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.
DC Universe's direct-to-DVD animated feature offers not just another team-up of its most iconic heroes, but an origin story for Supergirl, whose arrival on Earth is chronicled here. Picking up from where Superman/Batman: Public Enemies left off, a shard of the giant Kryptonite meteor that threatened Earth crashes in Gotham City, bringing Superman and Batman to the scene. A young girl is found within the wreck and is revealed to be Kara Zor-El, Superman's niece, and his equal (or better) in regard to power. Being a teenager, she struggles to accurately wield those abilities, which requires the Man of Steel to call in Wonder Woman for some superhero training. Unfortunately, Kara's talents have also caught the eye of evil New God Darkseid, who wants Supergirl to lead his royal guard of Female Furies. With the assistance of former Fury Big Barda, Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman must travel to Darkseid's home planet of Apokolips and fight for Supergirl's freedom. Though not quite the seamless blend of drama and action that was Batman: Under the Red Hood, Apocalypse is a solid adventure that delivers where it counts--most notably, the final showdown between the children of Krypton and Darkseid--while paying homage to its comic book roots. Vocal talent, led by Tim Daly and Kevin Conroy as Superman and Batman, respectively, is top-notch, with Andre Braugher lending the right note of imperiousness to Darkseid and Summer Glau capturing Kara's impulsiveness; Edward Asner is also on hand as Granny Goodness, with Susan Eisenberg returning as Wonder Woman. The animation style, inspired by the late Michael Turner, is visually striking, and the extras are typically first-rate: the DCU Showcase, directed by Joaquim Dos Santos (who pulled similar duties for Jonah Hex) here focuses on Green Arrow (Neal McDonough), who takes on Merlyn (Malcolm McDowell) to stop an assassination plot. There's also a sneak peek at the next DCU feature, All-Star Superman, as well as featurettes on the complicated worlds of the New Gods, and parts one and two of "Little Girl Lost" from Superman: The Animated Series that were handpicked by Bruce Timm. --Paul Gaita
DC Showcase Short Film: Green Arrow
Supergirl: The Last Daughter of Krypton vintage featurette
Bonus episodes handpicked by Bruce Timm: Superman The Animated Series -"Little Girl Lost Parts 1 and 2"
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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.
As a sequel to "Superman/Batman: Public Enemies," this picks up not long after the events of that film. The World's Finest come together once again when a mysterious and powerful teenage girl arrives in Gotham City via a spaceship. After some miscommunications, it's eventually revealed that she is Kara Zor-El, Superman's cousin. While Superman embraces the idea of finding some connection to Krypton, the Dark Knight remains cautious of Kara. Through the help of Superman and Wonder Woman, Kara integrates into Earth culture as well learning how to harness her newfound abilities. This catches the attention of Darkseid, ruler of Apokolips, who expresses interest in recruiting the young Kryptonian as part of his Female Furies. Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman must join together to prevent Darkseid from corrupting Kara for his own evil purposes.
Once again, DC hits a home run with this release. Tim Daly and Kevin Conroy once again provide the voices of the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight respectively. This also features the return of Susan Eisenberg as Wonder Woman and Ed Asner as Granny Goodness. The movie also features Summer Glau, who does an outstanding job portraying the strength and innocence of Supergirl rather than portraying her as a whiny teenager. Andre Braugher provides the voice of Darkseid. This casting decision was seen as debatable. I had no problem with him as Darkseid. He was no Michael Ironside, but he was certainly better than any other animated incarnation of the Lord of Apokolips.
One thing to note. The comic from which this movie is based on is "Supergirl of Krypton." I'm not sure why they chose the title "Apocalypse." But all in all, a great movie to come down the DC Animated Movie pike.
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.
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!