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Superman Vs. The Elite 2012

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3.3 out of 5 stars (27) IMDb 7.1/10

When catastrophe strikes, Superman once again rushes into action, but this time he gets some unexpected help from a new squad of super heroes calling themselves The Elite.

Starring:
George Newbern, Pauley Perrette
Runtime:
1 hour, 14 minutes

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Genres Animated, Action & Adventure
Director Michael Chang
Starring George Newbern, Pauley Perrette
Supporting actors Robin Atkin Downes, Dee Bradley Baker, Ogie Banks, Catero Colbert, Grey Griffin, Melissa Disney, Paul Eiding, Troy Evans, Jennifer Hale, David Kaufman, Pamela Kosh, Jeff LaPensee, Marcella Lentz-Pope, Dave B. Mitchell, Sumalee Montano, Laraine Newman, Nolan North, Henry Simmons
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Captions and subtitles English Details
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By J. Morris TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Jun. 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Superman vs. The Elite is the 14th production in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies line. It focuses on Superman's decision never to kill an evildoer. When the Atomic Skull breaks loose from Strikers island once again, wreaking millions of dollars of property damage and killing bystanders; the public begin to question whether locking him back up is truly the correct decision. Meanwhile, new kids 'The Elite' headed up by the Union-jack wearing psycho-kinetic 'Ches' (Manchester) help Superman out and realise that he is too soft on the bad-guys. But when they start killing wrongdoers en masse, they make an enemy of Superman himself, but will the powerful Elite manage to topple Superman? Will Superman reconsider?

Well, where to begin? This starts with a series of neon-coloured frames in a warhol-style that emulates the Sex Pistols album cover (all yellows and hot-pinks) whilst some punk plays. I assume this is because the elite are lead by a punk-rock styled frontman. The animation style is extremely cartoony - giving this a juvenile feel, despite the darker-than-usual subject material for the man of steel. This put me off but wasn't the main thing; being English myself, I felt offended by the cliché-spewing Manchester Black. The bit where they visit Manchester (smoky industrial skies and endless Victorian terrace with boarded-up doors) - are DC unaware that anything has changed in the last century in England? No cars on the street but the moment a character needs a ride and puts their hand up, a black-cab rolls up instantaneously - remember this is meant to be Manchester, not London...
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I agree with the below review regarding what lets this movie down. While I enjoyed many scenes in it (the action was well done and the animatin was great) the main thing that lets this movie down is the cliche's and utter ignorance of England really lets this movie down. I am an Englishman myself and the utter ignorance of England really had me both taken aback and a little offended. the 1980's England was visualised as an industrial revolution era smoky wasteland of boarded up doors, no cars, dusty sidestreets, no technology and sparse boarded up houses with drunkards beating their children. Excuse me, what? Did the writers / animators even look at England once in their lives? Is this ignorance commonplace in America? Do they really think Britain is a third world country that has not changed since 1850? This really lets this movie down in my opinion, it is very hard to take the movie seriously.
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...well, not the real youngsters anyway. Ignoring a portrayal of northern England that seems to have been culled from Lowry paintings, the story is significantly more challenging than the usual good guy beats up bad guy scenario. Superman's philosophy of allowing even the most vicious of criminals to be dealt with by the normal legal process is called into question when a team of superheroes who are more than prepared to be judge, jury and executioner arrive on the scene. The public's support moves to The Elite, and Superman himself begins to doubt his place in the world. Perhaps it's time to step aside. Only of course, it's not. The Elite begin to overstep the mark and it's down to Superman to stop them. But the only way to do it may be to become like the stone-cold killers they are. Lots of interesting grey areas, with the 'bad guys' having a point that the viewer can understand. They're not out to rule the world, just put it right. It's rated for 13 plus, and merits it. The script writer has included some 'typical' English swear words which mean nothing in the US, but in the UK will not be something you want to hear too often in front of the kids. Overall, very good.
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Solid story, very bad accents that were distracting until the story took over. Considering how dark they went with it I'm surprised they didn't go for Manchester Black's comic book storyline that had him 'killing' Lois Lane and exposing Clark's identity to see what he would do. Superman is the pinnacle of justice even then. This would have been a much more satisfying ending as it really tests Superman's mettle and ends Black's storyline in a realistic manner. Overall the ending was OK but it's the end that lost it a star for me I'm afraid. If they were going to go grown-up and dark they might as well have gone the whole hog. Still very much worth a watch though.
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I have to say that although I was OK about some of the darker storyline, the amazingly dated portrayal of modern Britain, plus Superman using a strong swear word just felt completely wrong. There are lots of dark, brooding heroes - do we really need to drag Superman into that stuff as well? The Action Comic from which this movie has been formed, did a much, much better job of contrasting Superman's ethical code with the more brutal Elite. One of my favourite comics, one of my least-liked movies for the reasons stated above.
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As with the other reviews posted for this, the writers seemed to have confused the North West of England in the 1980's for the 1880s. I don't expect much of cartoons when it comes to regional accents that aren't American but it would have been nice if the actor involved could have picked one and stuck with it.
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