The original trailers for Superman: Doomsday showed so much potential, and did not even hint at the troubles that would drag this movie down. First off the good things before getting to the bad. The voices are good, everyone fits in well and does not sound out of place. The animation is good and does not fall into the "fake-anime" gutter other series have. Fights are dynamic and brutal, but lacked the sense of supreme power seen in the Superman and Justice League series. The music is good, some nice dramatic scores that work well with the action and drama. Thus ends the good points.
Now for the bad. First off are the character designs. No one looks right in some way. Superman looks... old... Lex Luthor looks too thin and angular, Lois Lane looks almost Hispanic in this iteration, and Doomsday looks oddly undefined. The writing, while generally OK, has a marked tendency for toilet humor near the beginning. Un-wanted and not needed. The biggest problem with this movie is that it is Superman vs Doomsday, stripped of 75% of the story. No Justice League. In fact it feels like Superman is the only hero on the planet. This movie has absolutely zero to do with the animated series. The battle with Doomsday, so hyped, was all too brief and lacked any sense of the real violence the creature was capable of. No "Reign of Supermen" story after the much hyped death of Superman. Instead we get a re-hash of an older Bizarro plot idea from the animated series.
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The movie starts off with a nice voice-over by Lex and sets hopes for what is to come. Things go downhill from there. We are introduced to Lex and a heavily re-designed Mercy, and shown what a slime-ball Luthor is straight up. We are shown one of Lex's deep core projects where something unusual is discovered before things move to Metropolis and we are introduced to Perry, Lois, Jimmy, and Clark. In this re-writing, Lois and Clark are not dating and Lois is unaware he and Superman are the same person, though seems to suspect. Later we are shown the romantic relationship between Lois and Superman and some of the turmoil that bring both before shifting back to the deep mine. Here the capsule is being cleared, estimated to have been buried a very very long time when something goes wrong, a warning is given and then the titular monster appears. This starts off well enough and the monster displays its power and ability to kill people. And don't be fooled. People die in this movie and sometimes somewhat brutally. (though never actually shown.) After this compelling introduction we get the first real sign of trouble. The monster turns out to be a robot... And is later stated to be a discarded Kryptonian "Doomsday" weapon. Not a living being despite appearances to the contrary. The monster, never actually named in the movie, proceeds to head for Metropolis for reasons never stated. Meanwhile Lex is erasing all evidence he had a hand in the disaster. Superman rushes to the scene of the monsters rampage as militia and army prove useless against the machine. Here a brutal slug-fest develops between the man of steel and the doomsday weapon. The fight is very dynamic for the most part, with massive amounts of collateral damage as Superman is forced to exert every effort to stopping the thing. Finally and inexplicably he makes a final effort to stop the monster and carries it into orbit, then hurtles them both to the earth like a meteor with massive, and senseless, impact damage. The monster is seen no more and Superman, beaten and bloodied, collapses and dies in Lois' arms. From here things go downhill at an appalling pace. Superman is given a funeral sans any of the Justice League, Lex shoots Mercy, and a new "goth freak" Toyman is soon stopped by none other than Superman risen from the grave and looking no different. But things aren't as they appear and its soon apparent that Superman is a clone created by Lex and under his sway. *None* of the Reign of Supermen replacements appear, No Superboy, No Cyborg, No Steel, and No Eradicator. Just a poor-mans Bizarro without the Bizarro motif. The new Superman begins to show a darker side as he kills Toyman and begins to threaten people for simple violations, and in the end turns the table on Lex. Elsewhere Kal-El is alive too and was merely in a regenerative state and slowly recovering. The militia try to stop the renegade with expected results and Kal-El must fly to confront his doppelganger at a lower power level than the clone. The battle is again brutal, but lacking in some of the dynamics of the animated series again.
Overall the movie was remarkably disappointing. So much potential absolutely wasted.
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