3 1/2 Stars
Are superheroes above the law? Can you murder people and still call yourself a hero? These are some of the interesting questions raised in the sharp script by screenwriter, Joe Kelly. Metropolis and the world at large, are overflowing with criminals and immortality. The Elite, a newly formed and unethical band of misfit superheroes have taken it on themselves to wipe out the scum, and the world’s population is loving them for it. It becomes Superman’s motivation to show the masses that killing is never acceptable, as always Krypton’s last son must rekindle our decency by his acts of faith in humanity. This leads to a showdown at dawn between the warring superheroes, including Manchester Black a misguided and angry, Englishman with the ability to fly, who leads the foursome publicly known as the elite. A very modern and topical Superman tale, with references to Iphone apps, twitter and insurgents.
At 73 minutes this outing moves like…err, speeding bullet? Superman vs. The Elite is the Superman cartoon I never knew I wanted to see. It addresses real world problems and deals with them using all the hallmarks of the characters and their universe. There are stops at the Kent farm, for a pep talk with Jonathan Kent and the required trip to the fortress of solitude. All these bits, worked for me, and I will freely admit. I was surprised how much I enjoyed Superman vs. The Elite.
Director: Michael Chang
Stars: George Newbern, Pauley Perrette, Robin Atkin Downes