We got to see a special screening at WonderCon for DC’s new animated movie Superman vs The Elite. The film is based on the story “What’s So Funny About Truth, Justice and the American Way”, in the 2001 issue of DC’s “Action Comics” #775, written by Joe Kelly, illustrated by Doug Mahnke and Lee Bermejo.
The film starts with a mysterious man in a Union Jack shirt watching a network of video screens that display trouble around the world. In one of the screens Superman stops a explosion but other horrors occur at the same time where the Man of Steel can’t be. The man watching the screens is Manchester Black, leader of The Elite. The Elite is a team of super-powered anti-heroes, who gained worldwide popularity for killing their enemies.
Despite the acclaim and approval The Elite have received by the world for killing terrorists, Superman doesn’t believe in their way, continually defying The Elite even after they save him and the city.
The differences of methods and morals taking place to kill or have mercy will sway you. Both philosophies are gripping and tense and you start to think the unthinkable…Superman could be wrong. Why let a mass murderer live another day so he can kill again another day? When villains so brutal why should anyone show compassion for these destructive time bombs? The beauty of this film wrestles with just that and you’ll have your doubts about what the right thing to do is.
The film shows Superman in a new light, one where you feel sympathetic for him as if he were a dinosaur. Is Superman irrelevant to what the world needs today?
Tensions between Superman and The Elite culminate in a final showdown on one of Jupiter’s moons. The finale’s battle is worthy of a comparison to the Superman II movie! You won’t regret watching the best animated film from DC to date.
There was also a bonus for those watching a advanced screening of Superman vs The Elite at the end of the panel. The next animated film to be released is The Dark Knight Returns from Frank Mille’s 1985 graphic novel!
Superman vs The Elite will be released on June 12, 2012.