When classic comic book stories come up, this title has to be mentioned in the Pantheon. Superman: Red Son is one of a select few “alternate universe” stories that I deem mandatory reading. That puts it in extremely rarefied air. DC must also realize the weight of this classic story, which is why it’s now out in animated form.
Red Son tells the story of Kal-El, The Last Son of Krypton, crash landing in Cold War Russia rather than nice and cozy Kansas, USA. Superman grows up through the ranks of the Soviet government and eventually becomes something both logical and terrifying. The story is consistently exciting but also legitimately unnerving.
The trailer shows off one of the most interesting parts of the graphic novel—the alternate versions of traditional DC characters. Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Lex Luthor, and—of course — The Batman all show up. My two favorite characters—aside from the creepy, but somehow still endearing Soviet Superman—are Batman and Lex Luthor. I don’t want to give away why, but these two still retain their expected epic-ness, rest assured.
The animation of this film looks to be in top form. DC pioneered the modern, quality animated comic book movie. They dipped heavily into anime territory for a while, but it looks like this one ventures back into classic realms. It also seems to retain the kinetic action elements picked up from anime-style, combining the best of both worlds. By the way, if you want to see what I still consider the shining example of DC animation, go check out Green Lantern: Emerald Knights. The animation in that film is absolutely breathtaking, and the fight scenes actually made me understand the power of the Green Lanterns.
I will be picking up this film as soon as it comes out. Here’s to DC continuing to put out quality productions. Now, for their feature films.. that’s another story.
–The Cavalier Nerd