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.
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.