SUPERMAN: DOOMSDAY Review


Before I start off this review, I just want to clarify something. I’ve never been giving the chance to read Death of Superman, which the movie is supposedly based upon. So I’m going to approach this as a movie on its own and not how it stands as an adaptation. I tried to find some means to read it before I watched it, but with how iconic this comic is, I think you know why I was unable to. With that said, let’s get to the review.

When LexCorp accidentally releasing a terrible monster named Doomsday, Superman is up against his most powerful foe yet.

As I said in the beginning. Superman Doomsday is an animated movie adaptation on the Death of Superman story, the famous comic by the same new published in 1992. A storyline that was a big deal back in the day (if killing of a character now is like saying that they are going on vacation). To explain Superman Doomsday the best way, is to call it a competent mixed bag.

The positive
It’s a really well animated movie, where the action (which this movie focus heavily on) feels smooth and impactful. It is like looking at an episode of Justice League Unlimited or Superman: The Animated Series but with a higher budget (which I guess is a no brainer since Bruce Timm is one of the directors). The scale of the movie is both bombastic and yet small in scale due to the personal nature of the story which I highly appreciate.

The voice acting sells the lines fantastic. My favorite voice actor of the bunch is James Masters (who you might remember as Spike from Buffy or Brainiac from Smallville) who voices the famous Lex Luthor.

The negative
When it comes to the negatives, is really only boiling down to two major reasons. One of them is the dialogue. While opening and closing monologues from our favorite bald bad guy are really well made, some of the dialogue between Lois and Clark feels poorly scripted. While it’s not as bad as the difference of dialogue between the original dialogue in The Killing Joke and the filler that they used in that movie adaptation, it’s still noticeable. Some might argue that they made the dialogue rather simplistic due to the nature of where the source material comes from. However, what an adaptation should do is trying to enhance and fit the platform that they are working in.

Besides the dialogue, the thing that weights the movie down is the length of it. Don’t get me wrong. For the running time they had (which is 1 hour and 18 minutes) they made a good job. But through my view of the movie, the feeling of, this could have used a longer running time. The running time makes the job if you are a big fan of the character from the beginning. But if you were someone rather new and watches it early on in your fandom, I don’t think it would hit as hard. Having some more build up, give the movie some more space in between would help that issue. Let’s hope that their second attempt in adapting this storyline use the extra length to its advantage since they split it up into two parts like another famous adaptation.

Conclusion
At the end of it all, I’m glad that I saw it. Even If I don’t call it horrible, it’s not a groundbreaking experience that everyone has to watch.  This movie is a fine watch that I gladly give a 6/10.


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