All-Star Superman Gets 4K for Warner's 100th

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All-Star Superman

All-Star Superman is getting re-released on Blu-ray as part of the ongoing Warner Studios 100th anniversary celebration. As far as Superman animated titles go (not counting the actual ongoing animated series runs), this particular story is a good pick.

Adapting the limited series run by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely, the animators manage to stick very closely to the style of the books, while also retaining most of the story elements.

The adventure begins when Superman (James Denton) sets out to rescue a spacecraft from falling into the sun. Now, Superman has flown into and through the sun before, but we're going to forget that because this time the full-on exposure overloads his solar-receptive cells, mutating him to give him some new powers... and also a death sentence. Superman is dying, and that's just how Lex Luthor (Anthony LaPaglia) planned it!

Now Superman has a deadline to get done some of the undone things left in his life -- including revealing his identity to Lois Lane (Christina Hendricks), giving her Superpowers, and a few other odds and ends. But he's also going to have to contend with the super-powered Atlas (Steve Blum) and Samson (John DiMaggio), both of whom have come to Earth to contend for Lois's hand, now that Superman won't be around much longer. And, of course, Lex Luthor is going to put the final steps to his plan in motion, revealing the assistance he's been getting from Solaris (Robin Atkin Downes), the tyrant sun who's been using Luthor to eliminate Superman for him.

It's one over-the-top scene after the other, a Silver Age comic book adventure turned up to 11. It's loads of fun and ends on a point of hope and optimism that are the hallmark of the Man of Tomorrow.

4.0 / 5.0