|Later reprint of the original 3 issue series.|
Apparently Warner Brothers Animation likes to have "premier" screenings of their direct-to-video films, and they let the fans in for free. All you really have to do is to send them an email when the announcements go out. This time I found out about it early enough and the screening fit into my schedule, so it was a go.
The film was an adaptation of the 2003 Elseworlds mini-series "Red Son" in which instead of landing in Smallville Kansas, Kal-El's rocket lands in the Ukraine and he becomes the Soviet Superman. I remember buying the original issues at the time and I'm pretty sure I still have them, but it had been an awful long time since I read the comics. I decided I wasn't going to reread them entirely before I saw the film, just familiarize myself with the major beats of the story. I figured I wouldn't be nit-picky on what they decided to excise until afterwards.
That was smart to be honest, because I probably WOULD have nit-picked their excising of an entire character and plotline and the re-execution of two major plot-points wasn't quite as graceful as it should be. If you don't want to be spoiled, don't read the next paragraph.
|I said, NO SPOILERS|
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Overall the story holds up and I think for the most part the filmmakers did a good job of adapting the material. I did re-read it last night after the screening and most of the beats are still intact. The editing seemed judicious and the adaptation is superb.
The voice-acting is top-notch. Jason Isaacs as Superman is really refreshing. He's not the corn-fed Kansas 'boy-shucks' everyman that Clark appears to be so often in these types of things. This Superman is a weapon in the beginning who slowly realizes that his ideals and the reality of the world are not compatible. That even though he only really wants to be a benevolent overlord, even his best intentions are not purely noble. I also really enjoyed Diedrich Bader as Lex Luthor, who ultimately and unsurprisingly gets the rare win over Superman here.
|Pretty much the entire cast plus Bruce Timm and Sam Liu, writer and director.|
|It's available for download now, Blu-Ray/DVD|
March 17, 2020
And that's not a bad thing.