The Death and Return of Superman Announced as Two-Part DC Universe Original Movie for 2018 and 2019


When the DC Universe Original Movies started in 2007, the first film we got was Superman: Doomsday, an adaptation of the Death and Return of Superman storyline by Dan Jurgens in the 90’s. Many felt disappointed that the adaptation, which was only 75 minutes long was only one film and barely touched upon many great moments from the story.

Now DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation announced we are getting a proper adaptation based on The Death of Superman and The Reign of the Supermen stories for late 2018 and early 2019. No cast, writer or director were revealed though.

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.

Finally, in early 2019, look for Reign of the Supermen, the second part of the two-part adaptation. While we’ll have to wait for an official synopsis to learn all of the details, that name should be a familiar one to Superman fans and suggests we’ll be seeing the rise of the Superman alternates that took his place during the year after his death. (For those unfamiliar with the story, they were Steel, Cyborg Superman, Superboy and the Last Son of Krypton.) This part of the Death and Return of Superman was greatly simplified in Doomsday, which instead featured a single alternate Superman rather than the four we saw in the comics.


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