I grew up on Superman comics, Superman movies and Superman tv shows. Eventually this spun out of Superman and into the DC Universe as a whole. Superman led me to Supergirl— and that’s a fandom that has defined my life. I was asked to talk about the two most defining moments of my fandom, the two opportunities I’ve gotten to interact with actors who have brought Superman to life.
Two years ago, my fiancee and I went to Wizard World in San Jose. An inkling went through my head: Dean Cain was going to be there, and he was the Superman of my youth. “What if… I bought a photo op and went in my Supergirl costume and asked him to reenact the all too famous Crisis cover with Superman and Supergirl?” I thought. “He’ll never agree to it,” another part of me thought. “But what if?” the first part fired back. The day of the convention came, and the photo op was purchased. My nerves were racing. There was time before the picture, and we visited Dean at his booth. I asked him about my plan, and showed him a picture of the comic in question. He smiled and said “Oh absolutely! They,” he gestured at Con staff, “will probably tell us no, but we won’t listen, right?” An hour or so later and I was the first one through his photo op line. Before nary a word could be uttered, he grabbed me, literally swept me off my feet and ‘click’ the photo was taken. He set me back down and I dazedly stumbled out of the photo area and over to collect my purchase. I was shaking and my blood was racing, unable to believe what had just happened, and I was left with an print, a digital file of the picture, and a lifelong memory.
Nothing like that could ever happen again, right? So I thought. And then the guest list for this year’s Heroes and Villains Fanfest, also in San Jose, was released. Low and behold and I was going to have the opportunity to meet another Superman. This time it was Brandon Routh, of Superman Returns fame. Alas, his photo op was at the very beginning of the day, thus I was unable to talk to him before the event. This just made it all the more nerve wracking. I bought the opportunity and stood in line. As I got to my turn, I approached him with my phone, and the picture of the cover in question. “Brandon, can we do this?” I asked. He looked and nodded. “Sure,” he replied, “Who’s carrying who?” I was about to stammer an answer when he earnestly looked at me.
“OH RIGHT. Yes.”
I set my phone down, and he picked me up. The after process was exactly the same as it had been with Dean. I was stunned, unable to believe what had just happened. I drunkenly collected my print and then had to sit down.
So, there you have it. Two photo opportunities that will forever define my fandom. I’ve been blessed to have the ability to do this, and will remember these moments for the rest of my life.
Henry Cavill and Tyler Hoechlin? You’re on my list. Lets do this.