Superman / Batman: Apocalypse
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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.
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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.
I compare all DC Animated Adventure to Under the Red Hood. This movie is Extremely Good but it does not Measure us to that emotionally gripping storyline.
As a stand alone, it is Fantastic!
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.
NO DIGITAL COPIES in the multi-format vesrion. Only reason I didn't give it 5 stars.
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