Movie Review: REIGN OF THE SUPERMEN (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

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.

REIGN OF THE SUPERMEN is and animated version of “The Death of Superman,” DC’s landmark 1992-93 comic phenomenon. The movie was produced and directed by Sam Liu from a script by Jim Krieg and Tim Sheridan and features a voice cast led by Jerry O’Connell, Rebecca Romijn and Rainn Wilson as the voices of Superman, Lois Lane and Lex Luthor, respectively. The potent trio is joined by the DC Universe Movies’ returning voices of the Justice League: Jason O’Mara as Batman, Rosario Dawson as Wonder Woman, Shemar Moore as Cyborg, Nathan Fillion as Green Lantern/Hal Jordan, Christopher Gorham as The Flash, and Nyambi Nyambi as Martian Manhunter.

Newly featured cast members include Cress Williams as Steel, Cameron Monaghan as Superboy, Patrick Fabian as Hank Henshaw, and Tony Todd as Darkseid. In addition, the cast includes Charles Halford as Bibbo Bibbowski and The Eradicator, Rocky Carroll as Perry White, Toks Olagundoye as Cat Grant, Max Mittleman as Jimmy Olsen, Paul Eiding as Jonathan Kent, Jennifer Hale as Martha Kent, Trevor Devall as Dabney Donovan and Erica Luttrell as Mercy. Amy McKenna is producer, and Alan Burnett is co-producer. Executive Producers are Sam Register and James Tucker.

The world must cope with the loss of Superman – and the sudden emergence of four would-be heirs to the title. 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.

Reign of the Supermen picks up six months after The Death of Superman and introduces the four mysterious figures that emerge to pick up the mantle and continue to battle the forces of evil. Steel, Superboy, the Eradicator and Cyborg Superman all claim to be the real deal but as the movie plays out we find out who they really are, how they got there and what they’re really up to. Long story short, a few are good and a few not-so good. Needless to say, there’s also a couple of sinister figures pulling some strings behind-the-scenes and they’re also eventually exposed. The Justice League is also back as well as the Man of Steel who finally makes his triumphet return from the grave to take on the latest threat and to show the world that he’s the one and only Superman.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Each disc is color coded and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, this second half of the two parter that began with 2018’s The Death of Superman goes where Superman Doomsday, the inaugural film in the DC Universe Movies series, wasn’t able to go due to time restraints and is a much more faithful animated version of “The Death of Superman” with a few new elements thrown in here and there. The action-packed Reign of the Supermen not only introduces these four super-powered imposters to the world but it shows how everyone is dealing with the loss of Superman. While the first part of the story was heartbreaking, this second part gives hope with the rise of these four mysterious figures (even though not all of them are good guys) and ultimately the return of Superman. This isn’t my favorite animation style and look for these characters but it’s still okay and I thought the voice cast did a good job with their characters. This isn’t my favorite voice cast lineup but I still got into the characters enough and that’s what’s important. It’s all about the story and the return of the most iconic superhero of all time and that’s what makes this latest animated film from Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment such an entertaining watch. Reign of the Supermen will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital) on January 29th.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 87 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (1.78:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio  5.1 / French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (1.78:1)

DVD Audio: English, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include a character featurette, a sneak peek at the next DC Universe movie, two vintage animated episodes and a digital copy of the movie.

  • Lex Luthor: The Greatest Nemesis (Featurette) – Evil Genius. Archenemy of Superman. Misunderstood hero? This documentary will look at one of the most renowned villains in literature and debate his ethics and motivations throughout his publication history and as the calculated anti-hero of Reign of the Supermen. We’ll also explore how Lex Luthor is emblematic of technology without limit, often demonstrating what effect unbridled power, resources, and influence can have on humanity. We’ll discuss the affinity for storytellers to associate Lex Luthor and with the field of science as they challenge our morals and integrity with real world issues such as cloning and what can happen if science fiction became science reality. (16:08)
  • A Sneak Peek at the next DC Universe Movie, Justice League vs. The Fatal Five – An entertaining, insightful exciting look at the next animated film in the popular DC Universe Movies collection. (09:29)
  • From the DC Vault: Superman: The Animated Series, “Heavy Metal” (20:52)
  • From the DC Vault: Justice League Unlimited, “Panic in the Sky” (23:04)
  • Digital Copy
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