Superman is taking flight at Comic-Con.
Warner Brothers Animation started the panel for The Death of Superman with the world premiere of Part 1 of the film at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con for a Hall H crowd eager to see the newest animated film in the DC Animated Movie Universe.
While we won't spoil the events of the film for you, here are a few tidbits for you that we enjoyed. (WARNING: MILD SPOILERS)
- The film begins with a message and an evil laugh from Lex Luthor (Rainn Wilson).
- It includes a nice self-aware DCEU-related joke from Wonder Woman about her merch "doing well this year" and flicks at her being happy to step up if Batman falls short.
- The Flash asks Batman if he's in the PTA after the Caped Crusader says he has to get home for Damian's parent-teacher conference.
- There's a lovely homage to Margot Kidder in the original Superman, referencing a certain helicopter scene that has since become iconic.
- Stick around for the credits and keep your eyes peeled.
After the premiere, fans enjoyed a supersized panel that included Jerry O’Connell (Superman), Rebecca Romijn (Lois Lane) Jason O’Mara (Batman), Christopher Gorham (The Flash), and Toks Olagundoye (Cat Grant). On the crew side, panelists included producer/co-director Sam Liu (Gotham by Gaslight), co-director Jake Castorena (Justice League Action), screenwriter Peter J. Tomasi (Green Lantern: Emerald Knights), executive producer James Tucker (Justice League Dark), and lead character designer Phil Bourassa (Young Justice) — all of whom took the time to really dig into the film.
When asked why Warner Brothers Animation revisited this storyline when 2007's Superman: Doomsday had already been done, producer James Tucker jokingly said, "Money." The reality, however, is that only half of the Death of Superman story was told 11 years ago.
Certain members of the cast were thrilled to have watched the movie with fans and seen their reactions. Even more exciting was watching it with their kids. “We watched it last night with our 9-year-old daughters. I know, we’re terrible parents," said the OG Mystique Rebecca Romijn, who is married to O'Connell.
"It was a little scary doing Death of Superman," said O'Connell, who remembers when the comic arc first came out in the early '90s. Nevertheless, he feels that everyone involved with the movie's production absolutely killed it (pun not intended) and is proud to be a part of Warner Animation, which he feels is in the middle of an exciting phase.
You can check out the trailer for the animated feature below:
Based on the earth-shattering 1992 storyline of the same name, The Death of Superman finds the entire Justice League fighting against the seemingly unstoppable villain that is Doomsday, who was last seen in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The only one who can truly stop this intergalactic monster (who is actually the result of an ancient Kryptonian experiment meant to create the perfect being) is Superman. Once the Man of Steel gets involved, the supervillains' days are numbered.
Other members of the incredible cast include: Rainn Wilson (Lex Luthor), Rosario Dawson (Wonder Woman), Shemar Moore (Cyborg), Nathan Fillion (Green Lantern/Hal Jordan), Matt Lanter (Aquaman), Cress Williams (John Henry Irons), Nyambi Nyambi (Martian Manhunter), Rocky Carroll (Silas Stone), Patrick Fabian (Hank Henshaw), Max Mittelman (Jimmy Olsen), and Charles Halford (Bibbo Bibbowski).
The Death of Superman flies onto digital on July 24 and home video on Aug. 7. According to panel moderator Gary Miereanu, Part 2: Reign of the Superman, should arrive in early 2019. Also coming in 2019 are Justice League vs. the Fatal Five, Batman: Hush, and Wonder Woman: Bloodlines.
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