Available Feb 22nd
On February 14th, at the Paley Center in New York City, Warner Bros. and DC Comics premiered their latest original animated feature, â€śAll Star Superman,â€ťÂť directed by Sam Liu with Bruce Timm as executive producer.
Actor James Denton voiced the part of Superman with Christine Hendricks as Lois Lane and Anthony LaPaglia as Lex Luthor.
â€śAll Star Supermanâ€ťÂť written by Dwayne McDuffie, and adapted from Grant Morrisonâ€™s comic book series of the same name, sees the Man of Steel rescue a doomed space craft from crashing into the Sun. Superman finds out that as a result of having absorbed too much of the Sunâ€™s radiation - that he is dying.
Superman spends the next several months putting his affairs in order, while still saving the world from the usual intergalactic terrors, the machinations of Lex Luthor and finally confronting his feelings for Lois Lane.
The 75-minute feature was screened for an audience of 200 and was highlighted by a question and answer discussion with Hendricks, McDuffie, and voice director Andrea Romano.
â€śAll Star Supermanâ€ťÂť producer, Alan Burnett, told Cosmic Book News he thought it was maybe the â€śbest DVD weâ€™ve done in the DC Universe.â€ťÂť
After decades of stories featuring Superman, McDuffie, speaking to Cosmic Book News, said many writers have left their mark on the iconic character. When asked about the challenge of writing the Man of Steel, McDuffie said it takes a level of gravitas to write him.
McDuffie said, during the panel, the challenge was to figure out what to adapt from Morrisonâ€™s series.
â€śI am a huge fan of the book and when I heard that [Warner Bros. was making a movie based on the comic book series], I basically begged them to let me do it,â€ťÂť said McDuffie. â€ś[But] what we did was [we] chose Supermanâ€™s conflict with Luthor as the center of it and we tried to keep the themes that supported it.â€ťÂť
McDuffie goes on to state the hardest part was not including a scene where Superman, as he is dying, helps prevent a teenager from committing suicide.Â
â€ś[That scene] was the heart of Superman and there was no place in the arc of the story, as we told it, that [it] would make sense. I tried and tried and tried and there was no place to put it.â€ťÂť
Despite that, Burnett praised McDuffieâ€™s take on Superman.
â€śItâ€™s a great story and Dwayne McDuffie--my hats off to him,â€ťÂť said Burnett to Cosmic Book News.
Christine Hendricks said that it was her appreciation for the character that drew her to the series.
â€śI had not read [the â€ťËśAll Star Supermanâ€™ series], and I was not familiar with it,â€ťÂť she said. â€śI just read â€ťËśSuperman and Lois Laneâ€™ and said, â€ťËśWhere do I go?â€™.â€ťÂť
Hendricks said that upon reading the â€śAll Star Superman" series, she was able to see Lois Lane in a different light. She praised Loisâ€™s depiction as being more than just the damsel-in-distress but having her own adventures.
â€śThe character was amazing and exciting,â€ťÂť Hendricks added.
Upon seeing the movie with an audience, Andrea Romano told Cosmic Book News she was pleased with the audience reaction, â€śIt was wonderful to hear the response from the crowd.â€ťÂť Romano said that much of the time when creating, she is unsure how it will be received, but was pleased to hear the cheers and the enjoyment from the crowd.Â
Burnett agreed, â€śIt was just a great pleasure to see it on screen with an audience.
â€śAll Star Supermanâ€ťÂť is available from Warner Bros. on DVD February 22nd, 2011.
Cosmic Book News would like to extend a special thanks to Don Smith for the above article. Don is a Freelance Comic Book Writer, Journalist and Author that can be reached at Donsmith74.wordpress.com.