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All-Star Superman

A DC Universe Animated Original Movie directed by Sam Liu.

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  • Apr 4, 2011
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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).
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April 04, 2011
Wow, that's too bad. I am looking forward to see this. The original story by Quitely and co. at DC Comics I believe was meant to be a "what if" or "elseworlds" type of story so it would not of course fit into the general continuity. How was the animation? I just returned from Wondercon for the Green Lantern direct to DVD animated film, Emerald Knights. Looks great!
April 05, 2011
Well, the animation is about on par with what they've already done before, so it's fine. It's just that -- as I said -- I never much cared for the source material to begin with, so the deck was pretty much stacked against this one for me. I did give it a shot, though, and I did go in with low expectations. It's just that even with lowered expectations I was disappointed. As I hinted, I absolutely LOATH that metrosexual direction the writers christened Superman with about the time that ALL-STAR SUPERMAN premiered in the books. I think they wanted to show that Supes was "above & beyond" all the slugfests that made the book so much fun throughout much of the 90's and early 2000's. I salute their attempt to do something a bit different, but this just isn't the Superman we know and love. On the GREEN LANTERN note, I'm totally looking forward to EMERALD KNIGHTS, and I've seen the four-minute promo they released online for the upcoming summer flick. I'm hoping that they do some great things with the Lantern b/c this is another wealth of source material that could go either way depending upon how they handle it in the effects department. So far, all looks good, so EMERALD KNIGHTS should make a great companion piece to the summer film.
April 05, 2011
I have not been keeping up with the Supes books lately; of the modern issues I've only been checking out Dark Horse's Conan series and DC's Green Lantern books. I do still grab the occasional Marvel comic but not like I used to. At the convention they showed the WHOLE thing of the Emerald Knights film. It was longer than earlier films, and it was structured much as an anthology as the young recruit is told of stories of earlier Lanterns -- like a Tales of the GL Corps type of storyline. It was great! Better than Doomsday!
April 05, 2011
Coolness. Then I'm looking forward to this one (EMERALD KNIGHTS). Yes, I don't read any titles regularly any longer. I gave it up seriously in the late 90's, but I had a few books that I sporadically followed up thru the early 2000's. I pick up graphic novel collections mostly these days, with the DARKEST NIGHT stuff being the most recent, and I'm holding off on the BRIGHTEST DAY stuff until it's all in collections. Otherwise, I just pick up stuff that gets some solid reviews in the trades, like IMPALER (I'm working on a review) and others.
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review by . February 27, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Morrison and Quitely's
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; …
review by . August 29, 2011
Not Up to DCAU's Standards
   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 …
Quick Tip by . February 27, 2011
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 …
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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 ...
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Director: Sam Liu
Genre: Action, Animation
Release Date: February 22, 2011
MPAA Rating: PG
Screen Writer: Dwayne McDuffie
DVD Release Date: February 22, 2011
Runtime: 76 minutes
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures, Warner Premiere, DC Comics, Warner Bros. Animation
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