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Superman/Batman Apocalypse
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11.10.2010 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Lauren Montgomery

Actors:
Kevin Conroy
Tim Daly
Summer Glau

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
When a ship falls to Earth containing Kara, Supermanís cousin, the Justice League must figure out what to do with her until she can learn to control her powers, but a sinister villain from another planet has his own intensions for Karaís future and will let none stand in his way.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
As Iíve mentioned before, both DC and MARVEL are kicking ass and taking names when it comes down to their animated films lately. With the exception of Batman, Iíve never really cared for the DC universe (though admittedly I did enjoy the Green Lantern film FIRST FLIGHT which opened my mind to what DC has to offer). BATMAN/SUPERMAN PUBLIC ENEMIES and JUSTICE LEAGUE CRISIS ON TWO EARTHS were both excellent but as with APOCALYPSE, I find myself more of a Batman fan than Superman or Wonder Woman. That said, Superman fans will love this one as it pretty much focuses upon Sups and his rocky introduction to Kara. I was unfamiliar with Karaís proper origin story and was impressed with how it went down.

Now as a SMALLVILLE fan I have to say this origin story was quite different than the one we got in that series but then again, I can see why. Taking these characters to space and or other planets would be a tricky business on TV or the big screen (Iím half scared, half curious to see how Ryan Reynoldsí GREEN LANTERN handles this situation) and as far as the characters themselves go, most importantly Kara and Clark, this is one of the reasons I prefer SMALLVILLE. Superman comes off as pretty much indestructible in these films as does his cousin Kara, and because of this we need cosmic villains like Darkseid to make the battles seem even remotely fair (Superman did however get rocked by Darkseid here yet at the same time managed to level an army of Doomsday clones just prior to that which made me scratch my head in confusion).

Now fundamentally speaking, I donít feel these heroes have the same camaraderie or comedic tone the Avengers do but Batman does tend to fill that void with great one liners and witty dialogue which always keeps me entertained. Thereís also some racy language and bloodshed present to push the adult entertainment vibe which again, is very much appreciated and a telltale sign that DC is taking these films seriously from a fanís perspective. The cut is crisp on Blu-ray, the score top notch and as always the voice talent does anything but disappoint with Kevin Conroy leading the team as the best and only voice of Batman as far as Iím concerned (Conroy continues his legacy in the upcoming PS3 sequel BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY and the upcoming online PC game DC UNIVERSE).

SUPERMAN/BATMAN APOCALYPSE scores another point for DC on the animated front and manages to keep my interest in DC strong. Again, the transition from SMALLVILLE to here is a little rough and though Superman clearly lacks the humanity here that he has in SMALLVILLE I still enjoy seeing him in action. Supergirl is nowhere near as exciting to watch as Batman and Superman are but this was a fun origin story and a cool continuation to the this series of films, leaving me stoked with anticipation for the next film in line.
THE EXTRAS
DC Showcase: Green Arrow: Much like the Jonah Hex short attached to the BATMAN: BEHIND THE RED HOOD film, this Green Arrow adventure is only about thirteen minutes long but still good times. Justin Hartleyís version on SMALLVILLE has really made me grow to love the character.

Bonus Episodes: Also as with the BATMAN: BEHIND THE RED MASK film, producer Bruce Timm is back with his top four favourite episodes only this time theyíre from SUPERMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES. Canít say I watched that series but these episodes are definitely cool.

Behind the Story: Here we get a look at the various comic book storylines that helped inspire this filmís story as well as profiles on some of the villains featured in this film. Again, I didnít read much Superman as a kid but after SMALLVILLE I became eager to learn more.

Previews: Here we have trailers for most of DCís recent animated films as well as an exclusive sneak peek at their next animated adventure: ALL STAR SUPERMAN. I donít know anything about the storyline their using here but the flick does look good.

This Blu-ray package also includes not only the feature film on Blu-ray but both a DVD copy and Digital Copy of the film as well.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
If youíre a fan of these animated adventures youíll have nothing to complain about here. Iím still not sure if I enjoy DC or Marvel more lately but one thing I do know is that a lot of hard work goes into these films and I for one appreciate it. Thereís lots to love here and itís all well worth your money.
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10:29AM on 11/10/2010

it was entertaining but...

not sure why its called "Superman/Batman Apocalypse". it would have been appropriate to call it "Super Girl Begins" or something as it's mostly about her. Batman is a minor character in this one.
not sure why its called "Superman/Batman Apocalypse". it would have been appropriate to call it "Super Girl Begins" or something as it's mostly about her. Batman is a minor character in this one.
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7:44AM on 11/10/2010
Im getting this from netflix today, and am excited to watch it. Its based on the brilliant story from Jeph Loeb and brilliantly illustrated by the late Michael Turner. Its ultimately a Supergirl origin story, but it definately shows a different side to Superman as he assumes the role of an overbearing father figure to Kara, and later we get to see Supes lose his temper and go off on Darkseid in a big way. Not sure how faithful the film is to the comic, hoping its pretty close. All Star
Im getting this from netflix today, and am excited to watch it. Its based on the brilliant story from Jeph Loeb and brilliantly illustrated by the late Michael Turner. Its ultimately a Supergirl origin story, but it definately shows a different side to Superman as he assumes the role of an overbearing father figure to Kara, and later we get to see Supes lose his temper and go off on Darkseid in a big way. Not sure how faithful the film is to the comic, hoping its pretty close. All Star Superman is a great story, its a Luthor story who finally figures out a way to kill Superman, and it isnt with Kryptonite either.
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