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9.3 3 10
supermanallstar_front
FanMix March 13, 2023 1603
Overall rating
 
8.8
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0
Audio Editing
 
10.0
Visual Editing
 
10.0
Narrative
 
6.0
Enjoyment
 
8.0
First, let me say that the video and audio editing, as well as the matching of the footage is superb here. I saw no problem with the technical aspects of the mash-up. And it's a rather bold choice to make "Superman 4" the primary focus of the early story. I have said in the past that fanedits like "Superman: Redeemed" gave way to making 3 and 4 a great intermediary piece that would fit nicely between "Superman: The Movie" and "Superman 2."

I believe the faneditor has set out to do what he wanted and it works on a certain level.

Personally, I think a lot of the really shoddy elements of Superman 4 should have been trimmed, and that comprised my biggest personal issues with this fanedit. Also, there are a lot of competing storylines in this version, so it may be a bit much for the average viewer... makes Spiderman 3 feel simplistic.

There are some really good scenes in Superman 3 and 4. Weaving those into a coherent narrative while discarding the irrelevant, distracting, or outright garbage is a challenge, and I applaud ANY faneditor for taking up the task. I do recommend this fanedit. I think it is full of great ideas. Perhaps this one would work better broken up into "TV Episode" length segments, rather than one full-length movie. Personally, I feel this fanedit is a bit too "all-over-the-place" in its current form.

I know I ranked this lowest on narrative, and part of that reflects the faneditor's own decision to focus on a comic book "feel" and a bit less on narrative structure. There is nothing wrong with that approach, but this seems to vacillate between action and competing plots a bit too freely. There were also plenty of moments where I was thinking, "Ugh... why did you retain that scene?"

Having said that, I do think there are novel approaches in this fanedit that do merit praise. Choosing to keep Gus Gorman (Richard Pryor), but making him a computer hacker all-along can actually work, as evidenced in this story. Using the battle with Nuclear Man as the trigger for the breaking of the Phantom Zone prison can also work. I like this more as an "experimental" work than any real narrative, as it really lacks key structural components to make it fully coherent and logical story-wise.

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Owner's reply February 10, 2024

Thanks keithbk for watching and the review!

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