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Superman/Doomsday Movie is a 2007 American direct-to-video animated superhero film, partially adapted from the popular DC Comics storyline The Death of Superman. It focuses on the death of the Superman in his battle to the death with the Armageddon creature Doomsday and his return from the dead.
Superman/Doomsday Movie begins with a narration by Lex Luthor (James Marsters) saying, “There comes a time when even gods must die. Then it switches to Lois Lane (Anne Heche) and Superman (Adam Baldwin) in a romantic scene in Superman’s “Fortress of Solitude”. The workers of Lex Corporation are seen digging up a mysterious spacecraft. They inadvertently release a genetically engineered super soldier known as Doomsday. They were warned by an alien message to leave it alone and that the creature within is unstoppable. Doomsday kills the entire crew working at the site and begins a bloody rampage towards the heart of Metropolis.
Superman eventually kills the monster Doomsday after an epic and exhausting cross-city battle. Superman sacrificed his own life to do it since he nearly exhausted his lifelong supply of the yellow sun’s solar energy. He succumbs to his injuries after plunging downward from space into the streets of Metropolis with Doomsday in a submission hold after leaving Earth’s atmosphere. The world mourns his death and soon after a clone of Superman appears wearing his Kryptonian Shield of Justice and Suit. Unfortunately for the people of Metropolis this clone is under control of Lex Luthor and has a dark approach towards justice. He was created by Lex from a sample of Superman’s blood after his death. The real Superman’s body is being kept by Lex Luthor to make an army of Superman clones and for his own personal amusement.
Superman’s Fortress of Solitude servant Robot (Tom Kenny) retrieves the body of the real Superman at LexCorp and proceeds to revive him with Kryptonian technology since Kal-El has residue solar energy remaining from his battle to the death. The human laws of death do not apply to him since he is Kryptonian, the robot says. Superman/Kal-El is revived successfully but requires a unique black colored Kryptonian suit to speed up absorption of solar energy. The robot gives him that and a gun that has a Kryptonite bullet in it since his powers are at 65 percent only. At that level he really can’t engage in an exhausting fight with his clone. Superman now aware of his clone’s misuse of bringing justice, heads to Metropolis and eventually defeats his clone.
Superman/Doomsday Movie: The Review
Superman/Doomsday is an animated movie that had a lot of promise, but was not applied effectively. Superman/Doomsday movie is rather short at 75 minutes long. This in itself has a lot to do with the film leaving you with that this story is incomplete and rushed. Looking at it from a perspective of a person that wasn’t familiar with the Death and Return of Superman storyline from 1992-1993, they probably wouldn’t be disappointed after watching it. The movie has good voice acting, especially from Anne Heche as Lois Lane and James Marsters as Lex Luthor. Lex Luthor is really slimy in this film. He is adapted well. Anne Heche voice is sexy. Adam Baldwin as Superman does his job good as well.
The animation for Superman is rather odd and annoying since for some unknown reason the animators decided to give Superman two running lines down his cheeks. I don’t know whether that was used to show maturity (not give him a baby skinned face) or to show muscle in his face features. Nevertheless it doesn’t look right and it isn’t necessary. The creature Doomsday is drawn and animated well. They retained his look from the comic book storyline. I don’t have any other gripes about the animation. The heroic music that is played in the film, defining Superman at his best is very cool. I especially like it when they play it during the scene when Superman realizes what he has to do to stop Doomsday after Doomsday is about to kill a little girl.
The reason why Superman/Doomsday Movie is incomplete is because it really should have been made into a 2 part animated movie like they have done with Batman: The Dark Knight Returns animated movie. That really is the only way to really capture the real Death and Return of Superman storyline for either in animated form or the big screen. Without the JLA, The Eradicator (The Last Son of Krypton), Superboy (Clone of Superman), Steel (John Henry Irons), The Cyborg Superman (Hank Henshaw), Supergirl (Matrix), Green Lantern (Hal Jordan), Mongul (Mr. yellow Skinned beetle brow himself), and all the weird Kryptonian technology The Eradicator has at the Fortress of Solitude such as “The Regeneration Matrix”, the adaptation will always be a letdown.
Despite all these flaws I still partially enjoy this animated film. The brutality of the fight with Doomsday is captured well considering parts of Metropolis are destroyed, you can see Superman wearing down and bleeding. I also liked the Robot Servant Butler since he served some of the same duties The Eradicator did in the comics from the Death and Return of Superman storyline. The final fight between Superman and his clone was well done also.
The fight will probably be emulated somewhat in the new “Man of Steel” movie with Superman fighting General Zod. For those who want to know the real origin of Doomsday, read the Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey comic book series. You will find out why Doomsday sought out Superman and rampaged towards Metropolis. My closing thoughts on the Superman/Doomsday Movie are, it is best to rent (watch streaming on Netflix), not to buy.
Superman/Doomsday Movie Review: Done by Rancel
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