DEATH OF SUPERMAN & REIGN OF THE SUPERMEN To Be Adapted As Two 'More Faithful' Animated Films

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Warner Bros. Animation, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment announced the adaptation of the iconic death and return of the Superman as two separate feature-length animated movies.

Revealed at San Diego Comic-Con Friday night, Death of Superman and Reign of the Supermen will follow an adaptation of Batman: Gotham by Gaslight, and the original Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay.

DC describes Gotham by Gaslight as "An adaptation of the popular 1989 tale that introduced us to a Victorian Era Dark Knight who was in pursuit of Jack the Ripper.

"Written by Brian Augustyn and drawn by Mike Mignola of Hellboy fame, Batman: Gotham by Gaslight is largely considered to be the very first 'Elseworlds' tale. At 48 pages, the original comic is relatively slim, meaning the movie version will offer an expanded version of the story, something that’s sure to delight fans of its cobblestone-paved world."

That will be followed in spring 2018 by Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay, the first Suicide Squad movie set within the DC Universe Original Movies’ shared continuity.

DC notes that Batman: Assault on Arkham, the 2014 movie that featured the Suicide Squad was set within the Arkham video game continuity.

Hell to Pay will feature an original story and what’s promised to be "an amazing, though sadly not-yet-revealed, voice cast."

Later in 2018 will be Death of Superman.

"Adapting the legendary story of Superman’s fatal battle with Doomsday, this will actually be the second DC Universe Original Movie to adapt the material," says DC. "The first, 2007’s Superman: Doomsday, was the very first DC Universe Original Movie and greatly condensed and altered the original comic book event to fit within its 75-minute running time. The upcoming adaptation will be more faithful to the source material, much less condensed and will include many of the fan-favorite moments from the story that were left out of Doomsday."

Finally, in early 2019, Reign of the Supermen, completes the two-part adaptation.

"While we’ll have to wait for an official synopsis to learn all of the details, that name should be a familiar one to Superman fans and suggests we’ll be seeing the rise of the Superman alternates that took his place during the year after his death. (For those unfamiliar with the story, they were Steel, Cyborg Superman, Superboy and the Last Son of Krypton.) This part of the Death and Return of Superman was greatly simplified in Doomsday, which instead featured a single alternate Superman rather than the four we saw in the comics."

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