DC Universe Animated Original Movies - SUPERMAN vs THE ELITE

Da'Mon Guy continues his look back at the animated movies from the DC Comics universe, today he revisits 2012s Superman vs The Elite.

Superman Vs The Elite is a contemplative, action packed testament that delves deep into the core of the hero mythos as it questions the morality of superheroes. It is one of the more unique perspectives on the adventures of the world’s most famous hero, which poses a great question about how the forces of evil should be handled once they are brought to justice. Does the evil that the heroes defend the world from deserve to be judged with the same law system as normal people or should they face death as a penalty for their crimes against humanity?

Superman vs. The Elite opens with an entertaining montage which showcases a number of clips from other “classic old school” superman cartoons - from Lois Lane, the Daily Planet and the fortress of solitude - however, this iteration features a more modern take on Superman lore.“Elite” places the Man of Steel against a quartet of metahumans called the Elite who do not share his high moral compass when it comes to bringing villains to justice. The Hat, Manchester Black, Menagerie, and Coldcast have no reservations about taking life as they prefer to kill the threats that they confront instead of attempting to capture them. These new age vigilantes test every fiber of Supermans' strong convictions, as they declare themselves judge, jury, and executioner

Despite the message being delivered in the form of animation, this escapade has great depth. At the core of the film is the important moral debate about power and the appropriation of it. Superman is forced to question his approach to facing evil, as truth, justice, and the American way may not be the ideal approach to defeating evil in the 21st century. Life and death is shown in its most realistic outlook seen in any story to use the character, this makes “Elite” one of the most pragmatic animated adventures featuring the comic book legend.

Superman Vs The Elite questions every aspect of Superman’s fiber, in a story that truly expresses why he is considered the world’s greatest hero.

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Da’Mon is a writer and artist, a graduate of Coppin State University and an avid, life-long lover of film. Da'Mon has been actively writing movie reviews since 2011. Check out more of his work at Examiner.com, where he has published over 400 reviews. Visit his Blog and follow him on Twitter.
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