Bruce Timm is Looking To Develop SUPERMAN: RED SON as an Animated Film
Bruce Timm has been overseeing a ton of DC animated films and series since Batman: The Animated Series. He's now looking at another DC animated film project that is going to excite Superman fans!
During a Q&A at the premiere of Batman: Gotham by Gaslight, Timm said the next story he would like to adapt in the fan-favorite Elseworlds Superman story arc is Superman: Red Son. The limited three-issue comic series was written by Mark Millar (Kick-Ass, Old Man Logan).
Red Son tells a story that shows us what would have happened if Kal-El's ship landed in the Soviet Union instead of Kansas. This brings huge changes to the DC Universe. If you've never read it, you should; it's an intriguing story.
Here's the official synopsis for Superman: Red Son:
"Imagine a reality where the world’s most powerful super-being does not grow up in Smallville, Kansas – or even America, for that matter…
SUPERMAN: RED SON is a vivid tale of Cold War paranoia, that reveals how the ship carrying the infant who would later be known as Superman lands in the midst of the 1950s Soviet Union. Raised on a collective, the infant grows up and becomes a symbol to the Soviet people, and the world changes drastically from what we know – bringing Superman into conflict with Batman, Lex Luthor and many others."
Some of the other things we see in the story include the Soviet Union taking over the Amazons and Wonder Woman being forced to serve them. Batman ends up being a guerrilla freedom fighter. Then there's Brainiac and Green Lantern, who also make an appearance.
According to Bruce Timm, the development of this film all depends on how well Gotham by Gaslight does. If fans embrace the adaptation of the Batman Elseworld story, then that will give Warner Bros. a reason to make Superman: Red Son.
Hopefully it happens! I would like to see an adaptation of Red Son! It would make for a cool animated film, but I would love to eventually see a live-action adaptation as well.