Let me preface by saying that I didn’t read ALL-STAR SUPERMAN
. Well, I did buy issue #1 when it was released, but that was it. I’ve yet to purchase the collected version and read it in its entirety. So other than being aware of all the praise it received, I was pretty much clueless when it came to this comic book other than it was Grant Morrison’s take on Superman without the constraints of DCU continuity.
*clenches teeth* GRANT…MORRISON!
I shall let that go and continue on…
Like most pieces of literature that are adapted to film -- comic books and animation included -- things are going to be changed and left out when converting from one medium to another. Since the source material is so beloved, I’m sure that there are many Superman fanboys -- *ahem* “ALL-STAR SUPERMAN enthusiasts” -- who will probably take issue with what was left in and out of the movie.
Thankfully, I’m not one of those aforementioned AS-S aficionados (funny acronym not intended) and I can simply judge it based on the cinematic version.
So yeah, it was good!
ALL-STAR SUPERMAN is way, WAY better than any of the previous DCU animated films featuring The Man of Steel. Now, it didn’t surpass the BEST of the series -- BATMAN: UNDER THE RED HOOD -- but it’s right up there as one of the best of this series.
In short, Lex Luthor (Anthony LaPaglia) has set up Superman (James Denton) to, well, kill him. A trip to the Sun on a “rescue mission” oversaturates The Man of Steel with the rays of the yellow sun -- the same sort of radiation that gives him his powers -- and makes him sick.
Not just “sick” -- it’s killing him.
Look, the story is cheesy and very “Silver Age” if you will. But this was “My Superman,” if you will. I don’t know if Mr. Morrison took a page from Christopher Reeve’s classic portrayal of Superman in the comics, but the Last Son of Krypton featured in this film very much has a “Reeve Superman” vibe.
Superman is the ultimate Boy Scout/Good Guy. Clark Kent is the very nerdish, yet brilliant, newspaper journalist.
Isn’t that the way it should be? “Updating” Superman be damned! Anyway…
Yeah, there were some things I didn’t much like. Such as Lois “Superwoman” Lane and Superman “arm-wasslin’” two Fabio-looking dudes. But that’s neither here nor there.
Bottom line, I really dug this movie. Why? Because I connected with Superman and his mission. I have a love of my life -- not Lois, her name is “Rachel.” I have also seen two people close to me -- my wife’s Father and my own Mother -- take care of the business that was important to them before they died.
I highly recommend that you add it to your DVD/Blu-ray collection.