Last Tuesday, September 21st, was the world premiere of Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, the latest direct to DVD animation motion picture from WB Animation. The movie brings back the vocal talents of fan favorites Kevin Conroy (Batman), Tim Daly (Superman), and Susan Eisenberg (Wonder Woman). Ed Asner reprises his role as Granny Goodness, and also introduces Andre Braugher as Darkseid and Summer Glau as Supergirl.
The movie is based off of Jeph Loeb and Michael Turner’s Supergirl storyline. Reintroducing Supergirl to the DC Universe, the movie succeeds in paying homage to the art style of the late Turner, as well as capturing Kara Zor-El’s integration into the DCU.
The Paley Center hosted the world premiere, followed by a Q and A with some of the cast and crew that attended.
Among the highlights:
Tim Daly joking around about Superman’s sleeker look in the movie:
“One thing that I noticed about Superman in this, first of all he’s eating less carbs. And second of all, did anybody notice, what’s going on with his hair? It’s 2 curls!”
When asked, Lois Lane or Wonder Woman by the audience, Daly responds:
“Oh, Wonder Woman. (smiling at Susan Eisenberg) If you can’t be with the one you love, love the one you’re with.”
Lauren Montgomery, director of Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, was asked why the movie wasn’t titled Supergirl, responds:
“The title of the comic originally was Superman Batman: Supergirl, which… really would assume that the movie would be titled that, but since our wonderful Wonder Woman movie didn’t sell so well, they decided that girl movies don’t sell so we gotta trick everybody into buying it.”
When asked what personal projects they’d love to work on if given the chance:
Bruce Timm, Executive Producer: “I would probably do the Black Hawks.”
Montgomery: “I would probably do Batgirl Year One, or anything with Aquaman.”
When asked what in the movie came out better than expected:
Daly: “I think that I am temperamentally as a person more suited to Batman, because I tend to have sort a darker skewing view of the world, so I was pleasantly surprised by the Superman scenes that were a little more sincere and tender, because I thought they played pretty well. I didn’t squirm and think like ah geez, Superman is being a real sap. I felt like he cared about Supergirl, I like that.”
Rachel Quintance (Artemis/Lyla): “For me, I’m just so happy to be a part of it, my first foray into the DC comic world so watching all of it was just fantastic to me. It’s like, I mean, you all know this so well, and to me it’s like, wow, oh my gosh, this exists. So I thought the whole thing was incredible.”
Tab Murphy (Writer): “I think I responded to the relationship between Superman and Kara Zor El a lot because of the idea of suddenly finding somebody you’re related to and becoming overprotective and then having to let go. I have a 13 year old daughter and going through that same thing so I can totally identify..”
Bruce Timm: What’s her name?
Murphy: Kara! It’s true, it’s true… whoa.
Montgomery: “I’m a pretty big sucker for feel good movies these days so I guess just seeing how it all wrapped up in the ending and Supergirl finally getting her costume and she gets the nod of approvement, she gets the nod from Batman, and you just leave the theater happy. That’s the part I like the most.”
Timm: “I’m actually just really relieved that the opening of the movie worked because the movie, it came up short when we timed the animatic, the storyboard. And so we kinda had to pad it, and part of the stuff we padded was that opening in Gotham City where we’re just kind of panning through Gotham City, oh there’s a cat in the alley… oh look, there’s blimps overhead! So when we got the film back, it was like oh my god, there’s nothing happening, there’s no dialogue, we’re just panning through the city for like 2 minutes! So we added a bunch of radio dialogue, and sound effects and music, and you watch it now, and it’s like, ok, yeah, it kinda works… so WHEW!”
Eisenberg and Andrea Romano (Voice Director) were both fans of the quieter moments, as well as how the fight scenes came about together, particularly when it seemed that most of the recording time was spent doing battle scenes.
The Paley Center did a wonderful job organizing this event, and I’m also looking forward to the next 3 announced feature length animated films: All Star Superman, Green Lantern Emerald Knights, and Batman: Year One!
The Superman/Batman: Apocalypse DVD is out in stores now! Pick it up and let me know what you thought of the movie!