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Superman vs The Elite [Blu-ray] (2012)

David Kaufman , George Newbern , Michael Chang  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Kaufman, George Newbern, Robin Atkin Downes, Pauley Perrette, Julie Wittner
  • Directors: Michael Chang
  • Writers: Joe Kelly
  • Format: Animated, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 12, 2012
  • Digital Copy Expiration Date: June 12, 2014 (Click here for more information)
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007MCSV1O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,428 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

The Elite, a team of super-powered antiheroes, is renowned for killing their enemies. Despite the acclaim and approval the Elite enjoy, Superman knows they are in the wrong, creating more harm than good by their methods. Tensions between them finally culminate in a mass showdown on Jupiter’s moons, when Superman is forced to prove that violence is never a positive.

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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Movie, Slowed By Poor Animation June 15, 2012
Format:Blu-ray
In Superman vs. The Elite, the Man of Steel faces his most daunting foe yet: public opinion. In an era where the realities of terrorism and global strife have created a cynical and hardline attitudes about the concept of "justice," Superman's idealistic optimism seems more and more outdated (both in the film, and in the real-world). So when a group of younger super-powered vigilantes known as The Elite appear on the scene, Superman is not prepared for their brutal stance against criminals - nor the resounding public approval that follows.

The greatest super hero in the world soon discovers that changing times and public opinion are not things that even his god-like powers can control. Even with the world turning away from him, Superman must find some way to win back the support of humanity, before The Elite do something truly reckless and get themselves - and/or others - killed in the process.

Superman vs. The Elite is an odd entry in the canon of DC Universe direct-to-DVD/Blu-ray animated features. On the one hand, the story (based on the Action Comics storyline "What's So Funny About Truth Justice & the American Way?") is actually one the most timely and interesting Superman tales to come along in awhile. (It certainly covers thematic ground that bears examination - as the upcoming feature-film reboot Man of Steel will attempt to do next year.)

The story works in this animated feature as well as it did on the comic book page - primarily because the writer of the comic story (Joe Kelly) also wrote this animated feature version.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deconstructing Warren Ellis March 3, 2013
Format:Blu-ray
I've always enjoyed comic author Warren Ellis' work. His voice was new, jaded, and cynical - in a world where superheroes were black and white, Ellis was a dark shade of gray. I collected issues of Stormwatch and Planetary, both of which reinforced Ellis' ethos: the inherent evil of corporations, a corrupt America, and a selfish nature of humanity. This is the new world of superheroes: global, amoral, and casually violent with their power. All of this is critical in appreciating "Superman vs. the Elite," which is Joe Kelly's response to Ellis' jaded world view. And what better vehicle to defend the American Way than with Superman?

"Superman vs. the Elite" is an animated version of the comic that answered this question, "What's so Funny About Truth, Justice & the American Way?" The Elite consists of superheroes that play at the level of Superman: super-psychic Manchester Black (Robin Atkin Downes), energy-absorbing bruiser Coldcast (Catero Colbert), oversexed bioform Menagerie (Melissa Disney), and monster-summoning magician The Hat (Andrew Kishino). Black is a Brit (he wears a Union Jack shirt - actually, it's a tattoo!) who has little respect for anyone, including Superman. But the methods of his Elite team soon become globally renowned for their methods against Bialyan "terrorists."

It's not hard to see echoes of 9/11 and the War on Terror lurking on the fringes of this philosophical argument between justice and the ends justifying the means. Superman (George Newbern, reprising his role from the DC Animated Universe) at first tries to get along with these newcomers, leading them with tactics he's earned as a seasoned superhero. It doesn't last.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect representation of the Man of Steel. July 4, 2013
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I just took a look at a relatively recent animated Superman film, Superman vs. The Elite. I am very glad I did. This has been, without a doubt, one of the best Superman media in recent years, and one of the best representations of the character that I have ever seen.

The plot of this animated feature is based on one particular issue of the comic series, and a relatively recent one at that. Taken from Action Comics #775, "Whatever Happened to Truth, Justice, and the American Way?", written by Joe Kelly back in 2001. Kelly himself wrote the adaptation, so he pretty much gives his approval on the faithfulness of that adaptation since he did himself. The plot of this film (and by extension, the comic book on which it is based) is that Superman must deal with this new team of superhuman antiheroes called the Elite. The elite are led by Manchester Black, who has telekinetic and telepathic abilities. The other members are Coldcast, who can manipulate electromagnetic energy; the Hat, who possesses a magical hat from which he can summon demons and other things; and Menagerie, who has access to some sort of symbiotic alien life form that summon and control alien creatures from her body. The Elite are of the persuasion that superheroes who simply turn in criminals to prison, as opposed to killing them outright, are being too soft on evil, with Superman being the metaphorical embodiment of this ideology. To this end, the Elite make use of lethal force when combating their enemies, in direct opposition to Superman and his methods. The world, it seems, are on the side of the Elite, and they want more permanent solutions to problems like criminals and violence. Superman begins to question his place in the world, and whether or not his ideals are outdated in an ever-changing world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Man of Steel Delivers.
This is a little different view of villians. Are they villians or super heroes? Watch how they develop and evolve.
Published 5 hours ago by Ron
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting problems for Superman
A new way to look at the solutions to some very tough questions and the results of the different ways they are resolved.
Published 11 hours ago by Jeff Parsons
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous movie, watch ASAP and many more times after that
Note: This review gives plot details but not many spoilers, I think!

The only complaint anybody can have about the movie is the 80's style Saturday morning cartoon... Read more
Published 1 day ago by 254Fat_Boy
3.0 out of 5 stars just ok
I always prefer the voice actors from the WB JLA/JLU series so this was a treat but, overall, the art and story was just soso for me.
Published 2 months ago by Feles31
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Superman Movie
Love the animated DC movies. This is another great one in my opinion. Collect them all if your a fan. You wont be disappointed.
Published 2 months ago by Budlight72
4.0 out of 5 stars Two world views
Manchester Black: "This is a call-out to the shadow cabinets, petty dictators and all-around tossers of the world. You're on notice. Read more
Published 2 months ago by NF
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic story!
5 stars all the way, the story line is thoughtful and well meaning, it's hard to find any of the old 'morale adventure' stuff now-a-days. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tassit
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great DC title...
I love DC Animation movies, and have been collecting them for years. This one is amazing, and right out of the graphic novel too. They kept it close and true to the comic. Read more
Published 7 months ago by MikeT0816
4.0 out of 5 stars good movie
its good, i didnt like the animation much but it didnt take away from the movie. the story is solid and enjoyable. good stuff
Published 7 months ago by Julian Alonzo
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
Movie was ok. worth getting if you like dc comics. But you should get the other first. They are better.
Published 8 months ago by Dimitri
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