DC announced on March 4 that Superman: Doomsday, an animated, direct-to-DVD adaptation of The Death of Superman graphic novel, will hit stores on September 12.
Originally reported as a one-hour feature, the movie’s running time will actually be 75 minutes. The DVD will also contain 70 minutes of extras, including a documentary on reaction to the superhero’s comic book death in 1992.
“This original made for DVD movie is part of the DC Universe series of animated PG-13 films written and directed by acclaimed comic book creators and animators and featuring recognizable talent,” said a DC press release.
This is the first animated Superman project to carry the PG-13 rating, a reflection of its attempt to appeal to adult comic book collectors.
The DC press release also gives some background on the animated DC Universe project. “Superman: Doomsday is the first DC Universe original animated movie. Other DC properties with films in development include Justice League, Teen Titans, Green Lantern, Flash and Wonder Woman,” it states.
Though produced by Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series, etc.), Superman: Doomsday will apparently feature an animation style closer to the original comics.
Voicing Superman will be Adam Baldwin (Independence Day), while Anne Heche will voice Lois Lane. Baldwin, incidentally, is not related to the Baldwin brothers (Alec, and uh, well the others). I note this only because the name carries some baggage.
How about that, three new Superman movies in the course of 15 months?