Some days you discover things that just show up in your life and fill you with much much joy - so much joy that you pee your pants a little. That is how I felt when I realized that 'Superman/Batman Apocalypse' came out today. This may be the last of the DC animated films that we get to enjoy for awhile so I intend to totally soak in the experience.
I have always been a fan of the Jack Kirby created character like Darkseid and the New Gods. Darkseid especially (since the animated Superman series) has been a great foil for Kal-el. He always forces Superman to defeat him with his brains as much as his brawn since Darkseid is Superman's equal in terms of strength.
The story begins with Batman's investigation of a strange object that has crashed into Gotham Harbor. With Kryptonite meteors falling all over the earth anything from the heavens needs to be checked out. Especially when an space pod brings someone new to Earth - someone related to Superman - Kara Zor-el, Kal-el's cousin.
Always the cynic, Batman does not trust this new arrival.
As usual the animation, music, and voice work is stellar. Kevin Conroy is back as the voice of Batman and Tim Daly is Superman. Summer Glau does the voice of Supergirl for the first time. The set pieces are huge and the action is spectacular. From Gotham to Metropolis, Themyscara and of course Apocalypse, we get a full tour of the DC Universe.
The strong relationship between Batman and Superman continues from the past animated films and adds the element of family which is always a tense subject between the two having each lost so much. Wonder Woman also shows up to add a third voice to how best to deal with Kara.
I won't say anything else but I suspect if you are as big a fan of these characters as I am that you will squeal with delight many times. If you are not already a convert than nothing I can say will convince you how cool this movie actually is.
I forever stand vigilant to protect this planet from the myriad of forces that are always against us. Be it the octopus, zombies, aliens or the robots my team of human agents, and our feline allies, circle the globe in a never ending struggle for human freedom.
I learn all I can on every subject that interests me. I especially enjoy ancient history because in the past there are valuable lessons to be found. Also, if I ever get my time machine to work properly, it would be good to know a bit about possible destinations and what to expect when I get there.
I greatly appreciate beautiful design. Be it manufactured or found naturally I am fascinated by the process of invention. I am attracted to the unique, the strange, the haunted. I like to share what I find on this blog.
And not let us forget the 'Cephalopod Menace' who, if allowed to, would wrap their tentacles around all that is good and pure in this life and crush it until it remained no more. They are creatures of pure spite. Hate is all they know. Death is all they do. They are our most ruthless and determined enemy.
So we fight. Selena has the celebrity contacts, the cat is ruthless and without pity, Roosevelt's ghost has the experience and I do the wetwork.
Fighting for the future of the planet doesn't have to be a chore, however. We can take the time to appreciate all that is cool in this world even as we cut the octopus into bite sized chunks.
This is the reason there has always been and must forever be, a Cave of Cool. Be sure to wipe your feet before you enter.