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Superman: Red Son is a Fantastic Addition to The DCAU

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Superman: Red Son is an Elseworld story that takes place during the cold war and sees the Man of Steel become a Soviet hero after his rocket lands in the USSR. But While watching this animation, I was reminded of an old saying, “The greatest harm often comes from the best intentions.”

Superman: Red Son is an Elseworld story that takes place during the cold war and sees the Man of Steel become a Soviet hero after his rocket lands in the USSR. But While watching this animation, I was reminded of an old saying, “The greatest harm often comes from the best intentions.”

When we first meet The Boy Scout, he is a hero who is ready to do everything within his power to protect the Soviet people. But when Superman discovers that his mentor, Joseph Stalin, had been imprisoning Soviet citizens for political purposes, The man of steel kills him and begins a new regime. A regime that he felt would bring equality, peace, and unity to the Soviet Union.

However, things don’t go as planned.

Superman: Red Son is an Elseworld story that takes place during the cold war and sees the Man of Steel become a Soviet hero after his rocket lands in the USSR.

One of the many things Red Son gets right is showing the moral conflict within this version of Superman. At every step of his regime, Superman questions if his actions will lead to the growth he wants for his country. However, to show the world that Communism works, Superman ends up using alien technology to control the Soviet people. And soon, the comrade of Steel becomes no different than his mentor.

But the Man of Steel isn’t the only interesting character in this animated movie.

Similar to Gotham by Gaslight, Red Son shuffles several characters across the DC Universe into different roles.
In this world, not only does Lex Luthor marry daily planet reporter, Lois Lane, he eventually becomes the president of the USA.

Lois Lane and her Husband Lex Luthor.

In the USSR however, we meet a gay Wonder Woman who initially supports Superman’s regime of absolute control. Having seen mankind destroy itself in many wars, Diana feels that this might be man’s only way to peace.

That is until she and Superman have an encounter with Batman.

What Red Son Batman lacks in wealth, he makes up for in ruthlessness and moral ambiguity. After losing his parents in the Soviet Labor camps, a young Bruce blames Superman for his parent’s deaths. And soon, Batman starts a resistance with one goal in mind, to utterly Humiliate Superman through any means necessary.

And when he faces superman, he showed no mercy.

However, the best character swap came with the new division of the U.S military, The Green Lantern Marine Corps.

Now I love the Lantern Corps, but it’s not every day we get to see them function as a group. So imagine my surprise when I saw Hal, Jordan, and the rest of the squad in a formation, ready to capture The Man of Steel. The plans and strategies they used against Superman were easily the best part of the entire movie. And I honestly wish we could see more from this squad.

Verdict

Summary

Superman: Red Son is a wonderful story that shows how absolute power can corrupt even the best of us. The animated movie does an incredible job of adapting the original story. And even though to some extent, I prefer the comic book’s ending, I still think Superman: Red Son is a fantastic addition to the DC Animated Universe.

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Pros

  • Amazing Comic Book Adaptation
  • Awesome Action Scenes

Cons

  • There’s No Reason To Skip This Animation.

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