Tuesday, December 8, 2015

On DVD: Superman-Doomsday (2007)

I previously covered this over at The Land of Whatever a ways back.

With rumors that Doomsday, the monster that had killed Superman pro tempore 22 years ago, would possibly appear in the forthcoming "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice", I thought I'd revisit one of the worst DVD's WB ever produced for DC.

Basically, it boils down to this. Doomsday was killed off too quickly in the movie, and the film degenerates into a plot involving Lex Luthor cloning Superman for his own selfish purposes. Odder still is how Lex's sidekick, Mercy Graves, is presented. Instead of the familiar bodyguard role as established in Superman: The Animated Series, Mercy is recast as a mousy secretary who ends up getting killed by her boss in a fit of anger. If you think that's bad, it gets worse. In the wake of Superman's "death", Jimmy Olsen goes to work for a sleazy tabloid after leaving the Daily Planet. Seems like the writers were throwing ideas together on a Velcro dartboard.

Here's a sample clip:

To say that Doomsday wasn't treated well after all would be an understatement, considering how the character has been used in comics in recent times.

Rating: D.

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