By Orion Tippens, Guest Contributor
After much anticipation, DC Comics delivered shocks and surprises to thousands who gathered to watch the world premiere of "Superman: Doomsday" Thursday at Comic-Con International in San Diego.
The movie was presented on four large screens booming with clear sound. DC Comics current president, Paul Levitz, opened up with a brief message on Superman's animated past and future animation projects.
"We fully intend to blow you away,'" said Levitz.
Fans were treated to the main feature four large screens and booming sound. An encore presentation was available later that night for the less fortunate who were turned away from the maxed out venue.
The movie was far more violent and mature than Timm's past work. Lots of blood, some unexpected and shocking death scenes, a far more sinister Lex Luthor and a plot that somewhat mirrored the classic '90s tale of Superman's death and rebirth, but with added twists that kept even hardcore fans on the edge of their seat.
Following the movie was a panel of creators: Head director and co-writer Bruce Timm, writer Duane Capizzi, co-director Brandon Vietti, Lauren Montgomery, and voice caster Andrea Romano.
But first the audience was treated to prerecorded televised messages from the Superman/Clark Kent voice actor Adam Baldwin (who will have his own show, "Chuck" on NBC this fall), and Lex Luthor voice actor, James Marsters (best known as Spike on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer").
The panel was brief with side notes on the shows production and mature themes including some harsh language and unexpected violent content. All panelists expressed pleasure in how the final project came out.
The DVD will be released September 18, 2007.
During the panel discussion, treats were handed to the audience including a limited edition HeroClix, and a giant lenticular card.
The panel ended with a bang as they surprised audiences with a preview of the next DC Comics animated project, "Justice League: New Frontier," based on the popular comic book, the voice cast announced:
- Kyle Mclachlan as Superman
- Lucy Lawless as Wonder Woman
- Neil Patrick Harris as the Flash
- David Boreanaz as Green Lantern
- Jerry Sisto as Batman