Superman/Batman: Apocalypse [2010]

Not sure what to think about Superman/Batman: Apocalypse?  Enjoy the characters but getting confused by all the varied releases, alternate timelines and ever changing voices?  Well you are not alone!  Let the Fortress help you out.

Batman outfit number 3000: The bat wetsuit.

Superman/Batman: Apocalypse is what most casual fans would call “normal”.  It is not set in 1957 -or 1987 for that matter.  There are no strange costume variants; Superman is not a whiny kid in a hoodie.  In addition, the classic voices are back.  Kevin Conroy as Batman, Tim Daly as Superman, and Susan Eisenberg as Wonder Woman.  Just listening to them is like sipping hot chocolate next to a fireplace on a cold winter day.  (Never mind that it is always winter at the Fortress.)

We liked the art direction on Wonder Woman, but what is she doing there on the left? Starting a 1950's drag race?

New voice additions fit well including Summer Glau as Supergirl  and …Ed Asner as Granny Goodness?  Uhh, you just have to know the franchise for that one.  Andre Braugher weighs in as the deep gravelly voiced Darkseid.  It is pretty good, although we think it could have used a little audio manipulation to make it extra deep.  More like Dr. Claw from Inspector Gadget.

Granny Goodness and her mysterious friend. She even looks a little like Ed Asner

The depiction of Darkseid was one of the better we have seen since the 1985 Saturday morning series “The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians”.  Darkseid has these awesome eyebeams, okay “Omega Beams”.  They do not travel in a straight line.  That old series handled them well and S/B:A followed suit there and with his voice.  Check out the original at 3:35 in this clip!

The plot in a sentence:  Superman’s cousin Kara Zor El crashes to Earth as a well constructed 19 year old with lots of super powers, little clothing and teen-aged attitude which gets beat out of her by concerned Amazons and caring (sort of) Darkseid culminating in an exploding, thunderous super-slugfest at the Kent farm …while along the way Batman does his usual cunning thing somehow hanging with the big boys.

Two questions: Are there any unfit Kryptonians? Why does this animator avoid drawing feet?

The animation quality is good and the battles are choreographed well.  It takes a lot to challenge Superman, Supergirl and Wonder Woman in hand to hand combat.  So some of the battles are a little contrived to do just that.  So what if Darkseid sends a couple hundred “Doomsdays” to keep Supes and company busy.  Its all in a days work.

He's a real "bad-axe".

Someone with an "S" on their costume should have thought of this earlier.

Perhaps that is the problem with the “super-heavyweight” class in which characters like Superman and Darkseid reside.  After you pass a certain invulnerability level, getting punched so hard that you actually achieve orbit is still not enough.  There is a massive slugfest at the end between Supes, Supergirl and Darkseid that pretty much tears up Smallville and creates ginormous craters.

However it loses satisfaction when you realize that these incredible hits and resulting explosive landings are really not accomplishing anything.  These combatants just seem to shake off the most impressive impacts in a few seconds and come back for more.

Blue eyes for everyone!

The one most satisfying part of this fight occurs when Supes goes a little buckwheat.  He creates this awesome tornado-like whirlwind around Darkseid pummeling him with blows faster than the eye can see.  Then he adds in heat vision!  Darkseid looks to be finally receiving real damage.  Then he shakes it off and grabs Supes face.  Huh?  The fact Bats was able to hang with these guys at all is a tribute to his brains.

This feature was good looking and fun.  It’s worth watching despite the occasional drawbacks, some stock plot elements and an ending that was a little saccharin. If you like these classic heroes check out this direct-release feature which treats them all with respect.

"And if you order today we'll also include eye-beams! Don't be the only person in this feature without them!"

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17 thoughts on “Superman/Batman: Apocalypse [2010]

  1. Good review. The book was quite a bit better, (as usual), but overall good work on this film. I thought the fight at the end was far too long though.

    • Yeah Issac, it seems that many who read the comic series these one off features are built upon prefer the comics. But people like we in the Fortress who have not read them have an easier time enjoying these releases at face value. One did not have to read the comic to enjoy this, where as the less …comprehensible “Justice League New Frontier” is another story. 😉

      We agree, the fight at the end was a little long. We think it “felt” longer because no one got anywhere. There was no real advancement as everyone seemed to recover from the most earth shattering impacts. Even the ending of the fight lacked a certain finality.

      Still, it was fun. But we know such a short action packed feature is really not going to do justice to a comic series. How can it? Nor can a comic series bring the same feeling of a movie.

  2. I agree, this Darksied was awesome…mostly everything else was sub par. Batman is always interesting to watch but every one else was not entertaining enough. I barely made it through this one. Glad you liked it though.

    • We see where you are coming from angirach. Supergirl never really evoked too much sympathy. Often entertaining Batman was really forced out of the super-heavyweight class fights. Darkseid did offer some needed gravitas, and the zigzagging Omega Beams were treated right.
      Everybody has something coming out of there eyes in this one!

  3. Thanks for the comment on my review of this! Sorry, I’m a little slow getting back to you.

    This wasn’t my fav of the DC Animated, but I did enjoy it. Can’t wait for All Star Superman to come out!

      • it does seem as if they are keeping this one under wraps, doesn’t it? that could be good or bad.
        or maybe they’ve just been too busy working on promoting young justice (and cancelling brave and the bold, sadly)

      • speaking of All-Star…just watched it Wednesday night…Review is up if you you wanna check it out. Wasn’t a pleasanat surprise, bu for some it may very well be, y’know?

  4. Good work guys, I’m actually planning to review all of the comic based animated features in the next few months hopefully mine are as good!

    I liked this film, but just seemed to be a bit lacking somehow. I always picture superman asthe most powerful metahuman in the universe (however GL is my fav) and I know technically Darkseid is kind of a god but I just think the fights were off. Superman took more of a besting then he should have

    • Thanks Kirky. Your plan to review all the comic based animated features is a tall order, especially considering the last couple years. Believe us, we know. However we look forward to what you do. Feel free to come back and link your reviews on the corresponding Fortress Takes.

      As for this feature, that final fight scene was spectacular but not necessarily satisfying. Yes, you make a good point about Superman and the ending. Darkseid may have more raw power, may, but Superman has always been the one who could stand up against him and live to tell the tale. It is also noteworthy to mention that Superman often holds back in deference to his non-killing ways. If he cut loose with the intent to kill Darkseid we think he would fare better- but then he would not be Superman.

  5. I too was torn by this movie. Partly to blame was bringing Tim and Kevin back for the main voices. I love them in those roles (Kevin especially), but with owning all the Batman (the good one from the 90’s), Superman, and JL seasons – having them RE-introduce Supergirl threw me off a bit.

    Also, it seemed shallow for a Bruce Timm story. A lot of actions happened with very little reason or emotional depth. Timm’s products are always amazing, but Supergirl being evil for 5 minutes – only to go back to being good back on Earth? Afterwards, no one was concerned she might still be evil?

    And you are 100% right about the final fight. Of the 80+ minutes of the movie, it felt like half the length. Every time one of the characters was beat down to a pulp – looking like they were dead – a few moments later they emerged with scratches.

    • Good point about the reintroduction of Supergirl versus the classic voices. There are so many shows and direct releases it is easy to not know where it stands in the time line. This is especially true if one never read the comic that some of these direct releases are based on.

      Yeah, we felt that whole bad Supergirl part was rushed and underplayed.

      Is she really bad?

  6. This movie was a mess!
    If it were named Super Girl, it would’ve served its purpose. The movie was an origins movie for Super girl. Why on Earth (one) name it Superman/Batman ??
    Sure, Supes and the Bat ends up saving everyone and everything but this was essentially Super Girl’s story. After all, she gets to bash Darkseid pretty bad at the end.
    Only good thing was the old voice actors getting back together.

    • Yeah, the Superman/Batman moniker despite whatever comics may be related, did seem a cheap way to garner viewers for a Supergirl origin re-launch. Nothing like using DC’s most popular characters in a slightly misleading way.

      Cannot we reunite the classic voice actors with a better script? See below for another thing that would have been… nice? Well, more like interesting.

      We think this show is more about romance now...

  7. just dropping by to reconnect, sort of.
    i was lookin’ at an old blog i had a while ago and noticed you posted a comment on my Superman/Batman Apocalypse review.
    im not using the Master Blasters blog anymore, but I’ve relocated and subscribed to you on my new blog (Heroic Nonsense).

    thanks for commenting on that old post, by the way. you were the first to leave a comment that wasnt from a friend or family member. always a milestone! 😛

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