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Superman - Doomsday (DC Universe Animated Original Movie)
"Superman - Doomsday" (DC Universe Animated Original
by Suzanne 1/18/08
This is an awesome movie. Every Superman or comic book fan
should get this DVD. I am a lifelong-Superman fan, and I can say that this
animated movie is better than any of the other live action Superman movies. I
don't know why they can't make them as good as this. It's not just the story,
and the action/special effects, but I think the problem is trying to get someone
cast as Superman who is believable. It's hard to find someone that is
larger-than-life. They make him awfully large in the comics. To me, none of the
live versions have been convincing enough (as much as I love Dean Cain, Tom
Christopher Reeve). Indeed, George Reeves was the closest-looking to the comic
Anyway, they did an excellent job casting on this movie. Adam Baldwin does a
fine job as the voice of Superman. Baldwin was in "Angel" and "Firefly", and he
is a big guy - he would have made a pretty good live action Superman as well.
Anne Heche is a fabulous Lois Lane and could also easily have played her in a
live movie. She's got not only a great voice but the right attitude to be Lois.
James Marsters, one of my favorite actors, was also excellent as Luthor.
Marsters may be familiar to Superman fans as "Braniac" on the Smallville series,
but he's best known as Spike on the Buffy and Angel series. He is always great
The story is based on one from the comics about a super-alien-robot that defeats
Superman. Lex Luthor is responsible for unleashing this monster robot when he
drills into the earth's core. Apparently some aliens kept the killer robot there
for billions of years. He is a large monster that only cares about killing. When
defeats him, he appears to die, so they bury him. That's when the movie gets
most interesting because Luthor steals Superman's body and clones him, and
suddenly he has his own personal Superman to do his bidding. Lois and Jimmy, of
course, get suspicious when Superman doesn't act like himself, especially when
he kills the villain The Toyman after learning that he killed a child. The real
Superman has a code against killing. Meanwhile, Superman's personal robot
rescues the real Superman and revives him. It's just a great story and very well
done. There are many many fight scenes, but they are not tedious because we are
usually watching from Lois and Jimmy's point of view, or we're waiting to see
where large things land, hoping that no one is caught underneath (well, that's
what I always watch for in big super battles, anyway).
The DVD has a ton of commentary by the producer, writer, voice director, and
executive producer. I've never cared about commentary, but those that do will
enjoy this. There's also a sneak preview of the movie "Justice League: The New
Frontier" which I had not heard of, but it looks really great. They only show
storyboards and have guys talking, but it still looks fabulous. I sure hope it
is as good as Superman Doomsday. There's an interactive game, "Superman's Last
Stand Challenge" and a nice featurette and shows the actors doing their stuff,
"Behind the Voice". And then there's a really long feature about the making of
the comic book series this was based on "The Death of Superman". There are more
features here than just about any movie DVD I've ever seen. It's really well
worth buying this set because of everything you get.
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