I just finished watching SUPERMAN/BATMAN: APOCALYPSE, and, in short, it was another winner! First off, this should have been called, SUPERMAN/BATMAN: SUPERGIRL, for the story, from what I've learned, since I'm not an ardent comic book reader, is based on the graphic novel of the same name, but it was given the APOCALYPSE subtitle, because the studio heads felt the SUPERGIRL one wouldn't make it sell as well. See, WONDER WOMAN didn't sell as well as they had hoped, so, their thinking is based on the fact that a super hero chick isn't good for business.
Ah, those poor uneducated bastards.
Anyhow, despite the obvious presence of Darkseid's home planet subtitle, this is essentially a SUPERGIRL origin movie, and a continuation of SUPERMAN/BATMAN: PUBLIC ENEMIES, the events of which are mentioned in a newscast voice over. I was wondering how directly, or indirectly, they were going to be connected.
The pacing of the movie goes like this, Kara Zor-EL (aka Supergirl), crash lands in a fragment of the meteor that was blown up in PUBLIC ENEMIES, Superman tries to acclimate her to living in Metropolis as a normal girl; she is then taken by Wonder Woman to her island home for training; Darkseid enters the picture and kidnaps her to his home world of Apocalypse; Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and Big Barda got to get her back, then a showdown happens, first, between Superman and Kara, and then between Kara, Superman and Darkseid.
That last battle is a doozy!
This movie is a complete 180 from BATMAN: UNDER THE RED HOOD
. I got used to watching a rather low key animated drama about well trained heroes and villains duking it own in an ever dark city, named, Gotham. This one, however, is more like watching Gods fighting amongst each other. A battle in this movie means massive amounts of property damage are going to occur and huge loads of terrain are going to get tossed around like pebbles.
It's that final battle that's the showstopper in this flick, and it takes place in Superman's home town of all places. When they were, like, in round three, I was thinking, 'Jesus, they are really
fucking up Smallville big time here.' Well, maybe, not all
of Smallville, just one location. Either way the property looked like a series of F5 tornadoes had touched down on it, then went away, then touched down again, and again, and again, and again, and again . .
The language got a little salty, too. Well, it is PG-13, and I'm used to hearing a certain level it, but this line here made me do a double take: "Surrender now, or the bitch dies!"
Oh, yeah, the animation, like always, was stunning, and that goes for the action animation, too.
The only problem I have with certain origin movies is that you don't get the hero, or heroine, in all her glory until the very end, like, just before the credits roll. This one was no different. Kara doesn't become Supergirl, in costume, that is, until moments before the credits roll.
Another stunner . . . I have never seen Superman use his heat vision is such a way that it spreads out and wipes out an entire battlefield of opponents all at once
. And, it wiped him out, too, so-to-speak.
The short that came with it, GREEN ARROW
, was equally excellent. BLACK CANARY
makes a cameo in it. I was disappointed by the JONAH HEX
short that came with BATMAN: UNDER THE RED HOOD
. The animation was sweet, the story sucked.
Be back in a few days to talk about one, or, perhaps, all three of the Marvel movies I own.
Batman was really out of place, in this flick, when the action kicks in, only because he's the only hero who literally doesn't have a super power, and when you're on Apocalypse you really need to be able to fly and kick ass like Superman. It was interesting watching how he dealt with these "short comings." Also, Superman and Batman's friendship, in this one, is a lot less banter filled and a bit more confrontational. Not by much, just more like Batman wanting Clark to get his head out of ass and look at the situation of Kara's appearance as something more than a family reunion and something, perhaps, a bit more sinister.