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Science Fiction - Superman: Doomsday

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Superman Doomsday
Voice Talent: Adam Baldwin, Anne Heche, James Marsters
Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
Number of discs: 1
Rating PG-13 (Comic book violence)
Studio: Warner Home Video 2007

This review features 6 Superman Doomsday clips. The DC Universe animated original movie Superman: Doomsday is the story about the death of Superman which made headlines in the 1990’s. This Superman is of the overly muscled behemoth with the S cowlick over the forehead style. The range of facial expressions available to this version of Superman goes from emotionless to grimace and all the way back again covering both letters of the alphabet completely.

Click for clip of Superman Doomsday Breakout

The Doomsday Superman is clearly modeled on the Superman from the animated series which is hardly surprising as this is the Superman with which most modern fans are most familiar. Even fans of the classic Superman are used to a chiseled look but the original Superman did not have such a steroid abuse look –  he was a well muscled but not unusually large man – like a quarterback in really good shape. This is strictly a cosmetic choice as Superman has gone through many iterations over the years from Kirk Alyn, George Reeves, Christopher Reeve to Dean Caine so the manner of his portrayal does not really profoundly effect the storyline. The problem arises with the lack of detail that typifies the remaining characters in the Doomsday tableau. None of the characters are very well drawn from the standpoint of relaying emotion

Click for Superman Doomsday Doomsday in Forest

Superman: Doomsday excels in the voice acting Adam Baldwin as Superman/Clark Kent, Ann Heche as Lois Lane, James Marsters (Spike from Buffy The Vampire Slayer) as Lex Luthor all do very good jobs in their respective roles though it would have been nice had Tim Daly been recast as Superman after his tenure as Superman in the animated series. Nevertheless the cast and script are both well done though lacking in the interior monologues that typify Superman – as Luthor notes in his rather bizarre tribute to Superman that Superman was not just a strongman he was a bright and worthy opponent. This lack of monologue is most missing in the battle with Doomsday which is well drawn and very exciting the sound work alone is head and shoulders above what one might normally expect from an animated movie. These strengths far outweigh the weaknesses resulting from the choice of animation style – movies after all are about the story and the death of Superman is one of the great stories in comic book history.

Click for clip Superman Doomsday Superman Kiss

All Superman fans are going to want to pick up a copy of Superman: Doomsday and it is a worthwhile addition to any animation library but more for the story than for the actual on screen animation which is pedestrian 2D fare that could as easily have made it onto the television screen without the PG-13 rating.

Click for clip Superman Doomsday Superman Losing

Click for clip Superman Doomsday Superman VS Doomsday

Click for clip Superman Doomsday Tank Battle

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