Superman: Risk and Revelation

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Faneditor Name:
Tagline:
"A Risk is worth taking...if it's for love"

Original Movie Title:
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Original Release Date:
2006
Original Running Time:
75
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
20
Time Cut:
55
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Brief Synopsis:
This divisive little piece of now-obscure Superman media was released around the peak of marketing for Superman Returns. It's been widely criticised by fans of Superman: The Animated Series for, amongst other things, inconsistent continuity and characterisations (particularly with Lex Luthor) as well as bait-and-switch storytelling revolving around Clark wanting to share his secret with Lois Lane.

Many fans were disappointed that this film felt more like an Elseworlds tale and not an authentic 'bridge' between Superman: TAS and Justice League.

I've gone back and forth on whether or not I should do this for a while, but recently I watched a pretty good 50 or so minute version of it from an editor called Fanedit895. This version realized the potential of the story by rearranging scenes and deleting all sequences with Lex Luthor to avoid even touching on his characterizations, as well as removing the bait-and-switch so Lois knows.

So impressed was I that I decided the time had come to tackle this head on myself, but I wanted to set it apart from what this editor had managed, and have decided to try to cut it down to a TV episode length.

The edit went through several versions, and, through consultation with both Fanedit885 and FE.org's very own MusicEd921, the version available here was finally cranked out. It's fascinating to see just how much good was buried under all the more unnecessary stuff and that you can edit this in a number of interesting ways.
Intention:
To give proper closure to Clark and Lois' relationship in Superman: TAS and to move their relationship forward, and to give the show a fitting epilogue.
Other Sources:
Superman: Brainaic Attacks (blu-ray)
Superman TAS title track
Special Thanks:
MusicEd921
Fanedit895
Release Information:
Digital
Cuts and Additions:
-Very little of Lex, he shows up to gloat about Superman's disappearance and attending his social gala (which is interupted by Brainiac) but that's it

-Rearranged several key scenes to tighten the narratives and omit certain sub-plots and interactions that reference or lead into plots that go nowhere

-Superman's 'confession' to Lois, part of an illusion mid-way through the episode is now the ending

User reviews

2 reviews
Overall rating
 
9.8
Audio/Video Quality
 
9.5(2)
Visual Editing
 
9.0(2)
Audio Editing
 
9.0(2)
Narrative
 
10.0(2)
Enjoyment
 
10.0(2)
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Overall rating
 
9.7
Audio/Video Quality
 
9.0
Visual Editing
 
9.0
Audio Editing
 
9.0
Narrative
 
10.0
Enjoyment
 
10.0
Highly enjoyable short edit that has all the flavor of a classic Superman story. In fact, with its action-packed, no-nonsense approach it reminded me a lot of the Max Fleischer Superman shorts from the 1940s. I confess having a soft spot for the admittedly flawed and not really very good Superman: Brainiac Attacks movie, mostly because of the visuals and the animation (many of the best moments remain here) and this is a very good distillation. My number one problem in this movie was the bumbling portrayal of Lex (I'm used to Gene Hackman so this might not bother me so much if it didn't have the TAS design - Lex would never be this goofy in TAS), and that's thankfully mostly gone (the "Lexopolis" slip remains, but that's no big deal). I thought turning Brainiac into the all-machine version instead of the green humanoid alien one (by removing the latter - who has a cameo in the end credits) was very creative. I also love the new TAS-style intro made from footage of the film.

The only issue that I had with it editing-wise is that some of the transitions/dissolves are way too fast and would have needed a bit more space to breath. Namely: Clark throwing his glasses in the trash bin to Supes arriving in the Arctic, Super-Computer scene to Supes first entering the Phantom Zone, and first Lex Scene to back in the Phantom Zone. With more room to breath at those spots I'd call this edit perfect.

Technically, it has the issue of the audio being too low for some reason. I had to raise the volume way up to watch it. Video looks fine, no artifact whatsoever, but it appears to be an 8bit export and not a 32bit one, so image is overall darkened and the darkest spots are flattened. I know this error well, I've been guilty of it in the past. But it still looks very good.

This was short and sweet and had me smiling all along. Superman fans overall, and particularly fans of either TAS or the classic era, will really enjoy it.
Owner's reply September 02, 2021

I'm sorry you experienced problems with the audio...but I'm not so surprised either, I had a lot of difficulty with that when running it by my beta viewers, eventually it seemed passable enough to get the OK, but hearing you still had some problems shows they haven't been entirely overcome.

Thankyou for your praise of the edit and your constructive feedback. I rarely get reviews and thus I rarely get a 'feel' for what to do right and wrong, this will help a great deal, thankyou

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(Updated: June 08, 2021)
Overall rating
 
9.8
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0
Visual Editing
 
9.0
Audio Editing
 
9.0
Narrative
 
10.0
Enjoyment
 
10.0
This was fantastic. Thank you for fixing this movie! Great job. Great idea. Great execution.

Not sure if Superman: Doomsday could be similarly fixed, but I think you're onto something with this concept!

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Yes
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Digital
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