It’s not easy being a fan of Superman sometimes. his logo is one of, if not the most, recognizable icons on the planet and the character name of Superman is synonymous with human perfection. But in today’s culture Superman himself is scoffed at by most, and the average person tends to perceive him as boring and one-dimensional. They’ll argue that he’s not as complex and cool as Batman, or as flawed and violent as the X-Men, or as witty and hip as Spider-man. I myself have struggled at times to truly articulate the answer when asked why I like Superman by people that were not trying to insult me, but were genuinely curious about why I would have such a fascination with what seems like an icon of a bygone era.
DC Animation’s Superman vs. The Elite embodies that question while also showcasing much of the answer to the relevancy of Superman, bringing to vivid life one of the best Superman character-pieces to be found in any animated or live-action form.
This movie came out on June 12, 2012, and is a movie that was based off of the Comics, “What’s So Funny About Truth, Justice & the American Way?”, this animated adaptation was done by Joe Kelly, one of the creators of Ben 10 who has also worked on many many more Comics, this specific title is ‘Superman VS The Elite’, does it stand up to it’s Comic counterpart?
The old school animation was not top notch and most of the characters looks broad chested beasts. The voice you’ll know and love immediately is the voice of George Newbern who voiced Superman in Superman The Animated Series, Justice League, and Justice League Unlimited so it feels more like one of our favourite old DCAU shows than it does some stand-alone movie which many of the movies as of late featuring or revolving around Superman have felt like simply because they had different people voicing ‘ole Supes. Something worth watching in this film is the relationship dynamic between Clark Kent and Lois Lane. She knows his secret and is handling it well.
Like it’s Comic counterpart this movie brings to the table Manchester Black and his Super powered team consisting of Nathan Jones AKA Coldcast, Pam AKA Menagerie, and The Hat. Being anti-heroes ,The Elite are a group of super-powered individuals who have no principals and feel no remorse in killing bad guys which even results in death of a Major character in the movie, The Atomic Skull and through he and various other happenings a great deal of people die in this movie fairly graphically and abruptly.. For a Superman movie this was a bit of a shocker to me.. Its kind of new for an animated movie but it made watching it more interesting and enthralling.
This is a movie that takes from it’s source-material and in rare form actually improves upon it, this is an enthralling movie from start to finish that holds your attention and in true form of the DC Animated Movies that have been released lately, this is reaaaally fucking good..
Plus as a bit of a spoiler you’ve got to kind of love any movie that has Superman seemingly flipping his goddamned shit, going completely butt-fucking horrifyingly insane, and proceeding to beat the tar out of people mercilessly and THEN after all of that going to the trouble of keeping his Pimp-hand strong by smacking a bitch.
It’s also fun to see a movie where someone actually causes considerable injury to Superman. Far too often that we see a movie or series in which the worse Superman ever gets is some dirt and scratches, no.. In this one we’ve got full-on blood, cuts, a busted eye, and more.
My Rating 4.7 out of 5