There was a brief time in my life when I collected comics on a semi-regular basis. It was a very short period of just about a year that ended when DC announced that Superman would be killed. The creature that brought about the ultimate battle was a completely nihilistic character named Doomsday a creature that couldn't be killed and could only "feel" hate. The comic where Superman died sold more comics in one day than any other comic book in history had done up to that point. Of course, the whole story line also was a major factor in the eventual demise of much of the comic book industry, something the industry has only started to recover from in the past few years.
SUPERMAN DOOMSDAY is a direct-to-DVD title that attempts to compress the entire Death of Superman saga into a simple, easy-to-follow storyline that runs for a bit less than 90 minutes. The movie follows the very basics of the Death of Superman saga: Doomsday's "discovery" below the Earth, the fight between Superman and Doomsday in Metropolis, and (of course) the death of Superman. However, there's a large chunk of the Death of Superman story that has been exercised from this movie. For instance, there's no eradication of the Justice League, no Reign of the Supermen, etc.
Direct-to-DVD animated titles tend to not have as quality animation as theatrical releases. However, this wasn't a typical direct-to-DVD. It was heavily marketed and promoted and I can't help but feel some of that marketing money would have been better spent in getting better quality animation. In my opinion, it most closely resembles the animation of the Superman cartoon shorts of the 1930s and 1940s.
SUPERMAN DOOMSDAY isn't a terrible animated movie. However, it's not great either. Comic book purists probably won't like the film and though the movie has a larger appeal than many other titles, there aren't a lot of people who aren't already familiar with Superman that are going to watch this movie.
Ok I can't let such an injustice go on much longer. I was surprised that this Movie didn't get much respect here. Let's all go back to the 90's folks. I'm an 80's baby. I grew up with the Transformers, He-man and the freakin Smurfs for crying out loud! The Biggest thing those years in the Comic Book world was Superman Doomsday! The Moment I heard of his arrival in the Comics I figured Sups could finally have someone he could let loose on. But Sadly the writers took a whole … more
The most shocking showdown in Superman history! When Lexcorp accidentally unearths the intergalactic serial killer Doomsday, Superman battles the creature head on in the fight of his life...literally. The world collectively mourns their fallen hero; humanity realizes it will never feel truly safe again. Superman's enemies rejoice all but Lex Luthor, who grieves the loss in his own demented manner, setting off a chilling chain of events that even he couldn't have foreseen. Inspired by the bestselling graphic novel of all time, DC Comics' The Death of Superman, this feature-length animated adventure boasts exciting action sequences that rivals anything you've ever seen starring the Man of Steel!