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Superman/Doomsday: My Review

Posted by MarvelFan15 , 13 August 2009 · 1,559 views

I saw this film a few weeks back, and have always been meaning to write down my personal opinions about it on this blog. Unfourtunately, I've been too lazy...until NOW!

Without further adue...
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To start off, this film is not a perfect adaptation of The "Death of Superman" comic. Rather, it is an adaptation of the entire storyline, from Superman's death, to his rebirth, to the numerous Superman wanna-be's running around....Well, due to budget constraints, time constraints, and creative liberties taken into the film, much of that story has been altered from the original comic. In this film, only one Superman clone exists, the battle is much bigger in scale than how it was depicted in the comic, and the evil Superman has only good intentions at heart.

It all starts off with Luthor talking about how he's gonna kill Superman, and how Superman is like a God, and how he shall finally defeat him. Blah, Blah, Blah. Anywho, we get to see Luthor create the cure for muscular dystrophy, and see his crew uncover an alien ship deep underground, and Luthor calls dibs on what's inside, while watching from a TV screen. All this is happening while Lois Lane and Supes are having a romantic getaway in the arctic, in his fortress of solitude, while "Clark" is supposedly in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, Luthor's team accidently pokes a hole in the ship, cold smoke billowing out, and a little holographic alien appears and starts yelling in a foreign language. Only Luthor realizes "It's a warning..." Suddenly, we see a huge hulking firgure (could it have been anything else?) break free from his icy prison. He starts clobbering all of the miners, and escapes, after which Luthor laments "If that race of aliens had the technology to trap that thing, and use Earth as their personal toilet, they did so for one reason:...They couldn't kill it." Personaly, I would've used...oh, I dunno, The Sun as my Toilet. But, if they had done the smart thing we never would've gotten this cool little movie.

In between lame romantic moments between Lois and Supes, we get to see Doomsday kill a deer (just to show off how evil he is), kill a soldier, kill a farmer (Holy crap! That shotgun had absolutley no effect on Doomsday! Wow!), and finally wreck a semi-truck full of fuel, which, of course, explodes. He sees the silouhette of the city in the background, and heads off for it.

Lois and Supes make up ("That was some first fight.") and then get interrupted by Superman's robot, who says that there is somehting urgent for Supes to check out. Using some type of big Kryptonian database, the Robot managed to find out the history of Doomsday, which does absolutely nothing to help Superman, except for some random facts he might find interesting.

The army confronts Doomsday, and guess what? Yup. They don't do any damage to him. One cool part though, we get to see him snap a guy's neck. Just picks him up, and twists his head too far. How awesome is that? Anyways, he gets a tank, then tosses it at some army folk, who are too scared to even run out of the way. Zoom! Superman comes in and catches the tank.

Doomsday charges, and Superman, after some initial difficulty, manages to freeze him with his ice breath. All is well, until the ice begins to crack, and Doomsday tries to smash Supes, who throws him off, surprising Doomsday. A big fight ensues. The newscasters say they have no idea who was going to come out on top. (Actually, if you look closely, besides one or two instances of Doomsday getting up slower than usual, he shows no signs of fatigue.)

Doomsday gains the advantage, and punches Superman in the stomach enough for Superman to throw up blood (Sweet!). As he is about to punch Superman in the face multiple times, he hears a litle girl crying. Doomsday goes over to kill the little girl. Suddenly, Superman rushes up behind him, and launches them into orbit, then comes back down for re-entery.

When they hit the ground, a massive shockwave rocks the city, which is pretty cool. We see Doomsday in the middle of the crater, smake billowing form his mouth, and his glowing red eyes go dark. We get to see the iconic symbol of Supes' cape on a stick, before the wind blows it to tatters. Superman walks from the smoke, and Lois rushes to him, only to have him fall in her arms.

Lois tells Superman about how he saved everyone, and he says "Good....That's...That's all that...matters..." before dying. Lois begins to weep over Superman's corpse, as well as Superman's mom, Martha, as she watches from a TV screen. The whole scenario is surprisingly emotional. Anywho, they bury Superman, and Jimmy Olsen gets a job offer from some rich tabloid guy named Swank.

We then cut to Luthor, and his secretary Mercy. Luthor is pretty pissed about not getting to kill The Man of Steel himself. "I was cheeted from my victory by an intergalactic socer hooligan." To which Mercy replies: "Your scientists found the Hooligan." luthor asks if she cleaned that little mess up. "Lex Corp was never there" she says. We see a barrel raise, then cut to outside Luthor's tower. We see the silouhette of him shooting her down in cold blood.

"And neither were you." says Luthor, putting away the weapon as though nothing happened. Personaly, I thought that part was awesome! Then we get to see how Supes' death effects all of his cast of characters, which includes the dissappearance of Clark Kent. Then, the Toyman captures a schoolbus full of kids, and Lois manages to sneak inside to rescue them. She is confronted by a killer doll courtesy of Toyman's dementia.

Then, we see a fist punch out of Superman's grave...

Before Lois gets the last kid out, Toyman takes notic, and drops them off the building they were on. They are falling, and then fwoof! they stop. Lois looks back to see Superman, who confronts and defeats Toyman. Superman takes Lois home, and see smooches him. It feels a little awkward for him ("I think I need time to...reacclamate").

Superman is busy saving people, but Lois begins to take notice of his strange behavior. We then see Supes in Luthor's tower, coming toward his dismemebered voice. Luthor lures him into a room equipped with Red Solar lamps, and Kryptonite boxing gauntlets. Luthor pummels the crap outta Superman. Before he leaves, he says: "And by the way, you're doing a great job of convincing the world you're Superman. Keep up the good work."

Luthor leaves to a room where we see the body of the real Suoerman, floating in a liquid chamber. Luthor explains how he cloned Superman from a fleck of blood at his battle with Doomsday, and how his clone brought his corpse to Luthor, and took his place in his grave to better stage his coming out. "Your doppleganger posses all of your strength, speed, morality even....But not your mind." He then says the chilling quote: "Now that you are no longer in the way of my goals, Superman, you shall help me to acheive them."

Lois is obviously on to something about Superman, and she confronts Jimmy olsen, who has a new job at that tabloid that Swank owns. Lois meets up with Jimmy at a nightclub, and pulls him, rather roughly, into an alley. At first Jimmy thinks her claims of this Superman being a fake are outlandish, but when she shows him a newspaper with Superman shaking hands with Luthor on the front page.

Still, Jimmy refuses to help Lois do some undercover work, stating he likes the way his life is. Lois, however, doesn't like "What you think you've become."

We cut to Luthor, walking into the room were Superman's corpse lay captive. Astoundingly, his body is gone. Luthor reviews the security tapes, which reveals a 19 second blackout. "It had to be an EMP," Says Luthor. "But...you didn't just get up and walk away, Superman. Where the hell are you?"

We make another cut to the Superman clone flying around Metropolis, making his rounds. A news broadcast on a giant TV screen catches his attention, and he makes his way towards it. The newscaster announces: "Ealier today, the villain known as the Toyman escaped form prison, and entered an elementary school, where he proceeded to hold a class full of young children hostage. Asfter a prolonged standoff, the Toyman was apprehended, but not before taking the life of little Debbie Reynolds."

The Superman clone is horrified to learn of such a happening, and a pictue of Debbie flashes on the screen. "She was only four years old." finishes the newscaster. Taking one last glance at the screen, Superman narrows his eyes, his face betraying his need for vengence, and he shoots off into the sky.

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We see the siloughette of eyes opening, and we behold Superman's robot. The real Superman is lying on a metal table, and asks as to his surroundings. His robot explains that his vitals slowed to a crawl to better enable him to heal. He detected a pulse of his biorythmic signiture, but had to wait, 17 days later, to hear another pulse, as he had been "relocated." The Robot also explains that Luthor has cloned him, and says, "It appears that, for now, your double is protecting Metropolis."

We see numerous police cars pull up to the station, and time reveals their prisoner to be Toyman. He gets out, and at that moment, the clone of Supes arrives. "Excuse me, officers. I need a moment with your prisoner." He grabs Toyman by the shirt collar, and takes off into the sky. Toyman says , "I have rights! I have nothing to say to you!" Superman reaches a certain point in altitude, then stops. He retorts, almost mockingly, "How about 'Goodbye'?"

Toyman's eyes widen with fear a split second before the Superman clone releases his grip. Toyman falls to his death on top of a police car, and the shocked, mortified policemen watch as the Superman clone flies off. Now Lois, and Jimmy, really know that this Superman is a different from before, if not Superman at all.

Luthor then gives Superclone his next assignement: Track down the real Supes' body, searching all of LexCorps' rivals in business, with method to use Supes' corpse for scientific gain. Luthor warns Superclone that he put him in this world, and he can take him out of it. This obviously doesn't sit too well with Superclone, who goes into a women's hair shop.

Superclone looks into a mirror, and x-rays his reflection, to look into his brain. He finds a little lead ball, designed to hide Kryptonite. He uses his heat vision on the mirror, which rebounds onto his forhead. He bores into his skull until he can reach the ball, then digs it out of his brain with some scissors. Sadly, we don't get to see any of this, but it is all strongly implied that this is how it happened (a woman faints).

Superman throws the lead ball down the drain, and heading out, he says to all the wonderful ladies in the shop: "A safe Superman means a safe Metropolis!" Lois arrives at Luthor's top floor, his personal office, and Luthor is surprised to see her. She asks how he made Superman his puppet, claiming she's had enough of her life in Metropolis, and is leaving.

Lex realizes that they were more than just friends, and "He was more than your constant rescuer." Lex puts the moves on her, and kisses her. Lois stabs a syringe into the back of his neck, and he collapses. Lois calls Jimmy, telling him to get his butt over there, and she begins to look through Luthor's files. She comes across one of genetic manipulation, locates the room it's in, and then uses Lex's unconcious self to get past the retinal scanner (with help From Jimmy).

They come upon a room full of liquid filled cylinders, holding clones of Superman. Lex wakes up, and is about to kill Them ("After all, there is no Superman to save you") He pulls a gun from his coat packet, which is promptly sliced in half by the evil Superman. "Clearly, some fine tuning is required. On the bright side, I get to kill Superman after all!" says Luthor. He pulls a remote with a red button on it from another pocket.

He preses the button with no results. The Superclone comes into the light, and we see a circular scar on his forhead (I think we do. It could just be me, but I swear there's a scar there), and Luthor says, "Oh, Hell." Superclone begins to destroy everything in the lab, and tells Lois and Jimmy to evacuate the premises. Luthor runs into his room of Red solar lamps, and kryptonite gauntlets, and dares Superclone to enter.

Instead, Superclone locks Lutho in the room, then pulls the entire thing out of the LexCorp skyscraper. He throws it into the ground, intent on killing Luthor. Meanwhile, the Robot warns the Real Superman of Metropolis' plight. Superman dons a solar suit, and the Robot gives him a kryptonite cannon, curtosy of Luthor's genius. Superman takes off towards his city.

The army arrives to do battle with Superclone, and he defeats them all effortlessly ("I'm only doing this because I care"). Supoerman arrives on the scene and does battle with his clone, but loses the gun in the process. The battle is witnessed by Clark's boss at the Planet, and a bunch of co-workers, one of whom says "Who's the guy in black?"

Perry White responds: "Who cares? He's kickin' Superman's ass!" That's my favorite quote in the film.

The battle is going pretty evenly, but Superclone soon reveals this is an easy-going experience for him, while the Real Superman is trying as hard as he can to win, since he still hasn't regained all of his strength since his battle with Doomsday. They resume their struggle...Well, Supes resumed his struggle, while Superclone (who, from here on out, I will refer to as Bizarro, as that's probably what he was based on) enjoys backhanding Supes all across Metropolis.

Bizarro unches Supes into an oil truck, and sludge spilled everywhere. He thne pimpsmacked Supes into his own memorial. "This time I'll have to make sure you saty dead," he announces. Suddenly, from behind, he gets blasted with a kryptonite ray. Lois and jimmy had recovered the kryptonite cannon while they had been fighting. Bizarroa eyebeams it out of Lois's hand, the kyptonite falling into the oil, and Clark, seeing his girlfriend in trouble, manages to find the strength necessary to tackle Bizarro into the sludge.

He fights boldly, but Bizarro nearly knocks him out after he kicks his face with his knee several times. Then, Bizarro picks up the giant Superman symbol from the memorial, and, looming over him, says, "Now, tell me: Who's better equiped to protect Metropolis?" Superman weakly responds: "It's true: You have all my strengths...and weaknesses." A smile grows on his face. Bizarro, bewildered, looks down at his chest to find the kryptonite from the cannon, ensconced in a protective cartridge, stuck on him because of the sludge-like oil.

Superman eyebeams it, and green smoke pours everywhere. Bizarro coughs violently, then falls, the Superman symbol statue falling on top of him. Superman, Lois, and Jimmy look on as Bizarro crawls weakly out of the green fumes. He staggers over to Superman, clinging to him, and Supes gently sets him down. With his dying breath, Bizarro tells Supes, "Pro--Protect...Protect the people."

"It's why I'm here," says Superman (I haven't exactly explained this earlier, but this is said three times in the movie. First, by Superman, which is his way of explaining that he's here to stop Doomsday, right before his death. Second, by Bizarro, before he defeats Toyman (the first time, after saving Lois), and now).

With one last sigh, Bizarro passes into the void, and we realize that, despite his violent actions, he only cared about the welfare of the denizens of Metropolis. The public welcomes back Superman, and he also reveals his identity to Lois.

Everything is all fine and dandy...until...

We see Luthor in his hoitel room, medical equipment all around him, to allieviate him from his injuries. He monolouges about how history has taught us how gods can be killed, yet also return from the dead. The final lines in the film are: "It would seem you can't be destroyed after all, Superman....It would seem...!"

With a last cold smile from Luthor, the movie fades, and the credits roll.
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High Points:

--Animation: Very well done. Great fight scenes, that flowed smoothly. It even managed to outdo Hulk vs. in terms of quality.

--Voice Acting: A little off at times, mainly at the beginning of the film, but otherwise well-cast. Especially Luthor.

--The Luthor/Superman conflict: was very well done. Luthor was a Bad@$$ at times in this movie. He's cured desieses from AIDS to Bird Flu, yet only releases "treatments" for them, showing how cold he can be. Although Supes never confronted Luthor directly, it was a great film contrast.

--The emotional responses Supes' death riggered from everyone was well thought out in advance.

--Superclone. Who doesn't love an evil Superman?

--The relationship between Lois and Clark.

Low Points:

--Doomsday wasn't in the movie long enough.




Darn you MF!You got me hooked!
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Nova Force Nova
Aug 13 2009 06:59 PM
Me too
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MarvelFan15
Aug 13 2009 10:35 PM
Mwahaha!I'm writing the rest of the review as we speak!
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Where is it?!
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MarvelFan15
Aug 14 2009 05:30 PM
I suppose I ran out of time again...Hehe...
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Nova Force Nova
Aug 14 2009 05:39 PM
Aww...man
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Yes, there is indeed a scar on his forehead. That's why he was shadowed for the begining.Aside from that, well done. Very enjoyable review. You should do more.
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MarvelFan15
Aug 21 2009 06:44 PM
I should, shouldn't I? :P
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I was thinking about doing one for the Green Lantern movie, but now it'll look like I stole your idea :(Besides, I don't know how to do these things...
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Nova Force Nova
Aug 21 2009 10:15 PM

Yes, there is indeed a scar on his forehead. That's why he was shadowed for the begining.Aside from that, well done. Very enjoyable review. You should do more.

Spoiler
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MarvelFan15
Aug 22 2009 12:13 AM
It's cool, Marv. I'll know you didn't steal it...besides, you took the quotes before I could claim them, so...yeah.
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Nah, I'll leave movie reviews to you. I don't know much about movies anyways...
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MarvelFan15
Aug 22 2009 06:57 PM
Okay then.
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Nova Force Nova
Aug 24 2009 11:45 PM
La la la la la
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MarvelFan15
Aug 25 2009 10:53 PM
What?
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Nova Force Nova
Aug 26 2009 11:14 PM
I don't know...
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Nova Force Nova
Aug 27 2009 09:32 PM
YAHTZEE!
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the comics were much better than the movie in my opinion. but when i found the rebirth of superman comic, i was ticked because i hate superman. Though he has a few good comics that i have actually read. haha.
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