Directed by: Michael Chang
Written by: Joe Kelly
Starring: George Newbern, Pauley Perrette, Robin Atkins Downes, Catero Colbert, Melissa Disney and Andrew Kishino
Original Release Date: June 12, 2012
Having seen his heroic efforts so many times before, the world has begun to take Superman for granted. In some instances he has even become the butt of jokes and subject of mockery. But being who he is, Superman doesn’t mind and continues to do the good that he does. But when a new team of super humans led by Manchester Black enters the scene, the people’s interests are once again piqued. At first this exciting new team seems to be the very allies Superman could use. But as they begin taking more and more drastic measures in the name of justice, Superman begins to question their intentions. Soon, Superman finds himself on the opposite end of popular opinion and must prove once and for all that truth, justice and integrity can never be outdated.
This movie is one of the best DC Universe animated films available to date. Based on Action Comics #775 – “What’s So Funny About Truth, Justice & The American Way?” written by Joe Kelley, this story really gets to the heart and soul of what makes Superman such a great character. Superman is as inspirational as ever and proves the only thing that compares to his morals is his integrity. Though some people believe Superman and his moral code can be outdated, this movie is a perfect example as to why Superman will never be outdated. The world always needs hope. They need someone or something to inspire them and to show them to always stay true to their morals even when it isn’t popular. Superman vs. the Elite showcases the danger of mob mentality and how a single opposing voice can change the world for the better.
In terms of story, this has no negatives. It is a powerful observation of what makes a hero a hero as well as what is justice vs. what is popular opinion. The only negative I have of this movie, if any, are the character designs. Superman’s chin is a bit extreme and exaggerated to the point you might believe you are watching an animated Jay Leno movie rather than a Superman movie.
Superman vs. the Elite is not only a great movie but it’s also one of the best films in the DC Animated Universe library. This movie shows why Superman is one of the greatest (if not the greatest) heroes of all time and that despite the time period, Superman and his morals are never outdated. It shows the importance of maintaining your integrity and never crossing the line and that if you do, you might just fall deeper and deeper into the abyss. Manchester Black and his team begin with justice in mind. Their intentions are pure. But as they begin taking more and more drastic measures, each step becomes easier and easier for them, until they are ultimately the villains. This movie is a fantastic example of, not only how great Superman really is, but of what actually determines if society is truly civilized.