Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Superman/Batman: Apocalypse

***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!

Superman/Batman: Apocalypse - 3 out of 5

Usually DC is far superior to Marvel when it comes to their direct to DVD animated films but this one, following the The Supergirl from Krypton comic story-line, is not one of their best attempts. The previous film that had our hero from Metropolis team up with the Dark Knight from Gotham was absolutely fantastic--a prime example of the quality DC puts out in the animated features. However, this one doesn't live up to the standards of their other films. It felt kind of phoned in and half-assed like many of Marvel's animated movies.

The animation and voice acting are top notch. The film gains many points from bringing in Kevin Conroy as Batman. I've said it before and I'll say it again--NO ONE ELSE should EVER voice Batman. The only real low point in the voice acting department is Summer Glau (Firefly) doing the voice of Supergirl. Her delivery is about what you expect from her--in fact, it was no different than her acting on Firefly--completely lifeless and devoid of emotion. Another nice touch was Ed Asner (Up) returning to do the voice of Granny Goodness.

The reason this particular film doesn't live up to the other DC movies is the boring story. I've never been a fan of Supergirl and her story was never that interesting to begin with--in my opinion. The action is also kind of lackluster throughout the film. There were a couple of good sequences but, for the most part, they were forgettable--except for an AWESOME battle between Supes and Supergirl against Darkseid. If only the entire film was as epic as that fight scene.

Finally, one thing that particularly bothered me was the character design of Superman. He looked quite feminine and it was very distracting having Superman lack the "all-American boy" good looks he is known for. In fact, he looked like he was wearing guy-liner and that REALLY made for a difficult time taking the World's Greatest Superhero seriously. However, the character design of Batman was quite awesome--so, this low point gets balanced out.

Overall, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse is worth a single viewing--especially if you are a fan of Bats and Supes, a DC fan or just a fan of comic books in general. However, the chances of you ever returning to watch this film again, are probably very slim as there wasn't enough to warrant a return visit.

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