Despite being based on a familiar storyline that has been adapted several times, The Death of Superman, written by fan-favorite DC scribe Peter J. Tomasi, received mostly positive reactions from both critics and fans. Now that the sequel Reign of the Supermen is on the horizon (though not written by Tomasi), will it receive the same kind of praise?
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During this year's New York Comic Con, CBR chatted with the minds and voices behind the upcoming animated movie, and asked them why they believe Reign of the Supermen will be a worthy follow-up. The film's co-writers, Jim Krieg and Tim Sheridan, say The Death of Superman did a superb job paving the way for their story.
"The Death of Superman was so great," Sheridan said. "I got to read the script when we were starting on this and it gave us exactly the right launchpad. I finished that script and I said, 'I know exactly what we're doing.'" While there is a lot of source material to draw from, Krieg said the most important thing for them was making the most impactful moments from the book connect with the audience.
Sheridan commented that Reign of the Supermen is packed with action but stressed the importance of one theme in particular. "One of the things we amplified from the comics is about our responsibility, what we do as everyday citizens when that symbol of hope is gone.
"How do we fight for it? What do we do? What are the choices we make to bring it back? It's a necessary step in the story of Superman. You have to learn what it's like to lose him. You have to learn what it's like not to not have him so that you can appreciate him."
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Actor Patrick Fabian, the voice of Hank Henshaw/Cyborg Superman, had the opportunity to watch the upcoming movie in its entirety. "I was thrilled, he said. "As we all know, animation can be hit or miss. But get lost in this world and you can really feel the emotional arcs of the story."
Of course, he also promised there will be a ton of action, too, saying, "It really gets rolling, particularly in that last third... it's a rocket!"
The voice of Cat Grant, actress Toks Olagundoye, said the movie is "just as good" as The Death of Superman since it's a passion project for so many of the people involved in its creation. "They know what they're doing," she said. "More importantly, they love it and want to honor it, but at the same time, bring just enough new stuff to make it fresh."
The actress further elaborated, saying, "These are guys who grew up with this stuff. These are guys who do this because they grew up with this stuff, you know? I think they've created something brilliant, and I think it continues in the second film."
Actor Nyambi Nyambi, who voices Martian Manhunter -- and loves comics so much that he bought his own New York Comic Con tickets before being invited to the show to promote Reign of the Supermen -- was particularly passionate about the upcoming film.
He even watched The Death of Superman and Reign of the Supermen back to back, and while he admits there's just no topping Superman vs. Doomsday, Reign of the Supermen thrives for totally different reasons, not least because it is more culturally relevant... and because "it has four Supermen!" That's a pretty fair point.
Directed by Sam Liu, Reign on the Supermen stars Cameron Monaghan, Jerry O’Connell, Cress Williams, Patrick Fabian, Rebecca Romijn, Nathan Fillion, Rainn Wilson, Toks Olagundoye and Nyambi Nyambi. It is set to be released in 2019.