Reviewed Jun 13, 2012
Jonathan Stigter’s review:
What a nice surprise this turned out to be. I am an avid watcher of all the DC animated films and have enjoyed every single one in some form or another but Superman vs. The Elite before I saw it looked extremely dull. In all the previews the animation bugged me and the idea seemed a little cheap. I was not in the slightest excited for this but after realising every DC animated film to date has shown quality in some capacity I decided it wouldn't make sense to skip it all together. I am mighty glad I didn't. I will start by saying that the art style is a little too cartoony and kinda goofy in some parts and doesn't quite match up with the more serious themes it presents throughout the course of the film. That alone is my only gripe with this movie but even the art style grows on you as the film progresses and I started to like the look of it anyway. So what is vs. the Elite about exactly ? Well basically a new team of super people meet up with Superman amidst a war between two countries and both become infatuated with each other until the group start to take their values to the extreme when they tell Superman they believe the criminals he locks away on a regular basis deserve a more permanent punishment-death. Suffice to say this doesn't go down well with Superman. This to me is a fascinating concept that doesn't get nearly the attention it should with the Superhero genre. This movie pulls it off perfectly and makes you invested in both sides of the story. The Elite become a force almost as strong as Superman himself and you get the sense that in order for Superman to make these people understand his point he has to do something extreme. The characters are really original and feel fresh and new especially since Superman is always either up against Lex luthor or braniac, and before things really hit the fan they are actually legitimately funny and you can understand their side of the argument which makes for interesting characters. The voice acting is great all across the board...nothing stands out in this department but every voice feels right. The greatest part of this film is that the concepts get dealt with the seriousness that they should and feel like a new type of story. The conclusion to the whole thing is extremely satisfying and actually had me guessing as to what would actually happen. Superman vs. The Elite stands up among the greatest of the DC animated movies such as All-star Superman, Batman:under the red hood, Batman year one, and Green Lantern Emerald Knights. It has great concepts and makes stunning use of them, it has great suspense and action, it delivers on it's premise, good voice acting, and a conclusion that is superbly pulled off. Superman vs. The Elite is a fantastic movie let alone an animated one.