Friday, February 01, 2019


© by Gerald So | 6:30 AM

Released January 29 on disc, Reign of the Supermen concludes the storyline started by last August's The Death of Superman. As in the comics that inspired it, in the wake of Superman's death after his battle with Doomsday, four figures emerge approximating the hero's powers, attempting to fill the void, as a grieving Lois Lane (Rebecca Romijn) looks into the whereabouts of the true Superman/Clark Kent (Jerry O'Connell).

Romijn carries the continuation movie as main protagonist in Superman's absence. Likewise, while not quite an antagonist here, Rainn Wilson's part in the continuation lifts his Lex Luthor performance from decent to distinctive.

The continuation departs from the comics in revealing Darkseid (the reliably menacing Tony Todd) sent Doomsday to Earth, the first stage of a conquest plan, followed by his resurrection and empowerment of Cyborg Superman Hank Henshaw (Patrick Fabian).

DC's live-action Justice League never gained momentum, but its animated projects remain second to none.

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