Based on the DC comics story : “What’s so funny about truth justice and the American way” by Joe Kelly and Doug Mahnke with Lee Bermelo. This is a great story with the post 9/11 world we live in that mirrors the Superman Earth one Vol. 2 story/theme of power.
- George Newbern – Clark Kent / Kal-El / Superman
- Pauley Perrette – Lois Lane
- Robin Atkin Downes – Manchester Black
- Dee Bradley Baker – Atomic Skull/Joseph Martin
- Ogie Banks – Terrence Baxter
- Catero Colbert – Nathan Jones / Coldcast
- Grey DeLisle – Young Manchester Black
- Melissa Disney – Menagerie
Superman is a character that has become known as the Boy Scout, the do-gooder, the guy who doesn’t want to get his hands dirty. He’s been one of the characters who symbolize the best of what we’re all capable of. This story tests what he is and the strength of his morale by asking if the Superman of old can still hold up in the world we live today.
“Dreams save us. Dreams lift us up and transform us. And on my soul, I swear… until my dream of a world where dignity, honour and justice become the reality we all share — I’ll never stop fighting”
Off the bat, I will say that the animation/art style is terrible. But after it’s all said and done, I think the reason for the design of each character, in particular Superman, was to mirror a character that is child friendly and furthermore, to mimic the Dave Fleischer animated series from 1942. As the story progresses however, the animation does get better especially towards the end the climactic battle on the moon.
The voice acting in this picture, is actually pretty well done they brought back Superman’s long time voice actor, George Newbern, and it is helpful to have a familiar voice, but the actor they chose for Manchester Black was actually the best acted. He really captured the essence of a “punk rocker” fresh from the mother country. Surprisingly there are a lot of female actresses to play the younger roles in this feature.
The content itself, is pretty adult themed. Light enough for children, I’d say from 10 and up, not for younger ones. It’s not a convoluted story where you need to think a lot about what is going on. It’s pretty fast paced and easy to follow which is very helpful, because not everybody is a political science expert. If you care about life or even the neighbour beside you, then this story make sense. One thing I’ve always appreciated about the DC animated stories, is that they’re not afraid to have a little bit of cursing in the movies. They don’t overdo it to the point where it’s childish and offensive but one here and there, never hurt anybody.
As I’m writing this I have to say that this is probably my most favourite Superman animated feature to date. It has a lot of the stuff that should be in the Superman story and leaves you wanting more. The theme is even more relevant today with recent news stories like the Boston bombings and the guy who kidnapped and held captive the women in Ohio for a decade. These are the kind of people we want to see suffer slowly for their crimes, and rightfully so, but who really wants that kind of blood on their hands? Once a person breaks that barrier what is to stop them from killing someone who steals for a noble reason like feeding his child. This is not to say that stealing is right but is killing for safety just as acceptable? This is the type of stuff that should be in a Superman story.
The rating system is as follows. The 1st rating is what you really want, the rest is just what I thought of each other category as it’s listed (art/animation is how the movie translates the art from the book in animation).
- Overall: 3.5
- Art/Animation: 3.3
- Voiceover Work: 4
- True to the Source Material: 3
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