S: A Superman Fan Film (2011)

Director Johnny K. Wu thankfully doesn’t try to re-invent the wheel when it comes to “S: A Superman Fan Film.” Essentially it’s an homage to the classic tropes of the Superman mythos that tells its story under thirty minutes and uses its array of dazzling green screen effects and top notch costumes to get the job done in conveying a simplistic and rather meat and potatoes Superman tale. While at times a bit campier than I would have liked, “S: A Superman Fan Film” is a loyal and rather entertaining Superman fan film that pits the man of steel against his two greatest nemeses.

When a meteor lands in Smallville sucking in a hapless bystander, Superman is called in to duty to stop what he thinks is a petty mugging. But little does he know the victim of the crime is none other than Brainiac and he’s not taking any prisoners once he ambushes Superman. Metropolis is unfortunately the wasteland the two must do battle in as director Wu provides a hell of a bang up battle between the two titans in this city. Purposely filming the fights like comic books, Metropolis is only a small part of the bigger picture here.

Great costume work, tight choreography and sharp dialogue combine to form a rather top notch fan film that does its job in providing Super fans an action packed and engrossing installment of the Man of Steel’s adventures. George Tutie is pretty good as Clark Kent/Superman, offering a good model for the cape and tights, while E. Ray Goodwin Jr. is very good as the infamous Lex Luthor, who interrupts the battle to insinuate himself in to Superman’s trust. “S: A Superman Fan Film” is not perfect as it’s often campier than I would have originally liked, all the while the dialogue sounds canned in the screener I received which made is often difficult to understand what Lex or Brainiac were saying.

The ending also leaves audiences wondering if that is all there is or if Wu and co. have more up their sleeves coming up the pipe. Nonetheless as a hardcore Superman, it’s nice to see a talented director like Wu take on the man of steel and he pulls it off with style, skill, and pure entertainment value. While flawed in some areas, “S: A Superman Fan Film” is still a rather good fan film for Superman with some great costume work, tight choreography, and a narrative that doesn’t try to re-think the mythos and instead just offers us more of what we love about Superman and his world. I had a good time with it, and I think fans will, too.