The first image has been released of the Russian Batman who will appear in the animated movie Superman: Red Son. An adaptation of Mark Millar’s three-issue Elseworlds miniseries of the same name, the story sees Kal-El grow up in the Soviet Union instead of the United States. Due to his upbringing under the Communist regime, instead of truth, justice and the American way, he instead fights for “Stalin, socialism, and the international expansion of the Warsaw Pact.”
This version of Batman has a similar origin to that of his mainstream counterpart, in that he was driven to take on the mantle of a masked vigilante after witnessing the murder of his parents as a young child. The difference is that instead of a random mugging in an alleyway, they were murdered by NKVD operative and Stalin’s illegitimate son Pyotr Roslov (this reality’s Pete Ross) for printing anti-Superman leaflets, inspiring his hatred of the political system upheld by such callous brutality. Superman describes him as, "A force of chaos in my world of perfect order. The dark side of the Soviet dream. Rumored to be a thousand murdered dissidents, they said he was a ghost, a walking dead man. A symbol of rebellion that would never fade as long as the system survived. Anarchy in black.”
The image was revealed during an episode of DC Daily in which the animated movie, Batman & Mr Freeze: Subzero was primarily discussed. The episode also features an interview with Roger Craig Smith, who voiced the Dark Knight in the Arkham Origins video games, the English dub of Batman Ninja, the Batman Unlimited series of animated movies, and will reprise the role in Red Son. He described this latest experience as one of his favorite times performing as the character and confirmed he would be speaking in a Russian accent.
Many other characters related to Superman are seen throughout the story, albeit in forms altered from how fans would typically be familiar with them. Lois is still a reporter, although now in a distant marriage to Lex Luthor, who begins as a S.T.A.R. Labs scientist tasked by CIA agent James Olsen to develop a counter to the extraterrestrial Soviet superweapon. Others making appearances include Wonder Woman, Superman’s ally in fighting for the Communist cause, and Lana Lazarenko (Lana Lang), his childhood friend from the Ukrainian farming collective on which he grew up and one of the few people who knew him before he was presented to the world as a superhero.
Even when adapting specific comics, the animated DC movies aren’t direct translations of the stories and characters, but the spirit of them generally remains despite any changes made. The Batman of Superman: Red Son is largely similar to his standard counterpart, but while the mainstream Batman battles crime due to the senselessness of his parents’ deaths, this one is focused against the system that saw them murdered for expressing dissent. As such, this Batman is far more ruthless in his never-ending war, making him just as much of a reflection of the dark world that birthed him.
Source: DC Daily