The voice cast for DC's upcoming adaptation of The Death of Superman has been revealed, bringing back a number of heavy-hitters and teasing the film's sequel. Though Marvel has put out their share of animated films, they haven't matched DC Comics in terms of output. The DC Animated Universe that grew out of the Justice League era was a huge hit and their new shared universe has been crafting a more mature story with lots of room for offshoots.
We've seen some Elseworlds stories like Gotham By Gaslight get turned into films along with callbacks to Batman: The Animated Series. But the DC Animated Movie Universe has been telling a story that closely follows the New 52. Beginning with Justice League: War, a new continuity was established that mirrored the recent comics. But with the stories having moved beyond those arcs (just like the comics), some older plots are being worked in. A two-part The Death of Superman movie was announced last year, bringing the classic story from the '90s into the animated universe already established. Now, we know who will be voicing the main characters.
CBR has the main cast list for The Death of Superman, with Jerry O'Connell once again tackling the Man of Steel. O'Connell took over for Alan Tudyk for the Justice League: War sequel Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, and has played the character a few times since. He'll be joined by his real life wife Rebecca Romijn as Lois Lane, replacing Juliet Landau as the character.
Along with O'Connell and Romijn, the cast includes Jason O’Mara as Batman, Rosario Dawson as Wonder Woman, Matt Lanter as Aquaman, Nathan Fillion as Green Lantern, Christopher Gorham as The Flash and Shemar Moore as Cyborg. Only Moore and Gorham remain from War, but the rest of the cast has been intact since Throne of Atlantis. And Fillion had a long history voicing Hal Jordan before that in many of the previous incarnations of the character.
New cast members include Rainn Wilson as Lex Luthor, Rocky Carroll as Silas Stone (Cyborg's father), and Patrick Fabian as Hank Henshaw. The latter character goes on to become Cyborg Superman, one of several replacements who appear in the wake of Superman's death. Likely, his arrival in the first film will set up his character in the sequel. And though Supergirl fans will be familiar with the name, this Henshaw will likely be much closer to the comics.
Last month brought the first image from The Death of Superman, so expect a lot more news about the film to emerge now that the cast is in place. The story is one of the most beloved among fans of the Man of Steel, so anticipation should be high for the movie. Whether it can do the comics justice and properly slot into the existing DCAMU will both be big questions, so hopefully a trailer will arrive soon and give us a better idea of the film.
The Death of Superman will arrive this summer on home video.