I love DC’s Animated Movies. I always look forward to what stories they choose to tell in their animated films every year. I’ll even go so far as to say that some of them are among the best superhero movies ever made. There’s one story in particular that fans have wanted to see for years: an adaptation of Superman: Red Son, a miniseries by Mark Millar and Dave Johnson. Red Son is a classic DC “Elseworlds”story. Elseworlds stories are essentially alternate takes on classic DC stories or characters. It’s almost like a “what if?” tale. Like, what if Batman existed in the Victorian era Gotham City and hunted Jack The Ripper? Or what if, years in the future, the original members of the Justice League must come out of retirement to deal with a new generation of violent and destructive “heroes“ that have risen up in their absence? (These are all real Elseworlds stories by the way).
The story of Superman: Red Son is brilliant in its simplicity. What if instead of crashing his spaceship in Smallville, Kansas where he was raised by the Kent’s, little baby Kal-El’s ship landed in Soviet Union era Russia? How would that change the history of the world? Would Superman’s inherent goodness shine through despite being raised in a culture like The Soviet Union, during the height of The Cold War? Red Son takes this premise and runs with it brilliantly. We even get to see different versions of characters like Batman, Lex Luthor, Wonder Woman, The Green Lantern Corps, and many more.
Over the past couple of years, the DC Animated Movies have dipped a little in quality compared to some of their truly phenomenal earlier films, like their adaptation of The Dark Knight Returns, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, or Batman: Under The Red Hood. I have noticed a little bit of an uptick in quality over there last few movies, so hopefully Superman: Red Son will be the film that gives us another DC Animated Movie classic. You can watch the trailer right here:
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I fucking love Kingsman: The Secret Service. In fact, I love pretty much anything filmmaker Mathew Vaughn has directed. Layer Cake, Stardust, X-Men: First Class, Kick-Ass, Kingsman: The Secret Service, that’s a pretty fucking great resume. Sure, Kingsman: The Golden Circle wasn’t nearly as good as it’s precession, but despite some major flaws, I still like the movie.
For some reason, I had no idea that a third Kingsman movie was even in the cards. I’m happy to see the series back on the big screen anyway. The Kingsman films have always tried re-inject some fun and adventure into the spy genre. I’ve never been a Bond fan or Jason Bourne (the Mission: Impossible movies, on the other hand, are fucking incredible). I was already happy to see that this series is going to continue, but like many great sequels, this movie is taking the Kingsman story in a completely different direction. Starring Ralph Fiennes, it looks like the movie is about the original formation of the Kingsman organization around WWI… and it looks fucking cool as Hell. Anyway, check out the trailer below, you’ll probably agree that it looks fucking awesome:
The King’s Man directed by Mathew Vaugh hits theatres in February 2020.
In this Episode, guest co-host Mike Cole and I discuss the X-Men joining the MCU. We talk about the direction we’d like to see the franchise take. Should they somehow incorporate the existing X-Men movies into the MCU or just start fresh? What kind of stories and characters do we want to see? Finally, what casting ideas might we have about the X-Men? Oh, and where does Deadpool fit into all this? This and so much more on The World’s Best Podcast! Listen here or subscribe on Stitcher and iTunes: