"Superman Doomsday" Flies into Stores, "Legion" premieres

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"Legion of Super Heroes" premieres September 22 at 11:00 a.m. ET/PT as part of the Kids' WB! Lineup on The CW Network with a two-part episode entitled "The Man From the Edge of Tomorrow" (the finale airs Sept. 29). In the episode, we learn that in the 41st century, the universe will be terrorized by a warrior named Imperiex. The only person standing in the way of his plans for domination is a clone of the original Superman. But unable to defeat Imperiex and his vast army alone, the clone travels to the 31st century to recruit history's greatest super hero team, the Legion, to helpfight this threat.

Wizard Magazine, the industry standard for measuring the fanboy's pulse, hailed Legion of Super Heroes as the 2006-2007 season's Best Animated Series. So how do you go higher when you're already at the top?

You add more of everything. You go big and then go bigger. You take "super" and double it.

Start with a second Superman, add an incomprehensibly undefeatable nemesis, then toss in endearing new cast members in over-the-top adventures and you have the recipe for the highly-anticipated second season of Legion of Super Heroes.

The new campaign of LOSH finds the group fulfilling their collective destiny, each member elevating his skills to new levels just in time to face even greater challenges. In an ironic turn of déjà vu, Future Superman (a clone who goes by the name "Kell-El") arrives to recruit the Legion to travel to the 41st century to help defeat Imperiex, a destroyer of galaxies from the rich annals of DC Comics. But Imperiex turns the tables on the gang, traveling back to the 31st century to crush the Legion's headquarters and free all of the LOSH's deadliest enemies, thus creating an army of super villains.

While occasionally criss-crossing centuries, the focal point of LOSH Season 2 is on the two Supermans and their attempts to end the reign of terror brought on by Imperiex. As opposed to his formative days during the first season, Superman has returned from the 21st century far better developed with greater physical prowess and utilization of his powers. Kell-El is actually a clone of Superman, however Kell-El has been created using Superman's DNA along with alien DNA ­ thus forming a new Superman with exciting new powers ­ and a different form of weakness.

Along the way, the LOSH provides the perfect complement of heroics and comedy to the efforts of the Supermans. The Legion members' journey include the discovery of old and lost relatives ­ with imperiled results. The LOSH even expands (and sometimes contracts) during the new season, most notably with the addition of an intriguing new Legion member, Chameleon Boy.

Renowned voice actor Yuri Lowenthal draws double duty in LOSH Season 2 as the voice of both Classic and Future Superman. His villainous foil, Imperiex, is blessed with the vocal stylings of sci-fi veteran Phil Morris, most recently seen as Martian Manhunter on "Smallville." An admitted comic book fanatic, Morris' credits range from a notable turn on "Seinfeld" and frequent guest roles across primetime television ("CSI: Miami," "NCIS,""Will & Grace," "JAG") to constant voice work in feature film and television animation. Alex Polinsky ("Charles in Charge") continues to expand his career into animation voiceovers as the newest member of LOSH, Chameleon Boy.

Two Supermans. One incredible villain. All new adventures for a popular band of heroes. The "best" is getting better.

Official Press Release

"Superman Doomsday" will make its direct-to-DVD premiere on Tuesday, Sept. 18.

"Superman Doomsday" inaugurates the DC Universe line of original animated films. "Superman Doomsday" is produced by Warner Bros. Animation, presented by DC comics, and distributed by Warner Premiere and Warner Home Video.

Produced by Bruce Timm (Justice League Unlimited, Batman: The Animated Series) and written by Duane Capizzi (The Batman, The Batman vs. Dracula), "Superman Doomsday" is inspired by the best-selling graphic novel of all time, DC Comics' "The Death of Superman." When the intergalactic serial killer Doomsday is unearthed, Superman meets the creature head on in the battle to end all battles. Going punch for punch, Superman finally ends the threat of Doomsday as he throws one last punch and collapses forever – making the ultimate sacrifice to save Metropolis and all those he once loved. And that's just the first third of the movie ...

Utilizing the vast history and tradition of DC Comic's classic comic book stories along with a more provocative and action-packed story line for avid comic fans as well as kids and their parents, Superman Doomsday features the voices of Adam Baldwin ("Independence Day") as Superman, Anne Heche ("Men in Trees") as Lois Lane and James Marsters ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer") as Lex Luthor. The film is rated PG-13 for action violence.

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