February 3, 2012


With Max Landis’ movie Chronicle opening in theaters this weekend, you might be wondering to yourself just how the young writer became interested in superheroic origins or why he chose to give one of his protagonists supervillain tendencies. Well it just so happens that we’ve come across a short directed and narrated by Landis himself that might explain some things. In The Death and Return of Superman, Landis (along with some famous friends like Elijah Wood, Mandy Moore, Ron Howard, Simon Pegg and Chris Hardwick) takes viewers through an NSFW recap of the infamous DC comic series that saw the fall (and rise) of the last son of Krypton. Hit the jump to check it out.

Here’s the brief synopsis for Landis’ The Death and Return of Superman.

An educational parody film by Max Landis, Produced by Bryan Basham
Starring Elden Henson, Elijah Wood, Mandy Moore, Morgan Krantz and many more.

Check out the video below and let us know your thoughts.

For those of you unfamiliar with the comics (from Amazon):

One of the most stunning events in modern comics history is collected at last in a single, huge graphic novel.

The Death of Superman at the hands of the nightmare creature called Doomsday made headlines across the country in the 1990s, and now DC Comics has gathered the story of the Man of Steel’s death and return in one volume for the first time ever. This amazing story guest stars the Justice League of America and many other DC Comics heroes as they witness the fall and rise of the greatest super-hero of all time.


  • Edward Lee

    Gave it four minutes b/f I gave it up.

    • WEV

      your a nob

  • shepardN7

    this was amazing

  • ME

    Some of the girls in the video are actual porn stars. wtf.

  • Maxim

    Absolutely freakin’ hilarious! Made me want to see Chronicle more (which was only at ‘meh’ status for me). Shared on FB and gonna watch again… thanks!

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  • ryan

    i just fucking laugh my balls off

  • zillabeast

    I loved it lmao

  • Strong Enough

    i hate short films

  • Junierizzle

    Meh, he just wanted people to see all the famous people he knows. Which include Porn Star , Misti Dawn. Yowza!

  • Brad

    From the faux exasperation to the spastic and precociously smug delivery, I can’t help but hate this. Especially since its all this is picking on a notoriously stupid comic. Yep. Bad comic is bad. The opening line bugged me, and I made it six minutes and gave up. Actually, I LOVE Superman you smug, lucky little prick, and at the risk of sounding like a flag waving fanboy, in fact, many good writers have infused him with plenty of pathos and dimension.

  • Wtf

    What a smug a-hole. No wonder Chronicle looks so unappealing to me.

  • Atlas

    It’s hard to like anything this guy does, I’ve met him & he truly has let success make him a cocky @sshole. On that note I will admit I liked Chronicle a lot.

  • Wtf

    After watching this d-bag talk for 2 minutes I’m cool with never watching another thing he does.

  • Ged

    Chronicle is a great film! It needs a sequel. No one knows what happened to that damn thing in the ground.

  • LEM

    Ron Howard outta nowhere!!
    I still have one Death of Superman in the black bag with the bloody S on the cover but after they brought him back I kinda of gave up collecting comics.

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  • shepardN7

    i’m seeing a bunch of dc fanboys who don’t like being told that something incredibly retarded happened in their “C0MIKZ B00KZ”


    Well, I made it to the end, and I agree with both arguments on here,

    Yes, he is a cocky little trumpet! And I can’t say I care much for him.


    He is also %100 correct in everything he said. I’m not a Superman comics fan, but I have heard the rough outline of the Doomsday story and quite liked him as a character. But I never knew all these horrible details inbetween and spin off characters/Superman clones etc.. Yeesh! Nasty! I thought Smallville was bad, but these comics SUCK!

    And that said, I never fancied Chronicle, aint even bothered to see a trailer. But, if his wisdom on Superman reflects what he hates then Chronicle I assume contains the good stuff, so I’m sold.

  • Jax

    Believe me the cockiness is not from success. Its just how the kid is, I’ve known him since college and he hasn’t changed one bit. Unfortunately I wish he’d picked a better way to do this short because we did a ton of these at school and it felt amateurish to me when I first saw it. But go see chronicle anyway, it’s good.

  • AmperSand

    I have no problem with people taking the piss outta Death of Superman. Mid 90′s comics were crazy bad. All of em. Liefield on up. But, to listen this arrogant little piss ant rant and rave about how Superman sucks, in general, is too much to take. If you can take his dooshery seriously, for 15 minutes, more power to ya. But, honestly, I just wanna punch the smug, drunk dumbass in his face. Oh, look at me, my dad is rich and famous; I’ve written one movie; I can get a bunch of famous people to be in my short films. Nah.

  • sense 11

    OK dude you got me, I’m going to see Chronicle today.

  • almighty

    Couldn’t get past the first minute.

  • Dannyboy3030

    Is this guy supposed to be funny? This is all kinds of obnoxious.

  • Warpcrafter

    He’s totally right. Comic books are seriously lame now. By the way, anybody who says he’s obnoxious is just a little punk-ass who probably gives it up to anybody who glares at them. It’s called having a personality. Try it sometime.

  • Ern

    This cat gets comics. I can dig it. Being a huge collector I get his rant. Superman can get ridicky sometimes. People hatin on the kid seems jealous, he maybe a dick but he knows what he is talking about. Anyone that couldn’t make it past a minute are most likely not comic fans. This was a great piece.

    • Luke

      Is it me, or is Landis trolling the comments?

  • Umad

    Comic book fanboys, I mock your value system. You also appear foolish in the eyes of others. Past instances in which I professed to like you were fraudulent.

  • What

    I don’t like Superman but I hate Max Landis. Fuck that guy.

  • josh

    Parts of it was funny but he came off too much like an arrogant hipster geek. There was a funnier vid that covered barman knightfall.

  • buddman

    Well…cocky or not…the kid is right and when you’re right you’re right…

  • excpired

    I love how all the Superman nerds are angry. I’ve been saying this for YEARS, glad Max Landis had the balls to point this out!

    Totally true.

  • Wtf

    That’s not a ‘personality’. That’s a smug a hole with a rich, Hollywood daddy. Who knows nothing about Superman. He can make fun of Death of Superman all he wants; but I could pull out almost any comic from the mid 90′s and make fun of it, too. If you know anything about the mid 90′s comic book scene it was all gimmicks and randomness. The X-Men, who he claims are better than Superman cause they have more ‘pathos’ (or, some BS like that. Cause, ya know, being the last of your alien species isn’t traumatizing or anything.), are filled with cast offs, stupid stories and rejected characters from the mid 90′s (just like Booster Gold!). This kid knows nothing about comics (I’ll go toe to toe with anyone here), isn’t funny and is a doosh. That’s 3 strikes, yer out.

  • CanIHaveASlice?

    I didn’t watch the video because I’m at work and the sound is disabled (I may come back later and watch it, if I remember), but my favorite part of Death/Return is Hal Jordans’ fight with Mongul.

  • Luke

    I’ve met his father – a serious douche hot head scumbag. I didn’t know he had a son. Too bad, I was looking forward to seeing chronicle, but after watching Landis douche jr. rant, I will not give that family any of my money. He is exactly like his father. I hope the studio keeps him away from any stunts or low flying helicopters, lest history repeat itself.
    It’s crazy how badly I wanted to punch him in the face. I am not a comics geek or even know what the hell he was going on about, I had to wiki it…but wow-I really hate that guy.

  • Mr.Rich316

    Wow! So much hate…I had to double check to make sure Matt Goldberg didn’t make that video. Mandy Moore has never been better. Best Lois Lane since Erica Durance.

  • Vic Morrow

    Chronicle’s actually a great movie, but he is an entitled twat. Saw him at a restaurant once where he sat by himself and yapped on his cell phone at ungodly decibels about all of his screenplay projects. You should see him on Twitter and Facebook. Can only imagine how John Landis would’ve been on those things.

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  • Joe Duntgivafuck

    Well, Chronicle sucked..this nerds career is over. PS…the only thing that was missing were the douchbags from Big Time Rush…how much did TeenNick pay this jackass?

  • joblow

    Landis is a total a-hole (like father, like son?) I’ve been unfortunate enough to come across him a few times in LA. And yes, it seems like he and a ton of other douches are trolling the internet gushing about this video and also Chronicle, which was mediocre at best.

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