SDCC 2019: DC Announces Trio of Animated Films for 2020
On The Nerdcast (podcast) we’ve made mention of how DC and Warner Bros should just stick to the animated films. They do them so well. I mean, well enough that some get their own panel at Comic-Con International in San Diego.
During the Batman: Hush premiere panel this year, DC revealed its slate of DC Universe Original Movies coming in 2020. The slate included Justice League Dark: Apokolips War, Superman: Red Son, and Superman: Man of Tomorrow.
The first release of 2020 will be Superman: Red Son. The animated film will be an adaptation of the three-issue, 2003 miniseries of the same name by Mark Millar, Dave Johnson, and Killian Plunkett. Red Son is popular for its Elseworlds storyline that features Kal-El’s rocket landing in the USSR in the 1950s resulting in Superman becoming a champion of Soviet values, as opposed to him growing up in Kansas and fighting for truth, justice, and the American Way.
The CW’s Supergirl loosely adapted the Superman: Red Son storyline, with Lex Luthor training Supergirl’s clone in Kaznia. The animated movie will more faithfully follow the comic mini-series, a great story that tapped into the Cold War era of paranoia and fear.
Justice League Dark: Apokolips War will be a sequel to the 2017 animated release, Justice League Dark, one of the few R-rated DC Universe Original Movies. The 2017 film featured Batman assembling a team to fight a supernatural threat that featured John Constantine (voiced by live-action Constantine actor Matt Ryan), Zatanna, Swamp Thing, Deadman, Etrigan and Black Orchid.
DC did not confirm which heroes will be featured in Justice League Dark: Apokolips War, though the title suggests the New Gods of Apokolips and New Genesis. The film is the second of the three to see release.
The final announcement of the DC Universe Original Movies, was another Superman title, Superman: Man of Tomorrow. It’s odd to have two Superman titles and none for Batman, but the Dark Knight had a hell of a 2019 in the DCU Originals and, to be honest, the Superman animated films are good.
Although all the DC Universe Original Movies have been an adaptation of the comics, Superman: Man of Tomorrow will be an original story featuring a young Clark Kent still early in his career as Superman. No further details about the film were revealed.
Although a good amount of information was given at San Diego this year, no exact release dates for the three titles were announced. But as we typically do, we’ll have the official dates right here on Project-Nerd as soon as Warner Bros shares those dates.
What do you think about the DC Universe Original Movies and these three titles? Let us know in the comments below.