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New Clip From Superman/Batman: Apocalypse

Posted by Luke Brown On September - 15 - 2010

A brand-new clip from Warner Brothers’ and DC’s upcoming direct-to-DVD movie Superman/Batman: Apocalypse has landed. Take a look, and see how Michael Turner’s art is brought to life.

Based on the DC Comics series/graphic novel “Superman/Batman: Supergirl” by Jeph Loeb, Michael Turner & Peter Steigerwald, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse is produced by animation legend Bruce Timm and directed by Lauren Montgomery (Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths) from a script by Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Tab Murphy (Gorillas in the Mist).

In Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, a spaceship splashes down in Gotham City Harbor — leading Batman and Superman to encounter a mysterious Kryptonian with powers as great as those of the Man of Steel. The Kryptonian is soon revealed to be Kara, cousin of Superman, who takes her under his wing to educate her about the ways of Earth. However, the villainous Darkseid has other plans. Seeing an opportunity to finally defeat Superman, Darkseid abducts and gains control of Kara, utilizing the powerful Kryptonian to do his bidding. It’s up to Batman and Superman to save Kara, but they’ll have to take the fight to Darkseid within his hostile world – where unknown, deadly threats lurk around every corner, including a brainwashed Kryptonian able to match Superman blow-for-blow.

Fan favorites Tim Daly (Private Practice) and Kevin Conroy (China Beach) return to their seminal roles as Superman and Batman, respectively. The celebrity-laden guest cast is headed by Andre Braugher (Men of a Certain Age) as the daunting Darkseid. Sci-Fi heroine Summer Glau (Serenity/Firefly, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) provides the voice of Supergirl, and seven-time Emmy Award winner Ed Asner (Up) reprises his Superman: The Animated Series/Justice League role as Granny Goodness.

I really enjoyed the first few arcs of the Superman/Batman comic when Jeph Loeb was writing, and I think there’s a lot of potential in this movie. With how great the last two movies, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths and Batman: Under the Red Hood, turned out I’m hoping that Apocalypse follows suit. I’m just glad to see that the animators are at least attempting to interpret Michael Turner’s art for the style. While Turner has always had his detractors, I’ve always like his interiors in small doses. Even though Public Enemies wasn’t the best movie made under this home video doctrine, I have a feeling that this movie will turn out to be better overall. The clip doesn’t show much, but it’s pretty faithful to the original comic. We’ll let you know how it all turns out next week after we attend the premiere in NYC.

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