Up front, I wasn’t a fan of the Batman v Superman film. Or the Man of Steel movie. Nothing against Zach Snyder, mind you. He’s done some interesting and watchable work. Those just weren’t two of them.
For me, Superman, as he appeared in The Animated Series, Justice League, and Justice League Unlimited was the definitive Superman. Doing anything else with the character that isn’t based on, or inspired by, that shared universe is pretty much a waste of time. Both as a superhero, and a person, Superman was at his best, most relatable, and sympathetic. Don’t try to fix what isn’t broken.
Still, every now and then, someone manages to do something with Superman that is extraordinary. Something that helps us see Clark Kent in a way we might not have before.
It All Goes Away is a short film directed by Zachariah Smith, based on “Sam’s Story” by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, and revolves around a young Clark dealing with the grief of loosing a close friend. How that grief, and what it taught him about the importance of life, affects him as both an adult, and a superhero is impossible to ignore.
It All Goes Away does more to explore the human aspect of Superman that pretty much any film I’ve ever seen, and as such, is a must watch for fans of Superman, comic book lovers, geeks, and, well, anyone. Even the Man of Steel feels grief, loss, and the helplessness that goes with it.
Even Superman cries.