Warner Bros. Animation, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment announced during San Diego Comic-Con that a faithful adaptation of the famous story of the death and return of the Man of Steel will be released just in time for its 25th Anniversary as two separate feature-length animated movies.
The first part of the two-parter will be released in late 2018. Adapting the legendary story of Superman’s fatal battle with Doomsday, this will actually be the second DC Universe Original Movie to adapt the material. The first, 2007’s “Superman: Doomsday”, was the very first DC Universe Original Movie and greatly condensed and altered the original comic book event to fit within its 75-minute running time. The upcoming adaptation will be more faithful to the source material, much less condensed and will include many of the fan-favorite moments from the story that were left out of Doomsday.
Finally, in early 2019, look for “Reign of the Supermen”, the second part of the two-part adaptation. While we’ll have to wait for an official synopsis to learn all of the details, that name should be a familiar one to Superman fans and suggests we’ll be seeing the rise of the Superman alternates that took his place during the year after his death. (For those unfamiliar with the story, they were Steel, Cyborg Superman, Superboy and the Last Son of Krypton.) This part of the Death and Return of Superman was greatly simplified in Doomsday, which instead featured a single alternate Superman rather than the four we saw in the comics.