All-Star Superman DVD Announced With Digital Comic Bonus; Next DCU Animated Movie Green Lantern: Emerald Knights
November 30, 2010

All-Star Superman DVD

Warner Home Video has followed up on the All-Star Superman video news that broke last October with an official announcement, including this box art. All-Star Superman is due out February 22, 2011, as the 10th DC Universe original animated movie at a 75-minute running time.

The voice cast will be James Denton (Desperate Housewives) as Superman, Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) as Lois Lane, and Anthony LaPaglia (Without a Trace) as Lex Luthor. The story, based on the comic by Grant Morrison (Frank Quitely isn’t mentioned), is being promoted as the “beloved, Eisner Award-winning vision of Superman’s heroic final days on Earth.” Additional voice casting includes Ed Asner (Up) as Perry White, Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under) as Ma Kent, Matthew Gray Gubler (Criminal Minds) as Jimmy Olsen, and Linda Cardellini (ER) as Nasty. Also included in non-specified roles are Arnold Vosloo (The Mummy), Finola Hughes (General Hospital), Alexis Denisof (Angel), Michael Gough (Batman), and John DiMaggio (Futurama).

As usual, the film will be available in three formats: single DVD (suggested retail price of $19.98), two-disc special edition DVD ($24.98), or Blu-ray combo pack ($24.98, which includes a DVD as well). Notice that there’s no price difference between the two special-edition formats, but the Blu-ray has additional special features, indicating another death knell for the standard DVD format. Special features include:

  • Sneak Peak at Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, the next DC Universe animated original movie
  • “Superman Now” featurette — the story of All-Star Superman: where it all started, and what it came to be. “In a moment of inspiration, Grant Morrison was provided an opportunity to revamp the Man of Steel into something modern, something more relevant for today’s audience.”
  • Blu-ray only: “Incubating the Idea” featurette, a conversation with Grant Morrison
  • Blu-ray only: Audio commentary by Grant Morrison and Bruce Timm
  • Two bonus animated TV episodes picked by Bruce Timm
  • Blu-ray only: All-Star Superman digital comic book
  • Digital copy of the feature film

I’m very curious about that digital comic bonus. Is it an issue? The whole 12-issue series run? And what kind of precedent does it set? Can it be read on-screen, or like the digital movie copy, is it intended to be downloaded to a handheld device? Is it a way to drive customers toward DC’s digital comics app and convert new readers? If so, that’s a really intriguing cross-promotion I’d like to see more of.

11 Responses  
James Schee writes:  

I’m looking forward to seeing this as its the best Superman story in over a decade probably. (not counting Superman: SI, but that wasn’t Superman, Superman)

I hope they aren’t stopping the DC Shorts though….

Johanna writes:  

That’s true, there isn’t a short cartoon listed as part of this release. Those were used to focus on characters that should be better known — I thought of them as pilots, ways to test the waters and see how people reacted to the characters. But if Warner has cut back to only featuring Superman and Batman (and Green Lantern, apparently, due to the movie), then they may no longer be necessary. Unfortunately, because they were good to watch.

Sigma7 writes:  

That Quietly doesn’t get a mention is disappointing — I’ve not always been his biggest fan, but this series was probably his second-best work (next to We3) and if the cover is any indication, they’re following in his visual footsteps very closely, certainly close enough to at least warrant a credit. Am hoping it’s just a press-release oversight and that he gets recognition on the movie itself.

And please, let Alexis Denisof be Leo Quintum. And Ed Asner is always welcome, whether he’s Perry White or Granny Goodness.

Dave writes:  

Can anyone tell me why this movie isn’t counted as the 15th original film direct to video? There were at least 5 films prior to Doomsday (4 Batman and a Superman I believe).

Johanna writes:  

I think those first ones were considered TV show spin-offs, not truly original films.

Sigma7, I suspect Morrison is getting the focus here because he’s part of the extras and has a certain fan following. I hope Quitely gets proper credit on the movie, too.

James Schee writes:  

True, other than the Spectre they have also all starred characters who have been active in other things first. (Jonah Hex movie, Green Arrow’s role in Smallville and Shazam had Superman guest)

I would hope that maybe because the Shazam movie was so recent the team that does the shorts had been working on it so no short for this. I personally would love to see, but doubt I ever will, an Elongated Man and his wife Sue adventure short. (or at least that Justice League era)

Hal Shipman writes:  

Sadly for my wish list, it’s not showing up in Amazon. :-(

James Schee writes:  
Hal Shipman writes:  

Weird. I seriously looked for that for quite a while. Added to the list. Thanks, James.

ray writes:  

wow i cant wait to get the movie it looks fantastic

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