Superman/Batman: Apocalypse

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Superman/Batman: Apocalypse
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DVD cover
Directed byLauren Montgomery
Produced byBruce Timm
Alan Burnett
Bobbi Page
Lauren Montgomery
Sam Register
Benjamin Melniker
Michael Uslan
Written byTab Murphy
StarringKevin Conroy
Tim Daly
Summer Glau
Andre Braugher
Edward Asner
Susan Eisenberg
Julianne Grossman
Rachel Quaintance
Music byJohn Paesano
Production
company
Distributed byWarner Home Video
Release date
  • September 28, 2010 (2010-09-28)
Running time
78 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$7,937,311[1]

Superman/Batman: Apocalypse is a 2010 animated superhero film based on the Superman/Batman comic book storyline "The Supergirl from Krypton" and is a sequel to Superman/Batman: Public Enemies. The art style is partly based on that of the late Michael Turner, who penciled the Superman/Batman comic book arc. Released on September 28, 2010 by Warner Premiere and Warner Bros. Animation, it is the ninth film in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies. The film stars Andre Braugher, Kevin Conroy, Tim Daly and Summer Glau. Despite the title, the film focuses primarily on Supergirl and Superman, with Batman playing a supporting role.

The two-disc special edition and Blu-ray also includes an animated short featuring Green Arrow.[2]

Plot[edit]

Weeks after the events that led to Lex Luthor's arrest, the impeachment of his presidency, and Superman and Batman's success in saving the world from a kryptonite meteor, a spaceship crash-lands in Gotham City Harbor. While Batman investigates the sunken craft, a beautiful young girl emerges from the water and accidentally wrecks Batman's boat. She is naked and has no knowledge of Earth languages or customs. On the shore, she encounters three longshoremen, one of whom tries to advance on her. She attacks two of them out of self-defense, while the third one gives her his coat to cover herself. As the girl progresses into the city, she inadvertently wreaks havoc with her strong Kryptonian powers (with Batman in pursuit) until Superman arrives to correct the damage, allowing Batman to eventually expose her to a piece of Kryptonite which weakens and injures her mentally.

With Superman's help, they discover the girl is Kara Zor-El, the niece of Jor-El and Superman's biological cousin. While Superman welcomes Kara, teaches her English, and helps her adjust to Earth's society, Batman remains suspicious. Tipped off by Batman, Wonder Woman and Lyla ambush Kara and Clark Kent, Superman's alter ego, in a park and suggest they train Kara at Themyscira, the only place where she can learn how to control her powers. Superman reluctantly agrees to let them train Kara, but still prefers to watch over her himself; however, Batman and Wonder Woman inform Superman to steer clear of Kara, criticizing him of his care for her.

On the desolate planet Apokolips, Darkseid learns of Kara's presence on Earth and orders Granny Goodness to have her brought to Apokolips as a possible leader for the Female Furies, as Big Barda is no longer his servant and the warrior Treasure being a failed candidate. Two months later, Batman and Superman are checking on Kara on Themyscira during a sparring match against Artemis. While Kara and Lyla later sneak away for a swim, a horde of Doomsday clones arrives from Apokolips. Superman, Wonder Woman and the Amazonian army fight them until Superman vaporizes them all with his heat vision. Batman, however, guesses the reason for the clones' attack and discovers Kara missing and Lyla dead; a last manifestation of her precognition reveals that the culprit is none other than Darkseid, who ordered a diversion to keep them busy allowing time for Granny to kidnap Kara.

To save Kara, Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman recruit Big Barda to help them find their way on Apokolips. There, Superman infiltrates Darkseid's palace while Wonder Woman and Barda go through the sewers directly into the fighting arena, where Granny Goodness and the Female Furies ambush them. After a hard fight, Granny and the Furies are subdued. Separating himself from the others, Batman finds Darkseid's supply of Hell Spores, the source of the fire pits on Apokolips. Superman encounters Darkseid, demanding that Kara is to go back with him. Darkseid says that Kara may leave, if she wants to, but sets Kara on Superman. She has been hypnotized into serving Darkseid and wears a seductive outfit and a sharp hairstyle. Kara fights a reluctant Superman while Darkseid watches, until Batman confronts Darkseid and informs him that he has activated the Hell Spores, which will destroy Apokolips. He issues Darkseid an ultimatum: free Kara and promise to leave her alone, and Batman will deactivate the Spores. Superman defeats Kara, and Barda and Wonder Woman present Darkseid with the subdued Granny, whereupon Darkseid finally releases Kara, and the heroes leave Apokolips, bringing Kara back to Themyscira.

Back on Earth, with their lives apparently normal again, Clark takes Kara to meet his adoptive parents in Smallville. However, Darkseid, who was waiting to kill Superman, ambushes them: he had promised to leave Kara alone, but not Superman or Earth. Darkseid almost kills Superman with his Omega Beams before Kara takes the blast for her cousin. Superman attempts to fight Darkseid, but is quickly overwhelmed and punched into space. Kara engages Darkseid in a lengthy battle and manages to hold her own, having received Amazonian and Apokoliptan training, but he eventually gains the upper hand and tortures her into unconsciousness. Before Darkseid can leave, Superman returns to Earth and reengages him. He pummels the villain with all his strength, but Darkseid regains his hold and tortures Superman with his Omega Beams. Kara recovers and uses Darkseid's Mother Box to activate a Boom Tube behind him, and Superman blasts Darkseid through with his heat vision. While Superman anticipates Darkseid's eventual return from Apokolips, Kara informs him that she changed the coordinates to a random spot in space, leaving Darkseid floating, helplessly frozen.

Having saved her cousin's life and found her place on Earth, Kara decides to use her powers to fight for altruism under the alias of Supergirl, and she is met with applause by Wonder Woman, the Amazons, and finally Batman. Superman and Supergirl fly to Metropolis together, happy as two cousins can be.

Cast[edit]

Notably, Daly, Conroy, Eisenberg and Asner all reprise their respective roles of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and Granny Goodness from the DC Animated Universe.

Reception[edit]

The World's Finest said that it was "not something I'll be coming back to any time soon," and specifically targeted Andre Braugher's performance of Darkseid as lacking in any presence.[3] Batman-on-Film gave the film a D, the lowest grade they have given to a DC animated film.[4]

IGN gives the film a positive review with a score of 8 out of 10. The reviewer forgives the misleading title, recognising the story is all about "Supergirl of Krypton" and once you know what you're in for the story is not bad. Glau is praised for giving depth to what could have come across as a whiny beautiful teenager girl, and her story is a complete journey but unfortunately the other characters are not given much to do.[5]

Home media [edit]

Released direct-to-video, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse took in $2,622,752 in its first week and has earned $7,892,515.[1] The Blu-ray presentation received an overall score of 8 out of 10 from IGN.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Superman/Batman: Apocalypse - DVD Sales". The Numbers. Nash Information Service. Retrieved August 24, 2014.
  2. ^ Younis, Steve (June 25, 2010). ""Superman/Batman: Apocalypse" DVD Artwork". supermanhomepage.com. Retrieved June 26, 2010.
  3. ^ Demeter, Zach (September 28, 2010). "Reviews - Film Review". Worldsfinestonline.com. Retrieved October 2, 2010.
  4. ^ Jett (September 28, 2010). "Film Review: SUPERMAN/BATMAN: APOCALYPSE". batman-on-film.com. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved October 2, 2010.
  5. ^ a b White, Cindy (September 30, 2010). "Superman/Batman Apocalypse Blu-ray Review. DC Universe's latest animated original introduces Supergirl ... and Darkseid". IGN. Retrieved October 14, 2012.

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