Death of Superman, directed by Jake Castorena and Sam Liu, is a retelling of the record breaking best selling comic about Clark Kent’s (Jerry O’Connell) journey to stop the rampaging monster “Doomsday” from destroying Metropolis and killing everyone. With the help of the rest of the Justice League; Wonder Woman (Rosario Dawson) Batman (Jason O’Mara) Green Lantern (Nathan Fillion) The Flash (Christopher Gorham) Cyborg (Shemar Moore) Aquaman (Matt Lanter) and Martian Manhunter (Nyambi Nyambi), Superman will sacrifice everything in order to defend Metropolis, and most importantly the people he loves.
When Death of Superman first hit the shelves in 1992, the public was shocked over DC’s decision to kill off such a beloved hero and cultural icon. The comic would go to sell over six million copies and become the top-selling comic of 1992. Many people speculate this was a publicity stunt by the writers to make Superman popular again, while the writers believe the comic did well because the story was compelling. So does the plot really live up to the hype? I believe it does.
Even while knowing how the movie is going to end, you can’t help but feel moved by Superman’s desperate struggle while fighting Doomsday. This is a man who has never felt physically vulnerable in his life, he is genuinely surprised when Doomsday punches him and blood gushes from his forehead. Everyone else in the Justice League has been incapacitated, and Superman realizes that for the first time, he may not be able to save the day.
A new edition to Death of Superman this movie adds that I thought was a nice touch was the decision to parallel Superman’s emotional struggle with revealing his identity to Lois Lane (Rebecca Romijn). The movie also spends a lot of time emphasizing how important Superman is to the community, people constantly go up to him asking for pictures or to shake his hand like he is a celebrity. Both of these additions do a great job adding to the saddening impact of Superman’s eventual death, and how everyone mourns over the loss.
My only complaint would be that I wasn’t a huge fan of the movie also deciding to set up the sequel “Reign of the Supermen” right after Superman’s death. It really detracts from the emotional toll of Superman’s death when audiences and characters find out minutes later that Superman may not actually be dead. The comic was so impactful because the first arc ends on Superman’s funeral, readers at the time had no idea that Superman would come back, and the cover image of Superman’s torn cape shows just how dire the situation is. The movie already had scenes hinting or introducing the Supermen, so I felt that this extra addition was unnecessary. But this is only a minor complaint, I still really enjoyed watching the movie.
Overall, I would give this movie a 9/10 because it does a great job retelling a beloved story from a fresh new perspective.
Release Date: July 20, 2018
Starring: Jerry O’Connell, Rebecca Romijn, Rainn Wilson, Rosario Dawson, Nathan Fillion, Christopher Gorham, Matt Lanter, Shemar Moore, Jason O’Mara, Rocky Carroll & Patrick Fabian
Director: Sam Liu & James Tucker
Distributor: Warner Bros. Animations
Runtime: 1 hr 21 mins
Official Website: www.DCcomics.com/Movies/The-Death-Of-Superman
Official Social Media Pages:
IMDB Page: @DeathOfSuperman
Wiki Link: @DeathOfSuperman
Preston Fusci | Writing Contributor
B.A. | Communications | UCLA
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