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Superman: Red Son

Film Information

Plot: What if the Man of Steel was raised behind the Iron Curtain?
Release Date: Out now on digital download. 16th March for DVD & blu-ray.
Format: Digital download, DVD & blu-ray.
Director(s): Sam Liu.
Cast: Jason Isaacs, Amy Acker, Phil LaMarr, Vanessa Marshall, Phil Morris, Paul Williams, Roger Craig Smith, Sasha Roiz, Jim Meskimen, Travis Willingham, Winter Ave Zoli.
BBFC Certificate: 12.
Running Time: 72 mins.
Country Of Origin: USA.
Language: English.
Review By: Paula Hammond.
Film Rating


Bottom Line

Red Son is another big win from DC’s Animated Universe series.

Posted March 10, 2020 by

Film Review

DC’s Elseworlds series take well-known and well-loved comic book characters and gives them a new twist. Batman is a perennial favourite of Elseworld writers, but Superman has also generated his share of classic alternative storylines. In True Brit, for instance Kal-El, is—as the title suggests—sent to England in a storyline that mocks comic conventions and the uptight British psyche in equal measure. 

Red Son has a more serious tone, but an equally interesting premise, where the spaceship bearing the last survivor of Krypton crash lands, not in rural Kansas, but in Stalinist Russia. Can this Cold War-era Earth survive the coming of a Soviet Superman?

Don’t be fooled by the direct-to-video label. DC’s animated features are always entertaining, if made on lycra-tight budgets. While some releases have struggled with 72-minute format—seeming to squeeze too much plot into too little screen time, with Red Son, the team have hit pay-dirt. Mark Millar’s original plot could, in fact, have been designed as a film-script. 

Apart from the tight plotting and drama-heavy storyline, there’s lots to love here. This a piece that’s all about shades of gray with Superman as neither the hero nor the villain of the piece. There are interesting takes on both Batman and Lex Luther. Lex especially is given the space to really flourish as a well-rounded character, rather than the usual bad-guy stereotype. Wonder Woman is sadly under-used–as always– but Red Son delivers in a way that will satisfy fans of the both DC’s animations and the original source material. 

Red Son is another big win from DC’s Animated Universe series. 

Paula Hammond - Features Editor

Paula Hammond is a full-time, freelance journalist. She regularly writes for more magazines than is healthy and has over 25 books to her credit. When not frantically scribbling, she can be found indulging her passions for film, theatre, cult TV, sci-fi and real ale. If you should spot her in the pub, after five rounds rapid, she’ll be the one in the corner mumbling Ghostbusters quotes and waiting for the transporter to lock on to her signal… Email:


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