Director(s): Sam Liu, Jake Castorena
Cast: Jerry O’Connell, Rebecca Romijn, Rainn Wilson (VOICES)
Release Date: August 7, 2018
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 8.5/10
Disc Rating: 7/10
From the acclaimed graphic novel comes an all-new 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!
Please Note: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Post. The opinions I share are my own.
Based upon one of the most unforgettable events in DC Comics’ lengthy history and approaching the material with an all-new two part animated movie event that honors the event in all of its glorious and heartbreaking scope. It all begins in ‘The Death of Superman’ when a mysterious asteroid hurtles toward earth, only to arrive and unleash a force of destruction unlike anything the Justice League has seen before. After incapacitating most of the League and showing no signs of slowing, it all comes down to an all-out battle between Superman and this massive Doomsday abomination; the outcome of which is certain to change everything.
‘The Death of Superman’ recreates the iconic DC Comics event in an all new two part animated feature that unlike the initial DC Universe animated film ‘Superman Doomsday’ which breached the same material actually delves into the larger scope and encompasses the chain of events in its entirety as opposed to concentrating solely on the battle of all battles. Yet rest assured that a large portion of this first film does indeed cover that ultimate brawl and does justice to this unforgettable storyline for the most part, while also cleverly intertwining it into the recent batch of Justice League storylines from recent animated movies. A tense, brutal and at times heartbreaking animated film that is sure to be appreciated by the fans, altogether ‘The Death of Superman’ definitely delivers. Guided smoothly along its action-packed course by competent directors Sam Liu and Jake Castorena and featuring a noteworthy voice cast that includes Jerry O’Connell as Superman, Rebecca Romijn as Louis Lane, Rainn Wilson as Lex Luthor, Rosario Dawson as Wonder Woman, Nathan Fillion as Green Lantern, Jason O’Mara as Batman and a number more, ‘The Death of Superman’ is a worthy addition to the ever expanding DC Animated Universe and the first part of what seems to be a passionate and rather satisfying retelling of this unforgettable tale. Fellow DC Comics fans (particularly those that tend to enjoy these Animated Movie entries even half as much as me) will want to make a definite point of checking out ‘The Death of Superman’ whenever you have the opportunity. It’s a tense, wildly action packed and emotional animated ride that fellow fans of this universe won’t want to even consider missing out on; it should have no trouble proving itself well worth your time and the cost of a rental at the least.
Overall, ‘The Death of Superman’ is an emotional, intense and incredibly action-packed animated ride that serves as the first of a new two-part retelling of the iconic DC Comics storyline that tackles the story with heart and care, while never skimping in the insane and often quite brutal action sequences. A passionate, at times surprisingly moving and just downright epic animated feature that should easily get all of you fellow DC fanatics thoroughly pumped for the upcoming second and final installment. ‘The Death of Superman’ is highly recommended for the fellow DC nuts out there such as me who are almost certain to thoroughly enjoy and appreciate this first chapter in the epic two part retelling of what is surely one of the most noteworthy events in the comic brand’s history. This is one fantastic and largely faithful animated film that any fellow DC Comics fan definitely won’t want to miss.
The Blu-ray release of ‘The Death of Superman’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks pretty great as a whole and delivers a sharp, detailed and richly colored presentation from start to finish with no noteworthy faults to be found along the way aside from the usual noticeable banding and other small faults occasionally noticeable and mildly distracting, although nothing that fans of these animated movies aren’t well used to at this point either. Overall, this is a solid high definition video presentation that looks pretty fantastic for the most part and should easily satisfy regular fans of these DC Animated Movies such as myself.
The Blu-ray release features a lossless 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. This multichannel soundtrack provides a crisp, clean and wildly aggressive audio presentation throughout and once again stands up as one of the most impressive aspects of the release. It constantly takes full advantage of all five available channels in order to immerse us in the action, sending vehicles, individuals, hurled structures, debris and a great deal more regularly zipping throughout the various speakers, while always still making certain that any dialogue or other audio elements that might be occurring simultaneously remain clean and fully audible. Overall, this is a wonderful 5.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtrack that contributes plenty of additional fun to the overall viewing experience and shouldn’t disappoint.
The Blu-ray release of ‘The Death of Superman’ includes a few enjoyable extras for fans of the DC Universe. Included on the release is a look at the film’s second part in ‘A Sneak Peek at DC Universe’s Next Animated Movie, Reign of the Supermen’ (running approximately 9 minutes in length), in addition to the Behind the Scenes Featurette ‘The Death of Superman: The Brawl That Topped Them All’ (running approximately 16 minutes) which delves into the massive on-screen battle. We are also treated to ‘2 Bonus Cartoons from the DC Comics Vault’; this time featuring ‘Legion of Superheroes, Season 2, “Dark Victory: Part’s 1 and 2’ (running approximately 23 minutes apiece).