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Reign of the Supermen might not be a strong follow up to The Death of Superman and probably middle of the pack amongst the others within the connected DC Animated Universe, but it is pretty entertaining with some great animation.

 

 

Reign of the Supermen
(2019)

Genre(s): Animation, Action, Sci-Fi
Warner Bros. | PG13 – 87 min. – $39.99 | January 29, 2019

Date Published: 01/30/2019 | Author: The Movieman


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by: Sam Liu
Writer(s): Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster (Superman created by); Jim Krieg & Tim Sheridan (written by)
Voice Cast: Jerry O’Connell, Rebecca Romijn, Rainn Wilson, Patrick Fabian, Charles Halford, Cameron Monaghan, Cress Williams, Rosario Dawson, Nathan Fillion, Christopher Gorham, Shemar Moore, Jason O’Mara, Rocky Carroll, Tony Todd
DISC INFO:
Features: Featurettes, Bonus Cartoons
Slip Cover: Yes
Digital Copy: Yes
Formats Included: 4K, Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 2
Audio (4K/BD): English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Video (4K): 2160p/Widescreen 1.78
Video (BD): 1080p/Widescreen 1.78
Dynamic Range: HDR10
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Codecs: HEVC / H.265 (4K), MPEG-4 AVC (BD)
Region(s): A, B, C

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.


THE MOVIE — 3.5/5


Plot Synopsis: Six months following the death of the Man of Steel (JERRY O’CONNELL), the world has changed and with the crime on the rise and the Justice League not only spread thin but not nearly as effective without Superman, four Supermen have suddenly started showing up: Superboy (CAMERON MONAGHAN), a clone created by Lex Luthor (RAINN WILSON); Cyborg Superman (PATRICK FABIAN) who possesses some of Clark’s memories… and a quarter of his face; The Eradicator (CHARLES HALFORD), a vicious and violent version and who has Kryptonian origins; and finally Steel, created by former LexCorp scientist, John Henry Irons (CRESS WILLIAMS). Wading through who the real Man of Steel is, and what happened to his body after it disappeared, is Lois Lane (REBECCA ROMIJN) who has found a new purpose.

Quick Hit Review: Reign of the Supermen is the conclusion to the Death of Superman saga, the first part I absolutely loved and felt was one of the better in the DC Animated Universe, perhaps only behind The Dark Knight Returns animated film. This second part was… fine? I can’t say I wasn’t entertained and the animation is still rather strong, unfortunately the story was a bit thin.

As I already mentioned in my Death of Superman review, I did generally enjoy the voice acting. Along with the returning members within this DCAU line-up — Jerry O’Connell (Superman) Jason O’Mara (Batman), Rosario Dawson (Wonder Woman), Nathan Fillion (Green Lantern), etc – Rebecca Romijn voicing Lois was quite good as were Cameron Monaghan (Gotham) and Cress Williams as the Superman wannabes. The one drawback I had was Rainn Wilson voicing Lex Luthor. I’m still not fully on board as a part of me still hears Dwight in there, but this go around it wasn’t quite as distracting, perhaps I’m just getting use to it.

In the end, this was an entertaining film that probably better works within the two part story and within DC’s animated movies it’s probably in the middle with the others within the connect DC Animated Universe, which in of itself is still solid filmmaking, and this still would have made a great live action feature film.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 2.25/5


This release comes with an embossed slip cover and inside is the redemption code for the Digital HD copy. Features are on the lighter side, perhaps saving the best for the eventual Deluxe Edition, but we get Lex Luthor: The Greatest Nemesis (16:08; HD) on the character and his history with Superman, a Sneak Peek (9:29; HD) at Justice League vs. The Fatal Five; and two Bonus Cartoons (Superman: The Animated Series – “Heavy Metal”, Justice League Unlimited – “Panic in the Sky”).

 


4K UHD VIDEO – 4.5/5, BD VIDEO – 4.0/5


Warner Brothers releases Reign of the Supermen onto 4K UHD and Blu-ray and it’s pretty much on par with the video for Death of Superman, colors are vibrant throughout and fairly bright boosted by the included HDR. There were no noticeable bouts of banding on the 4K while in some scenes were apparent on the Blu-ray disc, however nothing I’d say was all that distracting.

AUDIO – 4.0/5


Both the 4K UHD and Blu-ray have DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtracks. Generally, I’m not very impressed with these tracks on animated features and while I don’t fell this was an exactly robust track or anything, it was still above average with the clear and crisp dialogue levels to the action-filled fight scenes making way through the center and rear speakers. The depth wasn’t amazing with the LFE channel getting little usage, but still I found this to be a fine lossless track. (copied over from my The Death of Superman review)

 


OVERALL – 3.75/5


Overall, Reign of the Supermen might not be a strong follow up to The Death of Superman and probably middle of the pack amongst the others within the connected DC Animated Universe, but it is pretty entertaining with some great animation and somewhat of a nostalgic feeling for anyone who kept up with the comic saga back in the 1990s. This 4K UHD/Blu-ray combo pack includes good video and audio transfers and a so-so selection of bonus material.

 

 

 

 

The screen captures came from the Blu-ray copy and are here to add visuals to the review and do not represent the 4K video.

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