Tomorrow sees the DVD and Blu-ray release of The Death of Superman, a Warner Bros. Home Entertainment/Warner Bros. Animation release that sees Superman (again) face off with Doomsday, resulting in their mutual deaths.
And while the movie is far closer in its content and tone to the comics than any previous incarnation of the story (which has been told a few times at this point, in live-action and animated), it still makes a handful of key changes.
And what kind of fans would we be if we did not take stock of them and see which ones did and did not meet our approval?
Well, we are not that kind of fans. We are the kind of fans who do exactly that thing. As you can see…!
WORST: LEX LUTHOR
Rainn Wilson is a gifted comedic actor with a lot of range, and we were excited to hear him step into the iconic role of Lex Luthor…
…but it just did not quite click.
Wilson’s voice still had the air of Assistant to the Regional Manager; he sounded small, his voice quaked, and when he made his grand (delusional?) proclamations as Lex, they came off sounding not defiant but petulant
Taking on a radically different version of Lex is nothing new to “The Death of Superman.” In the comics, the Doomsday story came at a time when Lex was officially dead, having put his brain into a younger, fitter, body he had cloned for himself. Sporting a thick mane of red hair, a beard, and an Australian accent, he impersonated his own illegitimate son and managed to clear himself of his “father’s” crimes while retaining access to the LexCorp assets.