Superman: Doomsday (2007)

Directors: Lauren Montgomery, Bruce Timm, Brandon Vietti
Voices: Adam Baldwin, Anne Heche, James Marsters, Swoosie Kurtz, Adam Wylie, Ray Wise, John Di Maggio
Music: Robert J. Kral

As I started the Costumed Adventurer Week with a review of an animated Superman story, I thought it only fitting to come full circle and close out with another adventure from the Man of Steel. It has very little to do with spies…but I just enjoy watching Superman hit people. And it is interesting comparing the newer incarnations of Superman with the original crimefighter who appeared in the Fleischer and Famous studios animated shorts.

When I saw Superman Returns at the cinema, I thought it was just okay. I had seen most of it before, as so much was re-hashed from the original Superman: The Movie (1978) starring Christopher Reeve. The only positive thing to come out of Superman Returns was Brandon Routh’s performance. He was right on the money. And if they make another film, with a decent script, I am sure he’ll make a good Superman.

That brings us to Superman: Doomsday, a recent feature length animated movie. I am not an avid comic reader (although I have read the first issue of Night & Fog – co-written by fellow COBRAS member Matt Bradford), and I am unfamiliar with the comic trilogy it is based on, so I had no pre-conceptions about the story. All I wanted was a bit of ‘oomph’ injected into the Superman story. And I got it. Superman: Doomsday is fantastic. It is the film that Superman Returns should have been.

I am not going to outline the plot as that would give too much away – all I will say is that the film is about the Death of Superman.

The voices are provided by Adam Baldwin (Superman), Anne Heche (Lois Lane), and James Marsters (Lex Luthor). They all do a first rate job, and imbue their characters with life.

The animation by the Warners animation team is up to it’s usual high standard, retaining that stylised 1940’s feel, so reminiscent of the Fleischer Studios Superman cartoons of that era.

The thing that I like about Superman: Doomsday is that they have concocted a story where Superman doesn’t have to be a politically correct overgrown boy scout. He has great adversaries, which allow the ‘man of steel’ to take the gloves off, and the fight scenes are exceedingly well put together. Don’t be put off by the fact that this film is animated. Sure, kids can watch it, but it isn’t a film just for the kids. In fact, in America this feature was the first of the animated series to get a PG-13 rating. So it is a little bit more violent than usual. Highly recommended.

C.O.B.R.A.S DISCUSS COSTUMES ALL THIS MONTH!

The Coalition Of Bloggers wRiting About Spies have teamed up this month to explore the fun and flair of Spy Costumes. Double O Section kicked off the month with an excellent series on costumed heroes. In the second week Spy Vibe followed with a series of articles and video clips: Mods To Moongirls. Next week, the coalition series will wrap up with Armstrong Sabian at Mister 8.

Well that’s the last of my contributions to the COBRAS series of Costumed Adventurer Weeks. Next up is Armstrong Sabian at Mister 8, who promises to stretch the envelope in a new direction.

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