So here’s the new trailer for DC’s latest animated feature: All*Star Superman. It’s expected to be released in Spring of next year, with James Denton (Desperate Housewives) voicing Superman, Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) voicing Lois Lane and Anthony LaPaglia (Without a Trace) voicing Lex Luthor. In the film, Superman is faced with mortality and has to decide what is truly important to the last survivor of Krypton.

The movie sounds interesting, but I can’t help but feel as though the once great DC animated empire has taken off into a DC Direct model for movies. Each film has different actors, different writing, different universes and even a different drawing style. I realize that the DC animated team are probably tired of exploring the Bruce Timm BTAS/STAS/JLU world… But that’s what people liked about DC’s animated stuff. That world was probably the best damn incarnation of the DC Universe ever.

The rest of this stuff, while good, often varies in quality. We also run into the problem of a lot of these films exploring similar themes. These are basically one shot comics, in a cartoon movie format. It’s a nice idea and all, but I think DC would be better served to create a series of movies that tied together and used the same actors and drawing style.

Am I alone in this?

7 Responses to All Star Superman Preview and Thoughts

  • Daniel says:

    I completely agree. If they didn't want to make Crisis on Two Earths in JLU continuity, that's unfortunate, but why not use some of the same talent from the other movies? Keri Russel as Wonder Woman would've fit in well as the designs were close. I definitely feel like some sense of continuity would make all of these stronger as a whole.

  • Yves S says:

    I love the BT style / animation but I think variation makes it more enjoyable for me.
    I really don't care if the continuity isn't there in these movies, if I want continuity, I'll read it in the comics.

  • Glad I'm not alone in thinking this. I would be more excited about a new Superman movie, if I could relate to the Superman. With these stories all being so wildly different, I never know how the character is going to be when I enter into it. Is Superman outed to Lois? Does he even know Lois? By the time the movie makes me care about him, it's time for another movie with an entirely different Superman.

  • I wouldn't mind some deviation in animation but I just think it'd be more enjoyable to me if there was some general continuity. I get what you're saying, but comic continuity is all over the place anyway. I feel like I have to get to know these characters as new each time a new film comes out.

    It also seems like they're just randomly picking actors who are "current" to fill these roles. In animation, voice is the key to identifying with a character. Each time Superman gets a new voice, it takes me a while to adjust.

  • Fengschwing says:

    While the man in the street would probably identify Christopher Reeve as Superman, plenty of actors have portrayed the Man of Steel on the screen, I see no reason why different voice actors can do the same in each animated feature.
    The stories that are being animated are stand alone, thus making them easier for 'non-fans' to dip into.
    All Star Superman is stand alone anyway, being Grant Morrison's own, unrestricted take on the Man of Steel and it is all the better for not being tied to continuity.
    It's a lovely story, managing to be nostalgic and cutting edge all at the same time and, in my opinion, one of the best Superman stories we've ever had. I hope the film lives up to the quality set by Morrison and Quietly.

  • Nathan says:

    For me, the farther away they move from the Bruce Timm BTAS/STAS/JLU stuff the better. I love those three cartoons, but I also think that that style has had its day. I'd like to see animation more representative of the incredible art that you often see in the comics, instead of the simplified geometric Timm designs. Don't get me wrong, I think Timm's style is cool, but I don't want it to monopolize DC Universe animation like it did in the past.

    I'm cool with the direction they're taking with these movies. They're not explicitly independent, so they could all be happening within the same universe. (I don't remember anything about All Star Superman that would make it obviously independent, unlike All Star Batman.) It's just that they each have a different animation style. But I still think they're a little too influenced by the Bruce Timm style. I'd like to see animation with more structure and detail… which might not be possible given the budget, but it's hopeful thinking.

    Truthfully, I think they should be mining these storylines for live action movies, not animated movies. Green Lantern: First Flight would have made an awesome live action movie.

  • Yves S says:

    I will say that, as far as voices go, I'll completely agree with you. I would like Batman to be Kevin Conroy. When I see Batman, I hear Kevin's voice.

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