Superman/Batman: Apocalypse Review
Superman/Batman Apocalypse is the sequel to the previous Superman/Batman team-up Public Enemies and this is the 9th direct-to-video from the DC animated universe; it just begs the question, where is Marvel? This story is based off the comic storyline “The Supergirl from Krypton”. This movie primarily deals with Kara Zor-El, Superman’s cousin from Krypton and her recent arrival on Earth. The ruler of Apokolips, Darkseid is aware of Kara’s existence as well and wants to recruit her to his cause: the destruction of Superman. It becomes the main objective for both and Batman and Superman to protect her at any cost. Heck even Wonder Woman becomes involved; they should have called this Superman/Batman/Wonder Woman: Apocalypse seeing as how you have three major characters in the DC universe in the one film.
The film was ok, but I have a few gripes with it. The original story has both Kara and Clark sent to Earth at the sametime but Kara’s ship got stuck in stasis and she never landed until many years later when Clark (now a full grown adult) becomes Superman. She is technically supposed to be the older of the two since she was sent as a protector for him. Looks like their is a bit of role reversal here, but that is the main story of her origins. With this film they don’t really explain any of that and it all just seems very rushed; she was stuck in space and then she crash landed on Earth, done! They just never spent the time fleshing out her chracter or the story which is why I never enjoyed watching this film as much, even though it was centered around her. I know the film is about an hour and a half long but there could have been more time used to help develop the story a bit more, but that’s just my opinion.
The action in the film was a little dull and boring; it wasn’t exciting or interesting; the only thing that kept things alive was the final fight between Kara and Darkseid. And one other part that was cool was a small glimpse of Superman using his heat ray at fullpower. However not even the hordes of Doomsday clones made me shiver in my seat…ok perhaps seeing one I felt scared but then seeing clones of the creature made me realize this isn’t going to be interesting, when you have even someone such as Batman standing toe-toe against somebody such as Doomsday. (Remember this is probably the very first villain to actually BEAT Superman to death, maybe the only…)
The animation was done very well, DC has this reputation whereby when you look at anything made from the DCAU then you just automatically know that that’s their product. One of the things that does stand out the most from the movie is of course…Batman. Although you don’t spend as much time with his character their is one particular part of the movie where even Darkseid shows a great deal of respect for him. It goes to show you the great lengths in which he would protect someone. He is the one man who would be willing to do anything in order to get the job done and it is scary thing when the an evil ruler of a planet admires that quality. On a sidenote at one point in time Superman declared Batman to be the most dangerous person on Earth. To know what I am talking about, you are just going to have to watch it.
If you want to see another Superman/Batman team up flick, then check this movie out. The only action scene I would say is worth watching is (once again) Kara and Darkseid. Hopefully the next Superman/Batman storyline does a lot better than this one as I was not to happy by the end of this one.