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Old March 21 2014, 06:12 PM   #1980
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Re: ‘Superman & Batman’ movie will follow ‘Man of Steel’

Superman Returns did the same kind of soft rebooting that Marvel Comics does with its own continuity all the time. Peter Parker originally got his spider bite in the early 1960s, but these days when we see flashbacks to his origins, he has a cell phone and uses 2000s slang. Tony Stark was originally captured and injured by Communist forces in Vietnam, now it was by insurgents in Afghanistan. Reed Richards originally rushed his family into space in hopes of beating the Soviets to the Moon, now it was... I don't even know what the current rationale is.

Comic strips do the same thing. Calvin and Hobbes went through the seasonal cycle every year and celebrated Christmas every year for ten years straight, but Calvin remained six years old throughout. Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang also went through regular annual cycles but only aged about 4-5 years' worth in the decades that the strip was being made, and characters who started out as infants, like Schroeder and Sally, eventually became near-contemporaries of the other characters.
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