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Grant Morrison Discusses Superman, “Action Comics” at the LA Times Hero Complex Film Festival

DC Comics has released the video clip shown during the LA Times Hero Complex Film Festival featuring Grant Morrison discussing his plans for Superman in DC Comics’ line-wide September relaunch.

As CBR previously reported, during his speech Morrison calls Superman the “greatest idea we’ve had as a human species,” and that “Action” would serve to retell Superman’s origins, bringing a modern perspective to the title that first introduced the character in 1938.

“Its time to make a new language for comics, a new kind of philosophy, a new kind of propulsive storytelling that will do things that the movies can’t even catch up with,” declared Morrison. “We hope everyone’s going to get involved and join us in this voyage into the unknown.”

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  • Matthew Lane

    u201cIts time to make a new language for comics, a new kind of philosophy, a new kind of propulsive storytelling that will do things that the movies canu2019t even catch up with,u201d nnTranslation from Morrison Gibberish into englishnn”Mwahahahahahaha, there is nothing i like more then fucking up your beloved childhood heroes. An whats more i’m going to make you pay to watch as i fuck up Superman. Mwahahahahahaha.”

  • Matthew Lane

    u201cIts time to make a new language for comics, a new kind of philosophy, a new kind of propulsive storytelling that will do things that the movies canu2019t even catch up with,u201d nnTranslation from Morrison Gibberish into englishnn”Mwahahahahahaha, there is nothing i like more then fucking up your beloved childhood heroes. An whats more i’m going to make you pay to watch as i fuck up Superman. Mwahahahahahaha.”

  • Matthew Lane

    u201cIts time to make a new language for comics, a new kind of philosophy, a new kind of propulsive storytelling that will do things that the movies canu2019t even catch up with,u201d nnTranslation from Morrison Gibberish into englishnn”Mwahahahahahaha, there is nothing i like more then fucking up your beloved childhood heroes. An whats more i’m going to make you pay to watch as i fuck up Superman. Mwahahahahahaha.”

  • Matthew Lane

    u201cIts time to make a new language for comics, a new kind of philosophy, a new kind of propulsive storytelling that will do things that the movies canu2019t even catch up with,u201d nnTranslation from Morrison Gibberish into englishnn”Mwahahahahahaha, there is nothing i like more then fucking up your beloved childhood heroes. An whats more i’m going to make you pay to watch as i fuck up Superman. Mwahahahahahaha.”

  • Matthew Lane

    u201cIts time to make a new language for comics, a new kind of philosophy, a new kind of propulsive storytelling that will do things that the movies canu2019t even catch up with,u201d nnTranslation from Morrison Gibberish into englishnn”Mwahahahahahaha, there is nothing i like more then fucking up your beloved childhood heroes. An whats more i’m going to make you pay to watch as i fuck up Superman. Mwahahahahahaha.”

  • Matthew Lane

    u201cIts time to make a new language for comics, a new kind of philosophy, a new kind of propulsive storytelling that will do things that the movies canu2019t even catch up with,u201d nnTranslation from Morrison Gibberish into englishnn”Mwahahahahahaha, there is nothing i like more then fucking up your beloved childhood heroes. An whats more i’m going to make you pay to watch as i fuck up Superman. Mwahahahahahaha.”

    • Youngshields

      I dunno, he’s written Superman before and not fucked him up…

      • Matthew Lane

        Problem is there are two Grant Morrisons. There’s the one where he’s well under the thumb of a powerful editor who cracks the whip (this version gave us All Star Superman) & then theres the “Visionary” Grant Morrison where he seems to think he’s the comic messiah (& this version gave us Final Crisis). The Visionary version is the version who uses sentencs like: u201cIts time to make a new language for comics, a new kind of philosophy, a new kind of propulsive storytelling that will do things that the movies canu2019t even catch up with,u201d

        • Actually….

          Actually All Star Superman had no editorial interference. The the ‘All Star’ line was meant to be DC most iconic heroes written by the most iconic creators in the industry. They had their own ideas and continuity to play with. Sadly the ‘All Star’ line never went past the still incomplete Batman title.nnFinal Crisis had alot of editorial interference which may have theoretically muddled the quality of the story produced (in some people’s eyes). Final Crisis was originally meant to be a follow up to Seven Soldiers and 52. It was also intended to be occupy Morrison’s private corner of the DC universe. It was DC’s idea to inflate the story into the final chapter of a Crisis trilogy. It was DC’s idea to publish Countdown (against Morrison’s wishes). It was DC’s idea to fit a 12-issue epic into seven issues. It was DC’s idea to ‘kill’ Batman.nnDon’t muddle something with wrong information. Get your facts straight.

          • Scud

            Some people just like to complain for the sake of complaining it seems, it’s rather sad.

    • http://twitter.com/RivalXTheGreat Terence Jordan

      Nicely said.

    • copacetic

      in other words, you’re the kind of comic reader who hates change and wishes everything was like it was in 1938 and not a year later. have fun living in the past,u00a0 you pasto.

      • Matthew Lane

        Not at all. I’m one of those horrible readers who wants it to be good & Morrison has a provenu00a0track record of making things shit, when he thinks he’s being a visionary

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=636596728 James MacDougall

          That’s an opinion. He is pretty much the only reason i still pick up a DC COmic.

        • Alexmichaelroth

          Grant Morrison is the best comic book writer who ever lived, bar none – you sir, are an asshole

          • http://twitter.com/RivalXTheGreat Terence Jordan

            best comic book writer. what are you insane. He only has Arkham Asylum under his belt. Geoff Johns is way better writer than him. That’s who should be writing Superman. Not this overrated hack.

          • Caleb.

            Only Arkham, what about All-Star Superman, Animal Man, The Invisibles, Batman R.I.P. – All amazing, and his run on JLA was phenomenal.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=636596728 James MacDougall

      We don’t need your ‘translation’ of what Morrison said. We all understand English just fine. How many versions of Batman are there out there? Surely there is room for the Morrison one and he did a great job with Superman. People who want the same old thing can find it. It’s like varieties of Coke. They are all there on the shelf, Pick the one you like or none.

      • Matthew Lane

        “It’s like varieties of Coke”nnHahahahaha. The way this reboot is looking i’d say thats an apt description, specifically i’d say its exactly like “new coke.” You know, the coke that was brought out to replace old coke, only to be hated by everyone & they went back to old coke.nnNever let it be said i won’t co-opt someone elses analogue & run with it.

        • Nimrod’s Son

          Wait to read the books before you make such drastic analogies please….

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MFJPDLZBICPNQF273EBMHASC3E Raspina

      don’t worry. they have all those Scott Lobdell and Tony Daniel titles just for you.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AKEKAS4RMZ5AFWXFLBB5DIWUYI topher

    didn’t we just have a retelling of his origins in Superman: Earth 1? ughhh plus the umpteen other times

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sean-Cummings/1580080339 Sean Cummings

    Crisis on Infinite Earths was reboot enough.

    • Anonymous

      Crisis on Infinite Earths was a partial reboot at best, and one could argue that it made the post-CoIE universe more confusing than the pre-CoIE multiverse because of the rampant retcons they had to make. If Crisis on Infinite Earths was a true reboot, they would have restarted every title from scratch, not just Superman and Wonder Woman.

      • Matthew Lane

        Well wait till you see this partial reboot. Its not even out yet & its got continuity issues. Blackest Night happened, but half the main characters invloved no longer exist… Oops.

        • Anonymous

          Those characters don’t exist because they are fictional, so nothing lost there.

          • Matthew Lane

            Sure they do. All fictional characters exist… heck they even have a natural life expectancy.

      • Matthew Lane

        Well wait till you see this partial reboot. Its not even out yet & its got continuity issues. Blackest Night happened, but half the main characters invloved no longer exist… Oops.

  • Pit

    To call Superman the “greatest idea we’ve had as a human species” is both hyperbolical and laughable. Perhaps Grant should stop reading comics and pick up a copy of The Iliad.

    • Matthew Lane

      Not at all. In fact i suggest you pick up Kirdby: Genesis issue 1. They explain it there. The superman & superwoman don’t represent humanity, but instead represent the best hopes of humanity, of what we may one day become.nnThe creation of Superman was inspired, which is why he’s such an internationally recognised fictional character… It is also why it is that if Morrison fucks him up, there will be no place on this increasing tiny planet where he can hide from geek wrath.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Anthony-Chelette/649494679 Anthony Chelette

      Agreed. I can’t quite put my finger on why, but comments like that really irritate me. Any of the randomly selected Great Books I would still consider better and more meaningful than anything comics has given us to date.

      • F1nalmessenger

        What he means is that it’s the best creation for us as a species and where we can go.u00a0 It does not mean on a literal invention :|

      • Caleb.

        I’m constantly reading comics but I always try to make room to read novels, especially classics like The Illiad, or a work from Shakespeare and I have to say I have gotten just as meaningful experience from some comic works as I have from the accepted canon of great literature.

    • Youngshields

      Realistically speaking he’s probably read the Illiad already. I think he means more the concept of Superman as opposed to Superman as a person or a body of work. Maybe he means the idea that we can be better than what we are.

  • Jasonhage

    I’ve got a bad feeling about this… nnIf it brings in readers great BUT why they couldn’t start a new Earth with this stuff and have it be Earth ## or whatever.

    • Matthew Lane

      Oh that will be the back up plan in case this fails within a year. They can say “this all happened on earth 25, and now we are going back to the previous line of books.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/mbsperez Martin Perez

    Ridiculous voyage into the unknown indeed. I’m in!

  • Asr0462

    This sounds like a train wreck. But it’sok; Grant is going to clear up Superman for us just like he cleared up Batman with R.I.P. I think they’re rebooting the whole universe because they realized Grant messed-up Batman so badly that it would take a decade to fix.

    • Matthew Lane

      If that were true they would have actually rebooted Batman, which they are not doing.

    • Matthew Lane

      If that were true they would have actually rebooted Batman, which they are not doing.

    • Scud

      Turns out tons of people like R.I.P, I know who would’ve known right?

  • MK

    Cool. I hate whining fanboys who just want everything to stay the same.

    • http://twitter.com/RivalXTheGreat Terence Jordan

      Bumpedu00a0Grant Morrison. He f’d up batman and now he’s doing the same with Superman.

    • Asr0462

      We don’t want it to be the same…we just want it to be good.

      • Scud

        If you don’t think Morrison is a good writer I truly feel bad for you. And these people saying Morrison screwed up Batman are hilarious. He wrote one of the best Batman epics EVER and he still managed to give us the supreme awesomeness that was Batman and Robin.

    • Asr0462

      We don’t want it to be the same…we just want it to be good.

  • sacred_yes

    Grant. Hey Grant. You, me, babies. Think about it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Fever00 Jeffrey Whitelaw

    Fan boys, shut the fuck up. It’s your obsession with continuity, and your obsession with recapturing the feeling of being a ten year old that keeps comics stagnant. Personally, I want them to evolve. Publishers could be doing a lot more with these characters if they weren’t so busy worrying about pissing you off.u00a0

  • randomz

    lol I love watching people hate on morrison. Not sure if It’s because they struggle to understand his work or just truly dislike originality and would prefer a repetitive, increasingly dull comic book story. nnMeh, could just be a preference to extremely linear story telling.

    • Doctor Noir

      Yeah people need to chill. Morrison is the greatest thing to happen to comics in years. He brings in fresh and new ideas to comics that would remain missing without him. His works can not beu00a0paralleledu00a0and yet fan boys whine because of this reputation.u00a0

  • Jonathan

    Not only does Superman embody the theoretical best hopes and aspirations of humanity, he also encodes something that Morrison explored in the Invisibles.u00a0nnI’ve had my own theory about Superman for a while- that an alien idea downloaded into the teenage brains of Shuster and Siegel. u00a0nnThe Superman Secret Identity Secret-u00a0nnAlien (Not Self) identifies (Self) with human, human casts off identity (visually represented u00a0and becomes SUPERHERE-O.u00a0nnIt reads like a pretty straightforward communication from a higher dimensional being to us here in a lower dimensional plane- it can see us in the same way we can see a comic book, and it’s communicating to us THROUGH a comic book as well. As above, so below fractal stuff.u00a0nnxxJonathanu00a0nnu00a0

  • Jonathan

    That was weird, part of it didn’t post. Hmph :u00a0nnAlien (Not Self) identifies (Self) with human, human casts off identity (visually represented by the Clark Kent identity glasses and shirt being taken off) and becomes SUPERHERE-O.u00a0

  • Blackphoenix77

    Ugh, don’t care. Haven’t brought a Superman comic in ages, don’t plan to start now.

    • Chris_hall597

      Yeah, I know how you feel. The last Superman book I brought was All-Star Superman….nnnAs for R.I.P. you would prefer what? Tony Daniels’ Batman?