The Death of Superman

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"I don't know what hole you crawled out of or where you came from... but I'm sending you back!"

The Death of Superman is a 2018 American animated direct-to-video superhero film produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment.

Why It Rocks

  1. It adapts the Death of Superman storyline more faithfully than its 2007 predecessor and actually fixes most of its flaws.
  2. The film gives a balanced amount of screen-time to Lex Luthor, Superman and Doomsday.
  3. The voice acting has a lot more emotion. For instance, Lex Luthor actually sounds like he's whining when Doomsday is defeated.
  4. Doomsday's design is awesome and his roars are spine-chilling to hear.
  5. The battles, especially Superman vs. Doomsday, are epic.
  6. Minor characters, like Jimmy Olsen, have major character development.
  7. Unlike its predecessor, Lois never knew that Clark Kent was Superman, and the moment when she found out is actually shocking.
  8. During the mourning of Superman's death, the kid who was rescued by Superman during the battle actually saw the whole thing and was shedding tears, which is heartbreaking.
  9. The ending where the Cyborg Superman, Superboy and Steel appears leaves it on a cliffhanger for its sequel: Reign of the Supermen.

Bad Qualities

  1. The animation is a major downgrade and the CGI is dreadful.
  2. It's a bit too graphic for a PG-13 movie, as it has heavy amounts of blood and graphic violence.
  3. The characters make weird expressions at times.
  4. Rainn Wilson is not that good of a voice for Lex Luthor, even though Lex sounding like he's whining is pretty good.

Reception

On Rotten Tomatoes, it has a rating of 92% based on 13 reviews. Newsarama called the film "one of DC's best Animated Films in the past 5 years", praising the epic and emotional punch the film accomplishes in all three acts. i09 gave another positive review, praising Superman's character arc, his relationship with Lois, and the story at large because the DC Universe Movies adaptations currently "graft pre-Crisis storylines onto a new continuity, which affords different angles, strengths, and weaknesses... because the backdrop for this version of Death of Superman is different, new choices get made to communicate a sense of threat." It was because of that, that "The Death of Superman film adaptation justifies its existence". IGN put out their own mixed review, pointing out that "The Death of Superman marks the third time in 11 years that a movie has killed off the Man of Steel... making this latest DC animated offering a tedious case of been there-done that. While this new version hews more closely to its bestselling 1992–1993 namesake comics event than either 2007’s Superman: Doomsday or 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice did, it nevertheless lacks anything truly fresh or revelatory to add to this now well-worn tale."


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