CM Podcast 278 – Superman: Man of Tomorrow (movie 2020)

A few months ago while searching for the release date of Superman: Red Son (a comic and animated movie that are both quite good), I came across an image for another upcoming Superman animated film called Superman: Man of Tomorrow.

There was no description of this movie but I was excited that WB Animation will be releasing another Superman film in 2020.

Fast forward to September 2020 and the release of Superman: Man of Tomorrow written by Tim Sheridan (co-writer of Reign of Superman Movie and other DC Animated series).

Jon and I have watched this movie and we felt it was…adequate. This movie is not based on any existing storyline in the Superman comics as far as I can discern. It has elements of the New 52 iteration of the Superman comics (Modern interpretation of Superman, Clark Kent is an internet at the Daily Planet, Superman has only just been spotted in a modern setting) but it does not specifically reference any direct comic storyline. Here is a clip of the movie for context:

Listen to the podcast and I will explain why this movie has the worst version of Lex Luthor since Superman Returns. This is a boilerplate Superman story whose only purpose is to establish Superman’s story in the modern age. There is nothing special about this movie and it will soon be forgotten in the coming months.

We recommend to watch this movie only if it becomes available on HBOMax and don’t pay any thing extra for it. If you are curious about the plot (or lack thereof), then you want to listen to the podcast.

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CM Podcast 173 – Superman: Red Son

We will be going back to 2003, George W. Bush was in office, the US was administering shock and awe to Iraq and we have the official formation of the Department of Homeland Security.

There was a lot going on in the world, so it seemed like the perfect time for writer Mark Millar to pitch the Elseworlds tale “What if Superman grew up in 1950s Communist Russian?”  Luckily for all of us, the DC editors gave him the green light.

This leads to a 3 issue Elseworlds tale entitled Superman: Red Sun.  Written by Mark Millar with art by Dave Johnson and Kilian Plunkett.

These are the 2 Tradepaper back covers of the collected story.  Both are done by Dave Johnson so you get an idea of how great it looks.

Jon has never read this story so he found it very shocking.  I read it when it originally came out and recently reread it when I bought the TPB.

Jon and I had a great time going over the book and there are spoilers but we save them for the very end of the podcast and do warn you to stop listening if you are going to read it.

Enjoy the show.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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