Friday, September 17, 2010

Men of Steel

Okay, for all the grief I've given Smallville on this site lately, I have to admit that this nostalgic promo vid from the CW looking back at the last nine years and pumping the upcoming final season managed to hit all the right buttons to bring me onboard for the proto-Superman series' home stretch:



And while we're on the subject, there's new word on the Man of Steel's next feature venture as well.  No, nothing on Chris Nolan's planned reinvention just yet, but this could potentially be just as promising.  The folks at Warners' "DC Universe" animated division, are currently at work on All-Star Superman, a DTV adaptation of the exemplary Grant Morrison-Frank Quitely comic series of the same name (one of the best runs I've seen in twenty-plus years of Super-fandom).  As the comparison shot below shows, it certainly looks like they're doing their best to hew closely to Quitely's detailed linework in bringing it to animated life.
I'm excited by this, but also somewhat cautious given how Morrison wove so many layers of complexity into this most definitive of Super-epics that can't possibly be conveyed in a mere seventy-some minutes.  When the feature hits this coming spring, listen for James Denton, Desperate Housewives' Mike the Plumber, voicing to the title role, as well as Mad Men's Christina Hendricks as Lois Lane, and Without a Trace star Anthony LaPaglia as Lex Luthor.  Click over to Heat Vision for all the details, and click here to order Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, the next "DC Universe" release, due a week from Tuesday.

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