I think a better title would have been something like…I don’t know…“SUPERGIRL BEGINS.”
To cut to the chase, the latest of these DCU PG-13 animated films -- SUPERMAN/BATMAN: APOCALYPSE -- is not up to par with any of their previous endeavors. I’d rank it the worst of the lot, relatively speaking of course. Frankly, this is the first one that only reached “Meh” status.
If you’re a fan of the DCU, I’m going to assume that you might dig this one much more than the “Batman Only” folks -- which admittedly includes yours truly by the way.
While one may presume that this is a straight-up sequel to SUPERMAN/BATMAN: PUBLIC ENEMIES, it’s not. The events of that one are briefly mentioned at the beginning via a background voiceover during the film’s opening moments.
Regardless, there’s no symmetry here at all -- so don’t expect it. Certainly not in the story and not in the “look” of the film (Which is quite fabulous, actually) as well.
Here's what I think of this movie from two different P.O.V.'s
One, this is straight-up DCU. Hell, it's basically a PG-13-up'ed version of the animated JUSTICE LEAGUE TV series.
You’ve got “The Big Three” -- Batman (Yes, I’m going to put the greatest of DC’s characters first!), Superman, and Wonder Woman. There’s the whole Kirby-inspired/Darksied/Apokolips storyline. And like I said previously, there’s Supergirl -- who is without a doubt the main character.
If that’s your cup of tea, fine. Just know that BOTH The Man of Steel and The Dark Knight are pretty much supporting characters this time around -- the latter especially.
Well, at least Batman looks cool...
Which brings me to my second take and comes from the standpoint of the Batman fan…
This AIN’T a “Batman Film” in any way, shape, or form.
As I said earlier, Batman’s nothing more than a supporting character in this one -- MUCH more than he was in PUBLIC ENEMIES. Not only that, but you get to see him hanging out in broad daylight, fighting monsters, chilling in Themyscira, AND…wait for it…IN SPACE!
To be honest, coming off the fantastic BATMAN: UNDER THE RED HOOD, Batman in this one is quite disappointing.
And truth be told, SUPERMAN/BATMAN: APOCALYPSE is a disappointment as well. I found it to be rather cheesy -- so much so it almost comes off as a goof. (Sorry Superman fans, he comes off as a complete clown in this movie -- and Batman's not far behind him.)
My recommendation is to check this one out via a rental or “On Demand” before shelling out $20 -- give or take -- for the DVD or Blu-ray. While DCU fans might end up adding it to their collection, I’m thinking Caped Crusader enthusiasts will not. In fact, Batman fans might want to skip this one altogether, re-watch UNDER THE RED HOOD, and simply look forward to next year’s BATMAN: YEAR ONE.