"The Death of Superman" Animated Feature Pre-Release News & Discussion (Spoilers)

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A "Death of Superman" animated movie was announced for 2018 at the San Diego Comic-Con.
Rounding out the 2018 releases will be Death of Superman, the first part of the two-parter. Adapting the legendary story of Superman’s fatal battle with Doomsday, this will actually be the second DC Universe Original Movie to adapt the material. The first, 2007’s Superman: Doomsday, was the very first DC Universe Original Movie and greatly condensed and altered the original comic book event to fit within its 75-minute running time. The upcoming adaptation will be more faithful to the source material, much less condensed and will include many of the fan-favorite moments from the story that were left out of Doomsday.
Source: DC Comics Blog

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It doesnt make any sense.
WHAT? THEY'RE DOING AN ANIMATED MOVIE THAT'S NOT BATMAN????!!!! I CAN'T BELIEVE IT! FINALLY...............wait. I just remembered BATMAN appears in the comic story. *sigh*

Regardless, I'm glad they're redoing it. I thought Superman: Doomsday was not good, and mostly because I flat out expected a more faithful adaptation, and didn't get it. I can only use one word to describe the potential of seeing this classic story faithfully adapted as an animated movie (or just imagine a live action one) - EPIC. And Superman: Doomsday was not epic at all.
May 14, 2006
Well, if they're going to bother remaking the film I certainly hope they bring on a far more talented set of animators. Heck, even TMS would be nice if they could get Aoyama Hiroyuki to be the animation director.

I have to wonder if they're going to reuse that character design made for the 75th Anniversary short?


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Dec 31, 2013
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It's been 25 years we've already had this done in an animated and live action movie out of the stories they can do that are not Batman they decide on this retreating a story that's already been done to death, for shame.


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May 28, 2010
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A part of me can't help but wonder whether we really need another adaption of Death of Superman given this line of movies started with that story and, despite everything they cut out, I thought Superman: Doomsday was a solid adaption of the entire storyline in the constraints of one movie :).

But another part of me is also really happy that we're finally getting another Superman film after the constant slew of Batman stuff, and I'm curious to see what this adaption will be like and how it will compare to Doomsday now that they have more time to expand on the story and adapt it more faithfully ;).

I'm also really curious to see if this will actually be in-continuity, since they seem to be mum on that front, since this could have major story implications on the new animated universe if it is :ack:.

Though I have to say that I think it'll be tough for them to top their take on the Doomsday fight in the original movie, but I'm eager to see them try again :cool:.


Defender of the Universe
Sep 7, 2004
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Um, yay for bringing back Superman titles.

On the other hand, wow. They had a retrospective for 10 years of DC animated features, a series kicked off by Superman: Doomsday, and now they bring back Superman by revisiting an animated movie subject they already did? And let's not forget how creatively restricted DC and WB are by constantly telling origin and death stories of Superman. Maybe they should've given up with Superman Unbound.


It doesnt make any sense.
I'm also really curious to see if this will actually be in-continuity, since they seem to be mum on that front, since this could have major story implications on the new animated universe if it is :ack:.
*sighhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh* so not only is BATMAN in the comic story, my excitement for the epic potential makes me forget the legit possibility they might tweak this story to fit into their animated shared universe. After I completed my first post, I also wondered if they will use the REAL Superman suit or have him wear the current one. Why is it so difficult to get these things "right"?

Although, if they were going to do those tweaks and god knows what else, would they bother to split the story up into 2 movies?


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Sep 10, 2010
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This should be interesting. I haven't read the source material, but the original movie is still solid. It'll be interesting to see an expanded version of if.
Well, Reign of the Supermen could bring several characters into the shared animated universe: the Conner Kent Superboy; Steel; the Cyborg Superman; and, the Eradicator Superman.

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Matt Zimmer
Jan 19, 2004
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Framingham, MA
You know, if these movies are going to give the same story a second bite at the apple (and in this case two entire movies) I'd like to see a legit TV-Y7 World's Collide movie under the DC Classics banner, using Dwayne McDuffie's original script with John Stewart and Static, and the original DCAU cast. As long as we redoing things properly now, that's my request.


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Jul 13, 2003
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Wow, so that means he's directed every Animated Feature this year (with some assists from Jake Castorena for this one) :eek:.

And that also means, as you allude to, he's directed four consecutive movies counting Batman and Harley Quinn last year :cool:.
Six I think. Judas, B&H, Gaslight, Hell to Pay, and these Supermen movies. I guess Castorena might have been working on JLA and Death of at the same point if briefly.