Super-duper parodies of Man of Steel
SUPERMAN must be feeling old.
The grand-daddy of modern superheroes made his first appearance in Action Comics #1 75 years ago this month, and has saved the world (at least, in comic books) countless times since.
Ironically, he was first conceived as a bald telepathic villain by his late writer-artist creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.
The more-familiar incarnation as we know it came to Siegel in a dream and - inspired by mythical characters like Samson and Hercules, as well as being big movie fans (Superman's alter-ego name, Clark Kent, is a combination of the names of the actors Clark Gable and Kent Taylor) - the two went on to create one of the most famous cultural icons of our time.
Today, a new legion of geeks continue their legacy of idol reverence in the form of parodies that both worship and lampoon the duo's greatest creation.
The trailers of Man Of Steel, have received positive reception from netizens (Check out www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YG6RakU3h8 for a simultaneous montage of reaction videos). And if there's one thing that's more super than the man himself, it's the creativity of his admirers.
Here are three online fan videos of the lantern-jawed saviour that even Siegel and Shuster would have been proud of.
MAN OF STEEL TRAILER - HOMEMADE VERSION: SHOT-FOR-SHOT
The 2008 comedy film Be Kind Rewind coined the term "Sweded", which is an adjective that describes amateur recreations of films using limited resources and technology, according to the Know Your Meme website.
DustFilm's parody is the epitome of this film-making style, with the creator, Dustin McLean, and his friends using thrift-shop clothes, action figurines and toy cars to recreate the first Man Of Steel trailer, shot for shot.
The behind-the-scenes video (www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjabS6-z3u0) is especially inspiring for budding film-makers on a shoestring budget.
McLean reveals the resourceful methods he used to shoot the trailer, from repurposing a shopping trolley as a makeshift dolly to crafting an underwater rig from a Flip camera in a Ziploc bag.
If that's not fan dedication, I don't know what is.
MINE OF STEEL: SUPERMAN IN MINECRAFT TRAILER
Machinima, a portmanteau of machine and cinema, is a film-making technique that employs video- game assets and rendering engines.
In the case of this machinima film of the Ideal Of Hope trailer from media-creation studio Steelehouse Productions, the result is nothing short of breathtaking.
Bringing new meaning to the term blockbuster, all the characters and props are painstakingly recreated using the Lego-like cubes of Minecraft, a sandbox indie game. The models and animation match every line of dialogue and scene from the trailer, right down to a creepy-looking Lois Lane.
Well, if it's any consolation, she's more expressive than Russell Crowe.
SUPERMAN THEME SONG
This was the first video that I saw on YouTube seven years ago and it still remains one of my firm favourites.
It's also creator Goldentusk's first YouTube video and the one with the highest view count, at almost 10 million views.
According to the video description, Goldentusk wrote the lyrics in a day, improvised a green screen from his grandmother's blanket, and filmed himself singing his take on his "favourite piece of music that has no words" dressed up as the caped crusader.
His sincere enthusiasm for the source material shines through in his hammy posturing and goofy lyrics like "And I know that you can see my underwear/And you can joke about it all you want, I really don't care".
Goldentusk's super-hilarious satire is the pure embodiment of the larrikin spirit of fan-created content: bold, imaginative and endlessly entertaining.