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Superman: Doomsday

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

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The Day That Superman Died

  • Sep 9, 2010
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.

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September 09, 2010
yeah, we are pretty much in agreement here. Pretty direct, concise review. You said you used to collect comics? perhaps we can interest you in joining a mature comic book community called REALITY INKED? what do you say...? Join us! (if not no hard feelings)
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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 . 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 …
review by . December 15, 2007
posted in Movie Hype
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 …
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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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