Superman will make a triumphant return to cinema screens for a very special double-bill of animated awesomeness. On 14th January 2019 (and for one night only), Superman can be seen in a spectacular animated double feature – The Death of Superman followed by the brand-new release Reign of the Supermen.
The action-packed event will include two features; audiences will first see The Death of Superman (which came out last year – read our full review here) followed by the infamous Reign of the Supermen storyline which is the latest epic story to get the animated film treatment from DC.
Reign of the Supermen will then debut on Digital Download on 15th January. This will be followed by a Blu-ray DVD release on 28th January.
The two-part film is the adaptation of The Death of Superman saga, DC’s’ groundbreaking 1992-93 comic phenomenon. This event made global news back in the day and was one of the biggest pop culture moments of the 90s. People queued up for hours to get their hands on a coveted issue of Superman #75 – the legendary comic where Superman and Doomsday fight to the death. That comic even came in its own black bag, sealed with goodies like a black armband, a Daily Planet newspaper snippet and some stamps.
The film version of this epic story features an all-star voice cast led by Jerry O’Connell (Carter, The Big Bang Theory, Stand By Me), Rebecca Romijn (X-Men, The Librarians) and Rainn Wilson (The Office, The Meg) as the voices of Superman, Lois Lane and Lex Luthor.
They are joined by the DC Universe Movies’ returning voices of the Justice League – Jason O’Mara (The Man in High Castle, Terra Nova) as Batman, Rosario Dawson (Sin City, Rent, Daredevil) as Wonder Woman, Shemar Moore (S.W.A.T, Criminal Minds) as Cyborg, Nathan Fillion (Castle, The Rookie) as Green Lantern/Hal Jordan, and Christopher Gorham (Covert Affairs, Ugly Betty) as The Flash.
There was an earlier iteration of this story – Superman/Doomsday (which was released way back in 2007). It told an abridged version of The Death of Superman storyline. That film was quite short – around 74 minutes – and as a result a lot of the comic book storyline was cut, instead focusing on the battle between The Man of Steel and Doomsday.
This new version of The Death of Superman doesn’t have the same problem and marks the first chapter of a two-part film experience that concludes with Reign of the Supermen. That storyline followed on from the death and funeral of Superman in the comic books and introduced the world to a series of new Supermen, each with their own unique powers. The Death of Superman and Reign of the Supermen will hopefully have plenty of runtime to explore these iconic stories properly onscreen.
Here’s the official synopsis for both films;
The Death of Superman
An Asteroid hurtles through our atmosphere and with it arrives an unstoppable force known only as Doomsday. With innocent lives threatened and Metropolis under attack, the Justice League rally to meet this otherwordly menace. But when the dust settles, only an epic showdown between superman and Doomsday can decide the fate of the Metropolis and ultimately, planet Earth!
Reign of the Supermen
It’s been months since the unfathomable death of Superman, and the world is still shaken when four Super Heroes arrive in Metropolis, all battling to be the reincarnation of the Man of Steel. Even Metropolis isn’t big enough for these brawlers, it’s only a matter of time until dark forces make their moves from the shadows…
We can’t wait to experience this on the big screen – it’s what Superman and DC Comics fans have been waiting for!
Check out a clip from the film and the new Steelbook artwork below!