Superman/Batman: Apocalypse

  • Review Date: October 3, 2010
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2010
  • Running Time: 78 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Supergirl comes of age in so-so animated adventure.
  • Review Date: October 3, 2010
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2010
  • Running Time: 78 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

When Kara Zor-El crash-lands on Earth, everyone around her has ideas about how she should behave, what she should do, and what her future holds. Over the course of the story, she's pulled in several directions, but she learns to make her own decisions and to decide her own fate (that said, the movie doesn't actually spend much time on this character, so her decisions are made suddenly and rashly). There's also a sequence in which Kara is taken shopping and learns to love the rush of consumerism.

Positive role models

Most of the characters believe they're acting in everyone's best interests, but in reality, the grown-ups are trying to control teenage Kara's life. She eventually learns to stand up for herself and make her own decisions, choosing a life of responsibility and dedication to others.

Violence

Lots of fighting amongst superheroes and super-villains, with heavy destruction and some blood. Viewers see guns and shooting, the breaking of a wrist, and a character stabbed through the chest. Perhaps most notably, a teenage girl witnesses her parents' death.

Sex

In an early sequence, a silhouette of a naked woman is shown, and viewers later see the shadow of a naked woman. Kara (the future Supergirl) wears very skimpy outfits from time to time.

Language

Language includes a couple of uses of  "ass" and "hell."

Consumerism

Tie-in to vast quantities of related merchandise. In a "shopping" montage, Clark Kent buys Kara some clothes and she becomes euphoric with consumerism.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this sequel to Superman Batman: Public Enemies is part of a series of violent direct-to-DVD animated superhero movies aimed at teens, though this one is a little less packed with action and blood than usual. The story centers on a teen girl, Kara Zor-El, who must learn how to grow up, make her own decisions, and decide her own fate; she eventually decides to become Supergirl. Expect lots of fighting, with some guns, stabbing, and death and a little blood. Language is on the light side (just a couple of uses of "ass" and "hell"), and there are vague hints at female nudity, though nothing is shown.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

As the events depicted in Superman Batman: Public Enemies finish wrapping up, a meteor crashes into the bay. Inside is a mysterious visitor who's revealed to be Superman's cousin, Kara Zor-El, who has all of Superman's powers. Superman (voiced by Tim Daly) is thrilled, but Batman (Kevin Conroy) doesn't trust her. Wonder Woman (Susan Eisenberg) believes Kara needs training and wants to take her to Paradise Island. Meanwhile, the evil Darkseid (Andre Braugher) wants to use her as the new captain of his fiendish army. Can Kara (Summer Glau) decide how to live her own life on her new home planet?

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

As directed by Lauren Montgomery, SUPERMAN/BATMAN: APOCALYPSE looks terrific, with detailed, fluid animation and striking characters. Unfortunately, there are just too many characters here, and with only 78 minutes to play around with, none of them end up having much depth. The experienced superheroes come across as bickering and single-minded, and the Darkseid subplot seems extraneous; it's just an excuse to add some fighting to what should be a coming-of-age story.

Meanwhile, Kara/Supergirl is pulled every which way and never comes to life on her own; she's a passive character. It's too bad, since she could be an interesting role model for teen girls. Perhaps worst of all is that the movie wastes time on a "shopping" montage, in which Clark Kent buys Kara some clothes and she becomes euphoric with consumerism. It's a disappointment.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. How did it affect you? How did it compare to other animated superhero movies you've seen?

  • How is Kara different from ordinary teens? How is she similar? What kind of decisions does she make that everyday teens might also face?

  • In trying to help Kara, are the adults providing guidance, or are they getting in her way? How do adults know when to trust teens to make their own decisions?

Movie details

DVD release date:September 28, 2010
Cast:Kevin Conroy, Summer Glau, Tim Daly
Director:Lauren Montgomery
Studio:Warner Home Video
Genre:Action/Adventure
Topics:Superheroes
Run time:78 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:violence and brief sensuality

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Educator Written byMychemicalstinkpants February 17, 2011
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11
QUALITY
 

violent but OK

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Teen, 16 years old Written bymkalv October 21, 2010
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14
QUALITY
 

Comic fans will love this!

Personally, I loved this film. It was just awesome! Supergirl, Batman, Darkseid, they are all such good characters! It does contain tons of violence not fit for little kids.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Adult Written byTinyToya July 29, 2011
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14
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Based on the Comic, but Pales In Comparison

I read the actual comic this movie was based on and I was rather disappointed! The shopping scene with Clark and Kara lasted too long and Kara just didn't develop the way she did in the comic. The only scene that came out perfectly was Big Barda and WonderWoman's fight with The Furies. That scene made the movie for me. Read the comic though if you want to see the TRUE ending, because the movie doesn't do it justice.
What other families should know
Too much swearing

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