Superman: Doomsday – Review




When Warner Bros. and DC announced they were going to begin a line of PG-13 Animated films I was ever so excited, so many great stories with the added edge and hearing that the team that developed the DCAU made it even more exciting. Than came this film, now let me say its not the worse film to be released and considering it is their first in this new universe its understandable. However, one of the things that hurts the film is the fact they went right to one of the most beloved stories {Death of Superman} and gave it a 70 minute time limit.


Doomsday arrives after a Lexcorp extroversion team unleashes a buried super-being that appears unstoppable. The Man of Steel sacrifices himself but suddenly reappears but a bit more violent, giving his own brand of justice.

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Director(s) Lauren Montgomery, Bruce Timm, Brandon Vietti

Writer(s) Bruce Timm(Story), Duane Capizzi(Story & Screenplay) {Based on the “Death of Superman” & “Reign Of the Supermen” Story lines}

Adam Baldwin as Superman/Dark Superman/Clark Kent

Anne Heche as Lois Lane

James Marsters as Lex Luthor

Cree Summer as Mercy Graves

Tom Kenny as Robot

Swoosie Kurtz as Martha Kent

Ray Wise as Perry White

Adam Wylie as Jimmy Olsen

John DiMaggio as Toyman

The animation is one of the big problems, you can tell the animators were still trying to stray away from the recent DCAU, by giving Superman cheek bones and making Lex skinnier just doesn’t work for the film. I also hated the look of Toyman, it’s a definite shot at Tim Burton and the spider is an obvious nod to the Jon Peters/Kevin Smith story(which can be seen on the “Evening With Kevin Smith” DVD).

The areas where the film does work is in the voice acting, Adam Baldwin does a great job as Dark Superman, I will admit when he is petting the cat you do get that creepy feeling you’re gonna hear a cat cry. His performance as Superman is pretty good too, they do manage to bring him to life in such a short time, too bad Anne Heche is his Lois. Don’t get me wrong, Anne Heche is an amazing actress, but why it is that they have her talking so fast is beyond me, but her best scene has to be the moment she goes to Martha after Superman dies, very well done. James Marster, most known as this point as Spike on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and would later play Brainiac/Brainiac 5 on Smallville plays a pretty devious Lex, there’s a scene in the film where your mouth drops to the floor in shock. While the film has plenty faults, the one pro this film has is an amazing score, the score certainly puts you into the action thanks to Robert J. Kral, who works as the composer.

SPECIAL FEATURES {I only have the 1 Disc DVD}

When Heroes Die: The Making of Superman: Doomsday {Blu-Ray Only}

The Clash of the Juggernauts {Blu-Ray Only}

Requiem & Rebirth: Superman Lives Documentary

Justice League: The New Frontier Featurette

Wonder Woman Sneak Peek {Blu-Ray Only}

Behind the Voice Featurette

Commentary by Bruce Timm,  Duane Capizzi, Andrea Romano, Gregory Noveck

Bruce Timm Top Picks: {Blu-Ray Only}

Superman: The Animated Series:

Apokolips Now..Parts 1 & 2

Brave New Metropolis


Eric Curto
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