The first images for The Death of Superman arrive online, giving us a sneak peek of the upcoming Warner Bros. animated project that is expected to be released later this year.
One of the most iconic Superman narratives in print, 1992's The Death of Superman tackles the fatal battle between the Man of Steel and Doomsday resulting in both of their deaths. The storyline became a massive event both in and outside of comics as the world grappled with the notion that Superman is gone, causing a spike in interest and sales in Superman-centric titles. Warner Bros. previously attempted to adapt the quintessential narrative via 2007's animated film, Superman: Doomsday. However, not everyone was happy about it, with most common gripes include its short run time causing a very condensed plot and very minimal attention given to Doomsday.
This new one, however, is promised to be more faithful to the source material than its predecessor. First announced during last year's San Diego Comic-Con, we now get our first look at the project courtesy of Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay's iTunes Extra page (via World's Finest Online). Check it out below:
It will be interesting how fans respond to the upcoming adaptation of Superman's death considering that it's not been long since we saw a version of it in 2016's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, while his eventual resurrection happened in Justice League. Unfortunately, the aforementioned films failed to encapsulate the gravitas of Kal-El's demise just like in the comic books. Instead of the massive event that it was back in the '90s, DCEU's take on the narrative was glossed-over and way less emotional. To their defense, the intricate storyline was embedded in a bigger narrative, leaving Zack Snyder not enough screen time to fully dive into thematic elements that would've made the attempt more impactful. Perhaps it would've been better if his passing was tackled in Man of Steel 2 instead, so it would have had the proper build-up it needed to become a huge cinematic spectacle that it's supposed to be.
While we're still unsure where Henry Cavill's iteration of the character will end up (rumor has it that he's pondering on extending his contract), at least Warner Bros. has another chance to nail Superman's death story, albeit using a different media format. The Death of Superman will just be the first half of a two-parter project with Reign of the Supermen following in 2019 featuring a slew of other DC heroes like Steel, Cyborg Superman, Superboy and the Last Son of Krypton.
No specific release date for The Death of Superman animated movie has been announced, but we expect to learn more about it in the next several weeks. Meanwhile, Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay is set to roll out on Digital HD starting March 27, followed by its Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD April 10.
Source: iTunes (via World's Finest Online)