Mike Cecchini

Jul 24, 2017

The Death Of Superman and Reign Of The Supermen have been added to DC's animated slate.

A spoiler lies ahead for Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice

The first in the line of DC’s animated movies, which have come to fall under the umbrella of DC Universe Original Movies, was Superman: Doomsday, an extraordinarily loose adaptation of the classic 1992-1993 storyline that told of the death and return of the Man of Steel.

The problem was that Superman: Doomsday wasn’t very good. The animation was mediocre, and the story bore little resemblance to the comic book version, which spanned a full year of comic book continuity. The Death Of Superman recently got the live action treatment, as the climax of 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice, but even that failed to capture the scope of the source material.

Well, it looks like they’re finally going to try and get it right. 

The Death Of Superman animated movie is coming in late 2018, and this time, DC promises that it will “include many of the fan-favorite moments from the story that were left out of Doomsday.” That’s only the beginning, though.

Early 2019 will bring us Reign Of The Supermen, the all-important ‘return’ half of the equation. DC is playing this one close to the vest, but I expect this time around we’ll actually get the requisite imposter Supermen showing up while we wait for the big guy to return for real.

There aren’t any other details in the way of exact release dates or voice cast yet, but it would be great if they could use an animation style that recalls Dan Jurgens’ art for this. We’ll keep you posted on more developments as we get them.