Superman: Doomsday (2007, animated)
Plot: When LexCorp accidentally uncovers and frees a genetically enhanced warrior known as ‘Doomsday,’ Superman (Adam Baldwin) engages him in battle over Metropolis, a battle that could change the course of Superman’s life forever.
After four awful Superman movies (3 live action, 1 animated), and 27 years since Superman II, we finally have another great Superman film. This animated feature doesn’t fuck around. There are gruesome deaths that come out of no where, brutal fight sequences, and countless clones are destroyed in a scene that may disturb some viewers. This is without a doubt the darkest I’ve ever seen a Superman movie go, and I loved it. The voice acting is great all around. Anne Heche, Adam Baldwin, and Swoosie Kurtz are all fantastic as Lois Lane, Superman/Clark Kent, and Martha Kent respectively. I even like Jimmy Olsen, a character I’ve always found annoying and unnecessary. Aside from the thrilling fights though, there are some truly touching moments, which include a heart-to-heart between Lois and Martha, as well as the reaction from the entire city of Metropolis after watching Superman face his darkest hour. And that’s what I’m talking about: A Superman movie that showcases his true power, but at the same time is not just some mindless action movie. It blends both elements perfectly. Doomsday’s first appearance is truly frightening. He’s just pure destruction. Superman even busts out the black suit, but it’s not just used as a gimmick. The suit actually serves an important plot point. The only thing that really bugged me was Lex Luthor. Aside from Smallville, I haven’t seen a good depiction of this character since Gene Hackman. What the hell is so damn hard about adapting this character! But other than that, I highly recommend Superman: Doomsday. If you like watching superheroes go bat shit crazy with their powers, this is the one for you.
Rating: 8 out of 10 (Great)
Category Rankings (Spoilers Throughout):
Best Performance: Anne Heche as Lois Lane
-I would almost consider her the protagonist. She’s the most fleshed out I’ve ever see her, and a lot of it has to do with the conviction Heche provides in the voice.
Worst Performance: James Marsters as Lex Luthor
-It’s no where near the atrocity of the last Superman animated film (Superman: Brainiac Attacks). They at least take the character seriously. But there’s just something about the voice that doesn’t work. I never took him as a serious threat. And he does some pretty evil shit in this movie! Yet, he still seemed like a joke. Maybe it’s because he spends all his time whining and looking out the window reflecting, but for whatever reason, he doesn’t come off as the villain he should.
Best Line: “It’s why I’m here.” –Superman to Lois, who pleads with him not to continue fighting Doomsday
-That’s Superman. And Adam Baldwin delivered it flawlessly.
Worst Line: “Who’s your daddy.” –Lex to the Dark Superman as he pounds him with kryptonite.
-Yup. It happened.
-Superman Vs Doomsday is the fight I dream about seeing in a live action Superman movie. This was fucking riveting. They absolutely demolish Metropolis. To see Superman get tossed like a rag doll was really astounding. At one point, Doomsday delivers these massive gut punches to Superman. Whoever did the sound editing…well done. And the directing and animation was just spectacular as we see blood squirt across Lois’ face. I could go on all day about the brilliance of this fight, but my favorite part is when Doomsday is about to crush this tear filled little girl. The look on Superman’s face said it all.
-Okay, so Doomsday is hanging onto the helicopter Lois and Jimmy are in. Jimmy kicks the door Doomsday is grasping onto, making him lose his grip. WTF! So Doomsday can make Superman bleed, but a little kick from Jimmy Olsen makes him lose his grip? Whatever.
-In the aftermath of the Doomsday fight, Superman walks out of the smoke bloodied and beaten, collapsing right in front of Lois. He manages to ask if everyone is okay, and then ‘dies’ seconds later.
-Superman is typing away on his computer in the Fortress of Solitude when Lois suddenly walks out in a bath robe. Alright, this was just a little bit jarring at first. I’m fine with them dating, but the bad sex puns and innuendos were a bit unnecessary.
-Some random dude comments on the Dark Superman’s victory over Toyman as such: ‘Pfft. Like we really needed him to bust up a mechanical spider, right? Lame.’ What a fickle fanboy.
Bad Ass Moment:
-The Dark Superman walks into a beauty saloon, uses x-ray vision on himself by looking into the mirror, discovers the lead laced kryptonite bullet inside his head, and then performs surgery on himself using heat vision. Awesome.