“Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics” is an in-depth documentary narrated by Ryan Reynolds (who will be portraying Green Lantern in the upcoming movie) which tells the story of how the iconic publishing and marketing giant came to become one of the hugest comic book companies in the world. Old images, news footage, ad excerpts, and TV and movie clips are some of the elements that hold this whole thing together and make it visually enticing. The icing on the cake would have to be all the rare and interesting interviews with everyone from Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster to Alan Moore, Christopher Reeve, Frank Miller, and Neil Gaiman.
Obviously a lot of “Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics” revolves around Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman’s “careers” throughout the different decades. It shows how each of these comic book “worlds” were drastically changed to fit the different times we were living in and circumstances we were dealing with. There’s a heavy emphasis on how the lives, shortcomings, and aspirations of the creators of these characters all affected the different super heroes’ conceptions. It’s all very interesting and at times eyebrow-raising.
“Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics” also gives face-time to the publisher’s two imprints as well. Vertigo is definitely highlighted more than Jim Lee’s WildStorm branch-off is. Some of the different books that they have put out are spotlighted like Swamp Thing, Sandman, Watchmen, etc. There’s some rare interview footage with reclusive writer Alan Moore. Vertigo executive editor Karen Berger also talks about the reason behind the launch of the DC offshoot and where it’s heading.
I personally found “Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics” extremely captivating. Lovers of literary history in general will find it interesting I’m sure. Comic book fans and geeks will definitely want to pick this up and devour it immediately.
“Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics” is only available right now in a standard DVD format. Technical specifications for the DVD are Color, Dolby, and Widescreen Format; English Language; English, French, and Spanish Subtitles; and 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio.