Superman: Doomsday (2007)

6.5 Overall Score
Story: 6/10
Acting: 7/10
Visuals: 7/10

Finally the Death of Superman story

I want the Supermen, Superman's odd look

Movie Info

Movie Name:  Superman:  Doomsday

Studio:  Warner Bros. Animation

Genre(s):  Animated/Comic Book/Action/Adventure

Release Date(s):  September 18, 2007

MPAA Rating:  PG-13


That’s right…I’ll kill dogs and people. I don’t discriminate

Doomsday is coming!  When Lex Luthor’s secret experiment unearths an ancient extraterrestrial killer, Earth’s only hope could be Superman.  The battle is epic, and Superman pays ultimate sacrifice…but when a mysterious new Superman appears, Metropolis’ learns that Superman’s reported death might have been an exaggeration.

Directed by Bruce Timm, Lauren Montgomery, and Brandon Vietti, Superman:  Doomsday was a straight-to-DVD release from Warner Bros. Animation which adapted the classic bestselling Superman:  The Death of Superman, Superman:  A Funeral for a Friend (sometimes retitled Superman:  World without a Superman), and Superman:  Return of Superman storylines.


I just wanted to give you a hug, Superman

The death of Superman was such a big deal when it occurred in 1992 that I actually had my dad go to the comic book store so I could get a copy.  It also spurred a little Superman reading phase for me (which was unheard of at the time as a strictly Marvel guy).  After that, there were constant rumors of the Death of Superman movie being made with even Nicolas Cage attached at one point…It never happened.  Superman:  Doomsday is the remedy to that problem but it is too little too late.


Lois…I think I landed on my keys…ouch

I would have preferred this to be a two or three movie series than what happened here.  It is a nice amalgam of the storyline, but I wish it had the missing fun.  I liked seeing the Justice League get creamed by Doomsday, and Supergirl dealing with Lex Luthor.  The first movie should have ended with Superman’s death…Funeral for a Friend (or a World without a Superman) could have been combined with the Supermen story for a second film (like they did with Batman:  The Dark Knight Returns—Part 1 and Part 2).  I want my Superboy, Steel, Android, and Eradicator!!!

The movie has a pretty strong cast with Adam Baldwin and Anne Heche taking the lead roles of Superman and Lois Lane.  James Marsters plays Lex Luthor which is ironic since he went on to play Brainiac in Smallville.  You have Swoosie Kurtz as Martha Kent, Ray Wize as Perry White, and a cameo by Kevin Smith as “Grumpy Man”.  The Kevin Smith cameo is a homage to the Death of Superman movie which he wrote a version of and was encouraged to put a giant spider fight.


At least we got the Super-Mullet

The art for the movie isn’t DC’s best.  I really don’t like the hard lines on Superman’s face…it is rather weird looking.  Doomsday’s design is good and the Toyman is creepy, but Superman is the star and should look better than he does in this movie.

Superman:  Doomsday was alright but it could have been so much better.  The movie just ends up slightly better than average due to the shortcuts and leaves you yearning for a remake almost immediately.  Other DC adaptations have been better, but fans might still enjoy.

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