Best animated Superman adventures

Superman is one of the most iconic superheroes of all time, and for good reason, he’s been saving the world for over 80 years. With countless comic book appearances, TV shows, and movies, it’s safe to say that Superman has become a beloved cultural icon. In this blog post, we’ll be taking a look at the top 5 animated Superman films of all time.

1. Superman: Red Son (2020):

What if Superman was raised in Soviet Russia instead of Smallville, Kansas? That’s the premise of Superman: Red Son, one of the most unique Superman stories ever told. This animated film does an excellent job of adapting the acclaimed comic book series by Mark Millar and Dave Johnson. The animation style is stunning, and the voice acting is top-notch, with Jason Isaacs delivering a fantastic performance as the Soviet Superman.

2. Superman/Batman: Public Enemies (2009):

Superman/Batman: Public Enemies is a fun, action-packed animated film that sees Superman and Batman team up to take down Lex Luthor, who has become the President of the United States. The animation style is reminiscent of the comic book artwork, and the voice acting is superb, with Tim Daly and Kevin Conroy reprising their roles as Superman and Batman, respectively.

3. All-Star Superman (2011):

All-Star Superman is based on the comic book series of the same name by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely, and it’s a beautiful love letter to the Man of Steel. The animation style is unique, and the voice acting is excellent, with James Denton delivering a fantastic performance as Superman. This film does an excellent job of capturing the essence of Superman, showcasing his compassion and selflessness.

4. Superman: Doomsday (2007):

Superman: Doomsday is an adaptation of the infamous “Death of Superman” storyline from the comic books. The animation style is solid, and the voice acting is excellent, with Adam Baldwin delivering a great performance as Superman. This film is a thrilling ride, as Superman faces off against his toughest opponent yet: the unstoppable Doomsday.

5. Superman: The Animated Series (1996-2000):

Okay, so this isn’t technically a film, but Superman: The Animated Series deserves a spot on this list. This classic animated series features the iconic voice of Tim Daly as Superman, and it’s a must-watch for any fan of the Man of Steel. The series does an excellent job of capturing the spirit of Superman, showcasing his courage and compassion.

And there you have it, folks, the top 5 animated Superman films of all time. Whether you’re a die-hard Superman fan or just looking for some great superhero entertainment, these films are sure to impress. From the alternate reality of Superman: Red Son to the classic animated series, there’s something for everyone on this list. So grab some popcorn, sit back, and enjoy the adventures of the Man of Steel.

Best Superman comics of all time!

Superman has been a cultural icon for over 80 years, with countless comic books dedicated to the Man of Steel. But which Superman comics are truly the best of all time? In this article, we’ll explore the most memorable and impactful Superman comics ever published.

Since his debut in Action Comics #1 in 1938, Superman has captured the imaginations of people all over the world. He represents the best in humanity: strength, courage, and a desire to help others. Over the years, Superman has starred in countless comic books, each one showcasing his incredible abilities and heroic spirit. But which Superman comics are truly the best? In this article, we’ll dive into the most impactful and memorable Superman comics ever published.

All-Star Superman

Written by Grant Morrison and illustrated by Frank Quitely, All-Star Superman is widely considered to be one of the greatest Superman stories of all time. The story follows Superman as he discovers that he is dying and only has a short time left to live. In the face of his mortality, Superman sets out to tie up loose ends, make peace with his enemies, and leave behind a lasting legacy.

What makes All-Star Superman so special is the way it celebrates everything that makes Superman great. It’s a story that’s full of hope, optimism, and a belief in the power of the human spirit. Morrison and Quitely capture Superman’s essence perfectly, creating a story that’s both epic in scope and deeply personal.

Superman: Red Son

Superman: Red Son is an Elseworlds story that asks the question: what if Superman’s rocket had landed in the Soviet Union instead of Kansas? Written by Mark Millar and illustrated by Dave Johnson, this story imagines a world where Superman is a communist hero, fighting for the glory of the Soviet Union.

What makes Superman: Red Son so compelling is the way it subverts our expectations of the character. Instead of being a beacon of American values, Superman becomes a symbol of Soviet power and propaganda. But even in this alternate reality, Superman remains a hero at heart, fighting for what he believes is right. It’s a thought-provoking story that challenges our assumptions about superheroes and the world they inhabit.

Kingdom Come

Written by Mark Waid and illustrated by Alex Ross, Kingdom Come is a dystopian story that imagines a future where Superman has retired and a new generation of heroes has risen up to take his place. But these new heroes are more violent and reckless than their predecessors, and their actions threaten to tear the world apart.

What makes Kingdom Come so powerful is the way it explores the themes of heroism, responsibility, and the changing nature of society. Waid and Ross create a world that’s both familiar and unsettling, showing us what might happen if superheroes lose sight of their true purpose. But even in this dark future, Superman remains a beacon of hope, fighting to save a world that’s lost its way.

Superman: Birthright

Superman: Birthright is a retelling of Superman’s origin story, written by Mark Waid and illustrated by Leinil Francis Yu. What sets this story apart from other origin retellings is the way it emphasizes Superman’s humanity. Instead of focusing on his powers and abilities, Birthright explores Clark Kent’s journey of self-discovery as he learns to embrace his role as a hero.

What makes Birthright so compelling is the way it balances the fantastical elements of Superman’s story with the grounded, relatable struggles of its protagonist. Waid and Yu capture the essence of what makes Superman so inspiring: his belief in the inherent goodness of humanity, and his desire to make the world a better place.

Superman: American Alien

Superman: American Alien is a seven-issue miniseries written by Max Landis and illustrated by a variety of artists. Each issue tells a standalone story about a different moment in Superman’s life, from his childhood in Smallville to his early days as a hero in Metropolis.

What makes American Alien so special is the way it explores Superman’s humanity and vulnerability. Landis creates a version of Superman that feels fresh and relatable, while still staying true to the character’s core values. The series is full of heart, humour, and a deep understanding of what makes Superman such an enduring icon.

Superman has been an important part of comic book history for over 80 years, and he shows no signs of slowing down. While there are countless Superman comics out there, these five stories are the cream of the crop. From All-Star Superman’s celebration of hope and optimism to Superman: Red Son’s subversion of expectations, each of these stories captures a different facet of Superman’s character and legacy. Whether you’re a longtime fan or a newcomer to the world of Superman, these comics are sure to leave a lasting impression.

Comic review-Superman #2, The Night of the Parasite

Superman #2, “The Night of the Parasite,” delivers a thrilling continuation of the epic storyline introduced in the first issue. With eight different covers to choose from, three in particular stand out.

Jamal Campbell’s standard cover introduces a new character, Marilyn Moonlight, who easily restrains Superman. While her name and appearance are intriguing, her motives remain unclear. Campbell expertly captures Superman’s facial expressions, heightening the tension and anticipation. The interior artwork is exceptional, creating a sense of fear and urgency without resorting to grotesque imagery. The horror movie tropes are balanced by the colorful artwork, reminiscent of Superman: The Animated Series.

Writer Joshua Williamson and letterer Ariana Maher deliver a non-stop thrill ride of an issue. Parasite’s evolved powers turn his victims into more Parasites, spreading throughout Metropolis like a virus. This new take on Parasite is both brilliant and terrifying. It’s also refreshing to see other characters, such as Marilyn Moonlight, receive leveled-up powers. The introduction of new characters adds to the overall mystery and excitement of the story, culminating in a cliffhanger ending that sets up a Superman story unlike any other.


James Gunn confirmed as Superman: Legacy director

The news was hardly surprising when James Gunn confirmed his dual role as both writer and director for the highly anticipated reincarnation of Superman.

The project, entitled “Superman: Legacy,” promises to reboot the franchise yet again and kick off the new chapter of DC films dubbed “God and Monsters.”

As per Gunn’s tweets, the film will showcase Superman’s struggle to reconcile his Kryptonian roots with his human upbringing, embodying the values of truth, justice, and kindness in a world that often neglects such virtues.

As a devoted admirer of Gunn’s previous cinematic endeavors, I am eagerly anticipating what he will bring to the table with this fresh take on the beloved superhero. Of course, let us not forget that the iconic character was created by the visionary duo of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.

Mark your calendars for July 11, 2025, as “Superman: Legacy” is set to soar into cinemas, worldwide.

Review-Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent #1

The re-emergence of Jon’s secret identity has given him a chance to experience a normal teenage life once again. With a loving and supportive boyfriend, a joyful home environment, and a part-time job that involves saving the world, things seem to be going well for Jon. However, trouble arises when satellites start falling from the sky.

Thanks to Taylor’s masterful script, this latest Superman narrative begins with a bang, blending emotional weight with action and multiversal chaos. At the center of the story is Jon Kent, and Taylor fearlessly delves into the depths of his trauma caused by the villainous Ultraman. Rather than resorting to cheap thrills, Taylor’s skilled writing ensures that the story is a carefully crafted exploration of dark themes. We can expect a nuanced portrayal of Jon’s journey, set against the vivid backdrop of a superhero’s cape. The question remains: will Jon emerge from his ordeal as the same hero we know?

The narrative skillfully weaves together themes of loss, hope, and childhood traumas. To sweeten the pot, the minds behind the phenomenal Injustice series promise to take us on a journey through a multiverse. This story is sure to be a thrilling ride.

Clayton Henry’s art is stunning, packed with incredible detail and nuance. Bellaire’s colors perfectly capture the gamut of emotions, from the warm glow of a family kitchen to the terror of a burning planet.

In every sense, this story is beautiful, dark, and full of the twin lures of danger and desire. I eagerly anticipate what’s to come.


Film review-Black Adam

Warner Bros. Discovery faces multiple challenges that threaten the success of their entertainment empire. Changes to the streaming service HBO Max, the Batgirl cancelation, and the redirection of the DC Extended Universe have all negatively impacted the studio’s reputation. Despite attempts to re-approach the model through different creative perspectives, the DC Extended Universe has yet to establish a consistent cinematic universe. The main issue seems to be the lack of consistent quality over time.

Black Adam, the latest addition to the DC Extended Universe, features a solid performance from Dwayne Johnson as the titular anti-hero. However, the chemistry between the cast members falls short, with the Justice Society of America lacking meaningful substance. The humourless, hollow screenplay fails to balance the dramatic intensity with the comedic beats that made Shazam! successful. The film’s overall aimlessness and narrative misdirection warn that CGI-ed mass destruction is not enough to rebuild a brand.

The superficiality of Black Adam contradicts any signs of progression for the DC Extended Universe, accusing them of misusing their characters. The film presents a bare-boned and uninspired “good vs. bad” narrative without much of a story to support it. There’s a disregard for audience expectations, needs, or desires, relying on expensive-looking excuses for an origin story. While the post-credits scene featuring a thrilling cameo may excite DC fans, it does not make up for the film’s overall shortcomings.

In conclusion, Black Adam’s solid performance from Dwayne Johnson is overshadowed by its aimlessness, lack of chemistry, humourless screenplay, and narrative misdirection. Warner Bros. Discovery and their DC Film team must focus on crafting comprehensive works of fiction that meet audience expectations, needs, and desires, rather than relying on high-volume talent to attach themselves to projects.

Superman & Lois finally heads to the UK

After a seemingly-long wait for a UK broadcaster, fans were delighted to hear BBC One has announced that they’ve picked Superman & Lois.

Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch appear as the titular characters, in the critically acclaimed CW drama. Which will premiere on Saturday nights in December.

The series is a spin-off to the hit CW series Supergirl, Hoechlin has been a fan-favourite as Clark Kent, ever since he first appeared to help his super-powered cousin. Tulloch’s Lois Lane was introduced for the multi-show crossovers Elseworlds and Crisis on Infinite Earths, as part of Greg Berlanti’s ‘Arrowverse’.

The summary for the series, which aired in the United States this summer, is below:

After years of facing megalomaniacal supervillains, monsters wreaking havoc on Metropolis, and alien invaders intent on wiping out the human race, the pair come face-to-face with one of their greatest challenges ever – dealing with all the stress, pressures and complexities that come with being working parents in today’s society.

Complicating the already daunting job of raising two boys, Clark and Lois must also concern themselves with whether or not their teenage sons Jonathan and Jordan could inherit their father’s Kryptonian superpowers as they grow older. Returning to Smallville to handle some Kent family business, Clark and Lois are reacquainted with Clark’s first love, Lana Lang-Cushing, a local loan officer, and her Fire Chief husband Kyle Cushing.

It’ll be interesting to see if the show follows the recent Jon Kent series of comics, where the character came out as bisexual.

Older readers may remember that Saturday nights on BBC One was the British home for another Superman series in the 90s ‘Lois & Clark: The new adventures of Superman’.

The series will debut on Saturday 4th of December.

Episode 254: Zack Snyder’s Justice League

Martyn and Gerrod discuss all the latest in geekdom news, then they’re joined by friend of the podcast, Antoni Pearce to discuss the recent release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League.

00:00: Start of show

00:08: Intro and catch up

01:35: RIP Jessica Walter

02:09: New Transformers movie on the way

02:57: Steven Moffat’s new Netflix show

05:07: Big Finish released Ninth Doctor trailer

07:45: The Suicide Squad trailer

08:40: Warner Bros cinema first deal

09:37: Zack Snyder’s plans for Justice League 2+3

10:30: Ron Livingstone cast in The Flash film

11:00: Helen Mirren cast in Shazam 2. Pierce Brosnan cast as Dr Fate for Black Adam

13:02: Black Widow and Cruella going to Disney+ premium

14:03: Scott Pilgrim getting a re-release

14:45 John Wick 4+5 will no longer shoot back-to-back

15:17: Brzkr comic being turned into film and Netflix anime

16:08: Zack Snyder’s Justice League

41:20: End of show

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Review-Future State: Superman of Metropolis #1

The DC multiverse has been blown wide open, following the shocking events in ‘Death metal #7’. A new and exciting future begins in Future State: Superman of Metropolis #1.

Due to extenuating circumstances Clark Kent has left Earth and has in-trusted its protection to his son, Jon Kent. Who is far too young for such responsibility, Jon feels the best way to protect Metropolis is to seal it up in a bottle and lock it away. Earning him the ire of its citizens, the military, and Supergirl.

In the bottled city heroes like The Guardian and Shiloh Norman (Mister Miracle) protect it from within, all whilst trying to find a way to break out of their new prison.

The first issue is really interesting because we’re just dropped into the events. Metropolis has been bottled for six months and is on the brink of collapse. The story is fresh, with very vibrant art from Cully Hamner. This feels very different from anything I’ve read before, which I wasn’t expecting. We’re given a fantastic exploration of the bottled city, six months in. The city is full of hate, rage, anger and fear. Reading this through the lens of this past year certainly adds to its impact. There’s always a sense the city could explode, at any moment.

Writer Sean Lewis has crafted a compelling story, with a young Superman completely out of his depth. Jon is no longer the happy-go-lucky kid we once knew, he’s older, jaded and cynical. He’s been given a huge responsibility and it’s absolutely crushing him. Lewis explores the mistakes a human with the powers of a God can make.


Nicholas Cage rumoured to play Superman in The Flash

The Flash is shaping up to be one hell of a film. Not only are Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton set to reprise their roles as Batman, but it’s also been rumoured that Christian Bale, Val Kilmer, and George Clooney are set to don the cowl again, to co-star alongside Ezra Miller’s Barry Allen.

FandomWire claims not only has Chris O’Donnell been approached to reprise his role as Robin, but Nicholas Cage has also been approached to play Superman, from the cancelled Tim Burton ‘Superman Lives’.

What’s interesting, is Warner Bros has stopped calling the film series ‘The DCEU’ and the TV stuff ‘The Arrowverse’. It’s all now just part of the ‘DC Multiverse’.

With everything that’s been rumoured about this film so far, I’d say that anything is possible. I’ve always wondered just how Cage would’ve played Kal-El, we got a slight glimpse in Jon Schnepp’s excellent documentary ‘The Death of Superman Lives: What happened?’. Cage even voiced the character in ‘Teen Titans Go to the movies’.

Even if all those actors didn’t want to appear, I’m sure they could repurpose some archive/unused/test footage to tell a compelling story.

Here’s what director Andy Muschietti had to say about the multiverse:

“This movie is a bit of a hinge in the sense that it presents a story that implies a unified universe where all the cinematic iterations that we’ve seen before are valid. It’s inclusive in the sense that it is saying all that you’ve seen exists, and everything that you will see exists, in the same unified multiverse.”