Superman vs. The Elite review and a surprise!

Superman vs. The Elite is a movie that will test Superman’s core belief and his effectiveness as a hero. A core belief that has been the foundation of who Superman is and how he’s viewed all over the world. First of all let me say that I’m not a big Superman fan. I’m more of a dark super hero/anti-hero fan; in example, Spawn. As a little tidbit, this movie is based off of “What’s So Funny About Truth, Justice, and the American Way?” which gave way to the comic book “Superman vs. The Elite”. I have not read either of those books, but from what was said in the panel, only a few different changes were made. There is one big change that you will notice right away if you’ve read the comic book. Also, in the panel they spoke of Easter eggs in both the comic books and movie.

Superman’s core belief and effectiveness are scrutinized, and it is tested when a group of people with powers show up and does the unthinkable. They are willing to do what Superman can’t. Everything changes when one decision almost turns the entire world to question Superman’s beliefs and validity. Superman shows them the error of their ways, in only the way Superman can. This part of the movie was, in my opinion, the best part.

The movie was pretty good, but it had its ups and downs (mostly up). This movie had more of an adult tone to it and included adult language like “ass” and “bitch”. The story was pretty entertaining, and I actually paid attention to the whole thing.

My least favorite part of the movie was the animation style. It was a weird mix of Bruce Timm and something else, and it didn’t sit well with me. Don’t get me wrong, I am a big fan of Mr. Timm’s Superman: The Animated Series from back in the days. If they are going to go for Bruce Timm’s style, then do it all the way, not 50/50.

Speaking of animation, the opening credit to this movie was a throwback to the old-school “SuperFriends” TV show. It was a trip to see that kind of opening. When the movie actually started, they opened up with a Rocky & Bullwinkle-style animation.

Superman and comic book fans should definitely check out this movie. I know I’ll be picking up a copy for myself when it comes out on June 12, 2012.

Grade: A-

Now for the surprise. Don’t worry, it’s not a spoiler. Before the movie started, we were told that we would get to see another caped hero preview after the movie and panel. What we were treated with was the sneak peak of “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns”. This is one of my all-time favorite books to read. I had a smile from ear to ear. I loved reading “The Dark Knight Returns” when I was a little kid. This time they got the drawing style right. It looks to be a Frank Miller-type art style. It is slated for release in Spring 2012.


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