Tenth DC Universe Animated Original Movie now available
on Blu-ray, DVD, OnDemand and for Download from Warner Home Video
Renowned comics writer Grant Morrison has found a lot to like in the
transfer from page-to-screen of his Eisner Award-winning All-Star
Superman, the critically-acclaimed, hot-selling new entry in the
ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies available now
from Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation and
Warner Home Video.
In All-Star Superman, the Man of Steel rescues an ill-fated mission to
the Sun (sabotaged by Lex Luthor) and, in the process, is
oversaturated by radiation – which accelerates his cell degeneration.
Sensing even he will be unable to cheat death, Superman ventures into
new realms – finally revealing his secret to Lois, confronting Lex
Luthor’s perspective of humanity, and attempting to ensure Earth’s
safety before his own impending end with one final, selfless act.
All-Star Superman is now available from Warner Home Video as a
Blu-Ray™ Combo Pack and 2-Disc Special Edition DVD, as well as single
disc DVD. The film will is also available On Demand and for Download.
Morrison had a few moments to chat from his home in Scotland last week
about the all-new film based on his landmark comics series, and the
late Dwayne McDuffie’s impressive job in re-imagining Morrison’s words
into animated glory. Here’s what Mr. Morrison had to say …
Did you have, and did you want, creative input into the script?
Once I knew someone else was going to do it, I kind of wanted to let
it happen and not interfere. I’m always excited to see how others
translate things from page to screen. I didn’t even know Dwayne
(McDuffie) was involved at first, but I’m so glad he did it. I was
happy to see what the story might look like from someone else’s
perspective and he did a fantastic job.
Overall, how did you feel your story translated from page to screen?
I really loved it, which was why I wound up raving about it on so many
of the DVD extras! Dwayne worked in a staggering amount of story, and
he was able to give it this wonderful, strange episodic flavor where
it seemed as if every day could bring some incredible and unexpected
new challenge into Superman’s life. I didn’t really expect half of
the material from the book to be in there, and loved the way it was
organized and edited because it made the whole thing a very different
experience for me.
Were you disappointed that anything was cut out?
You’re always a little disappointed when some favorite detail doesn’t
make the cut, but what did make it was so well-done and faithful to
the source that I can’t really say I was upset. It’s a long book that
could easily make a six-hour movie, so I’m amazed “All-Star”
incorporated as much of the story as it did, more than anything else.
Were you particularly pleased with the way certain things were condensed?
It was impressive that Dwayne was able to condense entire issues of 22
to 24 pages into tight, satisfying eight- or ten-minute complete
scenes. To take a whole issue and make it into an episode that felt
complete in itself inside a larger narrative was ingenious and was a
great way to translate the book’s serial structure into a feature
film. I hope Dwayne knew how much I appreciated his work on this.
Are you a fan of animation?
I couldn’t say I’m a giant animation fan, but I love the obvious stuff
from around the world. I always liked the Fleischer animation, the
Superman cartoons and the old features they did. I’m not a major
animation fan but I do think the good stuff in any field stands the
test of time.
Which of your stories do you think would best translate to animation next?
I don’t really think of the stories being done as films. When I’m
writing them, I’m focused on what makes a good comic rather than a
potential movie. Having said that, seeing All-Star Superman left me
quite keen to see some more! I think it would be fun to see what they
could do with “Final Crisis” or one of the Batman stories, like
“Batman R.I.P.” in that dark Bruce Timm style. I’d love to see
something done with “Doom Patrol” or “Seven Soldiers.” Go for it.