Superman/Batman: Apocalypse Reviews
Starring: Summer Glau, Ed Asner, Tim Daly, Andre Braugher, Kevin Conroy, and Susan Eisenberg
Written By: Tab Murphy
Directed By: Lauren Montgomery
THE END IS NEAR.
I'm hoping that the second half of Justice League is a little bit like this, because it would be so cool to see Supergirl on the big screen with all the other JL members like Flash, Cyborg, Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman. Because for those of you know me, she is my second favorite DC character right after the big kryptonian himself, Superman.
Batman discovers a mysterious teen-aged girl with superhuman powers and a connection to Superman. When the girl comes to the attention of Darkseid, the evil overlord of Apokolips, events take a decidedly dangerous turn.
The only complaint is that since this is the first animated movie on Supergirl that she would have been explored a little more. But other than that I like what they did with her and I liked how she was potrayed.
As you know I don't talk much about these animated films, so i'm just going to end the review by saying I give this a four and a half out of five
you'd think it'd be just the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight but no, it actually has Wonder Woman and Supergirl of all things
it has a lot of well-staged action, slick animation, and is very character-driven
the focus is mainly on Kara-El who lands on Earth and is lost on how to find her place in a strange new world
Batman is very skeptical seeing as she's the only last survivor of an extinct planet but Wonder Woman feels she may be better off in an advanced-trained environment with the Amazonian warriors
all 3 heroes clash over what's best for Clark's cousin and Kara only wants to be her own champion
on the planet Apocalypse the villainous Darkseid is looking for a new guard warrior under his command, Kara looks like the perfect candidate
the film teaches the viewer that the best we can strive towards is heroism no matter where we come from
it's our own choices that have us aspire to be normal while still doing the extraordinary
fun fun fun
It's considered a direct sequel to 2009's Worlds Finest film, but in reality, it's its own entity. It's also not really a Superman & Batman film at all. With the story line directly focusing on the appearance of Supergirl and the inclusion of Wonder Woman and the Amazonians, it's almost like a mini Justice League film. If you're going in looking for a classic Batman & Superman story, this isn't it. But if you're looking for yet another solid entry in the DC Animated Universe, then I think there's enjoyment to be had here.
Supergirl (Kara) enters the world in full Terminator glory and is discovered by none other than Batman. As him and Superman debate as to what they should do with her, Darkseid and his minions try to take things in their own hands. Wonder Woman believes Supergirl should be kept away from civilization until her powers are under control but Superman believes she should live with him as he teaches her the way of the world. Of course, Kara has her own idea of the life she should live. And that's really the basis the film goes by. Other than Batman and Superman both being in the film, it's not their story at all.
The film does pick up however once they go to Darkseid's planet of Apocalypse itself after he kidnapped Kara. Darkseid's presence in this film is pretty much the exact representation I would hope the live action universe uses. He's calculating, manipulating, cool, calm, and collected. Throw in some omega beams and an unstoppable physical presence and you get DC's potentially best villain.
Even though this film is entertaining and definitely satisfying by its end, there has to be some let down in the fact that it doesn't ever feel like a Batman and Superman film. It's one of my biggest fears of Batman V Superman. Keep the film even in tone and focus, and don't mislead your audience. If you do that, I don't think people will be disappointed. So with all that said, Superman/Batman Apocalypse is a decent entry in a distinguished line of incredible animated films, it's just unfortunate it doesn't live up to its predecessor.
+Well realized characters through voice work
+Supergirl is handled correctly
-But it's not a Superman/Batman film at all
-A let down in some regards
Supergirl gets sent away to Amazon in order train with Wonder woman. Kent changes his mind and tries to get her to come back to Metrapologypse, in standard teenage fashion she goes all hay wire and ends up joining the dark side. (Well, Darkseid, to be precise) I bet you can end up where she ends...
Standard story line, nothing to write home about but nothing to be upset about either.
Batman and Superman deal with Darkseid and Apokolips while trying to save a Kryptonian that crash landed on earth before being abducted by Darkseid.
The animation is really nice and the story was quite entertaining,
(Full review coming soon)
In this version, they try and keep most of the good stuff. The Doomsday army is there, and lots of other plot elements are kept. They do cut out lots of good things too, such as the Kryptonite ring, as well as Superman and Darkseid fighting in front of the sun.
The change up at the end is forgiven with one of the best animated fight scenes I've ever seen. Superman is sent into space with a terrible blast, and Kara must fight Darkseid one on one.
The voice acting for these animated films is usually really good, but there seems to always be one voice that doesn't seem to go with the rest. In this case, its Andre Braugher. His Darkseid doesn't really have the menacing quality to it and he seems too soft spoken.
As for the changes, one must accept them because turning an entire graphic novel into a 75 minute movie means you have to cut things out. It was a very entertaining DC animated film, with a good climax to end it all. I hope this maybe gets a live action version someday, as that would be epic.