The new 75th anniversary documentary, Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics, will be released on DVD November 9 at a suggested list price of $24.98. Although it was previously said to be included as part of the holiday gift set Batman Beyond: The Complete Series, I’m thrilled to hear that this will be available separately.
They’re billing it as “celebrating the creative talent behind the world’s greatest superheroes”, which suggests a welcome emphasis on writers and artists. I hope that extends historically, and it’s not just This Year’s Models of Geoff Johns and J.H. Williams and the like. Also exciting: it’s narrated by Ryan Reynolds, who is also playing Green Lantern in the upcoming Warner superhero movie (and who has a delicious voice).
This “all-new documentary … takes viewers behind the scenes of the iconic company with unprecedented access to the Warner Bros. and DC Comics archives. … Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics is both a celebration of the best writers and artists in comics and a thoughtful exploration of 75 years of DC Comics history. … It combines excerpts from comics, films, and television series with the insight of some of history’s most influential comic book creators and editors, among them Neal Adams, Karen Berger, Mike Carlin, Dan DiDio, Neil Gaiman, Geoff Johns, Jim Lee, Paul Levitz, Dwayne McDuffie, Grant Morrison, Dennis O’Neil, Paul Pope, Louise Simonson, Mark Waid, Len Wein, and Marv Wolfman.”
Well, that’s the usual suspects… those who are currently or were recently in power, combined with some who have been associated with DC for decades. (Many of whom have appeared on other behind-the-scenes features on DC DVDs lately.) Surprised to see McDuffie listed, after DC wasted his writing skills so badly on Justice League, but this may have been filmed before all that happened. The doc is written and directed by Mac Carter. I’m curious to know what the running time is for this special production and how well it’s received.
Update: Here’s the trailer:
As promised, it shows lots of movie and TV clips because they’re more visually interesting than scanning comic pages, and that’s what many people will remember and relate to.