The Death and Return of Superman

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The Death and Return of Superman
The Death of Superman and Reign of the Supermen now presented as an over two-hour unabridged and seamless animated feature. Witness the no-holds-barred battle between the Justice League and an unstoppable alien force known only as Doomsday, a battle that only Superman can finish and will forever change the face of Metropolis.
Release Date
1 October 2019
2 h 46 min
 United States of America
Science Fiction, Adventure, Animation, Action, Fantasy
Sam Liu, Jake Castorena
Jerry O'Connell, Rebecca Romijn, Rainn Wilson, Rosario Dawson, Jason O'Mara, Nathan Fillion, Christopher Gorham, Matt Lanter, Shemar Moore, Nyambi Nyambi, Rocky Carroll, Cameron Monaghan, Charles Halford, Patrick Fabian, Erica Luttrell, Max Mittelman, Toks Olagundoye, Trevor Devall, Jonathan Adams, Paul Eiding, Rick Pasqualone, Jennifer Hale, Tony Todd, Amanda Troop, Cress Williams
Warner Bros. Animation, DC Entertainment
Sam Liu, Amy McKenna
Director of Photography
Original Music Composer
Original Title
The Death and Return of Superman
James Krieg, Peter Tomasi, Tim Sheridan


Max Landis, who is drinking Johnnie Walker with water mixed with it, talks about Superman. He discusses how he influenced comic book superheroes up until his decline in popularity in the 1990s. The DC Comics executives decided that Superman had to die in order to make him relevant again. Landis describes Doomsday’s birth and the events that led to his fights with Superman until both were killed. Three million copies of Superman Vol. were sold by DC Comics. 2 #75 was sold almost all over the world within the first day after its release.

DC Comics published the “Reign of the Supermen” after Superman’s funeral. The story arc introduced four characters who claimed to be Superman. Hank Henshaw was a cyborg Superman that defeated the others and destroyed Coast City. This caused Hal Jordan to lose his ability to reason and killed fellow Green Lantern Corps members. The Cyborg Superman ruled terror until the real Superman arrived and defeated him. The “healing stupefia” that Superman was in, which is identical to death but temporary, had been revealed. Fans felt betrayed by DC Comics and protested Superman’s resurrection. Sales of Superman comics plummeted and have never recovered since.

Landis sips another glass of water and recalls the lesson he learned from John Landis about how to kill vampires. Landis, the younger, lists several ways to kill vampires in literature. His father then explains that writers can kill them any way they like because vampires don’t exist. The Death of Superman story arc didn’t kill Superman. Instead, it made death irrelevant for comics as hundreds of comics characters would die and be resurrected multiple times over the years.

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