Reign of the Supermen finds Earth’s citizens – and the Man of Steel’s heroic contemporaries – dealing with a world without Superman. But the aftermath of Superman’s death, and the subsequent disappearance of his body, leads to a new mystery – is Superman still alive? The question is further complicated when four new super-powered individuals – Steel, Cyborg Superman, Superboy and the Eradicator – emerge to proclaim themselves as the ultimate hero. In the end, only one will be able to proclaim himself the world’s true Superman.
The MCU might reign supreme at the box office, but when it comes to animated superhero movies, nobody does it even remotely as well as DC and Warner Bros. Some of the best animated comic book movies of all time have been released by WB Animation/DC Entertainment. Reign of the Supermen is the newest release, following an animated version of the first half of The Death of Superman story, which was recently attempted by Zack Snyder in Batman v Superman. In Reign, Metropolis is under the watch of a new group of genetically and mechanically enhanced supermen, but do all of them have the best interest of the people as their main motivation? With handlers such as Lex Luthor, it’s hard to imagine that some sort of malarkey is afoot.
I really enjoyed Reign of the Superman. It gives you a glimpse at a post-Superman Metropolis, and a world where more than one “Superman” exists. I highly recommend a refresher, by rewatching The Death of Superman, before checking out the continuation. It was shown in theaters like that, and it’s a quick two-ish hour watch. Whether or not it’s comics-accurate, I’ll leave to another writer to determine. I read The Death of Superman when I was in school, but it has been too long for me to compare each and everything that happens. My assumption is that it’s more comics-accurate than Batman v Superman, at least as far as The Death of Superman is concerned. As far as Reign goes, I remember very little about the fallout from Superman’s death to determine if this part of the movie was handled properly, but as its own entity, it’s effective and entertaining, which is all you can ask for.
WB’s Blu-ray release of Reign of the Supermen is as good as can be expected. The video and audio quality are perfect, and the extras, few as they are, are short and effective. I always look forward to the sneak peaks at the next DC animated movie, as well as the classic cartoons from the DC vault. Also included is a digital copy of the movie through Movies Anywhere. Also, if you happen to be a subscriber to DC Universe, as I am, you can view Reign of the Supermen right now as part of your subscription. If you’d rather have a physical copy,Reign of the Supermen is highly recommended, and you can purchase a copy of your own by clicking here.