Superman/Doomsday (2007 Video)
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The official description reads: "In an epic tale of sacrifice, Superman battles an intergalactic serial killer in a superpowered Armageddon - "Superman: Doomsday". After Superman makes the ultimate sacrifice to save Metropolis by giving his life to defeat the foe, those who loved him the most mourn their fallen hero and friend. But a world without Superman proves to be short-lived when the Man of Steel mysteriously returns. Or does he?"
Based on the best-selling graphic novel of all time, The Death of Superman. Adapted by Duane Capizzi and Bruce Timm. Art director is Bruce Timm. Directed by Bruce Timm, Lauren Montgomery and Brandon Veitti. Edit
No. This movie is not connected to the "Timm-verse" of Batman/Superman/Justice League shows; although, Bruce Timm is art directing the project. "Style-wise, the film will feature an all-new look from animation guru Bruce Timm," according to Sander Schwartz, president of Warner Brothers Animation. From looking at the toy prototypes, some of the character designs are very similar to those used in Justice League Unlimited; some are very different. Edit
The story is pretty streamlined due to the 75-minute running time. The role of the rest of the Justice League will be eliminated. The "World Without a Superman" segment makes up the second act of the movie. The "Reign of the Supermen" arc is replaced with a plot by Lex Luthor which uses some of the same beats, but with a very different twist. Edit
The first casting announcements were made on Saturday, March 3rd, 2007 at WonderCon in San Francisco, California. Adam Baldwin voices Superman/Clark Kent; Anne Heche is Lois Lane; and, James Marsters plays Lex Luthor. Other cast members include John DiMaggio, Tom Kenny, Swoosie Kurtz, Cree Summer, Ray Wise and Adam Wylie. Edit
Warner Bros. Animation & Warner Home Video released an official press release that describes the contents of the "Superman: Doomsday" DVD:
Superman Doomsday will be available exclusively on DVD with collectable packaging as well as over 70 minutes of incredible DVD extras including:
- Requiem and Rebirth: Superman Lives! A retrospective look at the craze which caught the world by storm. What happens when millions of fans are suddenly subjected to the death of their favorite character? Total mayhem! Going on record about the Death of Superman will be Paul Levitz and other DC staff as well as comic book artists throughout the industry. News clippings, reports and first-hand archival testimony from fans will be pieced together in a retrospective way. The featurette will also include a closer look at the dark Superman appearing in The Return of Superman graphic novel.
- Behind the Voice. A featurette on the voice casting for the movie.
- Justice League: The New Frontier - Sneak peak of the next DC Universe Original Movie
- Superman's Last Stand Challenge - Battle as Superman to defeat Doomsday in this fast-action, dexterity challenge which lets the users relive the epic battle with unique gameplay inter-cut with footage from the movie.
- Widescreen (1.78:1)
- 5.1 Dolby Digital
BASICS Street Date: September 18, 2007 Order Due Date: August 14, 2007 Languages: English, Spanish Subtitles: Spanish
Run Time: 75 minutes approx. Aspect Ratio: Widescreen (1.78:1) Audio: 5.1 Dolby Surround Stereo Color / Closed Captioned Rating: PG-13
Superman Doomsday Original Movie Price: $19.98 SRP / No MAP DVD catalog: #74621 Edit
DC Comics, Warner Premiere, Warner Home Video (WHV) and Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) began the production and distribution of DC Universe, a series of original, animated PG-13 movies in July 2006. This original made for DVD movie is part of the DC Universe series of animated PG-13 films written and directed by acclaimed comic book creators and animators and featuring recognizable talent. WHV will be the exclusive worldwide home entertainment distributor for all DC Universe movies, which will include a slate of 2-3 action-packed films per year. Superman Doomsday and Justice League: The New Frontier were the first DC Universe original animated movies. Other DC properties with films in development include Justice League, Green Lantern, Flash and Wonder Woman. Edit
No, as the movie takes a different path than the comics. However, a new character, Lex's Superman clone, seems to combine elements of two of the previous Superman replacements (the "Superboy" clone and the Eradicator) and he also served in a general villain role similar to Cyborg Superman in the comics. Edit