A crack of thunder echoed over Metropolis. The lightning made silhouettes of the city’s skyscrapers, sprinkled lights as far as the eye could see were twinkling as the tiring inhabitants went to sleep. Soon, only street lights remained amid the relentless downpour. A golden globe spun atop one tower, surrounded by the crest ‘The Daily Planet’. A lone figure floated above, wearing a cape, unmoved by the storm around him.
Adopting an observant posture, he listened intently for any signs of distress, any cries for help. He was expecting a quiet night, for the world had just endured and overcome one savagery. Tonight, of all nights, he was confident that the city would be safe.
Superman floated down silently, and landed softly on the roof of his alter ego’s workplace. His gaze never wavering from the city below. Never wavering, that is, until something distracted him.
“Show yourself” he demanded, “I know someone is there, I can hear your heart beat”
“Through the rain?” inquired a deep, gravelly voice.
“Yes” replied Superman, nonchalantly. The rain eased slightly, increasing visibility. “What do you want?”
The shadows behind the support pillars for the globe shifted for a moment, and then were still again. A gust of wind shot the standing water collecting on the floor into the air, as the mysterious figure responded only with movement..
Superman spun round and prepared himself.
“I’m not here to harm you.” Said the voice, “I’m here to warn you.”
“Warn me?” Superman responded, with slight disdain, “Sir, whoever you are, I advise you to think twice before entering into any confrontation with me, I’m here to protect, but will not hesitate to act, if necessary.”
“There are others who can stop you, if you go down the wrong path. Your actions, due to their very scale, have not gone unnoticed.”
“You talk of the Lantern?” Superman had heard of this one, a man with a ring of magic.
“He is not alone.”
Superman appeared to be looking at the floor, he was using his x-ray vision to penetrate each level until he saw his target, Louis Lane, still working late into the night. He relaxed, no longer sensing a threat from this presence. “Unfortunately, I am.”
“You are wrong, you have the city.” replied the stranger, “There will be times when they question you, fear you. But they will always need you. It is a responsibility. Are you ready for it?”
Superman looked to the sky, towards where his home once was, a world lost to the harsh will of the universe. Fate dealt him a cruel blow, but this new world, this new home had taught him much. The obligation to protect his new home grew exponentially, each passing day. There would be challenges, yes, but he knew what must be done.
“As long as I draw breath, I will protect this world.” Superman said as he gazed towards the voice.
Out of the darkness, the shadow emerged slightly, a flash of lightning illuminated the roof for all but a moment, exposing his form. A dark suited man, with a cowl shaped like a bat, his cape flapped across the city landscape. “Then we do so together”
Another flash of lightning struck, the thunder on this one was deafening, it distracted Superman for only a moment. He turned back to where the shadowy figure stood.
But it was too late. He had already gone.
As TA & NP have discussed the pro’s and the cons of the Disney buyout of the Star Wars brand I thought I should add a few words. I’m not interested in debating if it is a good thing or not, I’m just excited for new Star Wars films! I have a couple of suggestions for the magical kingdom. Here are a couple of already existing stories that could make in my opinion excellent additions to the Star Wars legacy.
The Han Solo trilogy is set before ‘A new Hope’ and tells the story of young Han Solo. It is a ripping adventure and explains his relationship with Chewbacca, how he won the Millennium Falcon, how he upset Jabba the hut and why he wears imperial trousers when he is a smuggler (I wonder how many of you hadn’t spotted this previously and are now looking at Google images?). Obviously you would have to find an actor with a mild resemblance to Harrison Ford to make this work, for god’s sake not Shia Lebeouf though Disney! The three books place you perfectly at the beginning of a New Hope so it wraps it up in a nice little package.
This is a little more left field and pretty new to the Star War mythology. Death Troopers is a zombie Star Wars novel written by Joe Schreiber. Set roughly before ‘A New Hope’ a prison vessel discovers an abandoned Star Destroyer and all hell breaks loose. It is a great twist on what you would expect from the Star Wars universe, but it is exactly this reason it hits all the right notes. A real ripping yarn.
If either of these stories ever make it to the cinema I will be the first one in line, with my popcorn and my large diet Coke. I really hope they don’t make them in 3D though…