Special Edition Podcast

Special Edition – Superman: Red Son

Show Notes

The iFanboy Animation Brain Trust — Conor Kilpatrick, Paul Montgomery, and Ryan Haupt — discuss the latest DC Universe Animated Original Movie… Superman: Red Son! Plus, Conor watched DC Showcase: Phantom Stranger, and what does a Mike Carlin quote from the Justice League Dark: Apokolips War mean for the future of this line of films?

Running Time: 00:35:59


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  1. This is so interesting and perfectly exemplifies why I love listening to your show! Personally, I *hated* this adaptation, but I loved listening to you guys talk about it and it helped me see a different perspective. I think the main reason I didn’t like it was that I read the comic right before watching the movie. I’m usually fine with story changes but this movie made a lot of them and they were so severe that it felt like they used the book as a starting point rather than a reference point. All of the nuanced and subtle moments of the comic felt very heavy-handed and obvious in the movie and it felt like everyone’s character was changed to more easily fit a side. In the comic, Superman didn’t kill Stalin and only took power when the people asked, whereas the movie had him kill Stalin and take power by force. In the comic, Lex regularly ignored Lois and closed the Daily Planet to spite her, but in the movie he regrets missing their wedding anniversary and regularly tries to win her over. There’s more, but these were just some examples of ways in which I felt the movie changed character motivations for the worse. Like I said though, I really enjoyed hearing your opinions on the movie and I’m glad you liked it!

    Also, it looks like that Apokolips War thing is true. Aside from the bit that Conor mentioned, Comicbook.com is also reporting that it will be the last movie in the current shared universe.

    • Changing Wonder Woman’s sexuality felt incredibly cheap and easy which fundamentally changes the relationship with Superman which was also unnecessary. The most egregious by far was not doing the iconic ending with the tine loop. It’s what that comic is known for and I’m genuinely surprised that it wasn’t the end of the movie.

      The co-writer of Apokolips War said in the featurette for it that there will not be a sequel and it will be the end of that line. That comicbook.com article frankly made me laugh since it only took 2 weeks for people to watch the featurette. That website claiming it learned it was terrible journalism since no one has mentioned that writer. IGN citing comic book.com meant no one watched the featurette there either.

    • I also read the comic before watching it where it’s a good movie on its own, but not a very good adaptation with all of the fundamental changes in the story.

  2. I’m still low key upset that the Dave Johnson Batman Black and White statue was not of Red Son Batman.

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