Superman/Batman: Apocalypse (2010, animated)
Plot: When Superman’s (Tim Daly) cousin Kara (Summer Glau) crash lands on Earth, she gains the attention of Darkseid (Andre Braugher), ruler of the distant and dark planet Apokolips. As Darkseid attempts to brain wash Kara to serve him, Superman (along with Batman (Kevin Conroy) and Wonder Woman (Susan Eisenberg)) must rescue her before she leads an Apokolips army into Earth.
This is a solid effort, but a few little things here and there hinder it from being great. The animation is pretty good for the most part, although Batman (especially his ears) looks a little funny. The dialogue isn’t anything special. Kara calls Batman ‘grumpy ass,’ Superman is kind of a dick, and Batman says ‘damn’ at one point. While we are given a lot of great environment shots, the film moves at an extremely slow pace. But there’s a lot to love about this team up movie. The characters are all written very well, and we’re even introduced to a new one, Big Barda, a one time servant of Darkseid. She’s a charismatic character who you really feel for in a short amount time. Darkseid is a pretty threatening villain, although I don’t really understand his rules. He seems like such a powerful force, yet it’s almost like he has to hold back for some reason. I just didn’t quite get that. There’s one scene where he pops up out of no where that really catches you off guard. One of his servants goes by the name Granny Goodness, and she’s voiced by Edward Asner…that was weird. The overall storyline of Kara trying to adapt to Earth and having a tiff with Batman works very well, and it’s Kara’s story that really drives the movie. Overall, this is a good film, and definitely worth it just to see Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman all work together.
Rating: 7 out of 10 (Good)
Category Rankings (Spoilers Throughout):
Best Performance: Julianne Grossman as Big Barda
-In a movie with Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and all these other big names, I’m surprised this is my choice. But Grossman does a good job of making us feel just how evil and horrible Darkseid is.
Worst Performance: Andre Braugher as Darkseid
-It was alright I guess, but it could have sounded deeper and more threatening.
Best Line: “Send me the bill.” –Superman after Kara destroys Batman’s computer
“On a Reporter’s salary…right.” –Batman
-Wow…Superman got owned.
Worst Line: “What’s wrong with the beast?” –Darkseid guard
“Must be something he ate.” –Other Darkseid guard
-This robotic beast ate Batman…get it?
-Kara and Superman fighting Darkseid in Smallville was pretty ridiculous. Superman even gets his shirt ripped…wow.
-This one really pissed me off. So a bunch of Doomsday clones get sent to the Amazon to fight Superman and the Amazon warriors. Superman is taking out Doomsdays with barely any effort! Simple freeze breathe here, a little heat vision there, what the hell! Not to long ago I watched Superman: Doomsday in which Superman and just one Doomsday ripped apart the entire city as Superman basically died! WTF!
-Batman totally outsmarts Darkseid at the end. It’s classic Batman. While Superman tries to bash him, Batman comes in and forces Darkseid to surrender Kara when he arms Darkseid’s hell spheres that will destroy Apokolips. There’s also some solid dialogue between Batman and Darkseid.
-We really didn’t need to see Kara go on a shopping spree montage.
-Superman has a dog named Krypto. That’s not what made me laugh though. He’s wearing a cape. I don’t know…that’s just funny to me.
Bad Ass Moment:
-Another Batman moment. Superman and Wonder Woman show up at Barda’s suburban neighborhood. It takes a little convincing for Barda to let them in. When they enter, Batman is already standing in the house looking at things…awesome.