Death of Superman

New “Reign Of The Supermen” Clip, Additional Details For West Coast Premiere

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation have provided a new clip from the forthcoming DC Universe Movie title Reign of the Supermen, the sequel to the 2018 Death of Superman animated feature. The clip spotlights the arrival of The Eradicator. Reign of the Supermen will be available on Digital starting January 15, 2019, and Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack on January 29, 2019. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment also announced new details on the talent who will be appearing at the Los Angeles premiere of the animated movie. The clip and details are available below, along with new imagery.

All-Star Cast Set To Attend World Premiere of
Reign of the Supermen
Thursday, January 10 in Los Angeles

Sold Out Event to include Jerry O’Connell, Jason O’Mara, Patrick Fabian,
Tony Todd, Toks Olagundoye, Charles Halford and filmmakers

Jerry O’Connell, the voice of Superman, heads an impressive lineup of cast and filmmakers set to attend the World Premiere of Reign of the Supermen, the next entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Movies, at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills this Thursday, January 10, 2019. Filmmakers and members of the voice cast will attend the event for red carpet media interviews and a post-screening panel discussion.

O’Connell, known for his lengthy, illustrious career ranging from Stand By Me to his recent starring role in Carter and host duties on Bravo’s Play by Play, will be joined by Jason O’Mara (The Man in the High Castle, Terra Nova) , the voice of Batman; Patrick Fabian (Better Call Saul), voice of Cyborg Superman and Hank Henshaw; Tony Todd (Candyman), voice of Darkseid; Charles Halford (Constantine), voice of both Bibbo Bibbowski and The Eradicator; and Toks Olagundoye (Castle), voice of Cat Grant.

Also in attendance will be Producer/Director Sam Liu (Batman: Gotham by Gaslight, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract), screenwriters Jim Krieg (Batman: Gotham by Gaslight) and Tim Sheridan (Scooby-Doo and the Gourmet Ghost), executive producer James Tucker (Justice League Dark) and character designer Phil Bourassa (Young Justice/Young Justice Outsiders).

Additional talent participating at the premieres will be announced as confirmed.

All free fan tickets have been distributed.

Reign of the Supermen finds Earth’s citizens – and the Man of Steel’s heroic contemporaries – dealing with a world without Superman. But the aftermath of Superman’s death, and the subsequent disappearance of his body, leads to a new mystery – is Superman still alive? The question is further complicated when four new super-powered individuals – Steel, Cyborg Superman, Superboy and the Eradicator – emerge to proclaim themselves as the ultimate hero. In the end, only one will be able to proclaim himself the world’s true Superman.

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, the feature-length animated Reign of the Supermen arrives from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital starting January 15, 2019, and on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack on January 29, 2019.

In addition, fans wishing to get an advance look at Superman’s greatest adventure – his death and rebirth – can take advantage of a special two-day exclusive theatrical event as Warner Bros. and DC join forces with Fathom Events for a double feature presentation of the previously released The Death of Superman and the first in-theater screening of the all-new Reign of the Supermen nationwide on January 13 and 14, 2019 in more than 500 select movie theaters. Tickets for The Death of Superman / Reign of the Supermen Double Feature can be purchased at www.FathomEvents.com and participating theater box offices.

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Reign of the Supermen – Home Media Review

Reign of the Supermen Home Entertainment Release
Studio: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
Release Date: January 15, 2019 – Digital; January 29, 2019 – 4K Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD, DC Universe Streaming Service

Synopsis: The world must cope with the loss of Superman – and the sudden emergence of four would-be heirs to the title – in Reign of the Supermen, part of the popular series of DC Universe Movies. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC, the feature-length animated film arrives from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

Reign of the Supermen Enhanced Content
Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital
-Lex Luthor: The Greatest Nemesis (Featurette) – Evil Genius. Archenemy of Superman. Misunderstood hero? This documentary will look at one of the most renowned villains in literature and debate his ethics and motivations throughout his publication history and as the calculated anti-hero of Reign of the Supermen. We’ll also explore how Lex Luthor is emblematic of technology without limit, often demonstrating what effect unbridled power, resources, and influence can have on humanity. We’ll discuss the affinity for storytellers to associate Lex Luthor and with the field of science as they challenge our morals and integrity with real world issues such as cloning and what can happen if science fiction became science reality.
-A Sneak Peek at the next DC Universe Movie, Justice League vs. The Fatal Five – An entertaining, insightful exciting look at the next animated film in the popular DC Universe Movies collection.
-From the DC Vault: Superman: The Animated Series, “Heavy Metal
-From the DC Vault: Justice League Unlimited, “Panic in the Sky

DVD
-A Sneak Peek at the next DC Universe Movie, Justice League vs. The Fatal Five – An entertaining, insightful exciting look at the next animated film in the popular DC Universe Movies collection.

Reign of the Supermen 4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray Review
by James Harvey

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has included a small helping of bonus content for the home media release of Reign of the Supermen, which includes a closer look at Lex Luthor and a preview for the next installment of the DC Universe Movie line. Both the physical and digital releases of Reign of the Supermen comes with a couple companion bonus features, though the Blu-ray release also includes some two cartoon episodes from the “DC Vault.”

Looking at the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release of Reign of the Supermen, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has whipped together a handsome package. The box art is, of course, striking and dynamic, and thankfully the same can be said for what’s found on the inside, too.

Looking at the film’s audio and video transfer, the upscaled 2K transfer looks great, with the colors really popping thanks to the HDR encoding. The Blu-ray looks good, too, but the 4K Ultra HD edition really pops in comparison. The transfer also appears to be mostly free of macroblocking and color banding, with nothing really distracting to the eye . Basically, while the movie looks solid on Blu-ray, the benefits of the 4K Ultra HD format push that version up a little bit more. In terms of audio, it’s another well-balanced DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 transfer. The track nicely balances the quieter dialogue moments with the big show-stopping action sequences. Reign of the Supermen does flip back and foth between the two on occasion, it it never sounds too quiet or too loud. Nicely balanced, crisp and clear.

Moving on to the bonus features, first up is “Lex Luthor: The Greatest Nemesis,” a roughly 16-minute examination of the classic Superman foe and his storied history. The featurette dives into what makes him tick, poses some theoretical questions of his existence if Superman wasn’t around and his influence both in the comic universe and pop culture in general. Comments and thoughts from the film’s creative team and noted personalities are included. It’s a solid look at the character for those who aren’t entirely familiar with his history and a nice refresher for those who know his origins.

Following that is a nearly 10-minute look at Justice League vs The Fatal Five, the next DC Universe Movie title. The preview offers a glance of the film’s plot, the characters who will appearing, and insight from the film’s cast and crew. Essentially, the Justice League must deal with the threat of classic Legion of Super-Hero villains the Fatal Five while also juggling new additions to the team roster. New characters appearing include Miss Martian, Jessica Cruz as Green Lantern and Legion of Super-Heroes member Star Boy. According to the preview, the film will also take a look at mental health and its effects on some of the characters.

It’s worth noting that while Justice League vs The Fatal Five is done in the style of the classic DC Animated Universe, specifically the Justice League animated series – it doesn’t specifically confirm if it is in continuity of that universe. That information will likely come about one way or another as we get closer to the film’s release date. With that in mind, any outlet saying this movie is a continuation of the DC Animated Universe is erroneous, as that has not yet been verified, so please keep that in mind. That said, this looks like another great entry in the DC Universe Movie line.

The physical media release of includes two bonus episodes, Superman: The Animated Series‘ “Heavy Metal” and Justice League Unlimited‘s “Panic in the Sky.” Both are excellent episodes and worth watching after taking in the main feature. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray also includes a selection of trailers and both a digital and regular Blu-ray copy of the movie.

Overall, while a little underwhelming, the bonus content included is still good. However, with news of a “The Death of Superman”/”Reign of the Supermen” double feature title slated for later this year – in the same vein of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s handling of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, it’s likely additional bonus features are being saved for that. Some viewers may want to opt and wait for that forthcoming release. That said, for those looking to own Reign of the Supermen right now, the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition of the movie offers the best possible presentation. Plus, the additional content makes for nice supplementary viewing after checking out the main feature. Recommended!

Note: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided The World’s Finest with a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition of “Reign of the Supermen” for review, though that does not have any impact on the reviewer’s assessment of the release.

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Reign of the Supermen – Animated Feature Review

Reign of the Supermen
Studio: Warner Bros. Animation
Release Date: January 15, 2019 – Digital; January 29, 2018 – 4K Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD, DC Universe Streaming Service

Synopsis: Reign of the Supermen finds Earth’s citizens – and the Man of Steel’s heroic contemporaries – dealing with a world without Superman. But the aftermath of Superman’s death, and the subsequent disappearance of his body, leads to a new mystery – is Superman still alive? The question is further complicated when four new super-powered individuals – Steel, Cyborg Superman, Superboy and the Eradicator – emerge to proclaim themselves as the ultimate hero. In the end, only one will be able to proclaim himself the world’s true Superman.

Producer Sam Liu (Gotham by Gaslight, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract) directs Reign of the Supermen from a script by Jim Krieg (Batman: Gotham by Gaslight) and Tim Sheridan (Scooby-Doo and the Gourmet Ghost). Amy McKenna (The Death of Superman) is producer, and Alan Burnett (Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay) is co-producer. Executive Producers are Sam Register and James Tucker (Justice League Dark).

The Reign of the Supermen cast includes Jerry O’Connell (Carter, Bravo’s Play by Play, Stand by Me), Rebecca Romijn (X-Men, The Librarians) and Rainn Wilson (The Office, The Meg) as the voices of Superman, Lois Lane and Lex Luthor, respectively. In addition to returning actors portraying members of the Justice League and Superman’s supporting cast, newly featured cast members include Cress Williams (Black Lightning) as Steel, Cameron Monaghan (Gotham) as Superboy, Patrick Fabian (Better Call Saul) as Hank Henshaw, and Tony Todd (Candyman) as Darkseid.



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Reign of the Supermen Feature Review
By James Harvey

Following last year’s acclaimed The Death of Superman animated feature, Reign of the Supermen does right by the source material while also taking some pretty interesting chances that might take some fans by surprise. However, it remains a faithful adaptation of the beloved 1990s comic event and, coupled with solid (if occasionally inconsistent) animation, is an undeniably strong entry in the ongoing DC Universe Movie line.

Reign of the Supermen picks up six months after The Death of Superman, throwing the audience right into the thick of things. New “Supermen” are showing up, Lois Lane is still struggling to come to terms with the loss of Superman – as is the Justice League and countless others – and Lex Luthor is trying to take advantage of the whole situation. But underneath all of that, there’s something more sinister at work and, as the film’s story plays out, we start to see there’s something bigger going on, and Lois is determined to find out exactly what is going on. There’s a palpable mystery that gives the film its drive and, while it may stumble a little, it manages to keep that tension for the film’s duration.

Before this review continues any further, please note it will contain some slight spoilers, so proceed with caution.

As faithful as Reign of the Supermen is to the comics which inspired it, there are some understandable changes made to adapt it for the ‘in-continuity’ DC Universe Movie titles. The major change is that Mongul, one of the major foes in source material, is switched out for Darkseid. However, this actually works in the context of building on his appearance in Justice League: War and also explaining where Doomsday came from in The Death of Superman. Yes, the story here is streamlined and shuffled around. Coast City is not destroyed like in the original comic story, for example, but honestly, it would not have work in the movie to begin with. We don’t know anything about Mongul in this continuity and there’s not enough work done with Green Lantern to really make such an event resonate like it should (and did in the comics). It’s a smart choice.

The movie is also tightly plotted, with barely a wasted moment, as nearly every moment serves to push the narrative forward. Character beats early on (even from other movies), including those of minor or side characters, come into play in varying degrees later on, and never once does anything feel disingenuous. The movie unfolds naturally, with character choices and changes actually feeling organic to the story and not like something done to superficially push characters and events from Point A to Point B. Writers Jim Krieg and Tim Sheridan deftly navigate what could’ve been a jumbled, messy script with ease, propelling the story forward while also making sure the viewers connect to the characters. There’s a scene early in Reign of the Supermen, when Ma and Pa Kent visit a grieving Lois Lane and, as she breaks down, Ma says “We’ve got you.” It’s a moment that just hits you in the gut (while also serving as a nice nod to Superman: The Movie).

The only time Reign of the Supermen really stumbles is how it goes about removing the Justice League from the film’s narrative for a sizable chunk. To avoid spoilers, will be vague. That said, it occurs early on and, while it does serve a purpose on a couple fronts – both as part of a larger plan by the film’s antagonist and to clear the table and keep the story focused solely on Superman’s supporting cast – the actual execution is a little underwhelming. It just lacks impact and emotional resonance.

Much like The Death of Superman, the animation quality here is fairly impressive, though more inconsistent then the first installment of this two-part epic. The creative team definitely had a higher budget with these two movies. Action scenes are incredibly dynamic, especially some of big set pieces in the film’s climax. The assorted Supermen get into more than a few tussles during Reign of the Supermen, usually with each other, and the superb directing by Sam Liu keeps every single action beat engaging and intense at times. Unfortunately, especially in the last half of the film, the animation quality takes a bit of a dip which ultimately hurts some of the really impressive boarding and directing seen in those latter fights.

And, as always, Frederik Wiedmann turns in another fantastic score. It’s as epic as it should be, and features some great callbacks to his work on The Death of Superman. Weidmann continues to consistently turn in fantastic work, and his turn here is no exception (also, check out his work on The Dragon Prince, it’s pretty wicked).

On a somewhat related note, where Reign of the Supermen leaves the DC Universe Movie continuity (which started with Justice League: War) is also pretty interesting. If these in-continuity movies continue, there’s clearly going to be some changes coming and that’s intriguing. The film’s end credit stinger also hints at what the next in-continuity Justice League movie could be about, and it seems things are about to get very interesting.

In terms of the characters, Reign of the Supermen is really Lois Lane’s movie more than any other. Lane drives the film’s story and Rebecca Romijn, who voices Lane, is fantastic in the role. She brings such weight and nuance to nearly every bit of dialogue, allowing the viewer to connect with this rather big-scale, fantastic story on an emotional level. Her performance sounds so genuine and ultimately brings the character to life in a way we haven’t seen since Superman: The Animated Series. Other notable characters include Cyborg Superman, Superboy and Lex Luthor, all of whom get some major story beats that too are effortlessly sold by their respective voice actors. Patrick Fabian is especially effective as Cyborg Superman – especially as we learn more about who he is and what his role in the story is, while Cameron Monaghan brings some surprising depth to Superboy and Rainn Wilson brings a fun, devilish streak to Lex Luthor. Cress Williams is also great as Steel, but despite getting a lot of screen-time, the character comes across as a little underserved (that said, his team-up work with Lois is awesome).

Not only is Reign of the Supermen a solid sequel to The Death of Superman, but it also acts as somewhat of a “season finale” to the universe/continuity that started with Justice League: War. Overall, it’s an excellent spin on the epic Superman event comic fans know so well, one that’s surprisingly more emotional and human than one might expect. It also offers up a couple legitimate surprises (which haven’t been hinted at here in this review) and stellar action beats that viewers will definitely enjoy. While the film stumbles once or twice, overall, it’s an unmitigated success and an excellent conclusion to the story that began inThe Death of Superman. Coupled with its predecessor, Reign of the Supermen will assuredly go down as one of the best animated Superman movies to date. Highly Recommended.

Note: Review based off the iTunes purchased edition of “Reign of the Supermen.” Warner Bros. Home Entertainment also provided The World’s Finest with a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition of “Reign of the Supermen” for review, though that does not have any impact on the reviewer’s assessment of the movie.



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Reign of the Supermen – Media – Videos

Continue below for an assortment of videos from Reign of the Supermen, including the theatrical trailer and clips from the animated feature. Click on the players below to view the video content.



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