Reign of The Supermen is the follow-up to DC’s reimagining for the New 52 style, Death of Superman feature from last year. It adapts the remainder of the Death and Rebirth of Superman story arcs from the (in)famous comic.
As with Death, Reign of The Supermen liberally borrows story elements from the comic and carves its own path forward. To say that a massive amount of content has been rewritten for this screen adaptation would be an understatement. While the four main characters from the comic - Superboy, Cyborg Superman, Steel and The Eradicator – do make an appearance, most of their backstories have been significantly altered, specifically for Cyborg Superman and Eradicator.
The comic’s final arc as well has been completely changed. No longer do we have Mongul making an appearance or Coast City been vaporized - instead, the changes made tie into the movie all the way back into Justice League: War, while still maintaining a no less significant threat to the planet.
The rewrites to the story are far more palatable than the original comics as, quite frankly, a lot of the material from it is just plain terrible. However, the new direction for the story is somewhat underwhelming. In fact, the entire production is underwhelming.
The rewrites to the story are far more palatable than the original comics as, quite frankly, a lot of the material from it is just plain terrible.
If it’s meant to simulate the feeling of a hopeless world without Superman, it doesn’t quite work...
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10 January 2019
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