Another Blu-Ray or DVD for my pull list. What was heard:
Warner Home Entertainment and DC Comics premiered their new documentary film “Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics” at Comic-Con International in San Diego. The film, which will be released this November straight to DVD, chronicles the 75-year history of DC Comics…
…The movie started with the very beginning of DC history in the 1930s and went all the way up to the modern era. It features interviews with people from every angle of DC’s history including Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, Neil Adams, Paul Pope, Joe Kubert, Gerrard Jones, Chip Kidd, Louise Simonson, Denny O’Neill, Neil Gaiman and many more.
The film was narrated by Green Lantern star Ryan Reynolds.
The film featured a lot about the origins of Superman from creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster and how the hero came to be at DC, as well as how Bob Kane and Bill Finger came up with Batman as a response. It also went in to Wonder Woman’s creation and how she became a feminist icon.
The film also tended to focus a lot on DC heroes in other media, especially Batman and Superman. In particular the movie craze eras of both 1979 “Superman” film and 1989’s “Batman” received significant attention. The Comics Code Authority struggle of the 1950s is also heavily featured as well as Denny O’Neill’s classic “Green Lantern / Green Arrow” run.
One of the most touching moments in the film comes when discussing the “Death of Superman” storyline from the early ’90s. Louise Simonson, who wrote part of the event, was interviewed and asked about the motivations behind the story. She was so moved by the thought of a world with out Superman that she burst in to tears. Her emotional attachment to Superman was so great that she couldn’t even bring herself to think about when they had to kill the heroic icon.
This attachment to DC characters proved to be the heart and soul of the film, and not, surprisingly, the comic books themselves, as the film tried to show how these characters transcend mediums.
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