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Bruce Timm Creates Short Celebrating 75 Years of Superman

This morning, Entertainment Weekly premiered a new two-minute Superman short created by Bruce Timm and Man of Steel director Zack Snyder. WATCH IT HERE. In two compact minutes, the short documents the highlights and iconic moments of the DC superhero’s career.

Timm told EW:

“It was Zack Snyder’s idea. We had approached him 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 choices of what was included and excluded will no doubt cause grumbling amongst fans, but Timm says that was his crew’s perogative as curators of the piece. “People are going to be arguing about it. ‘Why is that in there, but this isn’t?'”he said. “We had lots of different meetings about it. ‘What has to be in here? What would be nice to be in here but is not absolutely essential?'”

Like Guillermo del Toro’s recent Simpsons titles which relied on a knowledge of classic horror and del Toro’s own body of work, the appeal of Timm’s short derives from an assumed knowledge of Superman mythology. It’s a lovingly produced catalog of other people’s ideas, but it doesn’t hold up partiucularly well on its own merits as an animated film.

The short was produced by Warner Bros. Animation, but unfortunately, no credits were added to the piece. A high-def version of the piece will be included on the Man of Steel Blu-ray that will be released next month.

(via @Paul_Dini)

  • the Gee

    That’s pretty cool.
    It is a marketing piece, yeah. But, it is nice to see.

    (also, the stuff that is missing is just an opportunity for more interesting things to be made by someone. I want to see Superman riding that dang flying horse! And that entirely wacky period– that is touched upon with Jimmy Olson –when everything in Superman’s world went Weird on him. Adaptations of that stuff could be a show in itself.)

    • Platynews

      Batman Brave and the Bold episode “Battle of the Superheroes!” is a GREAT adaptation of all this crazyness from start to finish.
      There are at least 15 covers from that era faithfully recreated and a few dozen more references

  • Pedro Vergani

    It was animated by Golden Wolf in London. Founded in 2013 as a sister company to design studio I Love Dust. I had the pleasure of working with them this summer and I saw the awesome behind the scenes to this project. www. goldenwolf .tv

  • Mike Kozlowski

    I was grinning from ear to ear from the moment the music started, and the tributes to George Reeves and Christopher Reeve were wonderful. They don’t need to change a thing.

  • Funkybat

    I thought it was a pretty solid summation of many of the “career highlights” of Superman. Having to constantly shift from one visual style to another is a big challenge and I feel this was handled gracefully here. Of course, picking what to include and what to leave out in a 2-3 minute short is never going to please everyone, in much the same way a collection of “50 best Simpsons scenes” or some such would inevitably leave many worthy bits on the cutting room floor.

    I disagree with the view that it doesn’t stand up well on its own merits as an animated film. If we’re talking “storytelling” then, yeah, it’s just a sequence of largely unrelated events, but that’s all that such a film CAN be. For what it is, an animated love letter to a long-standing character that spans multiple media, I think it does the job admirably.

  • Who Knows…

    That was wonderful. But, c’mon, it’s Bruce Timm. It was going to be wonderful the moment he came on board.

    Thought I saw a few seconds of Wayne Boring’s style.

    Now, if Mr. Timm could do a version of Jack Kirby’s Kamandi.

  • Marbles471

    I love how well they captured the Fleischer version. Right down to imitating the film grain look.