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August 23
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August 26
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September 12
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December 6
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News

News on the Superman: Man of Tomorrow movie. In most cases a link will accompany each headline back to the original article.

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Movie News

  • July 19, 2019: One of the 2020 movies will be Superman: Man of Tomorrow. DC Blog
  • April 30, 2020: In Superman: Man of Tomorrow, Clark Kent is working as an intern for the Daily Planet and learning on the job how to save the city of Metropolis. Superman is voiced by Darren Criss, Zachary Quinto voices Lex Luthor. Alexandra Daddario voices Lois Lane, Lobo is voiced by Ryan Hurst, Parasite will be voiced by Brett Dalton, Ike Amadi voices Martian Manhunter, Neil Flynn voices Jonathan Kent, and Bellamy Young voices Martha Kent. It is directed by Chris Palmer and written by Tim Sheridan, with Butch Lukic serving as supervising producer. Still of Superman and Lex included. EW Article
  • June 16, 2020: Release is rumored to be September 8. DVD News Flash Facebook
  • June 23, 2020: 1:39 trailer released. First look at cover and cast including the Kents, Martian Manhunter, and Parasite. IGN YouTube
  • June 25, 2020: Digital release of August 23 and 4K/Blu-ray/DVD release of September 8 confirmed, new logline, cast info: Cristina Milizia voices Maya, Petey and Kaylie, Eugene Byrd voices Ron Troupe, April Stewart voices Mrs. Ross, and Piotr Michael voices Perry White, runtime is 86 minutes, and special features include featurettes about Lobo and Martian Manhunter, past peeks at Justice League vs. The Fatal Five and Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, From the DC Vault will be Superman: The Animated Series' "The Main Man" Part 1 and 2, trailers for Justice League Dark: Apokolips War, Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge, and Superman: Red Son, and a sneak peek at the next movie. In addition to Butch Lukic taking over as the next Supervising Producer, Kimberly Moreau will be a new producer. Rated. PG-13 for violence, some bloody images, suggestive material, language, smoking and brief partial nudity. Front cover art included. WF Article
  • June 25, 2020: When Cristina Milizia was scheduled to record ADR, her son Alex was born instead. Cristina Milizia Tweet
  • July 13, 2020: Back cover revealed. World's Finest Tweet
  • July 21, 2020: New press release. Tim Sheridan took inspiration from a number of stories, including Superman: American Alien and Superman: Birthright. DC Article
  • August 14, 2020: Will be streamed for free at DC FanDome on August 22 at 4:15 pm PST then a 50 minute virtual panel at 5:45 pm Eastern with Darren Criss, Brett Dalton, Ryan Hurst, Ike Amadi, Butch Lukic, Chris Palmer and Tim Sheridan. It will replay on August 23 at midnight. TV Line Article
  • August 17, 2020: 1:09 clip featuring Lobo. IGN Article
  • August 18, 2020: 1:30 clip "Rocket" posted. SyFy Wire YouTube
  • August 19, 2020: The DC FanDome panel postponed to September 12 at 10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern. Screening not happening anymore. IGN Article
  • August 20, 2020: 2:19 clip posted. DC YouTube
  • August 20, 2020: 1:10 clip "Clark Vs. Lobo" posted. ComicBook YouTube
  • August 21, 2020: 0:54 clip "Superman vs Lobo" posted. WBE YouTube
  • August 21, 2020: Superman: Man of Tomorrow is not the start of a new continuity but director Chris Palmer hopes for a sequel. CBR Article
  • August 22, 2020: DC FanDome panel will debut on IGN on Sunday, August 23 at 2pm PT/5pm ET. Darren Criss, Ike Amadi, Brett Dalton, Tim Sheridan, Chris Palmer, and moderator Matt Bomer will feature. Gary Miereanu Tweet
  • August 23, 2020: 54 second clip of Clark and Rudy. IGN Article
  • August 23, 2020: 45 minute recording of the IGN panel posted. Looked at Superman For All Season but didn't get anything then used American Alien for inspiration like the pre-Superman costume and Lobo then Tim Sheridan put his twist on it. Once they figured out when the story took place, they also looked at Birthright. Biggest directive from Lukic was to make the movie smaller in scale like the Richard Donner movies and see Superman rise from those kind of character interactions. It was meant to be more of an indie movie and more about character. The movie isn't an origin story more like Act 2. Themes explored include how the world affects Superman, identity, and truth to one's self. Sam Register told Butch Lukic to to something different so he went in an opposite direction of anime and used thick and thin lines like a comic. Chris Palmer convinced Lukic of using Flash and other things. Otto Schmidt's art style gave Lukic some confidence with animating this look but the overseas animation studio had problems at first so it was a style that adapted over time. Some points have broken lines like traditional hand drawn animation. Rudy Jones is an everyman you can sympathize with. Ike Amadi used his immigration from Nigeria to inform his take on Martian Manhunter. Three of the main characters are ones who are the last of their race. The cast was told to treat it like they were acting in live action. There is an easter egg in the scene when Martha gives Clark his costume. IGN YouTube
  • August 24, 2020: Chris Palmer comments on the animation style. It definitely evokes the original Superman animated series, what Metropolis itself could be 25, 30 years in the future. The line art was to try something new and make a different world from the previous films and evoke more of a comic book kind of feel. CBR Article
  • August 24, 2020: Chris Palmer comments on Parasite as an outsider figure in contrast to the three aliens of the movie. CBR Article
  • August 25, 2020: 1:02 clip released. CBR YouTube
  • August 26, 2020: Full interview with Chris Palmer. CBR Article
  • August 26, 2020: Tim Sheridan talks about the title. It wasn't Man of Tomorrow until he finished the first draft. CBR Article
  • August 26, 2020: Tim Sheridan explains Lobo represents what we get away from in contrast to Superman being who we aspire to be. CBR Article
  • August 26, 2020: SciFiNow will host a live twitter watch party with writer Tim Sheridan at 9 pm on Thursday. SciFiNow Tweet
  • August 27, 2020: Full interview with Tim Sheridan. CBR Article
  • August 27, 2020: Tim Sheridan pitched the opening scene to Chris Palmer when the bosses were out of the office. Tim Sheridan Tweet
  • August 27, 2020: Originally, the script started further into the story with a title sequence of a carefree Clark walking to the Daily Planet. Tim Sheridan Tweet
  • August 27, 2020: Butch Lukic made Tim Sheridan change a "I'd watch my six" line in the script. Tim Sheridan Tweet
  • August 27, 2020: Tim Sheridan had to remove a lot of F words from the script. Tim Sheridan Tweet
  • August 27, 2020: Butch Lukic decided to include Lobo in the movie. Tim Sheridan Tweet
  • August 27, 2020: "It's never gonna catch on" was either a late addition by Wes Gleason or an ad lib by Darren Criss. Tim Sheridan Tweet
  • August 27, 2020: In the script, Lobo was eating a bowl of noodles instead of drinking whiskey. Tim Sheridan Tweet
  • August 31, 2020: Interview with Butch Lukic. Decided to go in a different direction from the bulky Parasite designs and used Evangelion as a reference point. Otto Schmidt submitted four designs for Lobo: a straight hair, short hair, mohawk, and the classic look that winded up being chosen. Schmidt submitted five looks for Lois, including the leather jacket that was chosen and a nice business suit. Lukic decided to use a rejected look for Lois' casual appearance when she visits Clark at his apartment. A red haired Lex Luthor was considered and Schmidt did a rough form of it. Considered adapting from Man For All Seasons like the part when teenage Clark is arrested but it would have stretched the movie. Hall of Justice Podcast Episode 198
  • September 2, 2020: Interview with Butch Lukic and Tim Sheridan. The genesis of the story was a collaboration between Butch Lukic, Jim Krieg, and Tim Sheridan. They decided to try a Superman story but not exactly starting from the beginning. Instead Superman has been in Metropolis for about year trying to make his way in the world of journalism while trying to help people without revealing himself. The imagery of Calrk wearing goggles and a leather jacket was influenced from American Alien. Lukic went back and forth through email with Otto Schmidt on character design since he was new to animation. Jon Suzuki and Dusty Abell changed it so it was fit for animation. The French animation studio JSBC that worked on the Lastman cartoon was also an influence on design. How does Clark approach being an alien and how does he accept that and how is he accepted by the world are part of the story. As far as Lobo, the swearing and the sexism, appropriate or inappropriate is about as far as Lukic took it because the movie would be PG-13. He did self-censor when it came to swearing. Tim Sheridan wanted to subvert expectations and present Clark Kent at an emotional crossroads of trying to figure out if he should be truthful since Clark is someone who is always about truth and justice. During the writing, their first instinct wasn't to write it as an allegory for immigration nor did it drive the start of the process but there was no way around the topic for a Superman story with Lobo and Martian Manhunter in it. They wanted talk about what it means to be an outsider and to be looking at the rest of the world because it was much more basic and something universal that they thought everybody would be able to identify with. Comics Beat Article
  • September 3, 2020: Interview with Brett Dalton. CBM Article
  • September 7, 2020: Interview with Brett Dalton. CBR Article
  • September 8, 2020: David Nakayama is the front cover artist for the 4K/Bluray/DVD release. David Nakayama Tweet