‘All-Star Superman’ Trailer Hints at a Different Take On The Story

Published 5 years ago by , Updated November 30th, 2010 at 8:56 am,

all star superman animated All Star Superman Trailer Hints at a Different Take On The Story

Last week we brought you a first look at DC Universe’s next upcoming animated feature, All-Star Superman, based on the award-winning series from writer Grant Morrison and artist Frank Quitely.

Today, courtesy of MTV, we have the first trailer for All-Star Superman, and my initial impression is that we’re going to be getting an animated feature that honors the themes of Morrison and Quitely’s series, while simultaneously taking some “creative liberties” for the sake of the animated feature format.

If you aren’t familiar with the source material, All-Star Superman was a twelve-issue comic book series that ran between 2005 and 2008. The premise was that Superman, while on a mission in the sun, is tricked by Lex Luthor into absorbing too much of the solar radiation that powers him, resulting in a slow breakdown and conversion of his cells into “solar-radio consciousness.” With only a year left to live, Superman creates a bucket list of ten accomplishments he wants to achieve before his demise, and sets out to fulfill them. Defeating an approaching planet of Bizarros, teaching Luthor a sense of humanity and giving Lois Lane superpowers for a day are just some of the highlights of The Man of Steel’s quest.

Check out the trailer for All-Star Superman below:

Those who have read All-Star Superman are surely wondering (as I am) how the filmmakers at DCU hoped to convert this story into an animated feature. Every issue of the comic was meant to serve as a deep mediation on the nature of Superman’s character, and although there was an over-arching storyline, each issue of the comic (except for one two-part story) was presented as its own complete standalone tale. Not exactly fertile ground for an 80-minute animated action movie.

But an 80-minute action movie is exactly what that trailer indicates DCU is going with. The whole Lex Luthor scheme that bookended the All-Star Superman comic series appears (Note: “appears”) to have been streamlined into being the main focus of the plot, with the quests Superman undertakes during his last year of life tossed in as little asides and fillers to fatten up the middle. I’m usually a big fan of DCU’s animated works, but if my speculation about All-Star Superman is correct, I’m going to disappointed. After all, not EVERY great comic book storyline needs to be converted to film. Great pieces of writing are usually great pieces of writing for a reason.

James Denton (Desperate Housewives), Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) and Anthony LaPaglia will be voicing Superman, Lois Lane and Lex Luthor, respectively. Ed Asner (Up) and Francis Conroy (Six Feet Under) will play Perry White and Ma Kent, while Linda Cardellini (ER), Arnold Vosloo (The Mummy)  and Matthew Gray Gubler (500 Days of Summer) will also lend their voices.

Longtime DC Universe Guru Bruce Timm will be producing and Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths writer/director team Dwayne McDuffie and Sam Liu will be onboard as well.

You can catch All-Star Superman on DVD/Blu-ray in Spring 2011.

Source: MTV

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  1. i liked the 12 issue comic book run.i hope the animated movie does live up to it.

    • holy crap… the last 10 seconds or so of that really REALLY resembles the end of Matrix Revolutions…

  2. i just wish they would have done another superman story..im so getting sick and tired of seeing lex luthor

    • Ah, but you get to listen to that sexy, gravelly voice of Anthony LaPaglia. That’s worth the admittance alone.

  3. Oh no. Superman’s gonna die… AGAIN!!!

  4. I give any DCAU movie attention so I will definitely see this. Whether I’ll actually enjoy it is another issue but the comic series was fantastic and the DCAU movies have never actually disappointed me.

  5. Honestly I think it would work well that way. Most of the Superman’s little side quests were pretty lame. I mean seriously giving Louis powers?

  6. Ok i ask this to get this off my mind but, Am i the only who wishes Bruce Timm & Co would make a feature length movie or two set in the Timm-verse animated universe such as JLU? Like the cancelled straight to dvd Justice League: World’s Collide that bridges Justice League & JLU. Plus, if set in JLU universe they could really somehow bring back Doomsday and cover the Death & Return of Superman. Not in just one dvd, maybe 3? So we get to see most of the heroes attend Superman’s funeral, somehow put in Cyborg Superman, Eradicator,, Not sure about Superboy but Steel would already been in the universe so he’d be no problem. If i knew where to white, id write to Bruce Timm requesting this, Maybe one more season worth 26 episodes of JLU, or even one more season of Superman: TAS that would focus on Superman gaining back the people’s trust as Bruce Timm has stated he’d wouldn’t mind trying to do.

  7. Winter of 2011? Its not even the Winter of this year yet and they have a full trailer (not just a teaser) already? Incidents like this make me wonder why some films have trailers out as far as a year in advance while others, which sometimes are complete well in advance of their release don’t provide a trailer till a month or 2 out.

    I was lucky to be invited to an early screening of the SUPERMAN BATMAN APOCALYPSE film, being released to DVD next week and while I have always loved the DC animated films of recent years I hope they do a better job with ALL STAR SUPERMAN then they did with APOCALYPSE. I enjoyed APOCALYPSE but its not something I’ll porbably watch again let alone go outa nd buy a copy of like I did the otehr animated films.

  8. Blue I don’t know the exact date but technically January 2011 counts as winter. I don’t know though.

  9. Like some others, I’d like to see a Bruce Timm-designed full length feature returning to the well-conceived Batman Animated and Superman world’s with an adaptation of some classic Silver Age story like the first visit of Superman and Jimmy Olson to Kandor and their adventures as Nightwing and Flamebird.

    • @ Stu

      I agree. Im glad im not the only one who wishes the same. Id really like it if Bruce Timm & Co could go back to Superman: TAS to make one more season thats focused on how Superman gains back most of the people’s trust. I liked the New Batman Adventures episodes, but didnt like Mystery Of The Batwoman that much, but willing see another feature length movie or season since there wasn’t many episodes of Nightwing. Id really like to see more than one feature length movie of JLU that could more accurately cover the Death & Return of Superman, or make changes to the canceled dvd Justice League: World’s Collide that bridges JL & JLU by revealing how Wonderwoman aquires her invisable jet & the league takin on the Crime Sydicate, what was the outcome of how the JLU became 60 strong? Or maybe just simply make JLU feature length movies that show characters like Firestorm, Cyborg,Black Vulcan,etc. Since they made figures in the toyline & would be great to see them in the Timm-verse along with the rest of the JLU.

  10. how does superman ge cancer from the son come on thats the souce of his power, they could have cum up wit somethin better than that

  11. im tired of the same superman and luthor stories superman needs a real challeng why not do a cross over MARVEL’S GLADIATOR “KALLARK” vs SUPERMAN that would be an epic battle between 2 of the most powerful. i know im maybe asking to much but to me that would make a great movie.