As per usual, the talented folks behind DC’s animated movies didn’t disappoint when announcing the following year’s slate at San Diego Comic-Con. In case you hadn’t heard, 2020 will play host to the long-awaited Superman: Red Son adaptation and Justice League Dark: Apokolips War.
Also revealed to be on the way though is that of Superman: Man of Tomorrow, which was briefly touched upon following the world premiere screening of Batman: Hush. Like the recently released Justice League vs. The Fatal Five and the upcoming Wonder Woman: Bloodlines, this is an original story and won’t be based on any comic book in particular.
At present time, not much is known about the flick other than it’ll focus on a young Man of Steel early on in his career. Normally, I’d roll my eyes because we’d be getting yet another Superman origin story or something of the like, but Warner Bros. Animation does have a way with consistently satisfying their target audience.
Like I said, the past decade or so has been flooded with Superman origin tales – and I’m not just talking about 2013’s live action Man of Steel movie. In the comic book realm, there’s been Secret Origins, Grant Morrison’s run on Action Comics, Earth One, American Alien and the currently unfolding Year One. Then again, DC did simply say our hero is early on in his career, so the origin itself may not even be touched upon.
If anything may be remotely comparable, then maybe now would be a good time to bring up Superman For All Seasons. Written by Jeph Loeb and illustrated by Tim Sale, the miniseries is among the best coming of age stories for this particular icon you could hope to read. I’m still baffled as to why it’s yet to be adapted, but I’m not making the decisions.
No matter how you slice it, Superman: Man of Tomorrow will most likely make for a welcome addition to the DC animation library and as always, it’s recommended you keep watching this space as more develops.