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Superman: Last Son of Krypton

By Ed Grant, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

A smart, charismatic Superman retelling.

Movie NR 1996 64 minutes
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While the first live-action Superman movie devoted a large amount of time to the character's origin, Last Son of Krypton does the same task more quickly, and with greater imagination. The writers also focus squarely on Clark's confusion once he has comprehended the extent of his powers -- he complains to his adopted parents that he will have to "give up [his] life" once he becomes a public figure.

Last Son moves beyond the rather dull-edged depiction of Clark that's predominated in the past. Here, the man of steel is more of a distant cousin to the hyper-neurotic Peter Parker (Spiderman) and Bruce Wayne (Batman, or as Mrs. Kent calls him, "that nut in Gotham City"). Other new additions to the Superman mythos include the notion that archvillain Brainac started life as a computerized presence on Krypton and the fact that Lex Luthor used to date Lois Lane. Though clearly intended as a follow-up to the Batman animated series, this Superman is far less edgy than its Gothamite predecessor. The voice cast, however, is well chosen, with Delany and Malcolm McDowell proving quite memorable.

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