The first in the line of DC’s animated movies, which now fall under the umbrella of DC Universe Original Movies, was Superman: Doomsday, an extraordinarily loose adaptation of the classic 1992-1993 storyline that told of the death and return of the Man of Steel.
The problem, of course, was that Superman: Doomsday wasn’t very good. The animation was mediocre, and the story bore little resemblance to the comic book version, which spanned a full year of comic book continuity. The Death of Superman recently got the live-action treatment, as the climax of 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but even that failed to capture the scope of the source material.
But they’re finally going to try and get it right.
The Death of Superman animated movie is coming later this year, and this time, DC promises that it will “include many of the fan-favorite moments from the story that were left out of Doomsday.” That’s only the beginning, though.
Early 2019 will bring us Reign of the Supermen, the all-important “return” half of the equation. DC is playing this one close to the vest, but I expect this time around we’ll actually get the requisite imposter Supermen showing up while we wait for the big guy to return for real.
Check out this trailer, which certainly doesn’t appear to be messing around…
The good folks at TV Insider have revealed the voice cast, and it’s a great one, with many familiar faces from other recent DC Universe Original Movies returning. Jerry O’Connell is back for his fourth turn as Superman, Rebecca Romijn is Lois Lane, and Rainn Wilson is Lex Luthor. We also have Rosario Dawson (Wonder Woman), Nathan Fillion (Green Lantern), Christopher Gorham (The Flash), Matt Lanter (Aquaman), Shemar Moore (Cyborg), Jason O’Mara (Batman), Rocky Carroll (Silas Stone), and Patrick Fabian (Hank Henshaw).
We don’t have a firm release date yet, but with the voice cast announcement and the first images hitting the web, there’s probably a trailer and more announcements on the horizon.