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Old 01-21-2013, 11:46 PM   #5
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"All Star" Interview: Grant Morrison
Originally Posted by Kevin Mahadeo
In the pages of the twelve-issue maxiseries "All Star Superman," Lex Luthor planned the Man of Steel's ultimate demise. In reality, another bald-headed mastermind plotted it all and pulled the strings of what many consider one of the greatest Superman tales ever told: writer Grant Morrison.

The animated adaptation of Morrison and artist Frank Quitely's comic book epic flies into stores on February 22 courtesy of Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment's line of original and adapted animated features. The Eisner Award-winning series chronicles the final days of the Man of Steel, featuring Superman battling enemies new and old, finally confessing his feelings to longtime love Lois Lane and, of course, going toe-to-toe with his archenemy and rival Lex Luthor. Critics and fans alike praised Morrison's "All Star" for its iconic take on the Man of Tomorrow, which infused the timeless hero with a genuine sense of drama and emotion despite the grandiose nature of his adventures.

For their animated adaptation, writer Dwayne McDuffie, director Sam Liu and executive producer Bruce Timm took the essence of the series and distilled it into a feature film with a cast including James Denton as the titular star, Christina Hendricks as Lois Lane and Anthony LaPaglia as Lex Luthor. CBR News spoke with original series writer Morrison about his thoughts on the film, how he developed his personal definitive version of the Man of Steel and the possibility of an "All Star" sequel.
A lot of people who aren't Superman fans always complain that he's not interesting because he's so powerful. "How is there drama when he can punch a planet in two?" But like you said, it's about the events being cosmic, but the story being about the man.

The best Superman stories, particularly in that era I was talking about, is stuff like "The Death of Superman" and "Superman's Return to Krypton." There were really love stories or stories of grief, but as I said, you do them on a biblical scale with cosmic weaponry and space ships and it looks great. I think comic books should be about that stuff. I love the comics that have big energy and superheroes in big conflicts. As you said, Superman can be as powerful as you like, but his heart can be broken and that's why it doesn't matter if he can throw planets. If you break his heart, he's useless. The emotional stories are always the big thing with Superman.
When it comes to that idea of evolving Superman through the generations, in the ending of "All Star," Superman is converting into pure energy. Looking at how people have evolved, with technology especially, we're coming closer to the Superman ideal. Do you think Superman has to keep evolving because he always needs to be more than we can be as humans?

Absolutely. Superman was always a little bit ahead of us. Back in the first stories, he's a muscle man, he's a strongman. I do love that element of him, the tough guy element of Superman. He should never cry or anything like that. He should always be a tough guy because he was raised on a farm, pitching hay. He's a tough kid. But, yeah, I think that he's always ahead of us. In the '50s, it was a different story because they weren't trying to be realistic in those days. The original Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel Superman is kind of like "The Ultimates" or like "Watchmen." It's really trying to be set in the real world with this one super-strong guy that can jump around. When it got to the '50s, the emotions were real but the energy we used were more from the realm of the '50s mind. So, I think Superman is always ahead of what we think the idea of the Superman is.

Right now, today, we're kind of like cyborg people. Everyone has a phone that links them to a global brain so they don't have to remember any information or names or phone numbers. We have machines that can take you around the world and communicate. We've actually become kind of superhuman, and the idea for me was the next thing was a transcended Superman, and that's what it is at the end. There's a mythical image of him, of a guy in the heart of the sun continually working to save humanity at the very highest level. And at the same time, he's kind of passed on his DNA, so you know there's going to be a Son of Superman sequel, almost. So, I wanted to show that there's this highest, transcended version of Superman at the end, but also, it's a man who's passing on his DNA, passing on everything that he is in the form of a son or a daughter.

That's actually something I wanted to close out on. When the series first ended, you mentioned you had the idea for at least two more stories you still wanted to tell. Are those still ideas you want to explore one day?

Superman is a great character, and Superman, honestly, I could write for that character eternally. So, yeah, given the chance I'd love to do those stories one day. There's a whole bunch of them. I keep coming up with new ones, that's the problem. A new Superman story just comes up. Part of one of the things I wanted to do with the whole Son of Superman thing was to take that whole thing with the old Super Sons stories and update that, make it modern and have the son of Superman and Batman. The first page would be Superman and Batman shaking hands and saying, "Congratulations old friend. We've stopped all crime." One day, I might get to them or some version of it. There's a little bit of that in the "Multiversity" series that I'm doing. Some of these stories always come back in some form. But yeah, I'm getting close, within a couple years, of wrapping up Batman. So, the notion of doing some more Superman stuff is becoming quite interesting again.

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