ALL-STAR SUPERMAN (SINGLE-DISC EDITION)
All-Star Superman (Single-Disc Edition)
Christina Hendricks, Linda Cardellini, Matthew Gray Gubler, Anthony
LaPaglia, Arnold Vosloo
Directors: Sam Liu
Writers: Dwayne McDuffie, Grant Morrison
Producers: Alan Burnett, Bobbie Page, Bruce W. Timm, Sam Register
Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, DVD, Widescreen, NTSC
Region: 1 (U.S. and Canada only)
Number of discs: 1
Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Studio: Warner Home Video
DVD Release Date: February 22, 2011
Run Time: 75 minutes
our parents said was good is bad: sun, milk, red meat, college!” Woody Allen
once famously said.
One day Superman discovers this for himself when Lex Luthor dupes him into
absorbing too much of the sun’s rays. Superman may derive his power from
Earth’s yellow sun, but he discovers that - like with vodka, for instance -
too much of a good thing can be bad for you. Now he has literally skin
cancer and is slowly dying of it . . .
The latest DC Universe made-for-DVD full-length animated flick is a
remarkably faithful adaptation of the 2007 All-Star Superman series
of comic books by writer Grant Morrison and artist Frank Quitely.
It is perhaps too faithful. Structurally the movie’s midsection feels like
filler because the movie inherited the comics’ episodic narrative. (What’s
the deal with the two time travelers he arm wrestles? It doesn’t serve the
main plot at all. And neither does a segment featuring two super-powered
Also, Superman purists will balk at author Grant Morrison’s idiosyncratic
take on the Man of
the Steel. On the one hand Morrison lovingly homages some of the more
OTT aspects of the Superman comic book mythos throughout the years -
Superman keeps a pet that eats suns in his Fortress of Solitude! On the
other hand he cannot resist injecting the Superman universe with his own
weirdo revisionism. Turns out Jimmy Olson is a drag queen - who could have thought?
Morrison’s take on Superman is however 100% his own and when you think about
it, it was quite brave of the DC Animation team to tackle a title that takes
so many liberties with a beloved character.
WORTH IT? Your mileage may vary, but we found All-Star Superman
to be beautifully animated and well-acted. The DC animation team also does a
splendid job at replicating artist Frank Quitely’s 1920s pulpy costume and
character designs. Plus, while Morrison’s take on Superman may irk
traditionalists, his intelligent and witty take on the character more than
makes up for the shallow slugfest that was
Superman / Batman: Apocalypse.
RECOMMENDATION: Old-timer Superman fans with an open mind will
probably enjoy it the most, but it is recommended to anyone with a taste for
comics and the off-beat.