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Superman: Doomsday

The 2007 DC Universe Animated Original Movie in which Superman is killed and reborn.

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It was what it was

  • Dec 15, 2007
I've long been a fan of the animated DC universe. Batman - The Animated Series, Volume One (DC Comics Classic Collection) was an amazingly well-done show, following on the heels of Batman (Two-Disc Special Edition), and bringing a much more "adult" feel to cartoons. When Superman - The Animated Series, Volume One (DC Comics Classic Collection) began to air, I enjoyed it, but not as much as the Batman series.

Now we have this, a 70 minute movie covering roughly the same matieral that was covered in, oh, about a year's worth of comics. Needless to say, the movie suffers somewhat as a result. You don't get to see the JLA fighting Doomsday, you don't see much of the funeral or the way Superman's death impacted the wider world, and you don't get any of the other Supermen, like Steel or Superboy. You DO get another Superman, but only the one.

Plus a lot of what was done during the fight between Doomsday and Superman didn't make any sense. Why would Doomsday smack Supes around a bit, know that he's not dead, and go try to kill a few other people? Bad tactics. Make sure your enemy is dead before you move onto the next one. What is this, ADD Doomsday? (meantime, in Central City... "Look, it's ADD Man! He's coming to save us! He's coming to- oh, no, wait. He's seen something shiny. We're doomed")

As this is a direct-to-video movie, they were able to ratchett up the language and violence by a fair margin. The film is PG-13 and looks it, so bear this in mind.

The animation was, as I expected, top-notch. The acting was generally ok all around, but I REALLY missed Clancy Brown as the voice of Lex Luthor. The current fellow sounds more like Lex Loser and wasn't really memorable.

This is an alright movie, but really more worth renting than buying. If Amazon allowed half-stars it would have two-and-a-half, but since it doesn't, I'll round it up to three. If you want a really GOOD animated super-hero film check out Batman Beyond - Return of the Joker (The Original Uncut Version). You'll be much happier.

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review by . May 03, 2010
Insignificant and Felt a Little Too Rushed in Storytelling
      I'm a comic book fan, I actually own the "Death and return of Superman" in its original comic crossover form. This event in comic history was very significant (while it lasted) in the early 1990's because of the repercussions felt throughout the DC universe. The comic story arc came at a time when DC’s sales were dwindling and they were desperate to make a quick profit. The “Death of Superman” actually preceded “Knightfall” …
review by . November 09, 2010
Face facts, Super-fans: there is no way possible a film adaptation of the entire Superman/Doomsday saga could possibly have been attempted much less pleased everyone ... so we all may as well dispense with comparisons, per se, to the comics saga that took well over a year to tell AND to read. It's nice to understand that SUPERMAN - DOOMSDAY had its basis on that stellar reality because, in the end, at least Bruce Timm and company knew which elements to keep and, arguably, which to shelve for …
review by . September 09, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
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, …
review by . July 01, 2010
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 …
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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!
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Genre: Action, Animation, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Release Date: September 18, 2007
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Duane Capizzi
DVD Release Date: September 18, 2007
Runtime: 75 minutes
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures, DC Comics, Warner Bros. Animation, Warner Premiere
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