“what if Superman had been raised in the Soviet Union?”
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has finally released the first trailer for Superman: Red Son. The animated movie adaptation based on writer Mark Millar and artists Dave Johnson and Kilian Plunkett’s Superman: Red Son Elseworlds tale will arrive next year. The feature film is directed by Sam Liu
Mark Millar published the Red Son mini-series in DC Comics under their Elseworlds imprint in 2003. Superman: Red Son mix alternate versions of DC super-heroes with alternate-reality versions of real political figures such as Joseph Stalin and John F. Kennedy.
In Red Son, Superman’s rocket ship lands on a Ukrainiancollective farm rather than in Kansas, an implied reason being a small time difference (a handful of hours) from the original timeline, meaning Earth’s rotation placed Ukraine in the ship’s path instead of Kansas. Instead of fighting for “… truth, justice, and the American Way”, Superman is described in Soviet radio broadcasts “… as the Champion of the common worker who fights a never-ending battle for Stalin, socialism, and the international expansion of the Warsaw Pact.” His “secret identity” (i.e., the name his adoptive parents gave him) is a state secret.
Superman: Red Son features the voice talents of Jason Isaacs as Kal-El, Amy Acker as Lois Lane, Diedrich Bader as Lex Luthor, Phil Morris as James Olsen, Phil LaMarr as John Stewart, Vanessa Marshall as Wonder Woman, Sasha Roiz as Hal Jordan, Roger Craig Smith as Batman, Paul Williams as Braniac and William Salyers as Joseph Stalin.