Pre-martial sex Superman…Posted: September 24, 2007
I watched the Superman/Doomsday movie last week and it was a pretty ambivalent experience.
The animation and fight scenes were very, very well done. What else could you expect from an animated film from Bruce Timm? The fight scenes were well staged and often exciting. The animation was much better than you see in most direct to DVD movies (paging Ultimate Avengers… paging Ultimate Avengers).
After I got used to the change from the old JLU/Superman TAS voice actors, I found that the voice cast was very excellent. Adam Baldwin made an excellent Superman.
But, you know, there were some serious problems with the film. Namely it wasn’t really Superman/Doomsday. Doomsday is gone about a 1/3 of the way through the film. The rest of the film is taken up with a silly plot about Luthor-clones of Superman. In fact a better title of this film would have been ‘The Death and Return of Superman’.
In fact plot/character development was the worst part of the film, an unusual fault in a Timm production.
The biggest problem characterization wise was Superman’s relationship with Lois. It does not seem to me that Superman would sleep with Lois and not tell her his secret identity. I don’t know, maybe I’m a prude, but I think if you are going to be “dating” (re: fucking) someone it would be nice to know their first name. To me, Superman is an ideal character, the ultimate “nice guy” thus he would not be “intimate” with someone if he could not, metaphorically, go all the way. It just seems like for the first part of the movie Superman was just treating Lois very poorly and it really bothered me.
I also noticed that Timm went out of his way to show that this movie was very “PG-13”. It was all very silly since the new expanded levels of violence and sex were applied very unevenly. Sometimes someone would get punched and BOOM! blood. Other times, no such gory.
This is to say that it was all very unnecessary to the plot and felt tacked on.
All of this left me feeling very ambivalent about Superman/Doomsday. It certainly wasn’t a bad experince but I wouldn’t recommend it, in good faith.