DCU: Death of Superman (BD/DVD/Digital)
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DCU: The Death of Superman (Blu-ray/DVD/Digital)
Based on the acclaimed DC Comics graphic novel comes an epic animated movie showcasing Superman’s greatest battle. An asteroid hurtles through our atmosphere and crashes into the ocean, with it arrives an unstoppable force fueled by uncontrollable rage known only as Doomsday! With innocent lives threatened and Metropolis under attack, Batman, Wonder Woman and the rest of the Justice League rally to meet this otherworldly menace. But when the dust settles, only an epic showdown between Superman and Doomsday can decide the fate of Metropolis and ultimately, planet Earth!]]>
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Well, I was wrong. This film captures the spirit of the epic comic while still crunching it down into an 80 minute story that I just wish was longer. I haven't loved a DC animated film this much since Batman: Under the Red Hood. And it stands among the upper echelons of the animated films that chose to focus more on character than action and greatly benefited from it.
While not a straight retelling from the comic or the Roger Stern novel, it touches upon the points that needed to be made to set up for the second half the tale, Reign of the Supermen, and captured the spirit of the story by revolving around Clark the man and Lois. I actually liked how the incorporated the newer Justice League elements from recent films even though I haven't loved most of the newer Justice League movies. Their characters only served to enhance the story here.
I intend to buy this on the day of its release and encourage any fan of DC/Superman/superheroes to do the same and send the message back to WB/DC animation that these are the kinds of stories we want to support--stories with heart and soul.
"The Death of Superman" deftly takes up the retelling of the Doomsday story arc that had been previously told. "The Death of Superman" takes up the first part of the Death of Superman story line that originally appeared in DC comics, with the twist of using the DC 52 superheroes. which I suspect will move the DC Universe Animated Movies into the current story line.
"The Death of Superman" is a very compelling movie because it stays true to the original story line while adding just a few twists - such as explaining why Clark and Diana broke up - she says that she never got used to the secret identity disguises Clark insists on using and that she approves of Lois.
There is also a rather curious remark by Martha Kent that she suspected Pete Ross of having a crush on Clark, which he sidesteps - Martha also wonders if she should be making fish because of Clark's previous girl friend - Lori.
As she tells Clark after a rather disastrous meet the parents and Lois , it's hard to keep secrets for so long.
Most definitely an apt movie adaption of one of the most pivotal moments in DC comics.