Superman Batman: Apocalypse came out yesterday. For those who have not seen it or read the source material, I’ll try to avoid spoilers.
What I liked.
The art. Once again, WB/DC Animation tried and succeeded doing a good job matching the style of the animation to the style of the art in the source comic. I felt like I could be reading a comic drawn by Michael Turner.
The story adaptation. Very subtly, they tied the story back to Superman Batman: Public Enemies. It was unnecessary, but it was cool for comic fans that they did it.
Some of the plot points were rearranged, but all the necessary beats were there. As my son and I watched it we knew what should happen and were happy to see the various parts of the story unfold, even if they seemed shortened or slightly out of order.
What I missed.
The pieces they had to chop out for time. I know this was necessary, but Artemis had a big role in one part in the comic and she was not even shown there in the movie (the fight in the park).
Not naming characters when they first appear. Harbinger plays a minor role in the story, but physically she looks too similar to Kara to know who she is when she first appeared.
The Facebook trading card game. I think WB/DC has gone another route for the more recent movies because the cast of characters is smaller. Yet looking at the final product, I think they could have pulled off a trading card game. They just needed themes related to the movies:
* Heroes: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Barda, Artemis.
* Furies: Granny, and the 4 Furies.
* Locations: Metropolis, Arctic Fortress, Gotham, Paradise Island, Smallville.
*Supergirl: I think she wore at least 5 different costumes in the movie.
You get the idea.
A lack of Extras on the basic CD. When I go back and look at the earlier releases, there are more bonuses on the single disc release. JL:New Frontier for example has a documentary on the history of the JLA. Superman:Doomsday has a retrospective on how the Death of Superman comic story came to be. On this basic disc all we get is advertising for other WB/DC Animated movies.
As with prior releases, Best Buy had a sale on various WB/DC projects. The most important note was that Batman:Under the Red Hood was 16.99. Superman Batman:Apocalypse is 12.99 for this week only. After that I expect it to go up to 16.99. SB:Public Enemies was 9.99, a nice discount to get the previous movie. Basically, older stuff was on sale, while relatively recent stuff was not. The big surprise was Superman Animated, the Complete Edition. On sale for 30$. normal price 45$. That made it 10$ for each previously released season set. And there is a new bonus disc. Since I did not have any of this yet, this opportunity was too good to pass up. (Although, I have to admit, I still have not made it all the way through Season 2 of Batman Beyond which I picked up at the release of Batman:Under the Red Hood.)
(DC Direct’s site was having an issue, so picture credit to: Raving Toy Maniac)
The only toys available for this movie would be the ones DC Direct made to go along with the comic source material. As I said above, the animation is similar in style to the artwork. The toys are styled after that same artwork. I could see a them doing re-release of Superman, Batman, and Supergirl in response to this movie. And yes, Batman does use that device in the movie. I find it interesting that we never got a Michale Turner styled Wonder Woman figure.
[It has been brought to my attention that DC Direct is offering the following: SUPERMAN BATMAN: SUPERGIRL Action Figure Collector Set. Apocalypse on Apokolips! When a good girl goes bad, Superman (with the help of Batman) must save his cousin Supergirl from the evil Darkseid. This special collector set is based on the book SUPERMAN/BATMAN: SUPERGIRL, written by Jeph Loeb with art by the incomparable Michael Turner. Included in this set are action figures of Superman and Supergirl boasting new color schemes and sculpts, as well as the 168-page SUPERMAN/BATMAN: SUPERGIRL graphic novel. The Superman figure stands approximately 6.75" high, while Supergirl stands 6.5" high.]
For Mattel and DCUC fans, my suggestion is for Mattel to re-issue the DCSH Supergirl figure as an All-Star figure in the DCUC line.