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Reign of the Supermen (film)

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Reign of the Supermen
Blu-ray cover
Directed bySam Liu
Written byTim Sheridan
Jim Krieg
Based onCharacters by DC Comics
Produced byJames Tucker
Edited byChristoper D. Lozinski
Music byFrederik Wiedmann
Distributed byWarner Bros. Home Entertainment
Release date
  • January 13, 2019 (2019-01-13) (limited)
  • January 15, 2019 (2019-01-15) (Digital download and Blu-ray)
Running time
87 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Box office$3.18 million

Reign of the Supermen is a 2019 American direct-to-video animated superhero film produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment. The film is a direct sequel to the 2018 animated film The Death of Superman, based on the comic book story arc of the same name in "The Death of Superman" event. It is the twelfth film of the DC Animated Movie Universe and the 33rd film of the DC Universe Animated Original Movies. The film was released in limited Fathom Events theaters on January 13, 2019, and to digital and Blu-ray on January 15, 2019.


Six months following Superman’s sacrifice and death at the hands of Doomsday,[N 1] the crime rate in Metropolis has spread, while four new Supermen have emerged and become controversial to the world. Lois Lane and Clark Kent's adoptive parents are still in mourning over his death. Lois has been investigating the new Supermen by gathering information from different sources.

Lex Luthor introduces a new Superman to the world at a press conference, which Lois discovers is actually a clone – Superboy created by Dr. Dabney Donovan. However, the conference is interrupted by the Eradicator, Steel and Cyborg Superman (who claims he is the true Superman) who fight each other until both the Eradicator and Cyborg Superman leave the battle. Meanwhile, the Eradicator is transferring his DNA to the deceased corpse of Superman in the Fortress of Solitude. That night, Cyborg Superman visits Lois in an attempt to convince her he isn't a fake. Lex gets frustrated at Superboy, for his childish actions.

The Justice League, accompanied by Superboy, are hired as bodyguards for the president, who is announcing their new Watchtower. The presentation is suddenly attacked by Parademons, summoned via a boom tube portal. The League are mysteriously transported to another planet and declared dead while Cyborg Superman rescues the president and is announced to the world as the true Superman. Angered, Lex reveals to Superboy he also has his DNA and kills Dr. Donovan after he explains to Lex that Superboy is the best clone they could create. With the help of Steel, Lois discovers Cyborg Superman is the deceased astronaut Hank Henshaw who blames Superman for not saving him and his wife and has decided to destroy his legacy by impersonating him. Henshaw reveals to the world his new "Cyber Corps" militia, which are created by Mother Boxes infused with humans.

Steel tracks the Eradicator to the Fortress, where he learns that Superman is currently going through a revitalization cycle, and the two engage in a fight. The fight is broadcast to Lois’ phone. Lois realises that the Eradicator is a hologram from Superman's ship's matrix, created to protect Superman. Eventually, the fight is stopped when a depowered Superman is reborn, also donning a black suit. Through Henshaw's technology, Lex and Lois discover that Henshaw himself is being controlled by Darkseid from Apokolips[N 2], who created Doomsday and orchestrated its attack on Earth.

Superman, Superboy and Steel head towards Metropolis. Lex sends Lois to the Watchtower as he uses a Mother Box to rescue the League. Darkseid continues to torment Henshaw for his failure to keep Superman dead and attempts to open a portal for his arrival, using the Mother Box infused with Henshaw. However, Henshaw rips out the Mother Box inside him, also deactivating Darkseid's control over the Cyber Corps. Just before Henshaw attempts to kills Lois, Superman arrives. Henshaw blames Superman for his wife Terri's death. Superman eventually regains his powers from the sun and kills Henshaw by stabbing his forehead with a crystal taken from the Fortress of Solitude containing the Eradicator program. Henshaws death also deactivates the Cyber Corps and restore them to normal.

In the aftermath, Martian Manhunter disguises himself as Superman to announce Clark Kent's safe return with the cover up of him being missing during the Doomsday attack. Superboy was sent to live with the Kents and was named "Conner". In a post-credit scene, the League gather at the Watchtower to confront Darkseid themselves,[N 3] with Lex inviting himself in.

Voice cast

Voice actor Character
Jerry O'Connell Kal-El / Clark Kent / Superman, Hank Henshaw (voice modulation)
Rebecca Romijn Lois Lane
Rainn Wilson Lex Luthor
Cameron Monaghan Kon-El / Conner Kent / Superboy
Cress Williams John Henry Irons / Steel
Patrick Fabian Hank Henshaw / Cyborg Superman
Jason O'Mara Bruce Wayne / Batman
Rosario Dawson Diana Prince / Wonder Woman
Shemar Moore Victor Stone / Cyborg
Nathan Fillion Hal Jordan / Green Lantern
Christopher Gorham Barry Allen / The Flash
Nyambi Nyambi J'onn J'onzz / John Jones / Martian Manhunter
Ron Troupe (uncredited)
Tony Todd Uxas / Darkseid
Charles Halford Bibbo Bibbowski
Rocky Carroll Perry White
Toks Olagundoye Cat Grant
Max Mittelman Jimmy Olsen
Steve Lombard (uncredited)
Eric (uncredited)
Paul Eiding Jonathan Kent
Cemetery Worker (uncredited)
Jennifer Hale Martha Kent
President Joan Dale (uncredited)
Watchtower Computer
Trevor Devall Dabney Donovan
G. Gordon Godfrey (uncredited)
Snakey Doyle (uncredited)
Erica Luttrell Mercy Graves
Becky (uncredited)
Sullivan (uncredited)


Reign of the Supermen was released and distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment in limited Fathom Events theaters on January 13 and 14, 2019,[2] and in Digital HD on January 15, 2019. The film's Blu-ray was originally scheduled for release on January 29, 2019,[3] but was instead moved up to January 15.[4] The movie was re-released on home video, edited together with its predecessor, on October 1, 2019 as "The Death and Return of Superman"[5]


Reign of the Supermen earned $3,408,362 from domestic home video sales.[6]


  1. ^ As depicted in The Death of Superman.
  2. ^ Introduced in Justice League: War.
  3. ^ setting up the events of Justice League Dark: Apokolips War.


  1. ^ "Reign of the Supermen (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy)".
  2. ^ "'The Death of Superman' and 'Reign of the Supermen' Coming to Theaters". DC. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  3. ^ "Reign of the Supermen Blu-ray Release Date, Cover Art & Details Unveiled". October 24, 2018.
  4. ^ "January 2019: New Releases". January 1, 2019.
  5. ^ "The Death and Return of Superman Complete Film Collection Gets a Release Date". Retrieved August 25, 2018.
  6. ^ "Reign of the Supermen (2019) The Numbers Listing". The Numbers. Retrieved January 22, 2018.

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