DC Animation’s The Death Of Superman might be their best entry into their post Dini/New 52 line of connected films.
Although it’s not the first time DC has told this story in animated form (the first being 2007’s Superman/Doomsday) it is easily the best adaptation. Set in the New 52 DC Universe, the story takes place at a time when the Justice League is still fairly young. The members are the core seven, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Cyborg, Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, and Hawk Girl. Lois Lane is still unaware Clark Kent is Superman.
Despite taking place in a younger DC Universe, the story still resonates just as strongly. Real life husband and wife, Jerry O’Connell and Rebecca Romijn do a fantastic job voicing Clark Kent and Lois Lane. O’Connell presents a very likable and inspired Superman. Returning voice actors Nathan Fillion (Green Lantern) and Rosario Dawson (Wonder Woman) return to reprise their roles from previous Justice League animated films. Both actors bring a lot of character and charisma to their roles.
The weakest amongst the voice actors is Rainn Wilson’s take on Lex Luthor. He sounds like a bad Nickelodeon cartoon character more than the most intelligent super villain in the DC Universe.
Doomsday is depicted as a horrific monster that rips apart anything and anymore that gets in its way. After make short work out of the Justice League, Superman arrives.
The fight between Superman and Doomsday is bloody and brutal. Unlike Batman v Superman, TDoS spends time depicting Superman as a loved hero who everyone looks up to. When Superman dies the impact is actually felt and earned.
This is the first of a two part movie. The second titled The Reign Of Supermen will introduce 4 new Supermen all vying for the title of the new Man of Steel. Little Easter eggs showcase Hank Henshaw (who becomes the Cyborg Superman) the clone of Superman at Lexcorp (who is Superboy) and John Henry Irons (who becomes Steel.)
The final Superman is seen at the end of the film zooming away from Superman’s grave site.
The film was written by comic book writer Peter J. Tomasi and directed by Sam Liu and Jake Castorena. Despite some poor animation here and there, The Death Of Superman is a well written and directed film that honors the original story.
HipZOMJoint gives The Death Of Superman Lives a 7.5 out of 10.