All-Star Superman (Two-Disc Special Edition)
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Fueled by hatred and jealousy, Lex Luthor masterminds an elaborate plot to kill the Man of Steel – and it works. Poisoned by solar radiation, Superman is dying. With weeks to live, he fulfills his life’s dreams – especially revealing his true identity to Lois Lane – until Luthor proclaims his ultimate plan to control the world with no alien hero to stop him. Powers fading, Superman engages in a spectacular deadly battle with Luthor that could truly trigger the end of Earth’s Greatest Protector. This startling and gripping DC Universe Animated Original Movie stars the voice talents of James Denton, Anthony LaPaglia, Christina Hendricks and Ed Asner.
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That being said I think this is one of the very best DCAU movies to date. I didn't think I'd like the look of this movie (felt the preview art was soft, etc), but quickly took to it and the voice acting was excellent (including the first Lois Lane I liked that wasn't Dana Delany). Overall, in good company with Under the Red Hood, BB Return of Joker, JL Doom, and Wonder Woman.
I would have loved to see how Dwayne McDuffie could handle the subject with more time, but considering WB seems to find little merit in the storytelling benefits of longer DCAU features, this will be a about as good as they get. Recommended.
Disc one has the main story, All Star Superman. Superman and Luthor clash when Luthor plans to give Superman cancer. This does not stop Supes from making it all go right in saving the planet.
Several points of interest: He wants to do a few things before he dies so he gives Lois Lane a super serum so she has powers for 24 hours. He has a hard time revealing his true identity as she says "great that you impersonated Clark." Hilarious.
Another point is the Fortress of Solitude -- a doctor friend of his grants it that name. A key that ways many tons and it's under a floor mat!
Finally, his run-in with Kryptonian astronauts that want to save the world from the "human apes" but then discover the minerals in their bodies are turning into kryptonite. This is new from Morrison. I never heard of that possibility though it makes sense. These two are never saved either, but are placed into the Phantom Zone. That part of the story ended quietly but no further development.
The ending was a bit of a puzzle to me, as Luthor hands over the genetic code of Superman. Were they planning on making a new Superman? Ends on a question rather than give more answers but that can be satisfying to some.
And whatever happened to Kandor? Superman stated he found a planet for it to colonize, but they left that plot hole open.
I did enjoy Superman's run-in with Samson and Atlas and Superman's handling of the unaswerable question of the Sphinx. Smart guy!
Disc two has its positive points too. Two episodes, parts one and two, "Blasts from the Past" about the discovery by a professor of the Phantom Zone and in his experiments finds a woman there who has said her time is up and that she should be released. But when Superman in his kind-hearted way releases her, Marta finds she has powers and that there is no reason why she cannot rule Earth. She releases Jax-Ur, another mad scientist and military genius and off we go! This animated feature reminds me a lot of the original movie Superman II and the release of Kryptonians.
Why is it that whenever we meet Kryptonians that they want to take over the planet?
Some features that I enjoyed included the interviews with Grant Morrison and Dan Didio as well as the previews for Superman/Batman Apocalypse and Green Lantern Emerald Knights. These are actually "sneak peeks" that don't have the animation in place, but do have the rough sketches and voice actors going through the paces. I always liked original art and this is no exception.
The interviews with the producers and writers are really interesting as well. What is their mind-set? This is what I like best about Bruce Timm and his intentions and how that translates into animation.
And the Emerald Knights interviews and sketches is great fun. Arisia is the new GL and she's learning about all these stories and new characters in her first visit to Oa, complete with stories about Kilowogg, the martial arts expert Laira and a great Mongo story!
The overall package is a five star package, though the All Star Superman main event didn't really end well for me, despite being very entertaining and in line with the original comics series.
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