Superman becomes the only hero who can defeat an insuperable adversary named Doomsday and stop his rage of destruction. “No one tears my city apart and gets away with it.”- Superman. The Death of Superman directed by Jake Castorena and Sam Liu is a heartful WB animated adaptation that was released in July 20, 2018. The animated film showcases Superman (Jerry O’Connell) like never before, along with a large and spectacular cast. From the start, Superman enters the screen saving the Major (Jonathan Adams) of Metropolis from the clutches of Mannheim (Trevor Devall) and his crew. He takes a moment afterwards to take a picture with a fan, Bibbo Bibbowski (Charles Halford), who speaks about the times Superman has saved his life, showcasing Superman’s honest care for civilians. You don’t see these kind of moments in non-aminated movies. The Flash (Christopher Gorham) comes in to add his quirky humor, meanwhile Cyborg (Shemar Moore) points out the technology Manheim utilized seems Apokoliptic. The only suspect of course, is Lex Luthor (Rainn Wilson) who is under house arrest.
A creature interrupts everyone’s plans when it crashes down from outer space, brutally killing all those in its way. No one is spared and I mean no one. The movie brings in some hard core action and death scenes that satisfy anyone’s need for violence. It definitely gave me chills. Meanwhile, Lex Luthor being Lex Luthor tries to figure out what the creature is before anyone else can.
The movie also dives into Superman/Clark Kent’s love relationship with Lois Lane (Rebecca Romijn). Superman tells Lois that he wants to reveal his alien parents to the world, the house of El, meanwhile as Clark, he battles whether he should reveal his true identity to her. The Flash brings in advice that pushes him to rethink about not telling Lois who he is in a group meeting with the entire Justice League: Batman (Jason O’Mara), Aquaman (Matt Lanter), Wonder Woman (Rosario Dawnson), the Green Lantern (Nathan Fillion), Martian Manhunter (Nyambi Nyambi), The Flash and Cyborg. As Aquaman tells Superman, “Oh gees Supes. You can’t drop a bomb like that on a honeymoon.”
We get a look at an awkward Clark stuck between his human parents and his girlfriend, Lois. The film presents a very human take on Superman, which I give the film kudos for because it makes his character all the more real. There’s also more than one moment where civilians are star struck at seeing Superman and he addresses them each time, showing the audience that he is loved and that Superman cares about them at the same time.
The Justice League all battle the creature when it finally makes its way into Metropolis. Lois names it Doomsday. Each member gets their shot at fighting Doomsday. “We eat monsters like this for breakfast”, the Green Lantern. “But by Hera, you will fall!” Wonder Woman.
Lois is left hanging right when Superman told her his big, giant, everyone already knows secret! Superman flies away to fight Doomsday after he badly injures the entire Justice League team, leaving Superman as the last one who can save the day.
While Superman battles Doomsday, he saves civilians who he encounters in the process. It’s the people that matter after all. Everyone expects Superman to win but things don’t turn out exactly that way. I mean, it’s in the title! But not to worry, when it all seems lost, the movie leaves much room for hope, rebirth and well, the upcoming sequel The Reign of Superman!
The movie references past events in a way that doesn’t overexplain. It brings in little good and bad surprises here and there that definitely do a good job at getting reactions. In just a little over an hour, the animated film does a great job at showing Superman’s heart. I am compelled by character driven stories and The Death of Superman shows the audience why Clark Kent is Superman to everyone around him. 8/10
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
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IMDB Page: @DeathOfSuperman
Wiki Link: @DeathOfSuperman
Caroline Buendia | Writing Contributor & Film Producer
B.A. | TV, Film & Media | Cal State Univ – Los Angeles
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