Superman: Doomsday (2007)

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Inspired by the best-selling DC comic The Death of Superman, the animated feature Superman: Doomsday finds the Man of Steel locked in mortal combat with an intergalactic serial killer named Doomsday. Never before have two rivals of such equal footing squared off in a duel to the death that could determine the fate of an entire planet. Will Superman summon the strength needed to save Metropolis by making the ultimate sacrifice, or could it be that the denizens of this bustling city are about to … More

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Animation
Directed By: , , ,
Written By: Duane Capizzi
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 18, 2007
Runtime:
Warner Home Video

Cast


as Superman

as Lois Lane

as Lex Luthor

as Martha Kent

as Perry White

as Jimmy Olsen
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Critic Reviews for Superman: Doomsday

All Critics (7)

Easily the most disappointing entry in the DC Comics animated film catalogue.

Full Review… | June 13, 2013
Lyles' Movie Files

Violent cartoon spinoff with classic superhero.

Full Review… | December 15, 2010
Common Sense Media

tries just a little too hard

Full Review… | May 12, 2008
Filmcritic.com

A more brutal version of the 90s cartoon.

February 2, 2008

Timm and co. manage to create one of the better Superman films to date with animation that takes an edgier angle on the past Timm style...

Full Review… | September 24, 2007
Cinema Crazed

an excellent summation of the saga, and in the condensed format, it's quite compelling

Full Review… | September 24, 2007
7M Pictures

Audience Reviews for Superman: Doomsday

It's depressing to see all these traditional-outdated critics tackle this film arguing that it's "too dark and violent" for the Superhero cartoon genre, because only Batman's allowed to be taken seriously, am I right? Not.

Superman Doomsday might "try too hard" to achieve levels of unnecessary violence at times but to say that this was a failure is far from the truth. The script could be tighter but the overall story, animation and iconic feel of the plot already wins me over.

I love how it really delves into Lex as a sophisticated, complex,...nut case. His relationship with Superman and his self-destructive nature in attempts to replace it. It also briefly dabbles in what justice means and although handled in an elementary fashion (cat in tree with old lady) is an important theme to the hero. A man with unlimited power.

Great ideas, just, a little weak on the execution.

Drake Tsui
Drake Tsui

Super Reviewer

I really thought this was going to be the "Death of Superman" cartoon movie, just like the comic that came out in the 90's. While the first 30 minutes it is, it takes it into a different direction and changes the story. The "Doomsday" comic was the only issue of Superman I ever bought, and it was a great read. Never been real high on Superman, so I loved seeing him all bloody and beaten. This is a very solid cartoon movie. The animation is fantastic, and the story is equally good for children and adults. I would LOVE to see a live action battle between Superman and Doomsday. I wish there was more Doomsday in this, instead he's more of an after thought when it is all over. Nice and short at 75 minutes, but pretty entertaining.

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

It was very good and I enjoyed it.

In Metropolis, Lois Lane tries to sell editor Perry White on a story exposing Lex Luthor's phony charity scam. Perry will have none of it and tells Lois to let it go, then urges Clark Kent to be careful on his foreign correspondent assignment--and to try to remember to write the occasional story. Clark bids Lois and Jimmy Olsen goodbye.

Later, at his Fortress of Solitude, Superman agonizes over the fact that even with all his amazing powers he cannot come up with a cure for cancer, lamenting that he wants to be more than Earth's resident strongman. Lois asks Superman why he insists on bringing her to the Fortress so they can be alone, then accuses him of hiding his greatest secret from her--his true identity, which she claims she all but knows for certain already. Superman claims that he's doing so to keep her protected, but she insists he's doing it because he's afraid to commit.

Elsewhere, outside of Metropolis, scientists working for Luthor unocover an alien spaceship. They accidentally open the ship, releasing a monster who kills them all and begins a destructive and murderous rampage towards the city. At the Fortress, Superman's robot alerts him to the trouble, identifying the monster as a genetically engineered Doomsday weapon designed to destroy anything in its path. Superman flies Lois to Metropolis, then engages the monster in a terrific battle. The battle rages across the city until Superman flies Doomsday up into the stratosphere and brings the monster hurling down again, smashing a crater into the city of Metropolis. Doomsday is defeated, but Superman falls lifeless to the ground and dies in Lois's arms.

Lois, Perry, and Jimmy are among the thousands at Superman's funeral. Lois sees an elderly woman whom she recognizes from a photo on Clark's desk as his mother. Even Luthor arrives to apparently pay his respects. Later, when Perry urges Lois to take some time off, she journeys to Smallville and visits Martha Kent, saying that she (Lois) and Martha's son (as Superman) had been intimate for several months, and that Martha was the only other person who could understand how Lois felt in the aftermath of Superman's death. Martha invites Lois in for a cup of coffee.

With the loss of its greatest protector, the city of Metropolis is overrun by criminal activity. When the Toyman holds a schoolbus filled with children hostage atop a tall building, Lois attempts a rescue. She manages to free most of the children, but the Toyman throws the bus from the roof with Lois inside it. The bus plummets to the ground, but is caught at the last minute--by Superman, who has miraculously returned from the grave! Superman flies Lois to her apartment, where they say goodbye. Lois is concerned that Superman doesn't seem quite himself, but he passes that off as lingering effects from his near death experience. Superman makes his way to Lexcorp towers, where he finds Luthor in a room lit by red sunlight and brandishing a pair of kryptonite-studded gloves. Luthor beats Superman mercilessly, accusing him of leaving before his time. Luthor compliments the unconscious Superman for doing a very good job convincing the world that the Man of Steel had returned, then goes to a private lab where the body of the real Superman hangs in a suspension tank.

Later, at the Fortress of Solitude, Superman awakens on medical bed, attended by his robot. The robot explains that Superman's body had all but shut down following his battle with Doomsday, and that it took the robot some time to locate its master after Luthor stole the body. The robot tells Superman that Luthor had created a clone which was passing itself off as the real deal. Superman instructs the robot to do everything possibe to help him get back to full strength. Luthor discovers that Superman's body is missing from his lab.

Meanwhile, in Metropolis, the clone Superman hears that the Toyman had escaped prison and killed a little girl. Enraged, the clone grabs the Toyman and flies him high into the air, throwing him back to the ground. He explains to a shocked public that an example needed to be set, to prevent other criminals from similar actions. The dark clone then receives an assignment from Luthor--investigate Lexcorp competition and find Superman's body.

Lois visits Luthor, seemingly grieving, but knocks him out with a sedative and, with Jimmy's help, uncovers Luthor's secret lab, where he has grown hundreds of Superman clones to serve as his personal army. The dark Superman arrives and destroys the lab. Luthor hides in his red sunlight room, but the clone locks him in there, tears the room out of the building, and hurls it to the ground.

The real Superman has been receiving direct sunlight exposure and undergoing massive physical therapy to bring himself back up to full strength. Although he still has recovery to do, he realizes he has to face his dark clone and flies to Metropolis. His robot gives him a kryptonite gun as a way of evening the odds.

The army confronts the dark Superman, insisting that he must answer for his recent actions. Superman destroys their tanks and jets with his heat vision just before the real Superman arrives. The dark Superman claims that he is doing what is best for the people of Metropolis, but the real Superman says that the killing has to stop. Dark Superman easily disarms the real deal of the kryptonite gun, sending it miles away. The two fight in a massive battle, but the real Superman is poorly matched against his full strength doppleganger. Lois and Jimmy drive to the other side of town and retrieve the kryptonite gun.

In the final confrontation at the Superman memorial, Superman again gives all he has to defeat his enemy. Just as it looks like this fight will end as tragically as his last one, Lois arrives with the kryptonite gun. After a lucky shot, however, Dark Superman destroys the weapon. In the scuffle, the kryptonite charge gets wedged into Dark Superman's costume, and Superman detonates it with a blast of heat vision. With his dying breath, Dark Superman begs Superman to protect the people of the Earth, and Superman affirms that that's why he is here.

Superman convinces Lois that he really has returned this time, and agrees that they should have no more secrets--confirming that he is, in fact, Clark Kent. From his office in Lexcorp, Lex Luthor vows that one day, he will destroy Superman.

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