An animated adaption of the acclaimed mini-series, Superman: Red Son was announced at San Diego Comic-Con 2019. The movie will start off DC’s animated lineup in 2020, which will also contain Justice League Dark: Apokolips War and Superman: Man of Tomorrow. A Superman: Red Son adaption was originally reported to be in development back in January.
While Superman doesn’t have quite as many films as Batman, the Man of Steel has been the star of a few notable ones. The first DC Universe film was actually Superman: Doomsday, a loose adaption of the Death of Superman storyline. Then there was All-Star Superman, an adaption of the series of the same name. Then came Superman vs. the Elite and Superman Unbound, the final ones in the pre-New 52 animated continuity. The most recent starring Superman movies were The Death of Superman and Reign of the Supermen, which re-adapted the iconic storyline. Now, one of the most famous Elseworlds tales in comics is about to be adapted.
During the world premiere of Batman: Hush at Comic-Con (via: DC Comics Blog), DC announced its 2020 slate of animated movies, with the first being an adaption of Superman: Red Son. DC notes that the storyline was recently adapted loosely in Supergirl, but the new animated movie will likely tread much closer to the source material.
Superman: Red Son is an Elseworlds title built upon one question: what if Superman didn’t land in Kansas, but instead fell into the hands of 1950s-era Russia? Instead of fighting for the American way, Superman is raised to fight for the USSR. The story also features other DC characters, including Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and of course, Lex Luthor. Many fans see Superman: Red Son as the definitive Elseworlds story, so it is certainly notable that it’s getting the animated treatment.
Superman: Red Son isn’t the first Elseworlds story to be adapted. Last year, DC released Batman: Gotham by Gaslight, an adaption of the graphic novel of the same name which had Batman take on Jack the Ripper in Victorian-era Gotham City. If Superman: Red Son does well, that could hopefully open the door to even more Elseworlds adaptions. Many fans have been hoping for a Kingdom Come adaption. Time will tell, but with movies like Batman: Gotham by Gaslight and now Superman: Red Son, it appears DC isn’t just relying on its animated continuity for its movies.
Superman: Red Son does not have a release date yet, but it will be the first DC Universe movie of 2020.
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Source: DC Comics Blog