WHAT IS IT?
Superman: Doomsday is an animated direct-to-DVD movie, loosely based on the Death and Return of Superman storyline that appeared in the pages of DC Comics' Superman titles. The movie was the first in a line of animated offerings from DC/Warner Bros to appear under the DC Universe Animated Original Movies banner and featured the vocal talents of Adam Baldwin, Anne Heche and James Marsters, as Superman, Lois Lane and Lex Luthor, respectively.
Although the film borrowed elements from the Death of Superman saga there were numerous changes to streamline the original story. Whilst the Death/Return of Superman saw four new Supermen take the place of the original Man of Steel, in Superman: Doomsday only one replacement Superman appeared. This Superman was a clone created by Lex Luthor and he became the villain of the film, taking over from Doomsday once the character had been killed off.
Superman: Doomsday was released in 2007 to mostly positive reviews.
WHAT WAS GOOD?
Reworking the Death of Superman storyline to create an animated adaptation was a bold, yet necessary move, which allowed for a different take on such a well known tale. As a result of these changes the film became quite interesting as it opened up other plot points that barely had anything to do with Doomsday - one of Superman's less interesting characters. However the all important 'final' battle between Superman and the monstrous Doomsday remained a key ingredient of the film.
Superman's epic fight with Doomsday (which leads to both of their deaths) was a true highlight of the movie, whilst the introduction of a replacement Superman allowed for some truly shocking moments (Toyman's death etc).
WHAT WAS BAD?
Whilst reworking the original material was necessary to cut down the lengthy story, the cutbacks did remove a great deal of Doomsday's involvement. With the Superman/Doomsday battle taking place early into the film Doomsday's screen time was very brief and in all honesty he was hardly in the movie. Whilst this wasn't such a bad thing it did pose the question, should the film be titled Superman: Doomsday, when the title character is barely seen?!
Anne Heche's Lois Lane was also a bit of a mistake as she was dreadfully miscast and every moment she was on screen was a moment too long.