Out today is Superman vs. the Elite, as well as to promote the movie, Warner house video has offered the complying with interview with writer Joe Kelly. I truly liked the movie, both for its character portrayals as well as the concerns it increases about superheroics, as well as I was happy to see so much interest paid to the story creator. I believe Superman vs. the Elite is the very best DC animated film yet, as well as if you’re curious, I motivate you to inspect it out.
Q: For the uninitiated, what was the genesis for the original story of this comic?
JOE KELLY: The germ for the story truly came from a extremely visceral reaction I had to a comic I was reading at the time — The Authority. It was a dark anti-hero comic. I truly like The Authority as well as its characters, however there was an problem in specific that felt like it had pushed the limits of what makes a hero as well as what makes an anti-hero. I discovered myself getting ‘fanboy mad’, which I don’t typically get. We had an anniversary issue, as well as I asked Eddie (Berganza) if we might directly address those characters. I desired Superman to take those characters on. as well as that ended up being the germ for action Comics #775.
Q: As action Comics #775 was a single issue, exactly how much did you requirement to add to the story to make it a full-length film?
JOE KELLY: We composed a great deal of new material for the film, as well as it was funny looking back at the comic since I failed to remember exactly how much is discussed rather than shown. There’s so much going on between the panels. So it was extremely interesting to get to see the action sequences that were just hinted at. I’d always seen them in my head, now I get to see them played out in animation.
Q: What was the function of adding the Atomic Skull to the story?
JOE KELLY: We understood we needed a villain or a character that would externalize Manchester Black’s disagreement against the revolving door jail policy. We desired that parallel to be personal as well as quickly identifiable. Originally, it was the Parasite, however he’d been utilized in a recent previous film, so it ended up being the Atomic Skull. I truly believed the Atomic Skull came out extremely cool. He worked well visually as well as for the story. Not having Parasite implied we lost a smidgen of the thematic method — the Parasite truly in shape well in terms of his name as well as what he does to the people around him. however that’s just being picky.
Q: Do you have a preferred scene in Superman vs. the Elite?
JOE KELLY: I’m particularly happy of the peaceful scenes. It’s extremely challenging to get peaceful emotion in animation as well as to let the silence really play on screen. however when you look at the peaceful scenes in this film — Pa Kent as well as Clark on the porch, or Lois as well as Clark on the couch — those scenes truly provide us the possibility to see Superman doubting himself with the people he trusts the most. as well as those scenes play beautifully in the film.
It’s like in one of my preferred scenes — just before the Elite takes over the airwaves as well as makes their grand announcement. I believe it’s in the original, however it truly concerned life for me in the film. Lois as well as Clark are having a bit debate, as well as he asks if she believes that criminals are worthy of the Elite’s sense of justice as well as punishment. as well as she states “Some days I believe they do.” That’s just like a punch in the gut. It’s truly an remarkable scene, particularly since it’s one of those moments in animation that you don’t expect. The huge battle with the Atomic Skull is quite great, too. as well as the finale is awesome. however I like the peaceful moments.
Q: Whose sense of justice do you side with: the Elite or Superman?
JOE KELLY: I’m certainly much more in the Superman camp. There are lots of people I get upset about, as well as the eye-for-an-eye mentality does flash though my head. I believe it does for anybody. however at the end of the day, I do believe we requirement to aspire to higher ideals. perhaps I’m being naïve, as well as I may not be able to accomplish those ideals myself, however we should make the attempt. You’ve got to try. My father was a cop, as well as he had extremely strong opinions about this stuff, however he would straddle the line. He had his days when he’d believe “kill them all as well as let God kind them out,” however there were far much more days where he believed that the legislation is the law, even if it’s broken, as well as we online in the very best country on earth since of those laws. to ensure that certainly informed my strange sense of justice.
Q: Did the voices of the actors portraying these characters match the voices in your head while composing the film?
JOE KELLY: The voice acting is so great in this film. Robin [Atkin Downes] is such a great Manchester. He’s got allnull