“Truth, justice, and the American way” no more?
Not sure, but I believe like most of the DC Animated features that this is based off a comic. Which I haven’t read so I can’t really give a comparison. What I can say though is that this movie is pretty amazing. It deals primarily with a look at Superman (and by association, other heroes’) and his unwillingness to play judge, jury, and executioner. More to the point, the fact that he won’t kill.
In comes a new group of supers though who eventually call themselves the Elite. New kids on the block they first team up with Superman, but it soon becomes clear their ideals are a bit different than his. They want to take that next step. Make sure criminals can’t get out of prison to wreck havoc again, and many people seem to agree. Even makes the Man of Steel question himself if he’s become a little obsolete.
Beyond the morality of what to do with power, this film is rather political. It takes a look at the justice system, warring nations, terrorism, what the proper response to such situations should be… Really I want to say there was more than that underlining the story, but its just not coming to me. Oh, and of course there is a romance plot, touches of comedy, and many classic Superman lines through the film (some of which are used for comedic value, actually).
The voice work is amazing. Over the commonly used Tim Daly steps in George Newbern who makes a completely fantastic Superman and Clark Kent. From the very beginning he pulled both characters off perfectly and while I love Daly, I don’t think he could have done as good as Newbern does in this movie. Pauley Perrette voices Louis and while I admit it took a moment for me to ease up to her, she makes a great reporter for the Daily Planet. Everyone does a great job in their roles and they fit their characters wonderfully, especially the short role of Paul Eiding as Pa Kent.
The animation now is something that sort of rollercoasters. It isn’t the strong, almost box shaped chiseled look of the old DCAU series, the overly muscular appearance from previous films like Superman/Batman, or even the appearance from the more recent Justice League Doom. It instead has a little more of a cartoonish appearance to it. While I found this to actually be refreshing, it failed in a few moments. One of the more annoying parts to me were the eyes often appeared to be uneven.
Over all, I’d say go watch this film. The story is great, voice acting even more amazing, and the animation refreshing even if it does fall short a few times. The ending by the way is simply amazing. Had me at the edge of my seat.