Superman: Red Son (film)

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Superman: Red Son
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Blu-ray cover
Directed bySam Liu[1]
Produced bySam Liu
Amy McKenna
Screenplay byJ.M. DeMatteis
Based on
Music byFrederik Wiedmann
Distributed byWarner Bros. Home Entertainment
Release date
  • February 25, 2020 (2020-02-25) (digital)
  • March 17, 2020 (2020-03-17) (4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray release)
CountryUnited States

Superman: Red Son is a 2020 American direct-to-video animated superhero film focusing on the DC Comics character Superman, and the 37th installment in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies series. The film is based on the 2003 comic book miniseries of the same name written by Mark Millar and pencilled by Dave Johnson, Andrew Robinson, Walden Wong and Killian Plunkett.[4] It has been released digitally on February 25, 2020 and was released on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray on March 17, 2020.[5]


In the Soviet Union during the year 1946, a young boy is chased by a gang of bullies. A young girl, Svetlana, defends him by chasing them away. He reveals to her that he was not scared for his own safety but that of the bullies before demonstrating superhuman strength and the ability to fly. Svetlana tells the boy he can use his powers to help the country.

A decade later, the Soviet Union releases propaganda film of an alien superhuman under the command of Joseph Stalin, whom the American media dubs "The Soviet Superman." United States President Eisenhower tasks Lex Luthor to develop a countermeasure against the superhuman. Meanwhile, Superman prevents a satellite from crashing into Metropolis, which leads to Lex's wife Lois Luthor securing an interview with him. She shows him a top secret document that leads Superman to a secret gulag where he finds a dying Svetlana, who was imprisoned there because she knew his real identity. Enraged, Superman confronts Stalin about the gulag and destroys him with his heat vision. As a result, Superman becomes the leader of the Soviet Union, pledging to use his powers for good and to spread the influence of the Soviet state.

Superman uses said powers and influence to stop conflict, bring nations to the Soviet side, and forge an alliance with Wonder Woman of Themyscira. Meanwhile, Luthor unveils a clone of Superman, dubbed "Superior Man", made from harvesting Superman's cells from the crashed satellite and remotely powered with an orb of energy before sending it out to confront Superman. The two superhumans battle until Luthor overloads the clone with excess energy, causing it to swell up and degenerate as the fight progresses until it finally collapses and dissolves. Superman is left appalled and sickened by Luthor's actions.

Years later, Superman stops an invasion by alien cyborg Brainiac, reprograms it to become his advisor, and uses his technology to lobotomize dissidents; but was unable to prevent the city of Stalingrad from being shrunk. He is also forced to deal with the terrorist Batman, a survivor of the secret gulag who blames Superman for his family's death. Batman kidnaps Wonder Woman and binds her with the Lasso of Truth to lead Superman into a trap. Using lamps that simulate Krypton's red sun to neutralize his powers, Batman beats Superman and leaves him to die until Wonder Woman breaks free of the lasso and destroys the lamps' power source, restoring Superman's powers, but gets severely injured. When Superman threatens to imprison him, Batman chooses to commit suicide rather than become a mindless slave. A wounded and rapidly aged Wonder Woman leaves Superman, upset by the brutality of both sides of the conflict.

In the United States, Luthor becomes President and ushers in a new age of prosperity, threatening Soviet dominance. Finding Abin Sur's crashed spaceship and body, he tasks Colonel Hal Jordan with uncovering the immense power of the green ring found on the alien's body, leading to the formation of the Green Lantern Corps. Jordan leads an attack against Superman, which is briefly halted by Wonder Woman, who tries one last time to end the conflict before announcing that Themyscira will be closed to all men forever. With Brainiac's encouragement, Superman sets out to confront Luthor, only to find Lois with the bottled city of Stalingrad at the White House. Superman tells her that for years he has tried and failed to reverse the miniaturization of the city, but Brainiac reveals that the technology has always been available to him; he just chose not to use it. Realizing the error of his ways, Superman stands down, but an enraged Brainiac spitefully destroys the shrunken city and proceeds with the attack; revealing that the reprogramming failed and he had been using Superman to conquer the world himself. Superman and Luthor battle Brainiac and destroy him, but his ship is set to self-destruct upon his defeat. Superman flies it out into deep space, apparently dying in the explosion.

At a ceremony in front of the Capitol Building, a disguised Superman watches from the crowd as Luthor announces his resignation from his Presidency in order to spend more time with Lois; handing over the country to Vice-President James Olsen. Lois shares a brief glimpse with Superman before he disappears into the crowd.



In 2013, James Tucker expressed interest in making an animated movie adaptation of Red Son for DC Universe Animated Original Movies, such the project is in consideration by Warner Bros.[6] On January 8, 2019, it was announced that a direct-to-video film adaption of the comic is in development, part of the DC Universe Animated Original Movies line. It will be a stand-alone movie separate from the DC Animated Movie Universe. Jason Isaacs will star as Superman opposite, Amy Acker as Lois Lane, Diedrich Bader as Lex Luthor, and Paul Williams as Brainiac, with Roger Craig Smith as Batman and Vanessa Marshall as Wonder Woman. Also appearing are William Salyers as Joseph Stalin, Jim Meskimen as John F. Kennedy, Phil Morris as James Olsen, Sasha Roiz as Hal Jordan, Phil LaMarr as John Stewart, Travis Willingham as Superior Man, and Winter Zoli as Svetlana. Anna Vocino, Greg Chun, Jim Ward, Jason Spisak, and Tara Strong will be in the film, with undisclosed roles.[7][8]


The film currently has a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 14 reviews.[9]

Reaction of the Russian media[edit]

Before the release[edit]

The presenters of the TV channel Russia-24 Alexey Kazakov and Anastasia Ivanova felt that the video was "generously sprinkled with cranberries" and "Russophobic hysteria will again." At the same time, in their opinion, "if Russia had not been so interesting, then there would have been no 'Red Son'."[10] In the program Time will tell, the film adaptation was called an element of a serious information war against Russia, the purpose of which is to form the image of the enemy. Anatoly Kuzichev concluded: "Comics are evil. Literature only!"[11] On the other hand, Evgeni Popov considers this marketing without political background. Hollywood primarily solves financial problems. The Russian theme causes certain reactions in American society. But the USSR not love in the USA. According to the journalist, "we need to focus on our heroes."[12]

After the release[edit]

A reviewer from Kanobu criticized the film for changes in the plot compared to the original source. In particular, it was noted that Superman was reduced to the level of a villain, added themes of feminism and LGBT, as well as a change in the ending.[13] Mir Fantastiki also criticized the adaptation, primarily for changes in the plot compared to the comic book.[14] Reviewer DTF noted that in the film adaptation, the atmosphere of the original was completely lost, and the main plot twist was removed from the final product.[15] In the review "Disgusting Men", the film was considered very weak, having lost its main idea and depth, and also with cheap animation.[16]


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  2. ^ Superman: Red Son Trailer Brings Classic Elseworlds Story to life | The Mary
  3. ^ First Trailer For DC's Animated Film Adaptation of SUPERMAN: RED SON | GeekTyrant
  4. ^ Superman: Red Son - Exclusive Trailer Debut for the DC Animated Movie - IGN
  5. ^ Warner Bros. Announces Superman: Red Son Release Details | Comic
  6. ^ Liu, Ed (October 21, 2013). "NYCC 2013: "Justice League: War" Roundtable Interviews – Jay Oliva, James Tucker, & Andrea Romano". Retrieved August 12, 2014.
  7. ^ "RTF EXCLUSIVE: 'A SUPERMAN: RED SON Movie Is Happening, Casting Details'". Revenge of The Fans. 8 January 2019. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Superman: Red Son Movie Announced". DC. Retrieved 2019-07-20.
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  10. ^ Красный день календаря: в США вышел мультфильм с главным героем — советским Суперменом
  11. ^ Политический комикс. Время покажет. Фрагмент выпуска от 26.12.2019
  12. ^ «Зацепились за Россию»: ведущий «60 минут» о советском Супермене
  13. ^ Ибрагим Аль Сабахи (2020-02-26). "Рецензия на мультфильм «Супермен. Красный сын». Советский супергерой, диктатура и феминизм". Kanobu (in Russian). Retrieved 2020-03-01.
  14. ^ Александр Стрепетилов (2020-02-29). "Мультфильм «Красный сын»: письмо товарищу Супермену". Мир фантастики (in Russian). Retrieved 2020-03-01.
  15. ^ Алексей Хромов (2020-02-28). "Как авторы мультфильма «Супермен: Красный сын» умудрились испортить сюжет оригинального комикса". DTF (in Russian). Retrieved 2020-03-01.
  16. ^ Денис Майоров (2020-02-28). "«Красный сын» на экране: Феминизм против советского Супермена в новом мультфильме DC". Disgusting Men (in Russian). Retrieved 2020-03-04.

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