It always feels like animation that isn’t the standard 3D, CGI look that Pixar and Disney throws at us a few times a year is often left behind, as if it’s inaccessible like some pretentious indie that points the camera at a tree branch slowly swaying in the breeze for thirty minutes straight. Thankfully we have DC Animation to break the mold, to dare to be different with their elongated leash compared to their live-action counterparts. Following the sensation that was The Death of Superman animated film last year — don’t worry, there was exactly one less cave troll in it than in BvS — DC Animation is back to finish out one of the most epic comic book stories with Reign of the Supermen. It’s like the brooding version of Into the Spider-Verse, but with Supermen! Neat!
The following review will be spoiler free.
Directed By: Sam Liu
Written By: James Krieg (co-writer), Tim Sheridan (co-writer), Gerard Jones (comic book), Bill Messner-Loebs (comic book), Jon Bogdanove (Steel character created by), Louise Simonson (Steel and Doomsday characters created by), Brett Breeding (Doomsday character created by), Dan Jurgens (Doomsday character created by), Jerry Ordway (Doomsday character created by), Roger Stern (Doomsday character created by), Tom Grummett (Connor Kent/Superboy character created by), Karl Kesel (Connor Kent/Superboy character created by), Joe Shuster (Superman character created by), and Jerry Siegel (Superman character created by)
Starring: Jerry O’Connell, Rebecca Romijn, Rainn Wilson, Patrick Fabian, Charles Halford, Cameron Monaghan, Cress Williams, Rosario Dawson, Nathan Fillion, Christopher Gorham, Shemar Moore, Nyambi Nyambi, Jason O’Mara, and Rocky Carroll
It’s been months since the unfathomable death of Superman, and the world is still shaken when four superheroes arrive in Metropolis, all battling to be the reincarnation of the Man of Steel. Even Metropolis isn’t big enough for these brawlers, it’s only a matter of time until dark forces make their moves from the shadows…
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