I watched Superman: Doomsday yesterday, in a fog induced by the worst cold I’ve had in a while. So my impressions of the movie are definitely clouded by headache, earache, eyeache, neckache, and faceache. I should also mention that I took a three-hour nap in the middle of the Superman/Doomsday battle. All that notwithstanding, I liked it.
It was a little jarring seeing the classic Timm animation models voiced by such radically different actors, but the new crew does a pretty good job. I have to say that as much as I love Adam Baldwin, he sounds a bit gruff for Big Blue. Minor complaint, though.
I was also a bit surprised by the PG-13ness of the whole production. I don’t know what I was expecting, but I suppose years of conditioning by the strictly PG Batman/Superman/Justice League series had prepared me for non-lethal violence and sugar-coated dialogue. Not so. Doomsday kills people. No injuries here. He flat out kills people. And Perry White gets to say “ass”. Twice! Not once does he mention the spectral form of long-dead Roman leaders! It a particularly creepy scene (sorta spoiler – well, yeah, it is a spoiler) Lex Luthor beats furiously on Superman with Kryptonite gloves in a red solar radiation room, finally murmuring “Who’s your Daddy?. And not-so-oblique references to (another spoiler, sort of…) Superman and Lois Lane having sex are sprinkled throughout.
The story is a rather radical departure from the comic its based on, which, if you’ve ever read the comics, isn’t really that bad of a thing. Death of Superman was pretty good (and the first trade paperback I ever owned. Thanks Dad!) but World Without got kinda boring and Return of was weak. Needless to say, Capizzi and Timm make up their own plot, borrowing some vague elements of the original. At times I felt like I’d seen the story before, in one or another of the Superman Animated episodes, but that was probably my drug-addled brain.
All in all, I enjoyed it. If nothing else, it will get you really geared up for the New Frontier adaptation due in February.