“Man of Steel” director Zack Snyder and DC Animated Universe mastermind Bruce Timm teamed up to create this short looking at 75 years of Superman across comics, television, film, and games all the way from the character’s first appearance in print to his most recent cinematic outing and reinvention in the New 52.
The short made its debut over at Entertainment Weekly, who spoke with Snyder and Timm about the origins of the project, the brainchild of Snyder, according to Timm. “We had approached [Snyder] about maybe doing a short for the DC Nation program on Cartoon Network. He said, ‘I’ll think about it,’ and then he had this idea to do basically the entire history of Superman in, like, a minute. We said, ‘Okay … whoooo.’ We started working and quickly realized there was no way to do it, even in a minute.”
The two-minute length means Timm and company had to make some brutal, decisive cuts about what parts of Superman’s history would make it in: with the exception of a flash of the “Smallville” logo, previous incarnations of Superboy didn’t make it in, while the character’s death and his four replacements during the “Reign of Supermen” era did.
And while you shouldn’t go looking for Dean Cain or Gerard Christopher, Timm says that fans should keep an eye on the background for other crucial moments of Super-history. “There have been so many different artists in the comics who had important moments in Superman’s history. One of the things we came up with was, you’d have a Curt Swan segment – Superman vs. Brainiac – and the background is full of comic book panels, a floating montage background of lots of different artists. So there’s John Byrne, Gil Kane, and Jim Steranko in there.”
It all has us wishing we might get some future DC Animated universe features (or more reasonably, shorts) done in some of these classic styles–could you imagine a DC Nation short in the style of Curt Swan?
The short will be included on the November 12th release of the “Man of Steel” on Blu-ray.