on a storyline (The Supergirl from Krypton) from the DC Comics series
Superman/Batman (Writer: Jeph Loeb, Artist: Michael Turner),
Superman/Batman Apocalypse is the latest direct-to-video animated
film to showcase the rich history of DC Comics. It brings together some
of the world's most popular comic book characters, icons in their own
right such as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Supergirl. For me, the
highlight of this movie was that the artwork based on the original
drawings by the late Michael Turner which truly pays homage to
this amazing artist.
Superman/Batman Apocalypse is somewhat of a sequel to the excellent
Superman/Batman Public Enemies movie which saw Lex Luthor turn
the world against these heroes. Of course the heroes succeeded! This
current film revolves around the 21st century introduction of Supergirl
to the DC mythos and begins with Batman (Kevin Conroy) investigating a
meteor crash in Gotham City Harbor.
investigating, he discovers that a ship has crashed into the harbor and
with it, there is a young woman with superman-like powers who is causing
havoc with her powers. As the world's greatest detective subdues the
girl with kryptonite, Superman arrives to help solve this mystery. We
soon learn that the girl is Kara Zor-El (Summer Glau), the biological
cousin of Kal-El, Superman (Tim Daly).
Superman attempts to indoctrinate his cousin into the world of man,
Batman is still weary about this alien and calls upon Wonder Woman
(Susan Eisenberg) and her Amazonians to take her to Themyscira to not
only be trained by the Amazons but to keep her away from mankind until
she has learned to control her powers.
However unbeknown to the heroes, a godlike being called Darkseid (Andre
Braugher) wishes to possess the female Kryptonian as his ultimate
soldier and sends forth an army of Doomsday monsters as a diversionary
tactic to abduct Kara. From here, Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman seek
the assistance of Big Barda (Julianne Grossman), a former female fury of
Darkseid and together they plan on bringing Kara back to Earth. But is
it too late once Darkseid has brainwashed the young Kryptonian?
watching the story of Superman/Batman Apocalypse, I realised that
this is the perfect interpretation of these characters and there are
some great DC Comic cameos in this film. The pacing is great for those
who may not be familiar with the world of DC Comics, it introduces each
character and gives the viewer a great insight into their personalities.
example, even though Batman only says a handful of lines in the movie,
you really get a sense of his purpose and why he donned the persona of
Batman. Even though Batman and Wonder Woman are in the story, it's
really a Superman/Story tale and explores the relationship between the
two cousins. It's quite a joy to watch and Superman definitely acts like
the big brother with Kara the innocent who is oblivious to the dangers
that surround her.
from the well written story, the action sequences are amazing to watch,
especially the battle between Superman and Darkseid. Batman, the only
mortal in this movie once again proves why he is one of the most
intelligent man on Earth and has several standout moments in the movie.
The star of the movie is unquestionably Kara, thanks to the talents of
Summer Glau who truly captures the inner soul of the maid of might,
Supergirl. With a M15+ rating in Australia, Superman/Batman
Apocalypse is definitely not for small children and cements the fact
that comics are now for a more mature market.
Video/Audio & Special Features
video quality on Blu-ray is visually quite stunning with vibrant
colours, amazing animation which pays homage to Michael Turner. Add in
some impressive animated choreography and this is definitely like a
comic book come to life. The audio is equally impressive, especially the
battles between Superman & Kara and the Amazons versus the Doomsday
monsters. The dialogue is clear and the soundtrack is quite majestic
that suits the superhero premise.
special features, Warner continue to be the leaders in this field. This
disc has everything from bonus episodes from the TV Series, featurettes,
character profiles, a behind the scenes look at the upcoming All-Star
Superman movie and my favourite, a 10-minute DC Showcase that revolves
around the emerald archer, Green Arrow. This is one value packed Blu-ray
The New Gods - This documentary covers Darkseid's story,
particularly in reference to the adaptation of Superman/Batman:
Apocalypse. A primer on the wealth of material and stories contained
in the New Gods series, along with a deeper understanding of why
these characters - and especially Darkseid - are so memorable and
important to the DC pantheon.
Orion - The
mightiest warrior on either New Genesis or Apokolips, Orion follows
an almost Shakespearean arc culminating in the slaying of his
father, Darkseid. This mini-featurette shines a light on this
classically tragic character.
Mister Miracle -
This mini-featurette focuses on the greatest escape artist the
universe has ever known and how he was traded in a peace effort to
be raised by Darkseid, the enemy of all New Genesis.
2 additional bonus
TV series episodes handpicked by Bruce Timm
DC Showcase: Green
Arrow (10 min)
Sneak Peak at the
Next DC Universe Animated Original Movie (10 min)
Supergirl: The Last Daughter of Krypton comprehensive look at The
Maiden of Might from her introduction in the classic age of comics
to her death in the "Crisis on Infinite Earths" crossover event to
her appearance on Smallville and beyond.
2 bonus episodes
from animated television series handpicked by Bruce Timm
If you're a fan of DC Comics or
appreciate well made animated movies than Superman/Batman Apocalypse
is for you. Filled with action, drama and excitement, this is how
animated films should be made and without it being dumbed down, it is
still quite accessible by old and new fans of DC Comics.