September 22, 2007

Even Gods Must Die.

So, I’ve seen Superman Doomsday. I suppose it doesn’t really matter if I tell you what happens, considering that it’s based on the Death of Superman comic books, but here’s my mostly non-spoilery review.

This movie is BRUTAL.

The fighting in this movie is probably the most intense I’ve ever seen in animation. It definitely pulls no punches! There’s a little bit of blood, and no real visible gore, but there would be no way for any of this to ever be on a regular TV show like Justice League. There are 2 major fight scenes in the movie and they are both intense! There’s lots of bone crushing and civilian deaths too, so keep the younger ones away. It’s pretty dark and violent.

That all said, the story here really isn’t about Superman or Doomsday. It’s more a story about Lois Lane than anything else, and I thought it was really well done. Everything unfolds from her perspective, and it’s interesting to see a Superman story being told like that. Lex Luthor also has a part to play in all this, and he’s a really evil sick bastard here.

It has nothing to do with any of the other Superman animations, so all of the character designs and voice actors are different. Some of these differences may take some getting used to. Superman’s face looks kinda wrinkly, and I think that was done just for the sake of making it different from the previous animated design. It’s also a bit jarring to hear different voices coming out of these characters, but the voices fit the roles for this particular film, and I eventually warmed up to them.

Oh, and there’s a little in-joke for fans of “An Evening with Kevin Smith” that got a big laugh out of me!

All in all it’s a decent movie, and a good start for this new line of DC Comics Animated films. I’ve read some negative reviews for it, and I just don’t get that. It’s not a perfect film, but I think anyone who hates this movie clearly fails at life. I don’t have the DVD yet, but I’ll get it eventually. I hear there’s some great extras on it.

Superman Doomsday is recommended for fans of Superman, fans of animation that’s not for kids, and fans of… um, punching, I guess.



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