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Superman vs. the Elite Blu-ray review

by Matthew Price Published: July 13, 2012

The latest DC Entertainment animated offering features Superman facing off against a team of antiheroes who question the hero’s moral code.

“Superman vs. the Elite” is based on “Action Comics” No. 775, written by Joe Kelly and released back in 2001. The story, “What’s So Funny About Truth, Justice & the American Way?” questioned whether Superman was relevant in an ever more violent and dangerous world.

Kelly adapts his story into this animated feature, which covers much of the same ground. If it doesn’t quite hit the heights of its comic counterpart, it’s still a well-done animated feature.

George Newbern (“Father of the Bride”), who voiced Superman in the popular “Justice League” animated series, returns to the character here, and his depiction is spot on. Pauley Perrette (“NCIS”) is believable as hard-bitten Lois Lane, who provides great banter with Clark Kent and his alter ego.

The new superpowered team The Elite isn’t above maiming or killing villains to prevent future violence. Superman stands in their way, saying their powers don’t give them the right to become executioners.

The only minor issues with the film might be that the 76-minute running time doesn’t allow for a full exploration of the issue, and that the animated design of the characters could be more dynamic. But “Superman vs. The Elite” provides an action-packed and thought-provoking animated film.

The Blu-ray contains multiple extras. There is a commentary with Kelly and former Superman comics editor Eddie Berganza.

The short documentary “The Elite Unbound: No Rules, No Mercy” discusses the characters that made up the Elite in the comics.

Another documentary, “Superman and the Moral Debate,” discusses whether or not superheroes should kill.

Two episodes of “Superman: The Animated Series” are included as a bonus, as is a 12-minute feature giving a sneak peek at the upcoming animated adaptation “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1.”

— Matthew Price
From Friday’s The Oklahoman

by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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