Allstar Superman

I have never really been a big fan of The Man of Steel. To me he was always slightly too good, too happy in his life. Yet when I heard that Grant Morrison had written a book on said character I had to read it and by no shock to me, I loved it. Morrison has this ability to make any book he writes a must buy. So when I heard that they were adapting his twelve issue story arc of Superman’s death into an animated feature I was thrilled.

In many ways, Superman is a modern day God: he is literally the best anyone could ever want to be. The story follows Superman nearing the end of his career. Lex Luthor has successfully poisoned him with the same sun radiation that gives Superman his power. Superman has become even stronger, with new abilities but at the same time is aware that his death is imminent. Superman begins a set of trials as well as trying to get earth in order for when he finally dies. Lex Luthor is on death row, hell bent to die after The Man of Steel, nothing will get in his way.

Allstar Superman the movie keeps the essence alive of the comic book. Credit must go to Dwayne McDuffie (the writer of the screenplay) who unfortunately died just days after its release in the states. He manages to adapt Morrison’s words and make them work for the big screen. Further, the art is gorgeous, keeping as close as possible to Frank Quitely’s style.

There are moments however that are lost that were amazing. For example, maybe the best scene in the book for me was where Superman stands by an emo who is about to kill herself. He helps her through it, making her realise that there is more to life. This is such a poignant scene that would have worked so well. If nothing more it shows the god like spectacle that is Superman: he might be dying, he might need to save the world but he still has time to look after the rest of us. Therefore it is a true shame that this is not in the film. Further another poignant scene that is missing is when Superman attends his father’s funeral. Again these moments are so important in building upon that the character has emotions just like us. I can understand why these scenes were either cut down heavily or not in the film but it means that the film adaptation looses much of the gravitas that the book offers. The film feels more like a typical action comic book film whereas the book is more than that. Other issues such as Sups’ battle with Bizzaro are an unfortunate loss to the extent that I personally would have taken other things out to put it in. This is another problem with this movie and any comic book movie: everyone is a director and therefore no one truly sees the vision that they had hoped for.

All in all Allstar Superman is a stellar effort and an enjoyable film. It ill not hamper fan’s opinions or experiences of the book but at the same time it is unlikely to become the first port of call in the same way that the Watchmen movie never would. For fans of Superman who are yet to read the allstar line, this is a great place to start, leading to them hopping onto the book. For people like myself who are not Sups’ biggest fans I would not suggest starting here. An enjoyable comic book adaptation.

Luke Halsall

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