‘Superman’ Animated Short Film Being Created by Zack Snyder & Bruce Timm

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Given that 2013 is the 75th anniversary of the creation of what was debatably the very first superhero, the public will soon be seeing Superman everywhere. It looks as if fans of the character can look forward to director Zack Snyder’s reboot of the film franchise with Man of Steel, but also a veritable avalanche of new comics, video games, and revivals.

One of the most recently-announced (and most intriguing) projects intended to celebrate the anniversary is a short animated film to be produced by Snyder himself. Snyder, DC Comics, and Warner Bros. seem to be pulling out all the stops for this film, as they’ve recruited many of other Superman veterans to work on it – including animation legend Bruce Timm (the Justice League television series).

THR shares the news that Snyder and Timm will collaborate on the creation of a short animated film intended to highlight and praise the entire course of Superman’s history. They join a team of collaborators that includes Geoff Johns (writer of Superman: Secret Origin), Jay Oliva (Man of Steel‘s storyboard lead), and Mike Carlin (former executive editor for DC).

Only a few minutes long, the animation will apparently consist of a single uninterrupted shot that will pay homage to every stage of Superman’s history. This montage will include the 1940s animated Superman of Max Fleischer, Christopher Reeves’ films, the outlandish comic book adventures of the Silver Age, and will end with the Superman depicted in Man of Steel.

This is, of course, far from the first time that Timm has worked with the Man of Steel. After cutting his teeth as an animator on Tiny Toon Adventures, Bruce Timm went on to help oversee and create the DC Animated Universe that began with the universally celebrated Batman: The Animated Series and carried over into the more-relevant Superman: The Animated Series. Since these projects, Timm has worked to shape DC’s animated projects either hands-on or from behind the scenes as producer.

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Clark Kent and Lois Lane in one of Max Fleischer’s 1940 ‘Superman’ serials.

Timm’s involvement in the anniversary project comes on the heels of the announcement that he was “stepping away” from DC animation for a time. While some fans speculated that Timm was leaving the animation division he helped build, insiders asserted that he would soon be back “in a big way.” Will this relatively simple (and yet, rather ambitious) short film mark a resurgence in Timm’s output?

While there is no announced release date for the of the as-yet-unnamed Superman film, DC intends to roll out a preview animatic at San Diego Comic-Con. As it is intended as an anniversary tribute, fans will no doubt see a finished product before the end of the year. Whether or not the film will mark the beginning of a more active portion of Bruce Timm’s career, it’s exciting to consider the lauded animator working with Zack Snyder on what could be a truly breathtaking piece of animation.


Man of Steel smashes into theaters on June 14th, 2013. The unnamed Superman short film does not yet have a release date, but will likely appear late in 2013.

Source: THR

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  1. First!.. the Year of Superman is upon us.

  2. So does that mean the montage will be attached to the man of steel when in theatres?

    • would be nice

    • It’ll most likely be on the BD/DVD.

      • Exactly what I was thinking/hoping…

  3. :O

    Excuse me, I must run outside and scream in excitement

    • Hahaha so funny

  4. I was kind of hoping this would be a precursor to Man of Steel but even if that doesn’t happen (because it won’t) I’ll still be excited about it. A collaboration between Snyder and Timm should yield fantastic results.

  5. Zack Snyder studied paintings while learning photography
    and a painter’s sensibilities with images permeates and
    inspires much of Zack’s visual style and animation
    would be a natural fir for his photographic eye.

    • ^natural “fit”

      • Is it wrong that, for a split moment, I pictured an artistically rendered black and white image of an evergreen tree with a cape?

        • 😀

        • 😀

  6. Sounds absolutely superb. Zack Snyder and Bruce Timm working together to crystallize the entire evolution and portrayal of Supes through out his seventy five years.

    I can’t help to wonder if they would even touch upon Bryan Singer’s “Superman Returns” incarnation.

    • Part of Supes history. Why not? Superman Returns wasn’t great but it wasn’t all that bad either. I liked it but it’s something I wouldn’t watch over and over again. It’s fine if they touch upon it for a brief moment.

      • Right on.

  7. So hopefully this is sign of Bruce Timm working on some manner connected to the DC Cinematic Universe!
    Cannot wait to see this short film! Great year for Superman hopefully!
    Also, Sears released a video on the Man of Steel that actually includes some unreleased footage and much behind the scenes. I enjoyed it.

    Just two more weeks.

  8. EPIC!!! Loving all the stuff coming out for Man of Steel and Superman’s 75th anniversary. DC is definitely overloading us with excitement this year. Keep it coming! 😀

  9. DC!!!!

  10. Please, for the love of God, Bruce Timm and Zack Snyder be super impressed with each other so that you want to work with each other on the DC Movie Universe.

    • The possibility that Bruce Timm can actually provide his own expertise and experiences to the larger DC cinematic universe is self evident.

      • Right, if there was a person they should call to oversee the shared DCMU, it’s Bruce Timm.

        • There ya go.

          Zack and also his wife, Deborah, seem so genuinely excited about Superman.

          I see the future of the DC cinematic universe in Zack and Deborah Snyder, David Goyer, Bruce Timm and Roven.

          And who else? Nolan could STILL be a creative consultant and producer. Why not?