Superman/Batman: Apocalypse DVD Review
By: Jason Albrecht
Picking up where Superman/Batman: Public Enemies (SB:PE) left off, SB:A is much more interesting then it’s predecessor SB:PE. Unlike in SB:PE, the heroes actually face forces that put them in peril. It’s fun! Lots of action! Some great choreographed fight scenes! Some kick down brawls that leave devastation in their wake!! The voice acting is almost spot on. The Trinity of DC heroes are voiced by veterans of the characters: Kevin Conroy reprises his role as the Dark Knight like he did so well throughout Batman The Animated Series (B:TAS) and Justice League incarnations. Tim Daly is back as Superman as he was during Superman the Animated Series (S:TAS). Susan Eisenberg is Wonder Woman as she was during Justice League and JLU! You also have Summer Glau as Kara/Supergirl and Ed Asner as Granny Goodness (which he nails every time he plays her!). Where they failed (and it really disappointed me) in the casting was Darkseid himself. Andre Braugher just can’t pull it off like Michael Ironside did in S:TAS and JL/JLU (did I mention that this disappointed me?). Change this and this animated feature clicks up about 4 notches!! In the end, it was very enjoyable and fun. It wasn’t near as good as DC’s previous animated feature “Under the Red Hood” but honestly, not many can compare to that. If you like heroes and animated features don’t pass this one up.
SB:A’s story is taken from the late artist Michael Turner’s run on the Superman/Batman comic, covering issues 8-13. The art style in the animated feature reflects Michael Turner and the visuals he brought to the pages of the story arc. Kara, Superman’s cousin, crash lands on Earth. Her ship was apparently set free by the destruction of the giant Kryptonite asteroid in SB:PE where she was in some kind of hibernating state since Krypton was destroyed. The beginning of the story focuses on her learning her powers and place before Darkseid kidnaps here and makes her his pawn. Supes and Bats must then travel to Apocalypse (Darkseid’s world) and rescue her along with Wonder Woman and Big Barda (who have a kickass fight with Darkseid’s Furies!!).
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