After the hugely successful 2009 animated film Superman/Batman: Public Enemies Dc comics and Warner Brothers starts on their new project in the 2010 Superman/Batman: Apocalypse. Contrary to the title, the batman animated film focuses mainly on Super Girl and the film would have Batman as a side character alongside Superman and Wonder Woman. Tim Daly and Kevin Conroy would reprise their role as Superman and Batman to fight alongside Super Girl and Wonder Woman defending the earth from a self proclaimed god, Darksied.
Spoiler alert. If you have not yet watched the movie, please do so before reading on.
After a huge meteorite falls to earth, Batman investigates only to find Kryptonian symbols covering a ship like meteor. A confused girl left the ship shortly before Batman’s arrival to the meteor. She finds herself in a strange city (Gotham) whom she does not recognize or does she speak the natives language. To make matters worst, she is blessed/cursed with superhuman strength, speed, heat vision and flight. We soon discovers that the confused girl is Kara Zor-el, biological cousin of Superman. Superman begins mentoring and introducing Kara to her new found powers and to acclimate to her new home. Wonder Woman introduces herself and firmly offers Kara to her home island to train her properly and Superman reluctantly agrees.
Darkseid learns of Kara’s arrival to earth and plots to take her to his home planet of Apocalips and make her the new leader of his Female furies. Darkseid succeeds in kidnapping Kara in Wonder Woman’s home island causing Batman Superman and Wonder Woman to seek help from Darkseid’s previous leader of the Female Furies (Big Barda) located on earth. The four uses Barda’s boom tube to transport to Darksied’s home planet of Apocolips to rescue Kara but instead they find a brainwashed Kara that is a loyal servant of Darkseid. Superman eventually subdues Kara but it was Batman using Darsied’s own Hell Spores as a weapon to destroy Apocolips if Darsied does not decide to leave Kara alone. The four plus Kara returns back to earth and Superman decides to introduce Kara to his adoptive parents in Smallville but instead got ambushed by Darkseid. (spoiler alert) Kara and Superman Battles Darkseid in an epic battle for the ages which results in Darkseid’s defeat.
The anticipation and excitement was quite high set by the great standards of the predecessor, Superman/Batman Public Enemies. The great voice of Tim Daly gave us a strong and believable Superman and the legendary Kevin Conroy is behind the cowl of the bat. Warner Brothers put out a lot more money to get Tim Daly and Kevin Conroy to reprise their role and we as the fans are glad that they did it. Would Superman/Batman Apocalypse had been that successful without Tim Daly and Kevin Conroy’s voices? Previous Batman films that does not use Kevin Conroy’s voice had not been on my top favorites for Batman movies and there is a reason why. Every single animated Batman film or Batman Tv Show with Kevin Conroy’s voice for Batman has been hugely successful amongst us fans.
Aside from Superman’s strange appearance with the mascara eyes, Tim Daly plays a very believable Superman reminiscent of the popular Superman The Animated Series. Why did they have to give Superman mascara? We will never know the true reasons as to why but that was not the strange factor in Superman/Batman: apocalypse. The strange part for me was how Wonder Woman was introduced to us by attacking Kara and Clark Kent in the park at night time. Wonder Woman’s intention was to bring Kara to her home Island of Thamascira for training so why attack her and arguably the most powerful man on planet earth, Superman? Wonder Woman is to be one of the founding members of the Justice League so by meeting that way throws us hardcore fans off by just a notch.
Batman’s famous dark avenger attitude did not disappoint in Superman/Batman: Apocalypse. Batman gives an Oscar winning performance by hijacking the Hell Spores from Darkseid’ home planet of Apocalips and uses the Hell Spores as a weapon to destroy Apocalips alongside Superman, Wonder Woman, Kara and himself if he does not get what he wants from Darkseid. Now that is how Batman should be doing business!