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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.
To all NON Superman fans who are not interested in the Big Blue Boy Scout, or just haven't given him a shot. I implore you to start here.
It's a very earnest take on the character. With a cast of ragtag antagonists led by a NUTTER with a Union Jack tattooed across his entire chest, and he's named Manchester Black to BOOT!.
Nice premise for this DC animated movie. Superman fights a group of heroes who are willing to kill the bad guys, not just put them away. The whole thing plays out really well and the pacing is great. The character of Manchester Black is pretty good, but his partners in the elite are pretty dull. That's my big problem with this movie, all of the cool story points, but it just wasn't very exciting.
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DC's animated films are all good or great, I have yet to see a title this end of the millennia that's been a complete disappointment. This came recommended to me as one of the best Superman films, and it's certainly not bad. The Man of Steel encounters a group of renegades called The Elite, who deliver their own brand of justice by murdering villains. A moral battle ensues over the people's hearts that will test Supes and make him question his own system of beliefs. Great voice acting and solid animation all the way through.
I can completely forgive all of the eschewed ideas the filmmakers clearly have about us Brits for the fact that they make Superman call someone a wanker.
A really good solo Superman movie?? After watching all of these DCU Animated films, I didn't think it could have been done, but this was such a satisfying plot that really embodied the character of Superman, and more really, what embodies the DC Universe since the villains are hardly ever killed by the heroes.
This film shows why it's a bad idea to take these things into the hands of heroes because then it shows, where does it end? Who do we say is okay to live and who is okay with being executed? Of course the power will go too far.
My favorite theme in comics, and maybe film and literature in general is the idea of morality and…
A solid Superman film, with interesting questions about the relevance and place of Superman's idealism and black and white morality in the 21st century. Sadly, his idealism wins out in the end and the Elite (who serve as the counterpoint) are eventually treated as villains thus making it clear that the creators weren't quite as intrigued by the idea that Superman's beliefs were flawed as I am. Still, the fact it was brought to question makes this one of the more mature and contemplative animated offerings given to us by DC and besides the themes, it boasts a fairly entertaining plot and exceedingly competent voice acting. Downsides are poor female character writing ( and a cheesy sentimental speech by Superman after the climactic battle).
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Task # 29: A film with the word versus (Vs.) in its title
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This is a pretty good movie, but there's one problem I had. It's a Batman story. The classic Batman/Joker story (to me) is that Batman won't kill and the Joker tries to break down that resistance. And at the heart of Superman vs. The Elite, that's exactly what you get, just on a more super-powered scale.
I did enjoy it, but the nagging thought in the back of my head that it was just a batman movie in superman dressing really hurt my experience of this movie.
But the characters of the Elite were great fun! A team of Brits, with what seem to be insanely strong powers and a suitably trouble backstory is just what I needed in that department.
June 2016 Scavenger Hunt
Task #29: A film with the word versus (Vs.) in its title
Although I did not quite like the art and animation, the story of Superman vs. The Elite was solid. Superman meets a team of British who, unlike him, execute the criminals they catch themselves. As both sides have different approaches to stop crime, conflict soon erupts between them, and both try to prove their method is the right one through all the means possible. The final fight between Superman and the Elite is especially good, and made for a great finale. So overall, I found Superman vs. The Elite to be a decent film, although the animation could have been better.
I was a little apprehensive to fully get into this film, when I realized that the Elite was essentially a bunch of Brits and all this movie might be is a way to do a cross-cultural colaboration... but once it starts going, its actually an engrossing movie - testing all of Superman's values and what he stands for....
That climax as well, was probably the most fearsome and powerful Superman ever put into a feature film... just a pity that it was in animated form, and all the millions that were thrown at BVS, and they still couldn't get it right....
The more I'm watching of the DC Animated stuff, the more I'm beginning to see how "right" they're getting the storys, and how compelling an animated film can actually be... 3.5/5
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Task #29 A film with the word versus (Vs.) in its title.
Okay let me start of by saying that i am a huge fan of comics and more specifically DC Comics, now with that said i don't know who the f**k "The Elite" is. So that kinda helped me enjoy this because i didn't know how the bad guys usually act. But dare i say this is my favorite Superman movie ever? Umm yeah i think i do, this is the "Under Red-Hood" of superman movies (well until The Killing Joke comes out). Overall if you don't like the current superman movies (or the old ones) try this animated movie, then the others because they are all better then the live-action movies. Or watch Smallville.
The best DC animated movies are the underrated ones. Crisis on two earths and this. Also, best Superman movie since Superman II. Better than everything made since then. Better than anything Hack Snyder and co. will ever conjure up. Brilliantly captures what Superman stands for.
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