In less than a year, Zack Snyder and Henry Cavill will usher the Man of Steel back to his rightful place in the multiplex. It should, at last, mark the beginning of another bankable DC franchise for Warner Bros. But while the company’s blockbuster record has been spotty, the cartoon adventures produced by direct-to-video branch Warner Premiere (which, sadly, is shutting down this fall) have rarely been worse than solid. Superman vs. The Elite, based on Action Comics #775: What’s so Funny About Truth, Justice, and the American Way?, is better than solid, despite some middling animation and an ending that doesn’t quite live up to the promising start. Hit the jump for our review of the film on Blu-ray.
Last week, we discussed the potential of a feature adaptation of Disney’s Gargoyles, a dark and Gothic animated serial from the mid-1990s. There was a good amount of support for the idea and more than a fair share of nostalgia for the property. To encourage more discussion in the comments, feel free to let us know if you think a particular adaptation is a good idea and why, who should star in the major roles and who is fit to sit in the director’s chair. This week, we’ll set sail for the distant waterworld of Mer in search of the lost Thirteen Treasures of Rule. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, hit the jump to find out. Hollywood! Adapt this: The Pirates of Dark Water.