Sunday, October 3, 2010

"Superman./Batman. Apocalypse" DVD Review

I read about Superman./Batman. Apocalypse (S/B A), the straight-to-DVD film, a few months ago and got really excited. If you frequent this blog, even a little bit, you know how obsessed I am with comic books, movies and comic book movies. I'll give you a brief description of the film and a quick review.

Remember the Supergirl film? C'mon, it came out and was supposed to carry on its own franchise. You don't remember? It's ok, neither do a lot of other people. Well, Supergirl is the cousin to Clark Kent/Kal-El/Superman. Her Krypton name is Kara Zor-El. She, too, was sent in a spaceship to Earth from Krypton. S/B A follows Kara from her landing on Earth to becoming Supergirl, but it's not all fun and games.

Along the way, Batman is suspicious of this new alien on Earth. Superman is convinced she is his cousin and is no threat to mankind. But there is a dark side to Kara, and it is brought on by who else? Darkseid. Darkseid has a long and rich history as a villain in the DC Universe. This movie was the perfect way to get him into the straight-to-DVD movies.

The movie features some of DC Comics' most popular characters, and doesn't disappoint. It's good to remember this is more of a Supergirl story and that Batman and Superman are really secondary characters in this one. I love how they incorporated Wonder Woman and the Amazons into the film. It was great.

Another thing I'd like to note are the special features on the Blu-Ray I purchased. The Warner Brothers/DC Universe Blu-Rays have some of the most comprehensive special features I've ever seen. History of major characters, episodes of previously aired cartoons, interviews, etc. If you are a comic book fan or even an animation fan, you'll love this movie. The animation is on par with some of the best in the industry; smooth, recognizable and memorable. Check this gem out and let me know what you think.

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