WHAT IS IT?
Superman/Batman Apocalypse is a direct-to-DVD (and Blu-ray) animated move from the DC Original Animated Universe. The film featured (not surprisingly) both the Man of Steel and the Caped Crusader, as well as Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Big Barda.
The film was a sequel to Superman/Batman: Public Enemies (2009) and was based on the storyline The Supergirl from Krypton. Much like the previous entry in the film series, Batman was once again voiced by Kevin Conroy, whilst Superman was played by Tim Daly. Susan Eisenberg provided vocal duties for Wonder Woman - a role she had previously played in hit animated shows Justice League and Justice League Unlimited.
Released in 2010 Superman/Batman: Apocalypse received fairly positive reviews and made well over $5 million in sales.
WHAT WAS GOOD?
Teaming Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman is always a winner in my eyes and once again this formula proved very successful in Superman/Batman: Apocalypse. The movie's strength was arguably in the voice and characterisation work and both director Lauren Montgomery and writer Tab Murphy nailed this aspect perfectly.
The film also improved upon the inferior movie Superman/Batman: Public Enemies and thankfully didn't fall into the same traps of repetitive action scenes and a daft final act.
WHAT WAS BAD?
Ok, this is quite simple. The movie is called Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, yet focused a heck of a lot of time on Supergirl; including her arrival on Earth, her attempts to fit into the world around her, and her capture (and subsequent brainwashing) by chief villain Darkseid. What the film didn't focus so much on was Superman and Batman!!!!
Yep, I know the story was based on a storyline which focused on Supergirl, but surely when translating it to animation the script could have been tweaked to include more time with Superman and Batman? If not, then it should have been a Supergirl movie instead of another Superman/Batman tale!
WHY PUSH THE BUTTON?
Apart from the minor quibble above, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse was an enjoyable enough movie. The film was not quite as good as other entries in the Original Animated series, but anything that improved upon the first Superman/Batman movie was certainly a good thing.