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Reign Of The Supermen Blu-ray Review

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“Reign Of The Supermen” is heavy on action, but light on depth.

In this sequel to “The Death of Superman,” the story explores the void that Superman’s death has left on Earth. In his absence, we (the audience) learn that new heroes have stepped up to fight crime and stop disasters. There’s Superboy (a Lex Corp clone), Steel (a legitimate hero), Eradicator (whose origins are unknown) and Cyborg Superman (who is definitely not who he seems to be). Unfortunately, things quickly go south after the Justice League vanishes and a big bad enters the picture with a fiendish plot. Will anyone be able to stop this iconic villain? Is Superman really dead? Can these new heroes band together to help save Earth? All is revealed in the end.

After the surprisingly weighty “The Death of Superman,” I was looking forward to this follow-up. Writers Tim Sheridan and Jim Krieg do an admirable job of introducing new characters and showing what the world is like without Superman in a limited amount of time. With that said, however, this sequel lacks the emotional and dramatic depth of its predecessor. While each new and returning character does have their moment, it felt like Sheridan and Krieg really missed an opportunity to dig deep into the mindset of these characters (especially the new faces). Additionally, the movie is far too casual in unveiling major revelations. I’m not sure why big moments are underplayed, but it’s very bizarre (especially from a dramatic standpoint). Perhaps this is a casualty of the sometimes rushed ending by Christopher D. Lozinski, a writing flaw, or perhaps director Sam Liu is to blame. Either way, “Reign of the Supermen” doesn’t feel as impactful as it could have been.

If you’re coming into ‘Reign’ looking for big action set pieces, you should be pleased on that front. There’s more than a couple high flying, earth smashing, super powered beatdowns. I won’t go into spoiler territory here though so you can enjoy the surprises for yourself.

Cast wise, I have to give props for Jerry O’Connell as Clark and Superman. He brings as much depth to the character as he can with his layered voice acting. Rebecca Romijin also shines as Lois Lane. It would be nice to see these two actors continue to voice these two roles. I also feel the need to shout out Nathan Fillion. For many films now he has completely embodied Hal Jordan/Green Lantern and it’s come to the point where I can’t picture anyone else in the role. He’s that good.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? The 2D animation shines in hi-def.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? A quality DTS track that really puts the speakers to work during the action set pieces.

Extras:
* DVD copy
* Digital copy
* Warner/DC trailers
* A sneak peek at the upcoming “Justice League vs. The Fatal Five” animated film.
* One episode from “Superman: The Animated Series” (“Heavy Metal”) and one from “Justice League Unlimited” (“Panic In The Sky”).
* “Lex Luthor: The Greatest Nemesis”- A featurette that spotlights Superman’s greatest foe.

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January 24, 2019 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , ,

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