Warner Bros did an amazing job making sure that Superman – Doomsday didn’t get leaked to the internet a month before release. Screeners are sent to reviewers around that time and they usually get “misplaced” and end up on your local newsgroup/torrent site. Well, Superman – Doomsday didn’t get pirated until the 16th!
… and now that it has been released on DVD it isn’t exactly enjoying amazing reviews. The biggest complaint from fanboys is that it doesn’t follow the graphic novels well enough. The biggest complaint from critics is that it feels hollow.
The best review is one that AICN posted:
To top it all off, this is quite possibly the gayest Superman ever portrayed on film. I don’t mean that in a derrogative sense, I mean that in the sense that this film is laced with slightly veiled homo-erotic phrases or imagery. At more then one occasion, Lex refers to Superman as a “Beautiful God.” There’s a seen were Lex is fighting his evil Superman clone, straddled on top of him and asking “Why did you leave me?” For a moment, not just myself but the others watching the film with me, honestly thought Lex was gonna kiss him! Throw on top of that a few shots of Supes in a thong with his flowing locks and some oil wrestling between the two Superman and you really get to wondering.
My favorite part had to be when evil Superman grabbed the now long-locked Superman by the hair, repeatedly pulling him down to “Knee” him in the face. Of course, all we see is Superman’s head bobbing up and down a few times, before falling to his knees and onto the ground. Evil Superman follows this attack with, “Now who’s better EQUIPPED to defend the city.” I almost fell out of my chair.
Christ, slash sites are going to have a field day with this. Homoeroticism aside, I’m going to pick up a copy just because it is part of the Timmverse. Plus, it is written by Duane Capizzi, the guy who writes The Batman – and that series isn’t all that bad. Not all that great either, but it isn’t bad.