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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.

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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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
Release Date: August 1, 2018

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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Written by: Louise Simonson
Pencils: Cat Staggs
Inks: Cat Staggs
Release Date: August 8, 2018

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

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Written by: Louise Simonson
Pencils: Cat Staggs
Inks: Cat Staggs
Release Date: August 15, 2018

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

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Written by: Louise Simonson
Pencils: Cat Staggs
Inks: Cat Staggs
Release Date: August 22, 2018

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


THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN #5

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Written by: Louise Simonson
Pencils: Joel Ojeda
Inks: Jose Marzan Jr.
Release Date: August 29, 2018

Story: “Proof” part 1! Jimmy Olsen is aiming for a promotion – can he convince Perry White he’s got the nose for news?


THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN #6

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Written by: Louise Simonson
Pencils: Joel Ojeda
Inks: Jose Marzan Jr.
Release Date: September 5, 2018

Story: Jimmy shows Perry his evidence that Intergang is up to no good, but it’s flimsy. Maybe Lois can help? “Proof” part 2.


THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN #7

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Written by: Louise Simonson
Pencils: Joel Ojeda
Inks: Jose Marzan Jr.
Release Date: September 12, 2018

Story: Intergang has big plans for Superman’s friend Jimmy Olsen. But will Doomsday interrupt them? “Proof” part 3.


THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN #8

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Written by: Louise Simonson
Pencils: Joel Ojeda
Inks: Jose Marzan Jr.
Release Date: September 19, 2018

Story: Jimmy gets the biggest shots of his career as the Justice League takes on this menacing creature from beyond the stars! “Proof” part 4.


THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN #9

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Written by: Louise Simonson
Pencils: Laura Braga
Inks: Laura Braga
Release Date: September 26, 2018

Story: “The Wake” part 1. Could it be true? Superman is dead? As the Justice League sorts through the wreckage of the Hall of Justice, Wonder Woman shares a memory.


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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The Death of Superman – Press Release

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment released press details on the digital and phyical release of The Death of Superman. Continue below to view the original press release in its entirety.

THE MAN OF STEEL FACES HIS MOST FORMIDABLE FOE IN AN ALL-NEW ANIMATED FILM FROM
WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT AND DC ENTERTAINMENT
THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN
COMING AUGUST 7, 2018 TO
ULTRA HD BLU-RAY COMBO PACK, BLU-RAY COMBO PACK AND DVD

The Man of Steel meets his ultimate match when Doomsday comes to Earth – hell bent on destroying everything and everyone in his path, including the Justice League – in the all-new, action-packed The Death of Superman, part of the popular series of DC Universe Movies. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, the feature-length animated film arrives from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital starting July 24, 2018, and on Ultra HD Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD August 7, 2018.

The Death of Superman will be available on Ultra HD Blu-ray™ Combo Pack ($39.99 SRP), Blu-ray™ Deluxe Gift Set ($39.99 SRP), Blu-ray™ Combo Pack ($24.98 SRP) and DVD ($19.98 SRP), as well as on Digital ($19.99 HD, $14.99 SD). The Ultra HD Blu-ray™ Combo Pack features an Ultra HD Blu-ray™ disc in 4K with HDR and a Blu-ray™ disc featuring the film; the Blu-ray™ Deluxe Gift Set includes a collectible Superman figurine; the Blu-ray™ Combo Pack features the film in hi-definition; and the DVD features the movie in standard definition. The Ultra HD Blu-ray™ and Blu-ray Combo Pack™ include a digital version of the film.

The Death of SupermanThe Death of Superman ultimately finds Superman in a fight to the finish when the Man of Steel becomes the only hero who can stand in the way of the monstrous creature Doomsday and his unstoppable rampage of destruction.

As the inaugural film in the DC Universe Movies series, Superman Doomsday told an abridged version of The Death Of Superman, DC Comics’ landmark 1992-93 comic phenomenon. But with a runtime of 75 minutes, the film focused on a core, singular storyline. The new, animated The Death of Superman, the first of a two-part film experience that will conclude with Reign of the Supermen in early 2019, restores many of the moments and characters that fans hold dear to their hearts.

The all-star cast is led by Jerry O’Connell (Crossing Jordan, Stand By Me), Rebecca Romijn (X-Men, The Librarians) and Rainn Wilson (The Office) as the voices of Superman, Lois Lane and Lex Luthor, respectively. The potent trio is joined by the DC Universe Movies’ returning voices of the Justice League: Jason O’Mara (The Man in High Castle, Terra Nova) as Batman, Rosario Dawson (Sin City, Rent, Daredevil) as Wonder Woman, Shemar Moore (S.W.A.T., Criminal Minds) as Cyborg, Nathan Fillion (Castle, ABC’s upcoming The Rookie) as Green Lantern/Hal Jordan, and Christopher Gorham (Covert Affairs, Ugly Betty) as The Flash.

Producer Sam Liu (Gotham by Gaslight, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract) co-directs The Death of Superman with Jake Castorena (Justice League Action) from a script by New York Times best-selling author Peter J. Tomasi (Green Lantern: Emerald Knights). Executive Producers are Sam Register and James Tucker (Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay, Justice League Dark).

The Death of Superman Enhanced Content
Ultra HD Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray™ Deluxe Gift Set, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and Digital
-The Death of Superman: The Brawl That Topped Them All (Featurette) – Experience the battle between Superman and Doomsday like never before as creators of the iconic comic and the new film explore the nuances of “The Greatest Fight” with the help of a martial arts expert.
-A Sneak Peek at DC Universe’s Next Animated Movie, Reign of the Supermen – An exciting look at the next film in the two-part saga that brings the epic and emotional story of a world without the Man of Steel to life.
-From the DC Comics Vault: Legion of Superheroes, “Dark Victory: Part 1” – After eliminating Imperiex, Brainiac 5 takes over his army and plans to take over the universe. With Superman thought to be dead, the other Legionnaires must stop him before it is too late!
-From the DC Comics Vault: Legion of Superheroes, “Dark Victory: Part 2” – The Legion faces Imperiex in a final battle, while a traitor lurks in their midst.

DVD
A Sneak Peek at DC Universe’s Next Animated Movie, Reign of the Supermen – An exciting look at the next film in the two-part saga that brings the epic and emotional story of a world without the Man of Steel to life.

MARKETING SUPPORT
The Death of Superman will be supported by a national online, promotional, and publicity campaign.

BASICS
Street Date: August 7, 2018
Order Due Date: July 3, 2018
Run Time: 72 minutes
DVD Price: $19.98 SRP
Blu-ray Combo Price: $24.98 SRP
Blu-Ray Deluxe Gift Set; $39.99
4K UHD Combo Price: $39.99 SRP
Languages: English

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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.

SUPERMAN and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics. © 2018 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

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 TV series include Justice League Action, Teen Titans Go! and the upcoming DC Super Hero Girls and Unikitty! for Cartoon Network; Be Cool Scooby-Doo!, Bunnicula, Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, The Tom and Jerry Show, New Looney Tunes and Wacky Races 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. As home to the iconic animated characters from the DC Comics, Hanna-Barbera, MGM and Looney Tunes libraries, WBA also produces highly successful animated films — including the DC Universe 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).