Superman (Jerry O’Connell) stops an attack by the high-tech crime organization Intergang. When The Flash (Christopher Gorham) and Cyborg (Shemar Moore) arrive to help with the cleanup and crowd control, they discover Intergang’s newest technology includes enhanced metals and Apocolyptian technologies left over from their Earth-saving battle with Darksied! Cyborg takes the tech to S.T.A.R. Labs for study while the rest of the Justice Leauge – Wonder Woman (Rosario Dawson), Green Lantern (Nathan Fillion), Aquaman (Matt Lanter), Martian Manhunter (Nyambi Nyambi) and Batman (Jason O’Mara) discuss League matters and divvy up the tasks of protecting the world.
While the rest of the Justice League handle their tasks, Superman deals with his own issues: confronting Lex Luthor (Rainn Wilson) about the tech Intergang was using, and dealing with his own internal battle of whether or not to tell Lois Lane (Rebecca Romijn) that Superman and Clark Kent are one in the same. Everything comes to a head when a meteor carrying a huge monster – whom Lois names Doomsday – crashes and causes death and destruction including a battalion of Atlanteans, dozens of police and civilians, and lays waste to the entire Justice League before Superman is able to join the fight!
The Death of Superman is, in a way, a dream come true for me. And the fact its sequel – Reign of the Supermen – is already scheduled to hit Blu-ray/DVD shelves in a few months has me completely geeked! After all, Superman’s death is still the biggest-selling single issue in all comic book history. I had hoped 2007’s Superman/Doomsday was going to be this storyline, but like most fans found myself sorely disappointed by how that film played out. So I’m glad they’re finally doing that story right, even if it is with the annoyingly cocky New 52 version of Superman.
As we’ve come to expect from Warner Animation projects the voice-acting was on point all around… except for Rainn Wilson as Lex Luthor; The Office vet gave Luthor the same weak-sounding squirrelly quality that Jesse Eisenberg brought to the role in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. While the character was written as one of the best portrayals of Lex Luthor we’ve ever seen (cunning, cocky, vastly intelligent, peak physical shape, and even saw the red-haired version from the Death of Superman comic), Wilson’s performance sort of ruined him in this film. It was just such a bizarre departure from the rest of the role.
Thankfully, this was one of the most human portrayals we’ve seen of Superman. His conflicts about moving forward with Lois made him super relatable and showed an even bigger range of character as he goes from having his world so emotionally shaky and then have to suck it all up to save the world as only he can!
Plus, the fights are straight up epic! This shouldn’t be much of a surprise, given this is another DC Animated movie, which are nearly always flawless (with the exception of casting choices). As someone who actually loved last year’s Justice League (the theatrical one), The Death of Superman really left me anxious for the upcoming sequel as the setup is brilliant and true to the character’s motivations. Forgive the pun, but The Death of Superman kills it!