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  • Superman/Batman: Apocalypse
    • Superman/Batman: Apocalypse
    • Runtime:78 min
    • Release Date:2014-08-30 08:11:10
    • Director: Lauren Montgomery
    • Genres: Action, Adventure, Animation
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MOVIE REVIEW:Superman/Batman: Apocalypse
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*** This review may contain spoilers ***

I loved the first Superman/Batman movie, "Public Enemies". And I love
this one even more. It has everything that made the first one great
while fixing some PE's flaws.

First, the plot: a girl crashes to Earth in a spaceship and it turns
out she's Superman's cousin, Kara. She tries to adapt to her new life
and powers, but is soon targeted to by alien tyrant Darkseid to be
molded into the ultimate soldier. Superman, along with Batman, Wonder
Woman and Big Barda, goes to the evil planet Apokolips to rescue his
cousin from being brainwashed into a heartless killer.

For starters, "Apocolypse" looks better than its predecessor. While PE
based its animation on Ed McGuinness' ridiculous art style, this one
tries (though doesn't always succeed) in imitating the gorgeous artwork
of the late Micheal Turner, which greatly helps it.

It also gives its characters more depth. In PE, a number of DC Comics
characters just showed up almost randomly, many not even identified by
name, let alone telling us about them. I watched it with some non-fan
friends in the room and they were confused by the lesser known heroes
and villains who seemed to show up out of no where and they didn't
learn anything about. Here, we get to learn about many of the
characters, at least to some degree. Fittingly, Kara gets a lot of
focus let us get to know her well quickly and her relationship with
Superman is quite stirring.

It even benefits from more time. While PE was the shortest DC Animated
film, this one is the longest (even if it's just by a few minutes), it
makes good use of every second.

However, it's not perfect. While most of the voice cast does a
wonderful job, Andre Braugher is surprisingly underwhelming as
Darksied. The spot on dialog would've sounded better and been more
intimidating if they'd used Micheal Ironside or even Frank Welker, but
Braugher's performance just isn't very menacing.

It also drops a few too many things from the original comic storyline.
One such unfortunate side effect of the dropped material is
Lyla/Harbinger, whose death is treated with much sadness and importance
by the characters, but viewers have little reason to sympathize. To be
fair, the character had been so underused/misused in the comics that by
the time the storyline happened I doubt many fans cared. But I can
imagine her getting enough depth in the comics to give us more reason
why we should be as moved by her death as the characters are. Other
things I miss are Mr. Miracle, the Justice League's appearance at the
end, and explanation why the Doomsday clones are such wusses. Though
there are elements I'm glad they dropped like Batman fighting Darkseid
and the Source Wall.

As far as I'm concerned, this is one of DC's best animated films. It
has everything that made "Superman/Batman: Public Enemies" cool, while
surpassing it in a number of areas. A great movie for any DC Comics
fan.

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*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Superman/ Batman: Apocaplyse – Superman's cousin Kara/ Supergirl is
discovered in a meteorite, and her existence is a point of dispute for
Batman and Superman, and she also becomes a being of interest for
Darkseid.

The main problem with this film is the story and dialogue. Parts of the
story don't quite make sense. Why does Kara emerge a full grown woman
from her pod when Clark was a baby in his pod? Why was her trip so much
longer than Kal-El's? Kara's alieness and lack of control of her powers
seem to completely disappear with no explanation other than she goes to
swing a sword with some Amazons for training. Why does a girl who can
bend steel need sword training? Relations between characters are
skimmed over for time, the creators are obviously hoping the audience
will fill in those gaps. It's not enough to be told that someone is
someone's best friend. That's lazy scripting. Kara's relationship with
every character feels brief and 4 to 5 lines of dialogue long. There is
a heartfelt scene mourning the loss of a character that literally had
two or three lines of dialogue. Superman acts less like Kara's cousin
but instead her father, which is weird, considering they were both
babies when Krypton was destroyed and thus should be the same age.

With characters raced through poorly scripted scenes, there's no real
emotional connection to these demi-gods. Fight scenes are impressive
but unengaging. Thus there is never a moment of tension when main
characters are constantly on the brink of dying, but don't. Batman and
Wonder Woman are scripted as a stubborn jerk and a bitch, respectively.

The creators were hoping you'd ignore this and focus yet again n the
stunt casting of Tim Daly, Kevin Conroy, Summer Glau and Andre
Braugher. It's not enough as they have nothing good to say. Conroy in
particular is wasted. It's less a script than a bare bones outline,
this movie. Swearing, blood, and camp don't mix. I could go on, but you
get the idea. It's not worthy of the Justice League of old, much less
fine films like Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, Justice League:
The New Frontier, or Batman: Under the Red Hood. At least it's not
quite as jaw-droppingly bad as Superman Batman/ Public Enemies.

Other lowlights include Superman having a caped dog, which is dumb.

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