Superman stands as a symbol of freedom and justice. For 80 years, the Man of Steel has never wavered in his pursuit of peace and harmony for the world. However, an alternate reality showed comic fans how different the DC Universe would be if Superman arrived on Earth in the Soviet Union. Now, Superman: Red Son, the iconic three-part miniseries, is now receiving the DC Animated Movie treatment.
Sam Liu is directing the animated version of Superman: Red Son. The veteran voice cast includes Jason Isaacs as the titular character, Diedrich Bader as Lex Luthor, Amy Acker as Lois Lane, and many more. Furthermore, Phil LaMarr will reprise his role as Green Lantern John Stewart and will reportedly voice Hal Jordan as well. As the film’s setting is during the Cold War, Travis Willingham is cast as John F. Kennedy, with Roger Craig Smith and Vanessa Marshall as the Red Son versions of Batman and Wonder Woman, respectively.
Superman: Red Son History
In 2003, a DC Comics Elseworlds comic depicted a reality where Superman never landed in Smallville, Kansas. Crashing on a Ukrainian farm, baby Kal-El grows up to be Russia’s greatest asset, consequently embracing Joseph Stalin’s ideology. His reveal to the world in the 1950’s shifts the Cold War’s nuclear arms focus to a superhuman one. As a result, the United States recruits Lex Luthor and various costumed individuals to battle Superman over the span of almost 50 years. The miniseries was nominated for an Eisner Award in 2004 for best-limited series. The story was so popular that Superman: Red Son’s universe became part of DC’s The New 52, designated as Earth-30.
The animated version of Superman: Red Son will be hitting shelves in the first quarter of 2020. Are you excited for this animated adaptation? How do you feel about the voice cast? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!