In the latest in a series of direct-to-video animated comic book movies, Warner Brothers is releasing Superman vs. The Elite, based on Joe Kelly’s story “What’s So Funny About Truth, Justice, and the American Way?” from Action Comics #775. In the original comic, Superman goes toe-to-toe against a violent group of anti-heroes that dispatch villains with deadly force. It was a commentary on the changing comic book world, and how extreme violence had made its way into superhero books.
This debut clip from the movie gives us a look at The Elite, led by Manchester Black. You can just tell they’re evil right away. The dude’s hair is pink and the one girl killed a dog. That’s all of the evidence that we need. Check out the entire press release for the film below.
Superman vs. The Elite, a DC Comics Premiere Movie, is produced by Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Home Video. The all-new, PG-13 rated film is scripted by award-winning comics writer Joe Kelly and the story is adapted from his original 2001 DC Comics release, “What’s So Funny About Truth, Justice and the American Way?” The single-issue comic, Action Comics #775, was lauded by Wizard Magazine as the “Greatest Superman Story of All Time,” and ranked the epic tale at No. 21 on its list of the “Top 100 Comics of the last 30 years.”
In Superman vs. The Elite, Superman's effectiveness as a super hero comes into question when a new group of super powerful crusaders, known as "The Elite," appear on the scene. As super heroes, the Elite know no bounds, and are more than willing to kill, even on a massive scale, to stop villainy -- putting them on a collision course with the ever-ethical, yet preferably non-lethal Man of Steel.
George Newbern (Father of the Bride) reprises his Justice League animated television role as Superman, and primetime television star Pauley Perrette (NCIS) provides the voice of Lois Lane. Downes steps in as Manchester Black, leader of The Elite. David Kaufman (Justice League: Doom) also reprises his Justice League TV series role as Jimmy Olsen.
The film is directed by Michael Chang (Batman: Brave and the Bold). Bruce Timm (Batman: Year One) is executive producer, and Alan Burnett (Green Lantern: Emerald Knights) is producer.
[via Comic Book Resources]