A single issue of Action Comics, number 775 from March 2001, became the basis for this DCU animated movie. While I have not read this particular issue, based on the film it raised some of the fundamental issues Superman deals with on a regular basis. It is Superman Versus The Elite.
Superman meets The Elite, a small group of new superheroes, who help him out several times. Everything seems fine until The Elite decide to go the extra step, and kill the supervillains. Superman can not stand for this and has to stop The Elite. But can he?
The Elite, led by the loud and manipulative Manchester Black, do not debate this killings lightly. In fact, they hardly discuss it at all before they deliver the killing blows. Superman is horrified, not only by what they do, but with the carefree way in which they do it. A good discussion point to take up with younger viewers.
You ever want to see Superman letting loose? Dismantling his enemies in a ruthless and vicious way? Playing the same game as The Elite? And, best of all, revealing Manchester Black for what he truly is?
Superman Versus The Elite is not only a kick butt action film, a nice relationship drama with Lois (his wife, hint hint DC Comics), but also raises several interesting moral dilemmas. A bit intense for really young (under 8) viewers, but still a fine film.
…is currently reading The Death And Life Of Superman by Roger Stern.
P.S. This post is one of several I hope to do this year to celebrate the 75th Birthday of Superman. Happy Birthday Kal-El! Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.
P.P.S. Superman Man Of Steel opened Friday, June 14th 2013. For an indepth look at the creation of this landmark movie, check out Jeffrey Taylor’s columns.