Saturday, October 12, 2013

Critic Corner: Superman vs. the Elite

The DVD cover art
You may remember my recap of the Superman storyline "What's So Funny About Truth, Justice and the American Way?". Since then, it got an animated adaption. How do is it hold up? Let's look.
For those you haven't seen this, here is the plot. A new superhero team Elite appears. Their members, Manchester Black (Robin Atkin Downes as an adult, Grey Delisle as a kid), Menagerie (Melissa Disney), Coldcast (Catero Colbert) and the Hat (Andrew Kishino), are willing to kill and become popular because of it. As such, Superman (George Newbern) attempts to stand for his morals.
Here is the good. Overall, the animation style is decent. The climax (while slightly altered) is decently done and accurate to the climax of the original. The design for the Elite's base of operations is creative. The Elite (except for Manchester) have good designs.
Here is the bad. The movies (aside from the ending) only barely resembles the comic book. The movie removes all ambiguity about the situation by turning the Elite into murderous criminals-turned-antiheroes who kill dogs and world leaders. Despite this, the writers wrote a situation where killing the villain was the only way to solve the situation. However, the Elite are still portrayed as villains when they do so. Superman and Manchester Black (whose look is completely different from the original) have terrible character designs especially Superman's giant chin.
Overall, this is a mediocre adaption of the original work. It simplifies the story to the point of making it terrible. I give it a 1 out of 5.

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