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Post  Apologist Puncher on Mon Feb 13, 2012 9:37 pm

Here's what Superman will look like in the film:

http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/GraphicCity/news/?a=54618



Pauley Perrette will voice Lois Lane in the upcoming animated DVD-movie Superman vs. The Elite. Based on the graphic novel "What's So Funny About Truth, Justice and the American Way?". The story appeared in Action Comics #775 as published by DC Comics in March 2001. It was written by Joe Kelly, pencilled by Doug Mahnke and Lee Bermejo, and inked by Tom Nguyen, Dexter Vines, Jim Royal, Jose Marzan, Wade Von Grawbadger and Wayne Faucher.

The tale focuses on The Elite, a team of super-powered antiheroes fronted by Manchester Black, who gained worldwide popularity for viciously killing their foes. Despite the acclaim and approval that the Elite are enjoying, Superman knows that they are wrong, and tension mounts between the Man of Steel and The Elite mounts until a televised showdown takes place on Jupiter.

Said Perrette about her Lois Lane portrayal in comparison to her NCIS role, "I think there are similarities between Abby and Lois, they're both very smart and confident and really good at their jobs. They're both really focused. Abby [her NCIS characer] just doesn't have a Superman."

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Post  thecolorsblend on Mon Feb 13, 2012 10:23 pm

Cripes... is there something so wrong about sticking with the Ed McGuiness style? I understand not wanting to go with Doug Mahnke's style (I believe he drew that "What's So Funny About Truth, Justice & The American Way?" thing to begin with) but that... I mean, dude, he's Superman, not David Putty.
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Post  webhead2006 on Mon Feb 13, 2012 10:52 pm

Ya that huge chin is not that appealing. But the film itself sounds cool. Can't wait to see some footage.
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Post  Apologist Puncher on Tue Feb 14, 2012 9:59 pm

thecolorsblend wrote:Cripes... is there something so wrong about sticking with the Ed McGuiness style? I understand not wanting to go with Doug Mahnke's style (I believe he drew that "What's So Funny About Truth, Justice & The American Way?" thing to begin with) but that... I mean, dude, he's Superman, not David Putty.

What's so unappealing about this look?


I dig it.

But that picture they released does look a little similar to this:

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Post  webhead2006 on Wed Feb 15, 2012 1:29 pm

I don't see anything wrong with that comic look.
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Post  Apologist Puncher on Wed Feb 15, 2012 8:21 pm


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Post  webhead2006 on Wed Feb 15, 2012 8:42 pm

Who is that ap?, is that manchester black guy?
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Post  Apologist Puncher on Wed Feb 15, 2012 8:46 pm

Yes.

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Post  webhead2006 on Wed Feb 15, 2012 9:37 pm

Thanks ap just wanted to make sure.
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Post  webhead2006 on Sat Feb 25, 2012 11:58 am

Possible early cover for Superman vs. The Elite:
http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/BatFreak/news/?a=55284
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Post  thecolorsblend on Sun Feb 26, 2012 7:42 pm

Still not thrilled for the art style being used for this thing but the thing looks good. Do we know how much of the Elite storyline they're adapting? Is it just WSFATJATAW or is it more of the storyline?
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Post  Apologist Puncher on Sun Feb 26, 2012 10:43 pm

There were a couple more pics at the link posted above, that for some reason weren't posted here:





Not too sure about bloated, shovel-handed Superman.....

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Post  thecolorsblend on Mon Feb 27, 2012 12:29 am

There's a strange (and annoying) tendency among some people to want to portray Superman as sort of a meathead. The art style here... it just makes me wonder...
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Post  Apologist Puncher on Mon Feb 27, 2012 11:12 pm


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Post  thecolorsblend on Tue Feb 28, 2012 12:03 am

Mmm. Good find. The Elite look pretty cool.
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Post  Apologist Puncher on Tue Feb 28, 2012 12:14 am

I think this will truly be the first time that not only will the whole story be told, but they can actually EXPAND on it.

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Post  thecolorsblend on Tue Feb 28, 2012 1:15 am

I hope so. A lot of the adaptations they've done up to now (except maybe BY1) have suffered a little in terms of continuity. Doomsday and A Death In The Family/Red Hood both relied on continuity that fans had been familiar with for years. Separating those stories from the continuity required major changes to the storylines and the end results were often less than they should've been because the writers had to do a lot of patch jobs and the end product was weak sauce in many cases.

These are problems that "original" storylines (GL- First Flight and Crisis On Two Earths, for example) didn't have to face as they could work within their own their own parameters, more or less.

Anyway...
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Post  webhead2006 on Tue Feb 28, 2012 9:16 am

Nice photos, as colors said the elite look interesting and lois/clark are a bit so so looking.
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Post  Apologist Puncher on Tue Feb 28, 2012 9:26 pm

thecolorsblend wrote:I hope so. A lot of the adaptations they've done up to now (except maybe BY1) have suffered a little in terms of continuity. Doomsday and A Death In The Family/Red Hood both relied on continuity that fans had been familiar with for years. Separating those stories from the continuity required major changes to the storylines and the end results were often less than they should've been because the writers had to do a lot of patch jobs and the end product was weak sauce in many cases.

Actually, I thought 'Under The Red Hood' was pretty good. In fact, the same guy who wrote 'Under The Hood' wrote the screenplay for it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batman:_Under_the_Red_Hood

Batman: Under the Red Hood is a 2010 direct-to-video animated superhero film based on the Batman storylines "A Death in the Family" and "Under the Hood". The film is the eighth in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies line released by Warner Premiere and Warner Bros. Animation. It was released on July 27, 2010. The film stars Bruce Greenwood as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Jensen Ackles as the Red Hood/Jason Todd, and John DiMaggio as the Joker. The screenplay was written by Judd Winick, who also wrote the "Under the Hood" run in the monthly Batman comic. Bruce Greenwood reprises the voice of Batman in Young Justice.

These are problems that "original" storylines (GL- First Flight and Crisis On Two Earths, for example) didn't have to face as they could work within their own their own parameters, more or less.

Anyway...

I just hope the "expanding" they DO end up doing doesn't ruin the effectiveness of the original.

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Post  thecolorsblend on Wed Feb 29, 2012 1:18 am

Apologist Puncher wrote:I just hope the "expanding" they DO end up doing doesn't ruin the effectiveness of the original.
In the case of Doomsday, I think it kinda does. People can say whatever they want about Watchmen but for my money the Doomsday/Funeral For A Friend/Reign of the Supermen arc exemplifies the type of storyline you can only really do in comics.

Bear in mind though, I haven't seen the JLA animated movie yet.
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Post  Apologist Puncher on Wed Feb 29, 2012 9:16 pm

thecolorsblend wrote:In the case of Doomsday, I think it kinda does. People can say whatever they want about Watchmen but for my money the Doomsday/Funeral For A Friend/Reign of the Supermen arc exemplifies the type of storyline you can only really do in comics.

The sad part is, they have now "blown their load" and can't go back and make a REAL "Death & Return" animated film.

Bear in mind though, I haven't seen the JLA animated movie yet.

Set phaser's for.......disappointed.

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Post  thecolorsblend on Thu Mar 01, 2012 12:00 am

Apologist Puncher wrote:The sad part is, they have now "blown their load" and can't go back and make a REAL "Death & Return" animated film.
No doubt about that.

Set phaser's for.......disappointed.
Hm. The feedback I've heard seems to be one extreme or the other.
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Post  Apologist Puncher on Thu Mar 01, 2012 12:03 am

thecolorsblend wrote:Hm. The feedback I've heard seems to be one extreme or the other.

Well, I posted MY review back on the 22nd...

http://supermanfilmwatchdog.forumcanadien.org/t295p15-justice-league-doom-animated-film#10553

Apologist Puncher on Wed 22 Feb 2012 - 3:05

I watched this last night, and I have to say it is probably one of the weaker animated films the Bros. Warner has put out. Not 'Braniac Attacks' weak, but not 'Under The Red Hood' or 'Crisis On Two Earths' good either.

The animation wasn't very consistent at all. Pay attention to Superman, and see what I mean. Sometimes it looks like Superman from 'Young Justice', other times he looked like he was gaining/losing weight from scene to scene. Very distracting. Cyborg didn't look very good either. The story was ok, but things just seemed to move along VERY fast. How Superman is incapacitated is exactly the same as what we saw in 'Public Enemies', which was kind of lame. Batman saving the day, again, was also very lame. I'm sure that's how it went down in the book it is based off of, but still. Enough is enough.

Rent it, don't buy it.

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Post  webhead2006 on Wed Mar 14, 2012 1:18 pm

Three new photos:
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Also its revealed that david kaufman will be jimmy olsen in the film.
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Post  Apologist Puncher on Wed Mar 14, 2012 10:17 pm

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/joe-kelly-dc-superman-vs-evil-warner-home-video-299656

Joe Kelly Previews DC/Warner Home Video's 'Superman vs. The Elite'
The direct-to-DVD animated film is based on the "What's So Funny About Truth, Justice and the American Way" story from "Action Comics No. 775.


"Superman vs. The Elite" and Joe Kelly

Joe Kelly is a busy man.

As part of Man of Action Studios, he's part of a creative team that's responsible for generating more than $2 billion in retail sales for toys and goods associated with Cartoon Network's hit animated series Ben 10. Beyond that, he's a comic-book writer whose résumé includes Action Comics, Superman, Deadpool, JLA, Green Lantern and Supergirl, among countless others.

On Friday at WonderCon in Anaheim, Kelly's Superman vs. The Elite, a Warner Home Video DC Universe animated original movie based on his "What's So Funny About Truth, Justice and the American Way" story from Action Comics No. 775 will have its world premiere.

The Hollywood Reporter caught up with Kelly to discuss the film, why the time is right for its release and how it will appeal to non-comic book fans.

THR: Why is the time right for this to come to DVD?

Joe Kelly: The story tackles themes that go way beyond a typical superhero story -- though it's as action-packed and fun as any of the animated projects that have come before. Politics, the price of power and America's place as a force in the world are all viewed through the lens of the DC Universe. Even if fans aren't paying close attention to these issues, they're all over the media. You can't escape them. So with the state of affairs being what it is, I can't think of a better time to see Superman confront these themes.

THR: How will politics play a role in the adaptation?

Kelly: I'm a big fan of taking real world issues and working them out through our "superhero" stories -- but this one goes beyond strict allegory. Like the original comic story, the film is thought provoking without being preachy and really delivers a punch. Also, the content is legitimately mature, and it took all of the projects that came before to pave the way for this story. We probably couldn't have done it five years ago, relevant or not.

THR: What challenges did you face in adapting it?

Kelly: I was very lucky in two ways: I had written the story so long ago that it was easier to be objective about the adaptation, and I had Alan Burnett. Alan helped me cut to the heart of the story and personalize it for an audience who might not have known the original comic. Once I dug in, the biggest challenge was taking the story out of the "comic universe" and making it into something bigger and more accessible to a wider audience.

THR: How did you change the story to appeal to non-comic book fans?

Kelly: The original story was about anti-heroes and comic fans and trends in the industry that were disturbing to me when it was written. For the story to work as a film, we needed to get beyond that while keeping the core of the story: that Superman serves a purpose and his moral code is relevant even in the modern world. This is where the expansion into "world politics" really helped.

THR: Will fans of the comic be pleased?

Kelly: Now that I've seen it, I couldn't be happier. The performances are incredible, the direction is fantastic; it's a home run all around. It's an amazing companion piece to the original story. I think fans of Action No. 775 will dig it and I hope that new viewers will go back and find the original comic after seeing the film.

Superman vs. The Elite will be screened Friday at 6:30 p.m. at WonderCon in Anaheim.

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