Sam Liu is a Chinese American director, storyboard artist and character designer popularly known for directing animated superhero films. Liu has directed most DCAMU films, a series of animated superhero films produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment featuring legends including Superman and Batman.
To celebrate the release of Liu’s latest DC animation direction, Superman: Red Son, we’re taking a look at some of the best DCAU films he’s directed to-date.
All Star Superman
Released in 2011, All Star Superman stars James Denton as the voice of Clark Kent and Christina Hendricks as the voice of Lois Lane.
The film follows Superman after he is overdosed with solar radiation while saving the crew of the first manned mission to The Sun. The radiation is slowly killing him, so he plans to spend the rest of his time alive fulfilling his lifelong dreams. However, Lex Luthor has other plans…
When Lex Luthor reveals his latest plot to control the world, Superman must use all the strength he has left to stop him.
Teen Titans: The Judas Contract
Released in 2017, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract stars Stuart Allan as the voice of Robin and Jake T. Austin as Blue Beetle.
Teen Titans Beast Boy, Raven, Blue Beetle, Robin and newly-returned Nightwing are a team led by Starfire, fighting the never-ending battle against evil. Their newest team member, Terra, is mysterious and powerful. Terra threatens to alter the usually cohesive dynamic of the group.
However, the ancient evil Brother Blood has awakened and familiar foe Deathstroke is lurking in the shadows waiting to pounce. Ultimately, the Teen Titans will need to battle their enemies as well as their own team doubts to come together and overcome the malicious forces around them in this twisting tale of intrigue, adventure and deception.
Wonder Woman: Bloodlines
Released in 2019, Wonder Woman: Bloodlines stars Rosario Dawson as the voice of Wonder Woman. This film was directed by Sam Liu in conjunction with Justin Copeland.
In this epic instalment, renowned Justice League member Wonder Woman makes it her mission to help a troubled young girl, Vanessa, who has fallen in with a deadly organization known as Villainy Inc. headed by Dr. Cyber.
Villainy criminal members plan on invading Themyscira, Wonder Woman’s paradise home. Equally strong in body, heart and will, Wonder Woman faces an epic battle to keep Themyscira safe.
Superman: Red Son
Released on Digital Download February 25, and on Blu-Ray and DVD in March this year (2020), Superman: Red Son stars Golden Globe-nominated Jason Isaacs as the voice of Kal-El.
Based on DC’s famed Elseworlds tale from 2003, Superman: Red Son is the highly anticipated new entry in the DCAMU. This film takes place in an alternate reality where the spaceship bearing the last survivor of Krypton crash lands – not in rural Kansas, but in Stalinist Russia.
Can this Cold War-era Earth survive the coming of a Soviet Superman?
The cast of the latest direct-to-video film includes Jason Isaacs (Batman: Under the Red Hood) as Superman; Diedrich Bader (Batman: Brave and the Bold) as Lex Luthor; Amy Acker (Angel) as Lois Lane; Vanessa Marshall (Star Wars Rebels) as Wonder Woman; Phil Morris (Doom Patrol) as James Olsen; Paul Williams (Goliath) as Brainiac; Sash Roiz (Grimm) and Phil LaMarr(Supergirl) as Hal Jordan and Jon Stewart; and Roger Graig Smith (Arkham Origins) as Batman.
Red Son‘ will also introduce a number of Cold War-era figures seen in the source material. Travis Willingham (Batman: Bad Blood) will voice John F. Kennedy and Superior Man, while William Sayers (Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders) will voice Joseph Stalin, and Ave Zoli will voice Svetlana.