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The Death of Superman (2018)

Review by CJ

Director:
Jake Castorena, Sam Liu

Starring:
Jerry O’Connell, Rebecca Romijn, Rainn Wilson, Rosario Dawson, Nathan Fillion, Shemar Moore, Christopher Gorham, Matt Lanter, Jason O’Mara, Nyambi Nyambi 

Other notable appearances:
Rocky Carroll, Jennifer Hale

Running time:
81 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Superman: Doomsday, Batman: Gotham Knight, Batman: Year One

 

When an alien monster, dubbed Doomsday, lands on Earth, the Justice League tries to stop it. After his colleagues have fallen, it becomes Superman’s duty to take down Doomsday — even if it means paying the ultimate price.

The Death of Superman was one of the first trade paperback comics I ever bought. I love the story but never quite felt that Superman: Doomsday did it justice. The Death of Superman has more than made up for that.

The story shown in The Death of Superman is a fairly faithful adaptation of the classic comic arc and is well paced. The characters featured all have a chance to shine and it is the relationships between members of the Justice League that warmed my nerdy little heart most of all.

The only thing that bothered me on occasion is the animation style. There are times early on where the style of animation feels like a throwback to the 90s-00s DC cartoons so I was looking forward to that. But then there are other times where the style becomes almost anime-like which doesn’t feel like it fits. 

Overall, The Death of Superman is my favourite film in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies lineup so far. There are some great films in the collections but, despite my distraction by the animation style, The Death of Superman stands out above the rest by leaps and bounds in terms of plot, dialogue and characterisations. Highly recommended for anyone who loves the DC universe and their flagship characters.

Rating:

“Does that asteroid look unusual to you?”

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2 Comments on The Death of Superman (2018)

  1. How did I even miss this film?

    Honestly, thanks to this well written review, I’ll be on the lookout for it now. Like yourself, it was one of the first Superman stories I read, so seeing it in animation form is always pleasing. Although I liked Superman: Doomsday, I can’t wait to see how this stacks up against it.

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