Fans now have their first look at The Death of Superman, the latest animated movie from DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation as part as the direct-to-video line of DC Universe Original Movies.
The image surfaced online and depicts Superman in what appears to be a rescue scene as he lands on the streets of Metropolis with Lois Lane. This movie, which is yet to announce a voice cast and an exact release date, will arrive late in 2018 as the first of a two-part storyline which adapts the Death of Superman and Reign of the Supermen arcs from DC Comics in the early ’90s.
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This feature will focus on the Man of Steel’s battle with the monstrous Doomsday and his death, which will then be followed early 2019 by Reign of the Supermen. The second part will deal with the rise of Superman’s replacements — Steel, Superboy, Cyborg Superman, and the Last Son of Krypton aka The Eradicator — as well as the hero’s eventual resurrection.
The original DC Comics story was masterminded by Dan Jurgens, with the likes of Louise Simonson, Jon Bogdanove, Karl Kesel and Tom Grummet all helping bring the replacements to life. This is Warner Bros.’ second crack at the storyline in terms of animation as it was previously adapted for 2007’s Superman: Doomsday, which drastically changed the plot.
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Fans also got the death and rebirth of Superman (Henry Cavill) in the DCEU’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League respectively, so it’s clear that this is one particular story the studio firmly believes will attract an audience.