The World’s Finest Reviews “Superman: Red Son,” New Images, Video Clip Released

The World’s Finest has published its review of DC Universe Movie’s Superman: Red Son, which is available now on Digital HD and arrives March 17, 2020 to physical media, including 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Combo Pack. In short, Superman: Red Son is a fascinating exploration of what happens when the ideals which Superman upholds are shifted to a different political ideology. It does stumble here and there but, ultimately, it’s another success for Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s DC Universe Movie line and is well worth checking out. To read the complete review, click on the image below.

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Additionally, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has released a new clip from the movie along with a series of images. First below is the clip – – followed by a selection to newly-released imagery.

In addition to a detailed review, the above image link also leads to additional content, including video clips, imagery and more. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment describes Superman: Red Son as follows:

Based on DC’s famed Elseworlds tale from 2003, Superman: Red Son takes place in an alternate reality where the spaceship bearing the last survivor of Krypton crash lands – not in rural Kansas, but in Stalinist Russia. Can this Cold War-era Earth survive the coming of a Soviet Superman?

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Superman: Red Son – Home Media Review

Superman: Red Son
Studio: Warner Bros. Animation
Release Date: February 25, 2020 – Digital; March 17, 2020 – 4K Blu-ray, Blu-ray

Synopsis: What if the Man of Steel was raised behind the Iron Curtain? So begins DC’s acclaimed Elseworlds story, Superman: Red Son, an entry in the ongoing DC Universe Movies line. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC, the feature-length animated film arrives – accompanied by the DC Showcase animated short The Phantom Stranger, from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

Superman: Red Son Special Features
4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital

DC Showcase: Phantom Stranger (Animated Short) – Animation legend Bruce Timm helms Phantom Stranger as both executive producer & director from a script written by Ernie Altbacker (Teen Titans: The Judas Contract). Set in the 1970s, the short follows young adult Jess as she joins her friends at a party in a dilapidated mansion hosted by the mysterious Seth … when odd things begin to happen to Jess and her friends, can Phantom Stranger intervene? Peter Serafinowicz (The Tick) gives voice to Phantom Stranger, and Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville, Impastor) provides the voice of Seth. Phantom Stranger also features the voices of Natalie Lander, Grey Griffin and Roger Craig Smith.
-Cold Red War (New Featurette) – An exploration of the Cold War through the lens of the Elseworlds classic Superman: Red Son, as Superman rises to power and tension escalates between the United States and the Soviet Union.
-Two episodes from Superman: Red Son – The Motion Comic.
-A Sneak Peek at the next DC Universe Movie, Justice League Dark: Apokolips War – An advanced look at the next animated film in the popular DC Universe Movies collection.

Editions covered in this review. Additional imagery below.

Superman: Red Son 4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray Review
by James Harvey

Offering up the standard solid 4k video transfer and audio mix with a small batch of bonus content, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment unleashes Superman: Red Son to home media in both physical and digital formats. For those who want to best presentation for the animated adaptation of one of the best Superman comics of all time, the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release is the right way to go.

Looking first at the film’s audio and video transfer offers, it’s another reliably strong end product. In terms of the video quality, the colors are especially vibrant thanks to the HDR encoding, making the film’s color really pop, especially the backgrounds and overall color palette. The transfer also appears to be mostly free of macroblocking and color banding, though some appears visible on occasion in some of the darker scenes, though it’s nothing really distracting to the eye. It’s not reference material, but close. For audio, it’s another nicely-balanced DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 transfer. The film’s quieter moments are remarkably crystal clear, with all dialogue and audio sounding perfectly audible. The set pieces also hit hard, in thanks partially to the clever use of the mix’s different directional channels during the action sequences, such as the film’s climactic duel. Between the three releases covered for this review – 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray and Digital – the physical 4K release is unquestionably the best possible presentation. Still, the regular Blu-ray and Digital editions of Superman: Red Son offer up perfectly fine audio and video transfers for those looking for an alternative to the 4K Ultra HD format.

While the film’s presentation hits all the right marks, the bonus content included will likely underwhelm some. While there’s no commentary for this release, what’s included is genuinely interesting featurette, some bonus cartoons and comics, a preview for Justice League Dark: Apokolips War and yet another great DC Showcase animated short.

As with the previous Sgt. Rock and Death: The High Cost of Living animated shorts – part of a new wave of DC Showcase titles – the 15-minute The Phantom Stranger short is a fun little gem. It might not hit the heights of Death, but it’s by no means a slouch. The animated short finds The Phantom Stranger attempting to warn a party-going teen of impending doom, but naturally, things don’t really go the way anyone expects. The nifty little short is executive produced and directed by Bruce Timm, the script written by Ernie Altbacker, and stars Peter Serafinowicz as The Phantom Stranger and Michael Rosenbaum as the mysterious Seth. The animation for this short is mostly on point, save for the occasional bits of jerky or stilted character movements. The story and pacing is top-notch though, revealing each key plot point at just he right time to keep things from feeling rushed or stale. The Phantom Stranger never wears out its welcome and should keep viewers curious from start to finish.

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The main featurette, “Cold Red War,” uses Superman: Red Son itself to help break down and explain the real-life history and impact of the Cold War in what ultimately ends up being a fascinating history lesson and exploration of Superman’s character. The nearly 17-minute featurette includes interviews with assorted animation and comic book pros along with academics. It’s nothing groundbreaking, but it’s still a worthwhile watch for those interested in learning more of the history that inspired Superman: Red Son. The disc then wraps up with an over 10-minute preview of the next DC Universe Movie title, Justice League Dark: Apokolips War, which looks to be bringing the in-continuity DC Universe Movie titles to an end, the classic two-part Justice League episode “A Better World,” two Superman: Red Son digital comics, a selection of trailers and previews for other DC Comics-related titles and additional copies of the film in regular Blu-ray and Digital formats. Please note the bonus content for the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release of Superman: Red Son is on the regular Blu-ray disc.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has put together a good package for the Superman: Red Son animated movie, and basically delivers what we’ve come to expect from them for the DC Universe Movie line. Could there be more detailed bonus content? Without question, but what we get here is an acceptable amount, especially with the inclusion of an enjoyable animated short. Of course, the studio has also provided a predictably strong video and audio transfer for the movie across all formats, arguably the most important aspect of any home media release. For fans looking to watch Superman: Red Son in the best possible format, the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release is unquestionably the way to go, but the regular Blu-ray and Digital HD presentations do serve as fine alternatives. Bringing together a fascinating feature presentation and a small batch of bonus content worth checking out, Superman: Red Son definitely comes Recommended!

Please note that while Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided The World’s Finest with a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray copy of Superman: Red Son to review, that had no bearing on the product’s final assessment. The author did purchase a copy of the film on iTunes for completion and comparison purposes.

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Superman: Red Son – Animated Feature Review

Superman: Red Son
Studio: Warner Bros. Animation
Release Date: February 25, 2020 – Digital; March 17, 2020 – 4K Blu-ray, Blu-ray

Synopsis: Based on DC’s famed Elseworlds tale from 2003, Superman: Red Son takes place in an alternate reality where the spaceship bearing the last survivor of Krypton crash lands – not in rural Kansas, but in Stalinist Russia. Can this Cold War-era Earth survive the coming of a Soviet Superman?

Superman: Red SonGolden Globe-nominated actor Jason Isaacs leads a stellar cast as the voice of the alternate, Soviet take on Superman. Isaacs, one of the stars of the Harry Potter film franchise, Star Trek: Discovery and more than 120 films and television series, gets his turn as a Super Hero after three memorable appearances in DC Universe Movies as famous Super-Villains from the DC library. Isaacs previously voiced Sinestro in Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, Lex Luthor in Justice League: Gods and Monsters and Ra’s al Ghul in Batman: Under the Red Hood.

Joining Isaacs is Diedrich Bader (American Housewife, Veep, The Drew Carey Show) as Lex Luthor, Amy Acker (Angel, Person of Interest, The Gifted) as Lois Lane, Vanessa Marshall (Young Justice, Star Wars Rebels) as Wonder Woman, Phil Morris (Seinfeld, Doom Patrol) as James Olsen, Academy Award winner Paul Williams (Goliath, Phantom of the Paradise) as Brainiac, Roger Craig Smith (Batman Ninja, Batman: Arkham Origins) as Batman, Sasha Roiz (Grimm) as Hal Jordan, Phil LaMarr (Futurama, Pulp Fiction, Justice League/Justice League Unlimited) as John Stewart, Jim Meskimen (Parks and Recreation, Impress Me) as John F. Kennedy, Travis Willingham (Critical Role, Batman: Bad Blood) as Superior Man, William Salyers (Regular Show, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders) as Joseph Stalin, and Winter Ave Zoli (Sons of Anarchy, Bosch) as Svetlana.

Superman: Red Son is produced and directed by Sam Liu (Reign of the Supermen) from a script by J.M. DeMatteis (Batman: Bad Blood, Constantine: City of Demons). Jim Krieg (Batman: Gotham by Gaslight) is co-producer. Amy McKenna (The Death of Superman) is producer. Executive Producers are Sam Register and Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series).

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Superman: Red Son Animated Feature Review
By James Harvey

A strong adaptation of the classic Elseworlds story, Superman: Red Son is an intriguing, sophisticated look at morality, humanity and nature vs. nurture. While the DC Universe Movie title can be a shade inconsistent in terms of overall quality, it remains a riveting watch right up to the final curtain. With great direction, a fantastic voice cast, a compelling script and an incredible score, Superman: Red Son is alternate vision of the Man of Steel worth experiencing.

The premise for Superman: Red Son is deceptively simple – Superman lands in the Soviet Union instead of the United States – but the ripple effect is far more complicated than one could ever expect. How is the world, or at least the DC Comics characters that inhabit it, impacted by this change? Well, quite substantially, actually, with it altering even the most recognizable and steadfast characters. You think Wonder Woman or Batman would remain relatively unfazed? Think again. Watching familiar faces and names navigate this new world makes for an engaging watch, especially as things could take a shocking turn at a moment’s notice (which tends to happen quite a bit during Superman: Red Son).

The script by J.M. DeMatteis, adapted from Mark Millar’s original comic series, sticks pretty close to the source material, and is riddled with so many neat touches and little nuances that a second viewing is basically mandatory (but in a good way). However, like the 2018 Batman: Gotham by Gaslight animated adaptation, it does make a few changes. Thankfully, said changes aren’t superfluous or pointless, but instead matter and impact the film’s story and flow. In fact, this film is arguably more complex than the source material. As per usual, spoilers will be relatively light as to not ruin some of the film’s legitimate surprises.

Director Sam Liu guides the ship, using his considerable talents to punch up the action sequences and to ensure all the dramatic moments land, too. Superman is in a different emotional place then we’re used to, which directs every little action he does. Given his rougher upbringing and surroundings, we see a Superman that’s a bit more brutal and decisive. We see Superman make decisions that we don’t expect, and it’s legitimately terrifying. Superman’s confrontation with Stalin after discovering the truth about his oppressive rule is shocking, and our subsequent sense of unease is justified time and time again following that, especially during a tense dinner scene between Superman and the South Korean leader. Liu expertly strings the entire movie with a sense of doom, which reminds us just how frightening the Man of Steel could actually be. The character still means well, and remains optimistic for a brighter world and future, but becomes lost in a fog as his actions become increasingly misguided. It’s a captivating, almost tragic portrayal of Superman.

Jason Isaacs leads an incredible cast, providing the voice of Superman himself. Turning in an ultimately heartbreaking performance, Isaacs sells Superman’s beliefs and convictions so whole-heartedly that, as everything starts to crumble around him, you genuinely sympathize for the Comrade of Steel. Superman: Red Son gives us a Superman that has arguably never been more human and vulnerable than he is right here. You want Superman to do what’s right, making each woefully misguided step that much more crushing. Cast opposite Isaacs is Diedrich Bader, whose Lex Luthor is so excellent that it would be a shame if he doesn’t reprise the role again in a future project. Like with Isaacs, Bader’s performance brings a sense of humanity to Luthor that grounds his character in such a uniquely different way, making him charming and even a shade sympathetic in his own right. It’s a legitimately impressive performance. Amy Acker, Roger Craig Smith, Vanessa Marshall and Paul Williams also turn in strong performances as key supporting players Lois Lane, Batman, Wonder Woman and Brainiac, respectively.

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While Superman: Red Son is a solid outing for the DC Universe Movie line, it’s unfortunately not perfect. First, it does take a little while for the film to find its rhythm. In order to cover a lot of ground, it does jump forward in time quite frequently, which is fine, but there are moments when Superman: Red Son feels like it’s just moving from plot point to plot point instead of letting events play out organically. It’s not a huge hindrance, but it can make things feel a little disjointed, though it does eventually hit a steady beat. Similarly, the animation quality does vary, ranging from fantastic to serviceable. The action clips tend to be enthralling and well-handled for the most part, though the odd slip-up – Batman’s ultimate decision during his final confrontation with Superman that doesn’t hit as hard as it should, for example – and some of Superman: Red Son‘s quieter moments stumble as the animation occasionally lacks the subtly needed to sell the character work.

The film’s portrayal of Wonder Woman is also altered from the source material. Instead of being smitten with the Comrade of Steel, of which Superman is oblivious to, she instead sees Superman as a beacon of hope to bring peace to the world. However, like the book (but for different reasons, of course), their relationship becomes strained over time. It’s also very, very welcome to see the movie embrace the LGBT aspects of the Amazonian Warrior’s background, which is definitely an improvement and an interesting alteration from the source material. However, Wonder Woman’s depiction here does come off as a little one-dimensional given her limited screen time. That said, Vanessa Marshall’s performance as Wonder Woman here is fantastic, as she perfectly conveys the character’s burgeoning and increasing frustration with Superman, coupled with her growing (and understandable) disappointment with man’s world, throughout their relationship.

Wonder Woman isn’t the only notable change made in the jump from page to screen – Lex Luthor’s depiction here comes across as more heroic, though still deceptive and cunning. The ending has been changed too, but to avoid any specific spoilers, details will be vague. The movie ends on a more hopeful note which, while it will definitely not go over well with some people, makes more sense given how the film veers toward a more optimistic outcome (another smart decision made by the creative team when adapting the source material).

Another strong aspect of the Superman: Red Son animated feature is its incredible score by Frederik Wiedmann. A regular contributor to the DC Universe Movie line, among other projects, Wiedmann’s work here easily his best for the line to date (which is saying something given the consistently great work he puts out). He strings along themes and cues clearly inspired by Soviet propaganda and Russian music throughout the entire film in such a chilling, effective manner. His work on the film’s opening credits alone will make you lean forward to make sure you don’t miss a single note, it’s that good.

Despite some of the film’s few shortcomings, overall, it’s still a strong end product for the DC Universe Movie line. Superman: Red Son is a fascinating exploration of what happens when the ideals which Superman upholds, that we’re all so familiar with, are shifted to a different political ideology. The timing of this animated feature is perfect, too, as the story and themes behind Superman: Red Son remain just as relevant today as they were when the story originally saw print in 2003. It’s an intriguing dissection of the character, and the film’s cast and crew have clearly poured their all into it. A compelling dive into the Man of Steel’s beliefs and ideals, albeit a little twisted, Superman: Red Son comes Highly Recommended!

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Harley Quinn



The Big Bang Theory‘s Kaley Cuoco stars as the voice of Gotham’s criminal queenpin Harley Quinn in the DC Universe animated series, Harley Quinn! The series, created for the DC Universe streaming service, is available to watch via streaming, digital and select traditional network outlets.

Watch the trailer in the player above!

Description: Harley Quinn has finally broken things off once and for all with the Joker and attempts to make it on her own as the criminal Queenpin of Gotham City. With the help of Poison Ivy and a ragtag crew of DC castoffs, Harley tries to earn a seat at the biggest table in villainy – the Legion of the Doom. She’s got her eyes on the prize and nothing can stop her, except maybe Batman and Commissioner Gordon or her jealous, deranged ex. But don’t worry – she’s got this. Or does she?

Things change quickly for Harley, though! Shockingly, Gotham has become a desolate wasteland, left in ruins, following a huge earthquake. Harley’s celebration in this newly created chaos is cut short when Penguin, Bane, Mr. Freeze, The Riddler and Two Face join forces to restore order in the criminal underworld. Calling themselves the Injustice League, this group now stands in the way of Harley and her crew from taking sole control of Gotham as the top villains of the city.

“Harley is allowed to be human, just like the rest of us. She can have fun, make mistakes, throw tantrums… you have a lot of characters that have to be perfect, but she can be imperfect. And what’s really fun is she gets to do all the mischievous and fiendish things that the rest of us can only fantasize about doing,” said Amanda Conner, legendary comic book artist and concept artist on the Harley Quinn animated series. For the series, Conner worked with character designer Shane Glines (Batman: The Animated Series).

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, and based on the characters from DC, Harley Quinn boasts an all-star voice cast including Cuoco as Harley Quinn, Lake Bell (Bless This Mess), Jason Alexander (Seinfeld), Tony Hale (VEEP), J.B. Smoove (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Alan Tudyk (Doom Patrol), Ron Funches (Powerless), Wanda Sykes (Not Normal), Christopher Meloni (Law and Order: SVU), Diedrich Bader (American Housewife) and many others.

Harley Quinn is produced by Ehsugadee Productions in association with Warner Bros. Animation, with executive producers Kaley Cuoco, Sam Register, Justin Halpern, Patrick Schumacker and Dean Lorey.

Main Cast & Credits:

Voice Talent
Kaley Cuoco – Harley Quinn
Lake Bell – Poison Ivy
Alan Tudyk – The Joker / Clayface
Ron Funches – King Shark
J.B. Smoove – Frank the Plant
Jason Alexander – Sy Borgman
Wanda Sykes – Queen of Fables
Giancarlo Esposito – Lex Luthor
Natalie Morales – Lois Lane
Jim Rash – The Riddler
Diedrich Bader – Batman
Tony Hale – Dr. Psycho
Christopher Meloni – Commissioner Gordon

Executive Producers
Justin Halpern
Patrick Schumacker
Dean Lorey
Sam Register
Kaley Cuoco

Original Broadcast Date:
November 29, 2019 on DC Universe

Harley Quinn and all related pre-existing characters and elements TM and © DC. Harley Quinn series and all related new characters and elements TM and © Warner Bros Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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The World’s Finest Reviews “Young Justice: Outsiders – The Complete Third Season,” “Teen Titans: The Complete Series” Blu-ray Releases

The World’s Finest has published reviews for the Young Justice: Outsiders – The Complete Third Season and Teen Titans: The Complete Series Blu-ray titles from Warner Archive, both of which are available for order now through WB Shop and most digital retailers. In short, both titles come highly recommended to own!

Briefly, Warner Archive’s Blu-ray release of Young Justice: Outsiders – The Complete Third Season is simply excellent, offering up the best presentation available for the new season of Young Justice, and including some genuinely interesting bonus content. In fact, this might very well be Warner Archive’s best Young Justice release date. For Teen Titans: The Complete Series, not only is the entire animated series presented in stylish HD available on Blu-ray, but the set also ports they key bonus content from the original DVD releases. It’s a fantastic collection, even with some of its minor issues. To read the complete reviews, click on the images below.

Teen Titans: The Complete Series

Young Justice: Outsiders - The Complete Third Season

Warner Archive and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment describes the collections as follows:

Young Justice: Outsiders – The Complete Third Season (Nov. 26)
Our heroes have survived the schemes of the Light and saved the Earth from the Reach Invasion – but the worst has yet to come. Now someone is kidnapping teens and transforming them into super-powered weapons! Meta-Human trafficking is a terrifying threat to a society caught in the crossfire of a genetic arms race spanning the globe and the galaxy. Now Nightwing, Superboy, Miss Martian, Tigress, Aqualad and Black Lightning will need help from a new group of young heroes to save the world from the war games of Super-Villains controlling the system from the inside. What’s needed … is a team of Outsiders.

Teen Titans: The Complete Series (Dec. 3)
It’s a full plate of crime-fighting and chaos as Robin, Cyborg, Starfire, Raven and Beast Boy go up against killer villains such as Brother Blood, Mad Mod and their archenemy Slade. Get ready for all the big battles and unbreakable bonds that make these friends the unstoppable Teen Titans!

The Young Justice: Outsiders – The Complete Third Season and Teen Titans: The Complete Series Blu-ray collections, released through Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s specialty label Warner Archive, are available for order now through WB Shop and most digital retailers. And for more Young Justice videos, images, reviews and content, keep checking out the The World’s Finest Young Justice subsite! Keep checking back for select updates for Teen Titans right here, as well. Stay tuned for further news and content from Young Justice right here at The World’s Finest

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The World’s Finest also recently reviewed the Harley Quinn DC Universe animated series debut, which can be found here, and Batman: The Definitive History of the Dark Knight in Comics, Film, and Beyond, a massive hardcover tome that, in short, is basically a must-own for fans. Click here to check out the review!

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