watching the Superman “action” movie by Michael Bay for 2 hours.

More bad comic to film news. Fandom.com reports that Tarsem (The Cell) Singh has been singed to direct a film version of Constantine (extremely good DC horror comic). With a script by the same fellow who wrote The Glimmer Man it looks bad all the way around. They describe the character as an occult Dirty Harry, which he is not. It will probably turn out to be a bad horror/action piece of crap.