Did the 1992 “Death of Superman” storyline from DC Comics send you into a fit of fanboy fury? Max Landis, son of director John Landis and writer of the film Chronicle, was pretty ticked by it. His 15-minute rant-slash-reenactment is required viewing for all true comic book fans.
Landis himself directs and retells the story of Superman‘s death and return, while a bunch of his friends act out the story he’s telling. Among the many, many guest stars Landis enlisted for his short film are Elijah Wood, Mandy Moore, Simon Pegg, Matt Bennett, Ron Howard, Chris Hardwick, Morgan Krantz, Kelsey Gunn, and many more, all of whom prove entirely game for Landis’ lo-fi, low-budget dramatizations.
Despite the angry ranting over the endlessly illogical plot points and wacky play-acting by his goofball friends, in the end Landis does make an excellent point about how this pivotal moment in comic book history changed the medium forever — and not for the better.
Just be warned: watching this video is not recommended if you’re turned off by excessive profanity. Because of this, it’s most definitely NSFW.