Parents' Guide to

Superman vs. the Elite

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Strong violence countered by positive messages, good story.

Movie PG-13 2012 74 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 2+

Great Movie

I think the guy with a drinking problem is a fact of life, what will our kids be if they are ignorant? And as for the sexual innuendos, they are very funny! My 11 year old thought it was hilarious! Violence is a part of life and we should not hide that from our kids, this is a great movie for all! As for swear words, they will hear them later on in life, why not start now? Great movie.
age 18+

This is one film I wouldn't watch with the kids...

The premise of the movie is pretty good. Superman is ever the boyscout believing people to be inherently "good" while The Elite are willing to kill the enemies and do whatever else for the sake of humanity. The movie is well-paced, but I find myself unhappy with all the innuendo and cursing. Why can't a superhero flick cut all that out and be what it's meant to be? You should be able to watch superhero movies with your kids and enjoy them. The makers think they're keeping up with the times and whatnot, but they're just lowering the quality of the films. I do not need to see Lois Lane in a nightie. I do not need to hear Menagerie say very sexually explicit things EVERYTIME she is around Superman (SPOILER ALERT: A character actually has to tell her "keep it in your pants"). Also, the cursing is just repugnant and could be X'ed out completely. SOMETHING TO NOTE/SPOILER ALERT: I found the the climax of the movie to be pretty disturbing and almost scary. It involves a bloody and corrupted-looking Superman...That scene could give little kids nightmares.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (8 ):

Like All-Star Superman before it, SUPERMAN VS. THE ELITE is an exceptional animated superhero movie. It's violent and has some adult subject matter, but it also has a strong, thoughtful story and worthwhile messages. It's based on a comic book from 2001, which brilliantly reinvents Superman, explores his mythology, and takes him into a dark, complex new time. This movie proves that Superman's legend is timeless.

Director Michael Chang uses the film's 75 minutes wisely, balancing tense action scenes with character-driven moments while never losing pace. The background work, ranging from big cities to the surface of the moon, is effective without being dazzling, and the voicework is outstanding. Newbern returns as Superman, bringing doubt and humanity to the Man of Steel's voice, and Pauley Perrette -- famous as tattooed goth chick Abby Sciuto on NCIS -- makes a terrific Lois Lane, gritty and gravely and ready for action.

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