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Superman/Batman: Apocalypse [Blu-ray]
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When a spaceship splashes down in Gotham Harbor, Batman and Superman encounter a mysterious Kryptonian with powers as great as Superman's. When Darkseid gets wind of this, he has the Kryptonian abducted and brought under his control on Apokolips. It's up to Batman and Superman to retrieve the Kryptonian, forcing them to infiltrate Darkseid's hostile world where superpowerful threats lurk around every corner. This story is based on Jeff Loeb's popular mini-series from the Superman/Batman comic books.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG13 PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 6.75 x 5.3 x 0.45 inches; 4 Ounces
- Item model number : 883929101573
- Director : Various
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Animated, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 18 minutes
- Release date : September 28, 2010
- Actors : Various
- Dubbed: : Spanish
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
- Studio : WarnerBrothers
- ASIN : B003UN2ILS
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #33,453 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The artwork and visuals are amazing, and I particularly loved Wonder Woman's fight scene against the Furies ( a scene I felt should have been, or should be in any future Wonder Woman films, just sayin). My only gripe with this film and the subsequent lack of a fifth star, for anyone who is familiar with Superman: The Animated Series, and if not, why not?? In that series, the dark lord is voice by Michael Ironside, in only a few episodes, but the voice casting was perfectly ominous; a terrifying performance. In this film, Darkseid's voice does not give me the fear that it should, and as such I was not intimated by a character that does not need to demand it. That aside, an excellent film!!
Superman/Batman, Vol. 2: Supergirl
However, since the story is compressed in the movie, a lot of little details get left out that would have made the movie make more sense. The movie has two improvements over the comic: they at least give you SOME idea how Darkseid turned Kara over to his side, and the ending isn't as sloppy.
And hey! Summer Glau gets to be Supergirl! (And, uh, Ed Asner as Granny Goodness. Sounds strange, but it works.)
PG-13 for violence and kinky outfits
-A short Green Arrow cartoon
-4 episodes from the Superman animated series- 2 with Supergirl and 2 with Darkseid- from which this story drew a number of elements
-Supergirl: the Last Daughter of Krypton- A 17 minute Supergirl documentary featuring Helen Slater, Laura Vandevoort, and many of the DC folks at those behind these animated films
-A clip about the New Gods
-Clips on Orion and Mr. Miracle (who, uh, aren't in this movie)
-Trailers for All-Star Superman, Batman: Under the Red Hood, Lego Universe. Jonah Hex motion comic, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, and Superman/Batman: Public Enemies
And now for the bad news: as of 2011, none of this ever happened.
The film itself is very well done. I enjoyed the animation style and loved hearing some of the old voice actors from the Bruce Timm related animated series. The dialogue and interactions between the characters are great. I don't want to spoil too much but seeing Superman in the mall is hilarious. What stuck out to me was how well they portrayed Wonder Woman/ Big Barda/ Supergirl. I really enjoyed how they let the girls hang with the boys.
If you buy the Blu ray version you get a lot of nice extras. There are some nice short summaries of the Jack Kirby New Gods characters. There are also 4 Darkseid related episodes from the Superman amimated series. I really enjoyed the Green Arrow short film.
If anyone from DC is reading please consider making more films with characters other than Superman and Batman. Don't get me wrong I love those guys but please give the other guys (and gals) at least some more screen time. I know Time Warner needs to turn a profit on these products but at least consider making more animated shorts for the lesser known characters.
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I'm a bigger fan of Batman than Superman but this movie hit all the right notes. Having Conroy and Daly voice the Legends is always a bonus and there's a great supporting cast including Wonderwoman and if you're going to have a larger than life villian who better than Darkseid. What I really liked about this movie was that it wasn't afraid to have titanic fight sequences that were reminiscent of the Golden Age of DC Comics.
The two disc edition has bonus episodes from the the Superman Animated series and also a DC Premiere with the Green Arrow which is a fantastic short with the titular character protecting a young girl from a bunch of assassins in an airport.
You can't do wrong with 'Apocalypse' whilst we wait for 'All Star Superman' and the 'Batman - Year One' animated movies in 2011.
The story is compelling. A different perspective to a familiar story, which makes it more modern and edgy, with Superman finally revealing that he is also flawed!
And the action does not stop!
I don't want to give anything away, but a superb story - I highly recommend to all DC fans.
But... this movie, more than all the other DC animated movies, seemed to really push the sex appeal of all the female characters. And at times, it borders on embarrassing. As comic book or animation fans, we're all used to our women being represented a certain way. Thin, well endowed, and scantily clad. I'm usually forgiving of this trope. But it went too far here, and it was distracting from an otherwise great movie. Batman and Superman are basically the only men in this film (excluding Darkseid). Between Kara Zor-El, Wonder Woman, all the amazonians, Barda, Darkseid's Furies... There is no shortage of women. But Barda obviously needed to be introduced having just got out of the shower? Kara shows up on Earth naked (obscured obviously)? The outfits of the Furies are beyond ridiculous. Kara's new outfit near the end is goth/stripper. And the movie cumulates in a fight where Kara's clothes get torn to bits, but somehow don't burn off when being zapped at point blank range. I don't like to belabor the point. But once you think about it, it starts to detract from the plot.
I know I spent much of this review on a single negative point. It's still a good animated film. But the treatment of its female characters can be hard to swallow. If you love DC animated films, this is still a good one to check out. But it may age harder than others.