Duane’s Fiction

September 21, 2008

Kandor

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — duaneaakre @ 12:09 am

Kandor Cover Art

I started this story after seeing the movie ‘Superman Returns’.  I had been looking forward to this movie since it was first announced.  I ordered my tickets early so I could see it on the opening weekend in 3-D at the IMAX in Dallas.  Then it turned out to be just a huge disappointment.  It was like they were trying to do nothing original but just redoing the first Christopher Reeve’s Superman movie with better special effects.  And somehow in the process they lost the special feeling of wonder the original movie had instilled in me when I saw it in college and instead kept every bad cliche that had been bad even in the original thirty years earlier.  The worst for me was Lex Luthor.  I wanted him to be a seriously scary, bad-ass industrialist.  Instead we got a loser who steals from little old ladies and surrounds himself with a group of buffoons.  How can Superman be Superman when he doesn’t have a worthy opponent?

So Kandor started out as a variation of the movie I would have liked to have seen.  I salvaged the two plot lines (Superman had been gone five years and Lois had a son) and the one action sequence (Superman saving the shuttle and mother craft) I found interesting and scrapped everything else. Like the movie, this story takes place after the first two Christopher Reeve’s movies, but additionally it takes place after the Smallville TV series because the movies don’t provide enough background information to flesh out the story.  To make it all work, I have from time to time made a few adjustments to the original movies/series so things will be at least somewhat consistent.  For example, I am sticking with the dates from the TV series, so in this story the first Superman movie takes place in 2013, the second in 2015, and this story begins in 2020.

Setting the story a dozen years in the future certainly makes for a more interesting writing challenge.  I mean, simply look at all the things we take for granted that didn’t exist twelve years ago: Only a primitive pre-cursor to the current internet (with no amazon, no ebay, no google, no worldwide fanfiction), no digital cameras, almost no cellphones, no DVDs, no Ipods, there were CDs, but no way to burn your own.  The list could go on and on, but you get the point.  And then next dozen years will probably see even more and faster changes.   With this story I will really have to get out my futurist hat.

My version of Kandor is based on the ‘Silver Age’ of Superman (the 1960’s comics to the non-comic fans), with Kandor, the historic capitol of Krypton, stolen from Krypton by Brainiac through the use of a minaturization ray beam appoximately seventy years prior to the destruction of the planet. At the time of this story, approximately one hundred years have passed for the residents of Kandor since their removal from Krypton.  Even for the long-lived Kryptonian race, most of the inhabitants at the time of the story never knew their homeworld.

I currently have five chapters of this story finished.  You can find them here.

If you would like to talk about this story, please leave a comment.

Updated 2/3/2013 – New cover art for the fanfiction.net website.  Created using pulp-o-mizer:

Kandor - Cover 02 - Pulp

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