A complete and utter disappointment only given a few props due to the fact that it's a Superman film, and I'm arguably the world's biggest Superman fan. The chief problem with ALL-STAR SUPERMAN is that it's tied to the source material -- also named ALL-STAR SUPERMAN -- is which the trend to makeover the Man of Steel as a contemporary metrosexual -- much like the oft-maligned SUPERMAN RETURNS film did -- is continued. I won't trouble you with any spoilers other than to say don't expect any serious action as this film purports to make Superman "think" about his place in the universe instead of genuinely saving it (I realize that may not be a fair assessment given the ending, but that's my take on this story).
I have always expressed some dissatisfaction whenever Bruce Timm produces (in this case, co-produces with Alan Burnett) an animated film adapted from a comic book story. I had mixed feelings with “Batman: Under the Red Hood“ and I didn‘t exactly like the “Superman/Batman Public Enemies” movie (granted, I never liked the original story arc), but “Superman/Batman Apocalypse” did leave some hope that perhaps Timm and company were finally getting their footing; … more
Allow me, for the sake of justifying my complaints about this piece from the onset, to say that I am a subscriber to the theory that the DCAU crew is responsible for the absolute best incarnations of the DC comic characters of all time. Whenever I begin to burn out on the whole animated comic hero industry, a trip to my Batman the Animated Series collection or through a few Justice League Unlimited episodes are all it takes to remind me of everything that is right about the concept … more
The comic book series was filled with Golden Age and Silver Age tributes to the adventures of the man of steel. There’re time-traveling Samson and Atlas (Supes arm-wrestles both of them), a Lois Lane who has Superman’s powers, a dwarfed star key, kryptonite death rays, a Superman from a future, a baby sun-eater, a sphinx, Kandor, Signal watches, Bar-El and many more. I have to say, it was one of the most engaging stories ever told in the Superman mythos; it was … more
This week, Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely's All Star Superman became the latest DC Comics storyline to be made into an animated feature, and for many fans, myself included, this felt like something that was going a step beyond the stories they've adapted in the past.
All Star Superman isn't just a story that has that great hook -- Superman's last adventure before he dies -- it's also one of the best Superman stories of all time,
When you get right down to it, most of DC's previous animated releases, Crisis on Two Earths, Under the Red Hood,Public Enemies and Apocalypse, have all fallen into the same broad category. They're stories with great hooks -- the Justice League fights their evil opposites, Batman's sidekick comes back from the dead with a chip on his shoulder, Superman and Batman punch some dudes, Superman and Batman punch some other dudes and also Supergirl's there -- but they're also stories that, for obvious reasons, felt like they were the easiest to pitch to the mass market, but not necessarily the best.
As a comic, All-Star Superman is an incredible testament to the craft of comic book storytelling, and also something that synthesizes itself out of decades of comics in a way that's still fairly accessible to unfamiliar readers. Tthat simultaneously makes it an obvious choice to see adapted, and also something that's incredibly difficult to pull off without losing what makes it special. And now, having seen ...