Lois Lane and Superman in The Death of Superman
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Lois Lane and Superman in The Death of Superman

Casting Roundup: Death of Superman brings in star-studded talent, Naomi Watts to join Boss Level cast

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Apr 12, 2018, 12:20 PM EDT (Updated)

We’ve got a star-studded animated film featuring the death of Superman and Naomi Watts joining the cast of a “Groundhog Day-style action thriller” for this edition of casting roundup. So, let’s dive right in, shall we?

The upcoming Death of Superman animated film from Warner Bros. Animation, DC Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has quite the cast. A spokesperson for the DC Universe Movies at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment confirmed the story in TV Insider that the film, set to be released later this summer on Blu-ray, DVD, and on digital downloads, will feature the voice talents of Jerry O'Connell (Billions, Justice League Dark) as Superman, O’Connell’s real-life wife Rebecca Romijn (The Librarians, X-Men) as Lois Lane, and Rainn Wilson (The Office, Super) as Lex Luthor. We should note that this is O'Connell’s fourth time playing the Man of Steel. 

But wait, there’s more. The cast also features Rosario Dawson (Death Proof) as Wonder Woman, Nathan Fillion (Firefly) as the Green Lantern, Christopher Gorham (Covert Affairs) as The Flash, Matt Lanter (Timeless) as Aquaman, Shemar Moore (S.W.A.T.) as Cyborg; and Jason O'Mara (Agents of SHIELD) as Batman.

Superman and Lex Luthor

Superman and Lex Luthor in The Death of Superman

The Death of Superman will be the first of a two-part epic, with the second animated film, Reign of the Supermen, dropping in early 2019. The movie adapts the 1992 comic book story by Dan Jurgens, Roger Stern, Louise Simonson & Jerry Ordway of the Last Son of Krypton locked in a (spoiler…? We mean, it’s the title of the film and adapting a decades-old comic book) fight to the death with Doomsday, a nigh-indestructible relentless agent of destruction. 


Meanwhile, Naomi Watts (King Kong, Twin Peaks: The Return) is in talks to join the cast of the upcoming action film Boss Level, Variety is reporting. The cast so far includes Mel Gibson, Frank Grillo, and Will Sasso. There’s no word yet on what Watts’ role will be.


ComingSoon.net describes Boss Level as “a Groundhog Day-style action thriller.” Grillo will play Roy, a retired special forces vet trapped in a never-ending loop, resulting in his death every day. Roy must figure out who is responsible and stop them, so he can end his endless suffering. 

Joe Carnahan (The Grey, The A-Team) will be directing a script written by the Borey Brothers. Randall Emmett and George Furla of Emmett/Furla/Oasis will produce and finance Boss Level, with Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian also serving as producers.