The following Blu-ray was provided to me by Warner Brothers for review. Thoughts and opinions are my own.
I remember back in the mid 90s the comic book cross over gimics. One of the biggest was the Death of Superman. I like every collector read the entire storyline throughout that entire summer. Shocking in one sense but simplistic in the others it was a good story that captivated the entire world. Elements of the story have been changed recently for film constraints. We most recently saw a version of this in Superman v Batman. Where that was a jumbled mess DC animated like always has presented a far superior telling.
The Death of Superman focuses on primarily on Superman's relationship with Lois Lane. Lois who comes across to me as a very meddiling girlfriend and incompetent reporter keeps urging Superman to share more of his personal life and background with the world. Like any normal superhero he is reluctant to do so out of common Sense wanting to keeping his identity a secret. But as Lois will never shut up he decides to share with Metropolis the vessel he came to our planet on. Enter Lex Luthor, he still hates Superman and sees this vessel as an opportunity to destroy him. Luthor has samples of the Kryptonian DNA from the vessel stolen and combines it with the mother boxes of Apocalypse. This results in the creation of Doomsday, an emotionless killing machine fueled by pure hatred. It's only goal is to kill Superman.
This begins the tale as we watch Doomsday dessimate member after Member of the Justice League. Cutting a field of death and destruction on his way to Metropolis with his last battle against Superman himself. Lex Luthor sees this as an opportunity to stop Doomsday himself and become a hero to the citizens of Metropolis. Things do not go as planned however as Doomsday lays waste to everyone and everything.
I don't think I am spoiling anything by saying that Doomsday and Superman end up killing each othetr. I mean this is called the Death of Superman. The film takes an overly long comic book arc and condenses into a tight crisp film. Be sure to watch the post credit scene for the Reign of the Supermen story that will be released in 2019.
The voice acting in this like all DC animated films is superb. You can hear the emotions come out in each character, better than the acting in any live action film. I have said it before and will say again DC along with Warner Brothers are light years ahead of any studio in terms of animated films. I am not just saying their animated films are better than Marvel's. Their better than Dreamworks and Pixar as well. Any student or aspiring animated director should focus on the DC films as they are a thing of beauty.
Warner Brothers has done an outstanding job on this Blu-ray. The colors are crisper than any graphic novel and the sound will echo throughout your surround sound. This is one of their best drawn films to date.
I really enjoy how the collectors edition comes packaged with a Superman figure. I am glad they went back to adding an action figure, it was missed by my son on their last few releases. If you were a fan of the comic book storyline or a super hero fan in general you should pick this up.
Forget the version you saw in Batman v Superman this is the Doomsday story you need to watch. Although a mature content film there is no reason you cannot watch with your whole family, just keep in mind it does end with the death of Superman. Go ahead and add this one to your collection
Overall 4 out of 5 Stars