Sunday, March 20, 2011

Random Movie Review: Superman/Batman: Apocalypse

Superman and Batman. both of DC's greatest heroes. In this movie, a meteor falls to earth in Gotham Harbor and Batman goes to investigate. out of the meteorite comes a girl, who turns out to be a Kryptonian. she is trained by people, and then kidnapped by Darkside, wanting her to become his Honor General in his army. so, Batman, Superman and Wonderwoman go to get her back.

That being said, it was pretty good for what it was. It was obviously a made-for-TV animated special., and I just picked it at random on the netflix animated section. If you're like me, you know some of the background of Superman and Batman. now, I love both, but Batman is my favorite. The story in this movie heavily relies on your prior knowledge of them. you have to understand that Superman is from Krypton, you have to understand Kryptonite is his weakness, and you have to know who Darkside is and Apocalypse. now I didn't know about Darkside before this, and the movie didn't do a very good job of explaining it. there was not as much detective work or mystery to this movie, since the characters already knew the villain they were fighting. The animation was pretty good, as to be expected, but nothing mind-blowing. A lot of the action scenes are just classic DC, like when Batman throws his Batarangs and they explode seconds after impact, or Superman flying towards a fireball and breaking through it.

Superman and Batman make a good team, which makes sense, but in this movie you don't see them as teammates that often. usually they are off having their own battles, and there isn't so much of both of them helping each other, which is what I was expecting from it. the story was very normal for DC, I was expecting almost everything, except for a short scene at the end that I realized was one of the weirdest settings for a epic fight I have ever witnessed. One of the big themes of this movie is finding yourself and growing up, and if this movie is directed towards teens or older children, then I think it's a good message for them. All that being said, this was pretty good for a TV animated feature, and I found myself getting pretty excited at some of the action scenes. If you're expecting something on par with The Dark Knight or one of the Superman Movies, then this probably isn't for you. If you're a fan of the classic Superman TV show, you might find this a little bit more to your liking. Plus, there's a scene where Batman is killing Doomsdays with an axe. so you've got that to look forward to.

(This was written years ago, before the rebooted DCEU. funnily enough, it seems like this short animated film did interaction between Batman and Superman better than Batman V Superman did. They had nice interaction and they fought a bit, but at the end of the day they worked well off each other.)

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