30 Sep, 2010
Photos by Ron Gejon
This past Tuesday DC Universe released their newest film, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse on DVD. We were there at the red carpet premiere to get the inside info!
Based on the graphic novel Superman/Batman: Supergirlwritten Jeph Loeb and illustrated by Michael Turner, the film does a wonderful interpretation of the comic. Returning star voices are Tim Daly as Superman and Kevin Conroy as Batman as well as newcomer Summer Glau of Firefly fame as Supergirl.
Zoë talks with Batman voice actor Kevin Conroy
In the second Superman/Batman installment, Clark Kent’s cousin Kara Zor-El crashes to Earth in a meteor that had been stuck in orbit ever since Krypton was destroyed. Clark tries to help her adapt to civilian life but Bruce Wayne is not convinced of her good intentions. With the help of Wonder Woman they convince Clark that his cousin is better off training with the Amazonians. Following Kara’s arrival on Earth, she is wanted by super villain Darkseid, which provides an epic twist of events when we are shown her wicked side.
The animation of the film is smooth and wonderful to watch, especially Supergirl, who still holds Michael Turner’s impeccable design. Daly and Conroy once again prove their worth as the voices of the comic book legends while Glau does a great job for her first voice acting work.
The film will cater not only to males of all ages but perhaps also really connect with girls of all ages for the first time as well. We are shown how Kara wants to fit in as a typical teenage girl thus Clark is subjected to numerous mall trips. It was great to be able to see Superman grow flustered in the world of teenage shopping. It’s also appealing to girls because of the amount of strong female characters of not only Supergirl and Wonder Woman but also Big Barda as well as intimidating female villains.
However, it’s not a chick flick. There is scene after scene of epic fights where the creators thought of new ridiculous fighting choreography for the characters, never letting the audience relax.
Overall it’s an engaging and fun film for viewers of all ages. Highlights to look out for are the epic battle at the end as well as the fact that Batman, for once, plays the comic relief.