It’s a maxim recognized to comics and superhero followers worldwide. Superman fights for “reality, justice and the American approach.” However what if child Kal-El’s ship left Krypton just a bit bit sooner than it did, and reasonably than crashing down in Kansas, Kal landed in the course of 1950s-era Russia?

Such is the intriguing concept behind Superman: Pink Son, the seminal graphic novel by Mark Millar, Dave Johnson and Killian Plunkett that serves because the inspiration behind 2020’s first DC Universe Film. Introduced this night at San Diego Comedian-Con through the Batman: Hush World Premiere panel, Superman: Pink Son will kick off subsequent 12 months’s three-movie lineup, which additionally consists of an unique Superman story and a sequel to certainly one of DC’s 2017 animated movies.

The DC Universe Films are a long-running, critically acclaimed sequence of animated movies that includes the heroes and villains of DC that typically goal extra subtle and mature superhero followers. Boasting a mixture of comedian guide variations and unique tales, they’ve confirmed to be a permanent success with DC readers, who year-after-year attend the films’ World Premiere screenings at conventions like Comedian-Con and WonderCon and have interaction in watchalongs of earlier motion pictures on the DC Universe digital service.

Superman: Pink Son will probably proceed the success of latest DC Universe Films, whereas additionally exposing newer followers to one of many Man of Metal’s most memorable storylines. Initially launched in 2003, Superman: Pink Son is taken into account one of many defining Elseworlds storylines—DC’s line of comics set outdoors common continuity which place acquainted heroes like Superman, Batman and Inexperienced Lantern in new, drastically completely different settings and eventualities. Set within the thick of the Chilly Conflict, Pink Son introduces us to a Superman who landed in the united states through the 1950s and grows as much as turn into a Soviet image that fights for the preservation of Stalin’s model of communism. Different fashionable Superman characters play key roles, notably Lex Luthor, who from an American perspective might be seen because the hero of the story.

This would be the first Superman: Pink Son film, although Millar’s storyline did get a unfastened adaptation this season on The CW’s Supergirl, when a Supergirl clone was revealed to have been discovered and educated in Kaznia below the affect of Lex Luthor. Whereas the main points of the animated tackle the comedian are nonetheless to be revealed, it’s prone to adhere a lot nearer to the supply materials than the Supergirl storyline.

Spring will see the discharge of Justice League Darkish: Apokolips Conflict, a follow-up to 2017’s profitable Justice League Darkish. One in all DC’s few R-rated animated motion pictures, Justice League Darkish noticed Batman serving to to assemble a crew of occult and magic-based heroes to fight a sequence of supernatural assaults. That includes the likes of John Constantine (who was voiced by Matt Ryan), Zatanna, Swamp Factor, Deadman, Etrigan and Black Orchid, the 2017 film blended heroics with horror, bringing a few of the darker corners of the DC Universe to a broader viewers.


Picture from 2017’s Justice League Darkish

Whereas it’s not sure which heroes shall be returning for Apokolips Conflict, the title suggests we could be seeing a few of Jack Kirby’s New Gods, which means it probably has some fairly massive stakes for the continued DC Universe continuity.

The 2020 DC Universe Film slate will then wrap up with a standalone movie referred to as Superman: Man of Tomorrow, making this the primary time two Superman-centered DC Universe Films shall be launched in the identical 12 months. In contrast to Pink Son, Man of Tomorrow shall be a completely unique story that includes a younger Superman early in his profession. We’ll have to attend for added particulars on what we are able to count on from this one, together with who the villain or villains of the film could also be and what different characters could seem alongside the Man of Metal.

Lastly, it’s value noting that together with the three full-length animated motion pictures, 2020 may even deliver us a number of animated “DC Showcase” shorts, which shall be included with the movies as bonus content material. Introduced earlier this 12 months, the shorts characteristic Sgt. Rock, Adam Unusual, Loss of life, The Phantom Stranger and an adaptation of Batman: Loss of life within the Household (which can hopefully assist soothe any Batman followers who’re bummed that the Darkish Knight isn’t getting a film subsequent 12 months).

So, what do you suppose, DC followers? Will you be studying or rereading Superman: Pink Son now that you understand it’s getting a film? And the way do you are feeling concerning the different DC Universe Films coming subsequent 12 months? You should definitely tell us, and bear in mind to maintain your eyes proper right here on DCComics.com for all the most recent on DC’s animated slate.