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29 December 2011 @ 08:39 am
Your Obedient Serpent's Favorite Superman Quote  

The "World of Cardboard" Speech:

"That man won't quit as long as he can still draw a breath. None of my teammates will. Me? I've got a different problem. I feel like I live in a world made of cardboard, always taking constant care not to break something, to break someone. Never allowing myself to lose control, even for a moment, or someone could die. But you can take it, can't you, big man? What we have here is a rare opportunity for me to cut loose and show you just how powerful I really am."

For those interested, I've expanded and annotated The Top Five Superman Stories list.

ebony14 on December 29th, 2011 06:09 pm (UTC)
There's a variation of the Cardboard Speech that Judd Winick put into Mimic's mouth during Exiles (back when it was good). This version of Mimic is something of a protege of his universe's Captain America and is well-respected by most heroes. His ruminations culminate in him saying that, after discussing the issue with his fellow bricks and quasi-bricks, most superheroes really, really, REALLY like fighting robots, because they don't have to hold back. He's remembering this discussion because, at the time, he's working his way through Dr. Doom's robotic army. (Heh. A Robotic Army of Doooooom.)
TheBitterGuythebitterguy on December 29th, 2011 06:16 pm (UTC)
Amusingly, this is also proof of how horrible Smallville was, because of how anticlimactic this same fight was in that show's climax.
gatewalkergatewalker on December 29th, 2011 08:46 pm (UTC)
Definately Big Blue's best moment in the JL show. I think the phrase I used when seeing it for the first time was "aaaaand shit just got real."
Reveille D'Giovanettireveille_d on December 29th, 2011 11:03 pm (UTC)
Goddamn, I miss that show. I think it's time to pull out the DVDs.
Zrath-Smiley: Supermanzrath on December 29th, 2011 11:12 pm (UTC)

Oh yes, that is a most excellent speech and beat-down.
I also enjoyed this earlier speech and beat-down from "Justice League", though it's not quite as good.

Stalbonstalbon on December 30th, 2011 08:44 pm (UTC)
Just as much, Darkseid's verbal response to Supes, including the echo of 'Let's go.' was just as awesome, and a defining moment for the DCAU version of the villain. The whole episode, from start to finish, was fantastic.
Your Obedient Serpentathelind on December 30th, 2011 10:05 pm (UTC)
Oh, my.

If I had my books here on a shelf instead of in storage, I'd be scanning the Top 5 Best Darkseid Scenes Ever.

Most of them would come out of one book.
gatewalkergatewalker on December 31st, 2011 10:34 pm (UTC)
Lemme guess, Forever People?
Your Obedient Serpentathelind on December 31st, 2011 10:51 pm (UTC)
Jack Kirby's Fourth Worlds Omnibus Vol. 1, but, yes, at least a couple would be Forever People.

"You are the revelationist, Godfrey ... But I am the REVELATION!"
gatewalkergatewalker on January 2nd, 2012 03:14 am (UTC)
I think I just remember his FP stuff more because...well, the heroes of the book certainly weren't standing out much!