Everyone has a geeky pet peeve that gets under their skin no matter how hard they try to ignore it. Wrestling fans would say seeing the Great Khali on their TV set each week is a pet peeve. Star Wars fans say the changes George Lucas made to the original trilogy are a pet peeve of the highest magnitude. My geeky pet peeve is one that may be mine and mine alone. I absolutely can’t stand it when the yellow S-shield is missing from Superman’s cape. It’s just something I have never been able to overlook.
To most, The S-shield simply stands for Superman. However, it’s actually a family crest representing the House of El and a symbol for hope. It was first introduced by artist Paul Cassidy in 1939’s Action Comics issue 13.
Whenever I pick up a Superman comic book and/or action figure, the yellow ‘S’ placement is the first thing on my agenda. If it’s there, GOOD, it’s supposed to be. If not, then you are the weakest link, goodbye! Remember the lyrics from Jim Croce’s song “You Don’t Mess Around With Jim”
You don’t tug on Superman’s cape
You don’t spit into the wind
You don’t pull the mask off that old Lone Ranger
How do you expect anyone to know they are tugging on his cape when the yellow “S” is M.I.A.? There is empirical evidence that supports how certain subsidiaries of the Superman franchise have suffered over the gross negligence of this problem. The “S” was nowhere to be found on Brandon Routh’s costume in Superman Returns. The consequences of this travesty resulted in Warner Bros pulling the plug on the sequel, washing their hands of this debacle and starting over from scratch. Bryan Singer tried to blame it on C.G.I. as the reason why the “S” was unaccounted for. The damage is done Singer. I hope you can live with yourself.
The All-Star Superman animated movie based on Grant Morrison’s epic series was seriously lacking one yellow emblem. What’s the end result? Epic Fail. If you don’t believe me then look no further than exhibits A.) & B.)
Look how happy he is in the comic book. Calm, shoulders relaxed and at one with himself. He knows he’s going to die in six issues but did that stop him from taking in the sights and enjoying what times he has left our little planet? No.
He doesn’t look happy at all in this one at all does he? His Emo disposition suggests he going to jump into a Kryptonite bath faster than a speeding bullet.
If I haven’t convinced you yet I have one more thing piece of evidence that will open your eyes.
What wisdom was bestowed upon the brass at DC Comics when they decided to go through with the reboot? It’s not even yellow. It’s black. No wonder why the Superman comic book sucks right now! The title has been one of the top ten selling comics for five months in a row but just read the reviews. Most blame George Perez for a sub par book, and I did too, until I figured it out.
The bottom line is that we are doing a huge injustice to a hero who stands for truth and justice. The cape in the new Man of Steel movie won’t have the yellow “S” either. I see Green Lantern level success in Zack Snyder’s future. It’s all because he didn’t have the heart to care about an iconic comic book symbol that is recognized by people all over the world…Just sayin.