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The Death of Superman – Article

DC Comics released the following article concerning The Death of Superman upon its release. Continue below for more.

The Death of Superman Makes the Man of Steel’s Sacrifice Matter

Out of the deepest darkest crevices of outer space, an impending Doomsday has mysteriously crash landed onto Earth, making its way straight toward Metropolis. This alien creature is leaving absolutely nothing but death and destruction in its path, but there’s no need to worry guys, Superman can handle it…right?

In case you’ve been living under a rock (no judgement, though, we’ve all been there) and haven’t read or even heard of the iconic Superman vs. Doomsday story arc, The Death of Superman animated feature is a must-watch film and an easy way to familiarize yourself with the iconic comic book event.

The Death of Superman is by far the truest adaptation of the 1992 Dan Jurgens storyline, bringing the tragedy to life in a modern and exciting new way. But in that accomplishment lies a problem: When it comes to Superman tales, the 25-year-old story of the Man of Steel’s death has proven to be surprisingly popular source material. Other movies have mined it for inspiration, notably the earlier 2007 animated movie Superman: Doomsday as well as Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, so what could possibly make this one unique from the others?

As the title gently implies, the Man of Steel might not make it out of this one alive. And while the climax lies in the great fight between Doomsday and Superman, the central focus on Clark Kent’s personal life is where the movie goes beyond the comic storyline and makes this a well-executed adaptation.

Sometimes, it’s easy to forget that Clark has a whole life outside of being Superman. He has friends, family, a journalism career and a budding romance with Lois Lane. This is a personal side of him that often doesn’t get explored in movies or even some comics.

In The Death of Superman, Lois and Clark’s relationship isn’t exclusive, and most importantly, Lois has absolutely no clue that she’s been secretly dating Superman. However, she is fully aware that Clark isn’t being completely honest with her and suspects he’s hiding something.

This creates a lot of tension between the two throughout the film—who doesn’t love relationship drama?—and an internal dilemma for Superman as he’s torn between keeping Lois safe from his secret life as a hero and being in an honest and committed relationship with her.

Of course, on the other end of the spectrum, you have Lex Luthor. Superman’s longtime adversary is an interesting addition to the film. While he initially doesn’t play a major role in the comics, he is closely involved in this adaptation and his arrogance and hatred for Superman gives him the inclination to handle Doomsday himself to gain the respect of Metropolis that Superman currently has.

Arguably, Superman’s most important relationship isn’t even with a person—it’s with that city of his. It is established early on that Superman is already an admired beacon of hope for Metropolis. Everyone can count on Big Blue to save the day. It’s something that’s just expected of him.

So, when Doomsday comes and throws Superman around like a chew toy, the citizens of Metropolis and even others around the world watch in horror as the reality sets in that their beloved hero might not survive this one. This realization ratchets up the drama and emotion, especially in one scene that transitions from mid-battle to Clark’s parents sobbing as they watch Doomsday clobber Superman on TV.

The ghastly appearance as well as the ferocious and bloodthirsty nature of Doomsday is torn straight from the comics and is sure to please fans of the classic comic storyline. Even with the combined forces of the Justice League, Doomsday remains both unbothered and unscathed, leaving the JL defeated and unable to fight any longer.

For fans of the storyline, and of Superman in general, it’s the climactic scenes where Superman and Doomsday go head-to-head in combat that they’ll be most interested in, and they do not disappoint. Superman is the only hero with enough strength and agility to fight Doomsday for hours as the sky shifts from day to night. Every punch and kick is accompanied with a massive explosion, emphasizing the godly might of the two contenders. These are two of the most powerful beings in the universe, and the immensity of the fight is on full display as they hurl vehicles and boats at each other. In a particularly cool sequence, they move the battle outside of Earth’s atmosphere, where they continue to headbutt each other as they furiously burn upon re-entry.

Superman’s perseverance and determination to keep Metropolis safe from Doomsday, no matter the consequence, makes his death so much more meaningful.

The Death of Superman gives us all of the dramatic weight, excitement and tragedy that the death of America’s greatest hero deserves. It creates a strong emotional connection between us and Superman. Most of the movie is devoted to learning about who Clark is and getting a personal inside look at his intimate relationships with his loved ones, what his fears and hopes are and why Metropolis loves him so much. This alien hero has more humanity and compassion than just about anyone else on Earth, making his death an immense loss to the world.

A final piece of advice—hang around until all the credits roll through or you’ll miss out on quite a few end credit scenes that tease the next film!

The Death of Superman is now available on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital HD.

“Justice League: Throne of Atlantis – Commemorative Edition” Coming To 4K, Blu-ray On November 13, 2018

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has provided details for the upcoming Justice League: Throne of Atlantis – Commemorative Edition, a special re-release of the 2015 animated film. The new release, with includes new bonus content and is times for the theatrical release of the live-action Aquaman movie, hits Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital on November 13, 2018. Press details can be found below.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and DC Entertainment to Release
“Justice League: Throne of Atlantis – Commemorative Edition”
November 13, 2018

Arthur Curry discovers his heroic roots, contends with diabolical foes and takes his place as Aquaman beside new “super” allegiances in the ultimate original story for everyone’s favorite underwater hero – now remastered for 4K presentation – in Justice League: Throne of Atlantis – Commemorative Edition. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, the feature-length DC Universe Movie arrives from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital starting November 13, 2018. Order due date is October 9, 2018.

Justice League: Throne of Atlantis – Commemorative Edition will be available on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack ($29.98 SRP), Blu-ray Combo Pack ($24.98) and Digital. All packages include an all-new featurette, “Aquaman: The New King,” as well as audio commentary by renowned former DC Editor and current Creative Director of Animation, Mike Carlin and screenwriter Heath Corson.

In Justice League: Throne of Atlantis – Commemorative Edition, Cyborg discovers an imminent threat in the depths of the oceans so powerful that it rallies together the newly formed Justice League. Meanwhile, wandering thousands of feet above the ocean floor is drifter Arthur Curry, a man with strange powers who may be the last chance to bridge the ancient Atlantean world with our own. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the rest of DC’s Justice League must band together as they face off against warmongering Orm, an army of sea creatures, otherworldly weapons and perilous odds. In this all-new epic adventure from the DC Universe, mankind’s only hope of escaping from the darkness lies with the guiding light of a man – Aquaman!

Justice League: Throne of AtlantisThe celebrity laden cast features primetime television stars Matt Lanter (“Timeless,” “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” “90210”) as Aquaman, Sam Witwer (“Being Human,” “Smallville,” “Star Wars: Rebels”) as Orm, Jason O’Mara (“The Man in the High Castle”) as Batman, Christopher Gorham (“Insatiable,” “Two Broke Girls,” “Covert Affairs”) as Flash, Nathan Fillion (“The Rookie,” “Castle”) as Green Lantern, Shemar Moore (“S.W.A.T.,” “Criminal Minds”) as Cyborg, Rosario Dawson (“Sin City,” “Daredevil”) as Wonder Woman, Jerry O’Connell (“Real Men Watch Bravo,” “The Death of Superman”) as Superman, Sean Astin (“The Lord of the Rings Trilogy”) as Shazam, Sumalee Montano (“Scandal,” “Critical Role”) as Mera, Sirena Irwin (“Superman: Unbound”) as Queen Atlanna, and Harry Lennix (“Man of Steel,” “The Blacklist”) as Manta.

Director Ethan Spaulding (“Batman: Assault on Arkham,” “Son of Batman”) directs “Justice League: Throne of Atlantis – Commemorative Edition” from a script by Heath Corson (“Justice League: War”). Executive producer is Sam Register and James Tucker (“Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay,” “Justice League Dark”) is supervising producer.

Justice League: Throne of Atlantis – Commemorative Edition’ gives fans the opportunity to experience a sprawling, sensational Aquaman original story in fully remastered Ultra HD, complete with new bonus features,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Vice President, Family & Animation Marketing. “The addition of an all-new Aquaman featurette, and entertaining commentary from both Mike Carlin and Heath Corson, serves as a perfect table-setter for the upcoming theatrical release of the Aquaman film.”

Special Features:
Justice League: Throne of Atlantis – Commemorative Edition contains two all-new bonus features, along with special features from the film’s original release:

-“Aquaman: The New King” (NEW featurette) – An immersive look at Arthur Curry’s evolution from guardian of the ocean to the King of Atlantis and key member of the Justice League.
-Audio Commentary (NEW) – Renowned former DC Editor and current Creative Director of Animation Mike Carlin, Creative Director of Animation, and Throne of Atlantis screenwriter Heath Corson share their insights into the legend of Aquaman.
-“Scoring Atlantis: The Sound of the Deep” (Featurette) – Every great film needs a great musical score. Filled with emotion, music takes us on a dynamic journey as we adventure with the hero. Throne of Atlantis takes us on that quest through the eyes of Arthur Curry.
-Robin and Nightwing Bonus Sequence – Producer James Tucker provides video commentary for this exciting bonus sequence where Robin and Nightwing join forces.
-Throne of Atlantis: 2014 New York Comic Con Panel – The entire, lively one-hour panel discussion between actor Matt Lanter, producer James Tucker, screenwriter Heath Corson, character designer Phil Bourassa and dialogue director Andrea Romano.
-“Villains of the Deep” (Featurette) – From Ocean Master to Black Manta to King Shark, each villain operates from his own deep sense of conviction, presenting an incredible challenge for the hero in Arthur Curry, aka Aquaman. This documentary goes into the biographical details of the villains.
-A Sneak Peek at “The Death of Superman” – The Death of Superman is widely considered one of the most popular stories in the Superman canon and the DCU. This sneak peek at the exciting new film discusses the story and its place in pop culture.
-A Sneak Peek at “Reign of the Supermen” – An exciting look at the new film which brings the epic and emotional story of a world without the Man of Steel to life.
-Bonus cartoons from the DC Comics Vault:
Batman: The Brave and the Bold, “Aquaman’s Outrageous Adventure!”
Batman: The Brave and the Bold, “Evil Under the Sea!”
Aquaman, “Menace of The Black Manta” and “The Rampaging Reptile-Men”
Justice League Unlimited, “Far from Home”

Marketing Support:
Justice League: Throne of Atlantis – Commemorative Edition will be supported by a national online, promotional, and publicity campaign.

Digital:
Justice League: Throne of Atlantis – Commemorative Edition will be available to own on Digital November 13, 2018. Digital purchase allows consumers to instantly stream and download all episodes to watch anywhere and anytime on their favorite devices. Digital movies and TV shows are available from various digital retailers including Amazon Video, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, and others. A Digital Copy is also included with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD discs for redemption and cloud storage.

Basics:
Street Date: November 13, 2018
Order Due Date: October 9, 2018
Run Time: 75 minutes
Blu-ray Combo Price: $24.98 SRP
Catalog #: 1000711926 / 883929635085
4K UHD Combo Price: $29.98 SRP
Catalog #: 1000723818 / 883929645091
Languages: English

About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment’s home video, digital distribution and interactive entertainment businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels, and is a significant developer and publisher for console and online video game titles worldwide. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees.

About DC Entertainment
DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash, etc.), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables, etc.) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating across Warner Bros. and Time Warner. DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment, and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is one of the largest English-language publishers of comics in the world.

About Warner Bros. Animation
Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) is one of the leading producers of animation in the entertainment industry, producing and developing projects for multiple platforms, both domestically and internationally. WBA’s highly anticipated full-length theatrical film, “Teen Titans GO! to the Movies,” will be released on July 27, 2018. WBA’s TV series include “Justice League Action,” “Teen Titans Go!,” “Unikitty!” and the upcoming “DC Super Hero Girls” and “ThunderCats Roar” for Cartoon Network; “Be Cool Scooby-Doo!,” “Bunnicula,” “Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz,” “The Tom and Jerry Show,” “New Looney Tunes,” “Wacky Races” and the upcoming “Scooby-Doo! and Guess Who?” and “Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs” for Boomerang; “Mike Tyson Mysteries” for Adult Swim; “Green Eggs and Ham” for Netflix; “Harley Quinn” and “Young Justice: Outsiders” for the upcoming DC Universe digital service; “Animaniacs” for Hulu; and the upcoming “Looney Tunes Cartoons” content initiative. As home to the iconic animated characters from the DC, Hanna-Barbera, MGM and Looney Tunes libraries, WBA also produces highly successful animated films — including the DC Universe Animated Original Movies — for DVD, Blu-ray and digital media. One of the most-honored animation studios in history, WBA has won six Academy Awards, 35 Emmy Awards, the George Foster Peabody Award, an Environmental Media Award, a Parents’ Choice Award, the HUMANITAS Prize, two Prism Awards and 20 Annie Awards (honoring excellence in animation).

For a review of the animated feature and its previous home entertainment release, click here. Also accessible through the link is an assortment of images, videos and bonus content dedicated to the DC Universe Movie title. Stay tuned for more Justice League: Throne of Atlantis – Commemorative Edition coverage right here at The World’s Finest.

Justice League: Throne of Atlantis – Commemorative Edition hits Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital on November 13, 2018. Share your thoughts on Justice League: Throne of Atlantis over on the The DC Animation Forum.

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The World’s Finest Reviews “The Death of Superman,” New Video Clips, Images

The World’s Finest has published its review of the The Death of Superman animated feature, now available to own on Digital HD and coming to 4K Ultra Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD on August 7, 2018. In short, The Death of Superman is a worthwhile, faithful retelling of the original comic book classic that’s worth checking out. While the script isn’t able to overcome a couple hiccups with Superman’s supporting cast and relationships, it more than makes up for it in its recreation of Doomsday’s reign of terror and his epic battle with the Man of Steel. To read the complete review, click on the image below.

The World's Finest reviews The Death of Superman

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has also provided new video clips from The Death of Superman, featuring Wonder Woman and Superman facing off against Doomsday, along with four new images. View the video in the player below, with images following beneath.

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The Death of Superman

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The Death of Superman

Check out the The Death of Superman subsite here at The World’s Finest for additional video clips, images and much more. Click on the review link above to further access the dedicated additional content. The Death of Superman is now available on Digital HD and will hit 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD August 7, 2018. Stay tuned for further updates right here at The World’s Finest and on Twitter.

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The Death of Superman – Comics

Continue below for details of the The Death of Superman tie-in digital comic. Expanding on events in the animated film, the comic series dives deeper into the lead-up and fallout of Superman’s tragic demise.

THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN #1

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Written by: Louise Simonson
Pencils: Cat Staggs
Inks: Cat Staggs

Story: The Death of Superman was one of the biggest moment in the history of comics. Revisit the story that rocked the entired world with the last stand of Earth’s mightiest champion in this thrilling brand new mini series!

“Power” Part 1! How did Superman miss the beginning of Doomsday’s rampage? Well, first, he had to save Lois Lane’s father from his own folly.

THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN #2

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The Death of Superman The Death of Superman

Written by: Louise Simonson
Pencils: Cat Staggs
Inks: Cat Staggs

Story: Parasite was living quietly in Belle Reve till he saw a newcast of Superman’s fight with Metallo. Now he’s another distraction! “Power” part 2.

THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN #3

The Death of Superman

Written by: Louise Simonson
Pencils: Cat Staggs
Inks: Cat Staggs

Story: Ma and Pa Kent came to Metropolis to meet Clark’s lady, but when Ma sets off on her own, Superman has to come back and save her! “Power” part 3.

THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN #4

The Death of Superman

Written by: Louise Simonson
Pencils: Cat Staggs
Inks: Cat Staggs

Story: Superman’s been having a trying day, and now he’s letting off some steam—by punching Lobo! “Power” part 4.

DC Comics Launching “The Death Of Superman” Digital First Mini-Series

DC Comics is rolling out the digital-first mini-series The Death of Superman. The series, based on the DC Universe Movie animated title of the same name, expands and follows-up on events depicted in the feature. The first issue of the digital title is available starting August 1, 2018. Additional details on the series, and the cover to the first chapter, are available below. The actual The Death of Superman animated movie is available now on Digital HD and on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD August 7, 2018.

THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN #1

The Death of Superman

Written by: Louise Simonson
Pencils: Cat Staggs
Inks: Cat Staggs

Story: The Death of Superman was one of the biggest moment in the history of comics. Revisit the story that rocked the entired world with the last stand of Earth’s mightiest champion in this thrilling brand new mini series!

“Power” Part 1! How did Superman miss the beginning of Doomsday’s rampage? Well, first, he had to save Lois Lane’s father from his own folly.

The Death of Superman – Chapter 1 is available at digital comic outlets starting August 1, 2018, with a print collection of the mini-series coming later in 2019. Stay tuned for additional updates on The Death of Superman, including a full review, here soon at The World’s Finest. The Death of Superman is available now on Digital HD and will arrive on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD August 7, 2018.

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