Zack Snyder Producing Superman Animated Short With Bruce Timm, WB Unveils New Logo

UPDATE: As part of the 75th Anniversary of Superman, Warner Bros. Entertainment and DC Entertainment have unveiled a new logo celebrating the Last Son of Krypton that will be used in comic books, video games, film and television. Plus, details on a Zack Snyder produced Superman animated short.

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By Mark Julian - 5/30/2013

As Superman celebrates 75 years, Warner Bros. Entertainment and DC Entertainment are putting his visage on all of their products. Expect to see this new logo on any upcoming video games, comic books, television shows and films. Said new WB CEO Kevin Tsujihara, "Warner Bros. is privileged to be home to the global Superman brand, which has had an unparalleled impact on popular culture for 75 years. We are proud to commemorate this milestone with exciting entertainment across the entire studio and across the globe, ensuring this enduring icon reaches new generations of audiences.”

There's also news of a Zack Snyder produced animated short currently in production. Obviously, it's too late to have such a feature play before Man of Steel but don't be surprised if the animated short is included on the blu-ray/dvd. This animated short is something truly special as working with Snyder will be none other than the legendary Bruce Timm, as well as Geof Johns, Peter Girardi and new animated feature film golden boy, Jay Oliva. Specific details on the plot of the animated short are being kept under wraps but here's what THR's insider sources say:
Details for the short are being kept secret (maybe in a lead vault?), but insiders tell Heat Vision Snyder envisioned one continuous shot, without edits, that's an homage to the Man of Steel and his many iterations over the past 75 years: Max Fleischer's cartoons, on-screen portrayals by George Reeve and Christopher Reeves, iconic versions drawn by artists Wayne Boring, Curt Swan and Neal Adams, on up through Henry Cavill’s interpretation in Man of Steel.

WB and DC plan to bring snippets of the animated feature to San Diego Comic Con this year, where THR says that will be just one of many special treats for fans. The promotional effort will begin with Scott Snyder and Jim Lee's Superman Unchained and continue all the way until Christmas. What happens in 2014? The company begins celebration of another flagship hero celebrating his 75th, Batman.

UPDATE: With official Press Release.

BURBANK, CA (May 30, 2013) – In celebration of the 75th anniversary of Superman, Warner Bros. Entertainment and DC Entertainment have revealed plans befitting one of the most popular and enduring Super Heroes of all time.

To honor Superman—the world’s first Super Hero—for reaching such an incredible milestone, the companies are kicking off a year of celebration including a new commemorative Superman 75th anniversary logo as well as an animated short tribute chronicling the rich 75-year history of the character, it was announced today by Kevin Tsujihara, Chief Executive Officer, Warner Bros. Entertainment.

First appearing in the comic book Action Comics #1, dated June 1938, Superman quickly became a cultural icon, winning fans around the world in live-action and animated form in nearly every known entertainment medium. In feature films, TV shows, radio, video games, publishing and merchandise, he has battled some of the greatest villains ever created in his endless pursuit of truth, justice and the American way.

Tsujihara stated, “Warner Bros. is privileged to be home to the global Superman brand, which has had an unparalleled impact on popular culture for 75 years. We are proud to commemorate this milestone with exciting entertainment across the entire Studio and across the globe, ensuring this enduring icon reaches new generations of audiences.”

DC Entertainment and the Studio’s various divisions, including Warner Bros. Pictures, Warner Bros. Television, Warner Bros. Animation, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Warner Bros. Consumer Products, will mark this extraordinary anniversary with a range of highly anticipated events and products, kicking off with the release of the much anticipated summer-blockbuster “Man of Steel.”

The new animated short, currently in production, is being produced by Zack Snyder and pays homage to Superman and many iterations of the Super Hero throughout his 75 years. A sneak peek of this short is planned for Comic-Con International: San Diego in July and the finished version will debut late summer.

The new commemorative logo takes its cue from the iconic Superman costume, featuring predominantly blue coloring with a splash of red and highlights a bold silhouette of the Man of Steel with his cape waving behind him and the block-style lettering of “75 Years.” The mark will be rolled out by all the divisions on Superman-related promotions, products and initiatives. DC Entertainment will be the first to feature the new logo on the upcoming Superman Unchained comic book by artist Jim Lee and writer Scott Snyder, on sale Wednesday, June 12.

“Superman is undeniably the greatest Super Hero in the world and likely the most influential comic book character of all time,” according to Diane Nelson, President, DC Entertainment. “In addition to being an enduring presence in pop culture for the last 75 years, he continues to be a commanding global icon. DC Entertainment and all of Warner Bros. look forward to celebrating this important, year-long anniversary for Superman.”

In tandem with the various special celebrations comes the release of this summer’s tent pole action adventure feature “Man of Steel,” opening in theaters nationwide June 14.

Jeff Robinov, President, Warner Bros. Pictures Group, stated, “Superman is a larger-than-life figure, making the big screen the perfect place to experience his adventures, and ‘Man of Steel’ delivers with first rate story-telling that is broadly entertaining. It couldn’t be more fitting that the centerpiece of our summer slate hits theaters during this commemorative year.”

“It’s a great honor for all of us involved in ‘Man of Steel’ to carry on the tradition of Superman for longtime fans as well as a new generation of moviegoers,” director Zack Snyder said. “I’m so excited to share the movie with them and to be a part of this celebration.”

Superman enthusiasts can also look forward to much more, including:

“Injustice: Gods Among Us,” a new fighting game franchise that allows players to experience the power, gadgetry and unparalleled strength of some of the most popular DC Comics Super Heroes and Super-Villains such as Superman and Lex Luthor, was released on April 16 from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

“Superman: Unbound,” an all-new DC Universe Animated Original Movie that pits Superman against Brainiac—a devastating force of flesh and machine with Earth squarely in his sights—was released on May 7 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

“Man of Steel” and Superman products are available for fans of all ages, including toys, costumes, apparel, party goods and publishing from Warner Bros. Consumer Products.

“Superman Unchained,” the much anticipated new comic book series that centers on a mystery that is frustrating the hero in both the Superman and Clark Kent aspects of his identity ultimately revealing a brand-new villain, debuts on June 12 from DC Entertainment.

“Infinite Crisis,” an all-new multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game that delivers a heart-pounding competitive player vs. player battle experience set in the legendary DC Multiverse, a world in which familiar DC Comics characters such as Superman have been reimagined in startling ways, debuts in fall of 2013 from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

“DC Nation” Superman Shorts, a series of all-new Superman-themed animated shorts produced by Warner Bros. Animation and airing on Cartoon Network’s DC Nation block throughout the year.

DC Entertainment’s “We Can Be Heroes” giving campaign launches its second crowdfunding initiative in June focused on Superman and featuring one-of-a-kind experiences and limited edition merchandise to engage, excite and empower legions of fans. Get something good. Do something great.

To stay up-to-date on all things Superman and the celebration activities, please visit

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Khan2013 - 5/30/2013, 6:11 AM
I wonder how that will turn out, probably a prequel like the 2007 Transformers comic
AmazingFantasy - 5/30/2013, 6:23 AM
campblood - 5/30/2013, 6:23 AM
I think they ripped off of a tshirt design I saw a while back
JohnnyKrypton - 5/30/2013, 6:26 AM
Ugh. The character in the logo ain't 75
Mendenhall12 - 5/30/2013, 6:27 AM
Love the Man of Steel S shield
fattieacid - 5/30/2013, 6:31 AM
Ottawa Comic-Con
Earth69 - 5/30/2013, 6:34 AM
I love all the love Supes is getting. Bout time he was back in the spotlight on a grand scale. King Daddy of Superheroes baby!.
drfate - 5/30/2013, 6:40 AM
Comic book art has come a long long way. Check out the Wayne Boring art. Its HORRIBLE by today's standards, I used to draw that way back in middle school! Dude had pretty much one pose and didn't draw fingers.

My favorite Superman Artist is still John Byrne. With Jim Lee a close second.

Wow, 75 years. For a John Carter rip-off, he's done quite well! I like the no-trunks evolution for the suit and, after 75 years, I'd like to see a few more changes. But it has to be done gradually. Like, its time for the cape to go. I know people won't accept that now, but maybe soon.
SnapperCarr - 5/30/2013, 6:45 AM
@DrFate Why should the cape go?
ismadder - 5/30/2013, 6:47 AM
hopefully it will go the direction of Batman: Gotham Knight anime !!!
IgnurRant - 5/30/2013, 6:48 AM
I love the entire shot done with no edit cuts but Bruce Timm!? Sigh. Should have got the guys from Young Justice animation and story telling is a thousand times better.

RIP young Justife Season 3. Would have been epic.
Scooby - 5/30/2013, 6:49 AM
LEVITIKUZ - 5/30/2013, 6:54 AM
Holy shit. Zack Snyder and Bruce Timm together on a project?

Please shut up and take all my money!!!
TheClemster - 5/30/2013, 7:12 AM
yup that's what broke Mothman 's heart and drove him to insanity :)
TheClemster - 5/30/2013, 7:15 AM
@ monkey just read your comments about comic books in the 90's

No one has ever described it more accurately :)
thewolfx - 5/30/2013, 7:24 AM
All i heard was videogames , god please let rocksteady do a superman game.

Um glad they used the mos symbol and not that ugly new 52
FilmsFan - 5/30/2013, 7:25 AM
As per Geof Johns interview with Collider a few weeks ago...

ComicCon this years is the place where EVERY WB plan is gona be unveiled!

Justice League or Worlds Finest or MOS-2, or Batman reboot!
TheClemster - 5/30/2013, 7:27 AM
hey Gus just saw that you made the top 3 of the Hall of Shame...

Way to go Sir!!!!

Oh god I hear Galactus coming ... HIDEEEE ;)
JayTopStix - 5/30/2013, 7:35 AM
This idea is pure Genius, get them together this time so they can work together and make the Justice League happen! Bruce Timm is the mastermind of DC
blvdnoise - 5/30/2013, 7:52 AM
I do too..
blvdnoise - 5/30/2013, 7:53 AM
This logo has the New 52 silhouette and the MOS crest...
beane2099 - 5/30/2013, 7:55 AM
On the cape thing, I don't like them myself. I think they're outdated. That said, the only two characters who I think SHOULD have a cape are Batman and Superman. It just works for them. Although Batman Beyond looks pretty awesome without a cape...
lucio7lopez - 5/30/2013, 8:01 AM
"I hope they eventually change the New 52 suit to look more like the Man Of Steel suit .
Anyone else prefer the MoS suit over the New 52 one?"

110% agree! I think the same.

TheClemster - 5/30/2013, 8:01 AM
hum I must be the only one who prefers the new 52 suit ...

But then transposing in to the screen could look silly.

Anyway I don't mind both
LEVITIKUZ - 5/30/2013, 8:04 AM
I prefer the Man of Steel suit but I also like the New 52. I don't get the hate the New 52 suit gets.
rbfn04 - 5/30/2013, 8:06 AM
I miss Superman. Not this angsty armor wearing hit first ask questions later douche.
TheClemster - 5/30/2013, 8:10 AM
yup what Levi says ...

I don't understand what there is to hate about, but then ...
rbfn04 - 5/30/2013, 8:19 AM
The MoS logo is a thing of beauty. Perfect redesign of the 1941 logo
cjkalel - 5/30/2013, 8:29 AM
Nice logo. Zach and bruce timm! WINNING!
TheClemster - 5/30/2013, 8:31 AM
AHAHA Monkey

Gusto with a cape, yup ...

rbfn04 - 5/30/2013, 8:32 AM
New 52 suit has so manu things wrong design wise. Too busy. High collar is just wrong for Superman (it's works for Aquaman and GLs and it becomes repetitive when every character has high color). Also, armor.

My only gripes with MoS's suit is the colors and the bracelets. Other than that I dig it. Specially that logo.
Element36 - 5/30/2013, 9:01 AM
I imagine it will be a video version of this 'through the ages' image

(If someone else can actually post the picture, I don't know how)
WarnerBrother - 5/30/2013, 9:31 AM
I also like the movie costume better.The New 52 version is too clunky and the boots are all wrong.
thosemortalmen - 5/30/2013, 9:35 AM
Awesome time to be Supey fans!!!!! The right king is back in grand fashion to regain his status as the first and greatest Superhero character ever in the public and fans alike! Can't wait for what tehy store for us!!! Hail to the King baby!
DTor91 - 5/30/2013, 10:38 AM
The New 52 suit is one of the best modernizations by far. It kept classic elements of the old and gave it a modern update. Easily one of the best updates. People will complain and always will complain because they can and can't accept the fact that change is necessary. The Superman you know and love didn't always look like that either. The one thing I really HATE when people do complain about it though, is that it's "armor." First off, it has yet to act as armor. Secondly, it's ceremonial, meaning it wouldn't act as a combat armor. Thirdly, what people seriously fail to realize, sure Superman on Earth wouldn't need armor. Any Kryptonian wouldn't need armor on Earth. But considering the New 52 suit has stronger Kryptonian roots, you honestly think Kryptonians on Krypton wouldn't need armor in case of war/police/etc. when everyone on Krypton is on or near the same level in terms of power? It only makes sense for the same reasons humans would devise armor. Why do people not complain about seeing Zod's or Jor-El's armor in Man Of Steel? They should if that's the complaint with the New 52 suit. Krypton has a military and social systems similar to humans. They would need armor and weapons.

REDSTORM - 5/30/2013, 10:42 AM
If they're going to homage the classic cartoons, they should get the folks that did "Superman: Classic".
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 5/30/2013, 12:12 PM
Bruce Timm and Snyder working together! You know what that means. MAKE THE NEXT BATMAN
SkateandDestroy88 - 5/30/2013, 1:08 PM
That's a fanboy dream come true to see those two names working together.

Man of Steel = fast track to DC cinematic universe winning

I love how they handle the continuity issues in the animated movies. They are seperate but fit together seamlessly.

scomo - 5/30/2013, 1:49 PM
I would like to give this an incredibly dramatic, and overly enthusiastic thumbs-up.
scomo - 5/30/2013, 1:59 PM
However, can we talk about this logo? Putting the 7 and 5 together give it two strange shapes in the middle that look as though they are a "third layer" of the design, but in fact they are not, they are just there as a result of the combined numbers. Since they are such a prominent part of the image, and work to cause the eye confusion they should have been utilized to say or mean something, instead its just there - cramping the otherwise stunning design.
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