Warner Bros. Animation has been attracting big talent for their direct-to-disc animated features for years, and its upcoming animated film Red Son for 2020 is holding true to form. The new feature is an adaptation of Mark Millar’s 2003 famed Elseworlds tale, which posed the question, “What if Superman had been raised in the Soviet Union?” It also provided light inspiration for last season’s Russia arc on Supergirl.
The big question is, who will be wearing the big red cape? It will be Star Trek: Discovery‘s Jason Isaacs voicing Kal-El himself, after voicing three major DC Comics villains in past Warner Bros. Animation projects. These were Sinestro (Green Lantern: Emerald Knights), Lex Luthor (Justice League: Gods and Monsters), and Ra’s al Ghul (Batman: Under the Red Hood).
The rest of the cast is just as impressive. Joining Isaacs are The Gifted and Angel alum Amy Acker as Lois Lane, American Housewife‘s Diedrich Bader as Lex Luthor, Star Wars Rebels‘ Vanessa Marshall as Wonder Woman, and Doom Patrol‘s Phil Morris (who was also Smallville’s Martian Manhunter) as James Olsen.
And here’s a delight: Oscar-winning songwriter Paul Williams will be performing as Brainiac.
We’ll also hear from Grimm‘s Sasha Roiz and Supergirl‘s Malefic, Phil LaMarr filling out the Green Lantern corps of Hal Jordan and John Stewart, respectively.
John F. Kennedy appears as a character, and it will be Jim Meskimen (Constantine: City of Demons) doing the honors. Batman will be played by frequent Batman voice actor Roger Craig Smith (Batman Ninja, Batman: Arkham Origins), and Travis Willingham (Batman: Bad Blood) is on board as Superior Man.
William Salyers (Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders) and Winter Ave Zoli (Boasch) will be providing their voices to the characters of Joseph Stalin and Svetlana.
Superman: Red Son is directed by Sam Liu (Justice League vs. The Fatal Five, Reign of the Supermen) from a script by J.M. DeMatteis (Justice League Dark). It will be released on DVD/Blu-ray and digital download during the first quarter of 2020.