DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation have announced animated adaptations of the Death of Superman and Reign of the Supermen storylines as part as the direct-to-video line of DC Universe Original Movies.
Revealed Friday night during the Batman and Harley Quinn world premiere at Comic-Con International, the news was accompanied by confirmation of Batman: Gotham By Gaslight, and the announcement of Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay, the first Suicide Squad film set within the DC Universe Original Movies’ shared continuity.
Arriving in late 2018, Death of Superman is the first of two animated features depicting the Man of Steel's battle with the monstrous Doomsday, the rise of his replacements, and the hero's resurrection. It will be followed in early 2019 by Reign of the Supermen.
The original DC Comics story was masterminded by current Action Comics scribe Dan Jurgens, with the likes of Louise Simonson, Jon Bogdanove, Karl Kesel and Tom Grummet among those who helped to bring Superman's potential replacements to life in the wake of the icon's death. The storyline not only introduced Doomsday but also Steel, a new Superboy, and the Cyborg Superman, while also re-imagining The Eradicator concept considerably.
This won't be the first time Superman's battle with Doomsday has been adapted for an animated movie, although 2007's Superman: Doomsday -- the very first DC Universe Original Movie -- was a much more concise and abridged version of the story that left out a lot of key details. With the new version said to be much more of a closer adaptation of the two storylines, it's likely we'll see memorable moments such that missed the cut last time.