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'Superman/Batman: Apocalypse'
(Tim Daly, Kevin Conroy, Andre Braugher, Summer Glau, Susan Eisenberg, et al / DVD / NR / 2010 / Warner Bros.)

Overview: To save an earthbound Kryptonian, the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight unite once again – this time to battle the powerful forces of Darkseid – in Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, the ninth entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original PG-13 Movies.

DVD Verdict: While I did prefer Public Enemies a little more because it followed the comic a little more closely in sense of guest appearances this movie was almost as fantastic. I also think the actor who did Darkseid's voice in Superman The Animated and Justice League had a better voice for the leader of Apocalypse than the actor who did performed his voice in this film.

The movie picks up where Public Enemies left off with ex-President Luthor arrested and the kryptonite meteor dealt with. Batman still tracking things to ensure that Earth is out of the danger zone tracks a large object fallen into Gotham harbor. That object being a space ship carrying Kara Zor-El the cousin of Kal-El (Superman.)

How Batman and Kara missed each other as he went to the her ship and visa versa is a mystery. As in why she's naked. Though she is soon clothes but the people who greet her. This event remind me a little of Maxima's first appearance on earth in the DC comics. Having trouble with the control of her powers Superman and Batman rush her to fortress of solitide where she can learn English and some control. When Clark give Kara a tour of Metropolis the classic statue of Superman with the perch eagle from Rein of Superman story arch in DC Comics was a nice touch.

I do miss the fact that Krypto attacks Supergirl more in the comic story line than the movie but we know there a dim factor need to get Kara to Paradise Island to train with the amazons which include Lyla (Hambringer whose makes her animation debut and was first known as The Monitor's assistant in Crisis On Infinite Earths. Lyla for tells a danger for Kara future which come true when she falls under Darkseid mind control and Big Barbra leads Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman to Apocalypse to rescue her.

The ending is another bit which the comic is an improvement on the movie as when Kara is introduce as Super Girl for the first time in the comics whole Justice League and Justice Society of America are there to greet her while in the movie it only Superman, Batman and the Amazons.

The two disc version has many interesting features. The normal 2 disc version has a two-part Superman animated series episode 'LITTLE GIRL LOST' while the Target special edition of it also has the extra two part episodes of Legacy. There is also a documentary on the history of the Supergirl character which include why they think the 1984 live movie that I loved bombed in the box office.

The special features also include an original Green Arrow cartoon which is simply wonderful with two great enemies for Green Arrow to protect a princess from and a wonderful cameo by Black Canary. [PJ] This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.