The Death of Superman is a tried-and-true DC story — one that led to the unprecedented death of one of pop culture’s biggest icons. Of course, in the world of comics, no one is ever really dead, but that’s beside the point. The spirit of the situation was no less impactful, and it’s a story that has since made its way onto film into now three adaptations.
The first was Superman: Doomsday back in 2007, the second was Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice back in 2016, and the latest version is The Death of Superman, which is co-directed by Jack Castorena. Given all the screentime this story has already been given, what angle could they have possibly done to have justified its being made a third time?
Our own Emmanuel Gomez attended a roundtable at San Diego Comic-Con with the director, and when the question came out, Castorena answered:
“We wanna go more vicariously from the view of Metropolis. It’s not just about the fight. Yes, it’s about the fight of Doomsday and Superman but it’s also about the fallout, the ramifications of seeing your champion being humanized in front of your eyes and that’s something that you never see. The humans of Metropolis haven’t seen that before, even with Darkseid or anybody whether we look at War or any of the other films that came in this continuity. So, that was the first staple of trying to make it different was let’s not necessarily make it about the choreography of the fight, but it’s about the emotional path to the fight, the fatigue of the fight, what that does to Superman and the people who know and love him.”
But what do you think? Is this enough of a justification to make this story yet again? I guess you’ll have to be the judge for yourselves when you check out the movie, when it hits Blu-ray on August 7!