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Superman vs. The Elite
World saved. Humanity lost.
The Man of Steel finds himself outshone by a new team of ruthless superheroes who hold his idealism in contempt.
Superman hanging around with a couple of Brits.
He calls them wankers.
He bitch slaps one of them.
Best Superman film ever.
The short review: This may be the best Superman movie ever made, or at least the best since "Superman II."
It's summer 2013, so I can't talk about "Superman vs. the Elite" without drawing comparisons to "Man of Steel." So here I go...
Overall, "Elite" is ten times the movie "Steel" was, with delicious irony. The message of "Elite" is diametrically opposed to that of "Steel," with Henry Cavill's Superman behavior a bit too close to Manchester Black's. Superman's fundamental nature is that he finds a way, he shows us what we can be, he helps a humanity still flawed but working towards greatness. "Steel" paid lip service to these ideas, with its insipid "the S stands for hope!" and…
As bad as All-Star Superman was, this one is that amazing. The story is not only great in a comics sense, but it also draws parallels to some very pressing real-world things, specifically terrorism.
But it's also the perfect Superman story for this modern age - especially for all of the people that dislike him because he's too much of a goody-goody (*cough* my wife *cough*). It really takes him to task for not being willing to cross certain lines in protecting humanity, and it makes him question everything about himself. And the resolution OH MAN the resolution.
This is one of the best things DC animation has done in years.
In no way stands out from the other DC animated universe stuff. The theme about what constitutes justice is cool and all, but the villains are just whatever.
As forgettable as it gets.
"You're an inconceivable wanker."
"Dreams save us. Dreams lift us up and transform us into something better. And on my soul, I swear that until my dream of a world where dignity, honor and justice are the reality we all share, I'll never stop fighting. Ever."
After the atrocity that was MAN OF STEEL, I needed something super to wash the bad taste out of my mouth. And I have found my brand of animated Listerine in SUPERMAN VS. THE ELITE.
This film tells the tale of a group of powerful antiheroes, led by the orgasmically awesome Manchester Black, who seek to one-up Superman by doing what he never could; kill the bad guys. Put an end to the crime and misery, once and…
i liked this a lot i think out of all the superman animated movies this would be the best. But i loved seeing superman going psycho and just awesome to see and you don't see superman do that. Has a good and interesting story and looks good as an animated movie.
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That fucking accent. Oh God. It was annoying. Manchester Black just pissed me off something chronic with it.
I didn't really enjoy the animation here either, left me cold. That said, Superman going dark at the end was good, even if the mechanics of how it worked were pretty bullshit. If Superman had that level of power then they'd never have been a threat in the first place. He endangered lives by his lack of action against the Elite. Dick.
Superman siempre me ha parecido un poco soso, porque es tan invulnerable que es complicado poner a alguien que le haga par. En este caso se entra a debatir su condición de ética y respeto a la vida de los enemigos inclusive si toman vidas de inocentes.
La música de los créditos iniciales fue muy acorde a lo que se venía, el hecho de parodiar a Superman, da el tono de lo que va a ser la película y el trabajo de voces fue correcto.
En cuanto a animación no entiendo ¿Esa es la mandíbula de Superman o tenía un caso serio de paperas?
Should any bad guy die to pay for their crimes?
This question is the main theme of this very good Superman animated movie.
It's a very relevant theme nowadays, especially when we see people glorifying violence as the only solution and I'm glad to see a superhero movie bold enough to discuss it.
Very good animation film.
It's tonally imbalanced, never becomes as dark as it should have been, and the comedy was not as successful as they wanted it to be.
The Elite were a goof and diverse bunch. They worked well, but should have been given slightly more time on screen.
It raises great questions but never manages to do justice to them. If these guys weren't crazy, are they in the right? This is an incredible question, and one that isn't answered.
it's a respectable effort, and one that entertained me a lot.
My expectations for an animated Superman film were held back somewhat because it's not uncommon to find the character mindlessly fighting powerful alien entities for so long that the plot takes a back seat, as does the entertainment value. Not the case here. In fact, this is a mind blowing experience as far as DCU animated films go. In a world rife with terrorism and truly murderous villains, Superman's moral code is challenged by a group of super powered newcomers called The Elite, who quickly win popular support when they show no qualms about dispatching their enemies permanently. The conflict that arises is handled intelligently, with a good balance of action and actual plot and character development - as much as a 74 minute format allows anyhow, making it really worthy of a fully fleshed out live action treatment, some day. Very satisfying, and made with love, opening with a great homage to Superman through the ages.
anyone who purports to love superman and is not watching these animated features is a dirty liar (or merely a fool).
6/10: Based on the comic which was voted #1 in Wizard Magazine's Top Ten Comics of the Decade, tackles the subject of morality of traditional heroes like Superman against the actions of anti-heroes; that not killing does more harm than good. It also put things into perspectives that this movie gives you a glimpse at how super heroes might react to world problems in real life, if super heroes existed.
"Not bad for a guy who just kicks the snot out of wankers."
You know when a parent tries to use slang to be down with the kids, but it just comes out sounding wrong because the context is ever so slightly off? That's how I felt any time British slang was used in this film and it tended to pull me out of the story. I have to admit that it was pretty funny hearing the above line coming from Superman though. Manchester Black's accent didn't seem to know where it was from either. Certainly not Manchester.
Apart from those fairly minor quibbles, I thought this was a great film from the DCAU. I've not read the original book…
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