Apart from the obvious predictability (it's literally in the title),The Death of Superman is a surprisingly amazing remake/adaptation with really good animation, genuine emotion and great pacing. The action in particular is incredible, well made and visceral. The voice acting is really good, especially from Jerry O' Connell, Rebecca Romijn and Rainn Wilson.
Reviewed by classicsoncall7 / 10
"No one tears my city apart and gets away with it!"
Hard to believe that it's twenty six years already since 'The Death of Superman' story line was presented by DC Comics back in 1992. It's what brought me back to comic books as an adult, at least for a decade before losing interest again. But not in the movie franchises, though I have to admit, the Marvel folks do a better job aside from the Dark Knight films. Being that my memory of the written story has faded over the past quarter century, I thought this was a credible retelling of the story that shocked the comic book world in the early Nineties. A couple things caught my attention in this animated version, for one thing, Clark Kent's physique seemed larger than Superman's, especially when he was standing next to Lois Lane in shirt sleeves. I thought that was kind of funny. Another was when Clark shared an intimate moment with Lois and he responded to her with "You've got me, but who's got you?", an obvious direct reference to the first Christopher Reeve "Superman" movie in which the statement was made by Margot Kidder as Lois Lane, when Superman saved her from falling out a high rise window. When Superman ultimately fights Doomsday, it becomes the classic 'irresistible force' meets 'immovable object' scenario, an expression I first heard when I was probably about eight years old reading DC Comics back in the late Fifties. With a large cast of Justice Leaguers to satisfy most any fan, this was a reasonably entertaining animated flick that really doesn't leave anyone in suspense as to the eventual outcome of Superman's destiny. Unlike your proverbial death and taxes, the demise of Superman in this story wasn't intended to be a sure thing.
Reviewed by paul_haakonsen5 / 10
Cashing in on already established characters without adding to their stories...
I sat down to watch "The Death of Superman" with my 8 year old son, whom enjoy cartoons and superheroes way way more than I do.
This was every bit as I had expected it to be, and it is just idiotic how DC can't make up their minds about a continuity to their storylines. So is Clark Kent's foster father dead or isn't he? Depends on what line of story you follow I suppose. And just how many times can Clark Kent reveal unto Lois Lane that he is actually Superman? It is just downright idiotic. Make up your minds already!
There is a lot, and I mean a lot, of a action in this animated movie. It sort of felt like as if they wanted to up the result from "Batman v Superman" or the recent "Superman" movies.
Did it work? Sort of. Why? Well, because the villain in the story was every bit as pointless as he was ridiculous. The villain here served absolutely no purpose. He could easily destroy the Justice League members and was close to doing so, but of course he didn't succeed. Gee, what a surprise.
The animation style was one of the better things that kept "The Death of Superman" interesting, as well as the good voice acting performance from the cast.
All in all, a mediocre animated movie, albeit it had a very pointless storyline.