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Plot (from IMDb) - After a long visit to the lost remains of the planet Krypton, the Man of Steel returns to Earth to become the people's savior once again and reclaim the love of Lois Lane.
Inspired by timmyd’s ‘Why I love..’ and ‘The Unpopular Opinion’ blogs, I thought I do a few of my own to show why I love certain movies that some or many did not feel the same way about.
I don't understand why so many people give this movie such a hard time. I love this film! Bryan Singer is a great director and I thought he did a great job here. The entire film is a homage to the 1978 classic by Richard Donner. The music, the characters, the story and right down to much of the dialog is taken from that film. So I guess some people felt like it was more of a rip-off or rehashing of that film. But I don't agree, I found this to be a nice continuation from the '78 classic. The film is said to be a sequel to Superman 2 and does feel like it. I admire how this film draws from the ’78 original to create this story. I also love the plot being that Superman left earth for five years and came back to find out that the world has moved on without him, most of all Lois Lane. Meanwhile, his old nemesis Lex Luthor has a evil scheme that would destroy North America, proving that the world needs him now more than ever! The story has a nice flow and does a good job at paralleling Luthor's actions with Superman's.
I admire how they did the relationship between Lois and Superman. Lois is still in love with Superman but she's angry at him but I like that she's in a relationship and has a son so that makes their relationship even more complicated. Even though she is slightly mis-cast, I do like the way Kate Bosworth plays her with the right kind of aggressiveness. Making Lois's new man a nice and likable guy, who wasn't dumb or a jerk, was a very nice touch. Frank Langella was a very good Perry White also. The plot twist towards the end, SPOILER ALERT... that Lois Lane's son is actually her and Superman's son, was a real surprise that I did not see coming at all!
One of the real strengths of this movie was that Brandon Routh made a really good Superman and was a really great Clark Kent! The film is visually stunning and the atmosphere is breathtaking. The special effects are amazing! Bryan does a great job with showing Superman fly and showing his power like the crashing plane sequence and a robber trying to shoot him in the eye but the bullet flattens. Bryan Singer also made Superman believable as a God like or Jesus Christ like figure. When he loses his powers on Lex’s island and gets the shit beaten out of him by Lex’s goons, it is really powerful and heartbreaking. He also did great work at showing how alone Superman is as well as how much he means to the world.
The best thing for me about this movie is Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor. I LOVE the way he plays Lex. He has the right mixture of evil, brilliance, humour, menace, hatred, insanity and obsession. I like his plot to steal crystals from Superman's Fortress of Solitude and merge them with kryptonite to create a superhuman land that would make Superman powerless. That was pretty smart. I like his sidekick Kitty played by Parker Poser as a redeemable villain. However, like in the '78 film, Lex's plan does seem really over the top, but it still works in this movie.
The scene where Superman lifts Lex's island mass was a great and epic scene.
I know a lot of people might want to criticize the logic in this film like; how can Superman, an alien, have a child with Lois; or how can Superman lift Lex's land when it's half kryptonite which is supposed to leave him powerless; or the logic of Lex's plan to create a new land. But my feeling is that with Superman, you have to take a great leap of logic!
Speaking as a big comic book fan, I found this to be a great Superman film. I wish they would of made a sequel, but at least we will have Man Of Steel to look forward to next month! Can’t wait!
All brilliant this week!
But if I had to choose, it would have to be 'Back To The Future' by Robert Farkas
'Ghostbusters' from Mark Lone
My favourite is 'Silverscreen Terrors' by Jeffrey Cruz
Plot (from IMDb) - Batman discovers a mysterious teen-aged girl with super-human powers and a connection to Superman. When the girl comes to the attention of Darkseid, the evil overlord of Apokolips, events take a decidedly dangerous turn.
"Superman/Batman Apocalypse" is yet another winner from DC Animation. This film is probably one of the best of all the Superman animated movies that have been released over the last few years, better even than Doomsday. The animation quality, the voice acting, the comic timing, the action scenes, the story, and especially the writing are all of the highest standard.
Voice casting draws heavily on previously established voice characterisations from the Justice League TV series (it is pleasing to hear Kevin Conroy's Batman again, and Ed Asner's Granny). Of the new voices, Summer Glau does well as Kara, although I was less taken with Andre Braugher's Darkseid. I’m sure Michael Ironside was available..
The film was vastly entertaining. It has some surprisingly sweet moments like Clark taking Kara clothes shopping. As for character development, Supergirl was a bit shaky, but there's a good reason for that. Upon arriving on Earth she only had a fragmentary memory, and as a teen her personality was still a bit of a blank slate, and of course she was trying to adjust to a new world and culture as well. Also, the animators made her sexy as hell!!
My only other criticism (which won’t be to other men) was the high number of girl on girl fights. They were all well choreographed but there were a few too many. If I was a teenager, this would have been the greatest movie ever made. But at my settled age, I am obviously not the target audience!
Overall, a surprisingly touching and beautifully animated film that is worth checking out.
Plot (from IMDb) - There's a mystery afoot in Gotham City, and Batman must go toe-to-toe with a mysterious vigilante, who goes by the name of Red Hood. Subsequently, old wounds reopen and old, once buried memories come into the light.
Batman: Under the Red Hood delivers some well-paced action and great script work. The film opens disturbingly with the Joker (played brilliantly by John DiMaggio) in a warehouse in Sarajevo beating to death the second Robin. Batman tries to reach Robin but comes too late only to find his ally dead. Now go a few years later and a new villain comes to Gotham. The film does a good job in not dwelling too hard on who this new villain is because realistically it’s not that hard to guess who the guy is even if you have little to no knowledge of the Batman mythos.
Bruce Greenwood was actually very good as Batman. I actually wasn't sure if I was going to like him, but he pulled it off. Even though Kevin Conroy will always be THE voice of Batman to me. John Dimaggio takes The Joker in a different direction than Mark Hamill and at first seems the wrong way to go about the character. However, as time goes by it is obvious that, at least for this film, it was the right choice. Wade Williams is very entertaining as Black Mask and Neil Patrick Harris is great as Nightwing as well.
The writers have given us a very engaging story about a very conflicted hero. There are things taken directly from such comic greats as "A Death in the Family" and "The Killing Joke", and they both revolved around the mystery of the Red Hood. This film can be enjoyed by comic readers, as well as those who do not have as much knowledge of Batman, because it's more about what makes Batman who he is.
I have to say that it is the best animated Batman film since "Mask of the Phantasm". What say you?
Plot (from IMDb) - When Lex Luthor gets elected US President, he uses the threat of an oncoming kryptonite meteor striking Earth as a rationale to frame Superman.
The sixth DVD project from Warner Bros's DC Animated Universe unit, "Superman/Batman: Public Enemies" is a fun, socially-conscious adaptation of the six-part comic book story/graphic novel by writer Jeph Loeb and artists Ed McGuinness and Dexter Vines. Sure, it's short (67 minutes) and not to the letter (no continuity-oriented sidebars), but it is action-packed.
The film does cut a lot out from the book, and the parts they do remove are what I thought were the silliest bits of the story (e.g. the time travel, the sidekicks attacking Luthor). I just wish they changed the rocket bit at the end, but you can’t have everything!
The animation is wonderful, fluid and full of atmosphere and I liked the haunting undercurrent of the scoring. The writing is smart and Superman, Batman and Luthor are compelling characters. The opening credits are brilliant, and the action sequences have enough excitement to impress the fussiest superhero fan. The fight with Hawkman and Captain Marvel was brilliant! The voice work of Clancy Brown, Tim Daly and Kevin Conroy I can't fault, the rest are great as well, but these three are unbeatable in these roles and they voice the three most interesting characters of the film.
All in all, a good movie that could have been even better. I’m now looking forward to the next one: Superman Batman: Apocalypse!