Superman/Batman: Apocalypse Review – Another Winner from DC Animated

So here’s my review of the Superman/Batman: Apocalypse movie. I’m pretty sure everyone will agree once they watch this is that the movie title is very misleading. Based on the Superman/Batman: Supergirl comic by Jeph Loeb and Michael Turner, the animated movie is all about Supergirl. Maybe call it Supergirl featuring Superman, with Batman on the side. I believe even Wonder Woman had more screen time than Batman.

The animation and art is really nice, since it pays homage to the late Michael Turner, which means pretty hot, super babes. And speaking of babes, this would have to be the hottest of the DC Universe animated movies. I mean, we have Supergirl, Wonder Woman, Amazonians and Barda (ex-captain of Darkseid’s elite group of killer females), who’s strutting her stuff in just a towel in front of her neighbors.

Kara (Supergirl) crash lands on Earth inside a space ship in the Gotham Harbor. Batman goes in to check it out and captures her for analysis. Thinking she is a threat to the safety of the people of Earth, Batman thinks it’s best to keep her out of the public’s view. Superman thinks otherwise and wants Kara to try to live a normal life on Earth. She would later encounter others that would want to take her away, like Wonder Woman and Darkseid. It’s a nice story about love and bonding that doesn’t involve Superman and Batman (you can totally see it in Superman/Batman: Public Enemies). Although I do wish the movie was a little bit longer, since the story did feel rushed.

Kevin Conroy and Tim Daly are back again as Batman and Superman, respectively. They are very comfortable in their roles and their dialogue seems natural, since they have been doing this for more than a decade.

Now onto the things that bugged me. I never really liked the style they chose for Batman and Superman, with the lines on their cheeks (Michael Turner’s art had that line, but it didn’t look like somebody gave them a huge knife cut). It’s more of of a nitpick, but I really do miss the Batman and Superman look from the 90s animated series.

Michael Ironside as Darkseid showed fear and power in the animated series. In Apocalypse, Andre Braugher didn’t do it for me. He sounds like a business accountant, boring me to sleep instead of instilling fear and panic. Summer Glau (Firefly) as Supergirl sometimes come off as a little wooden. Times when she’s suppose to be super excited, feels very flat. But most of the time, she sounds really cute.

Minor spoiler ahead, but seriously, you already know Darkseid, Superman, and Supergirl are going to have an end battle. And that battle is epic. Reminds me of those intense anime battles like Dragonball and Street Fighter 2: The Animated Movie with fists flying everywhere.

Superman/Batman: Apocalypse is one of my favorite DC animated movies, my top being Wonder Woman. Even though certain voice acting weren’t that great and the story felt a little bit rushed, I’d still recommend the movie since I love the relationship between Superman and Supergirl, her journey to becoming a lost child to a superhero, and most of the battle sequences.

Grade: B+

Superman/Batman: Apocalypse comes to Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday, September 28.

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