A Superman can die, but not bleed

As reported last week, DC comics revealed information about the animated Superman: Doomsday movie coming to DVD in September. The press release noted that the movie was based on The Death of Superman graphic novel.

Newsarama yesterday posted an interview with Bruce Timm, the movie’s producer. He revealed that Superman: Doomsday is actually a stripped-down version of the storyline of three graphic novels: The Death of Superman, World Without a Superman, and The Return of Superman.

That’s a lot of ground to cover in a short 75 minutes. Timm mentions that this version will not include the Justice League or Supergirl, but will be Superman-centric like other Superman movies.

Though the DVD carries a PG-13 rating, don’t expect a bloodbath as seen in the Death Of graphic novel, either. Why? Apparently, DC no longer allows Superman to bleed.

Timm on the subject:

For one thing, we found out that now Superman’s skin is totally invulnerable, at least according to DC Comics. We were going to have a lot more blood in there, they came back and said “You know, Superman’s skin is invulnerable. It can’t break.” When we said it broke in the comics, they said “Well, that was ten years ago.” What can you say but “OK. Whatever.”

Read the complete interview at Newsarama.