Reviewed byJoseph LeggVote: 5/10/10
The previews for this movie made it seem to be good, but the one thingI saw that was lacking, was how they portrayed Luthor. They made himout to be some kind of wuss. They had him making lame jokes, and scaredhow his image would be if his satellite destroyed Superman. This onlygets a 5 because Superman was again voiced by Tim Daly and The rest ofthe original cast had returned. With the exception of Luthor and thevoice of Brainiac. Who was making cheap cracks and smirking which Ifound a bit odd. I was going to buy this on DVD but I'll stick with thecartoon network airing.
That is all
Reviewed bycine-11Vote: 3/10/10
Although I'm a college educated adult, I actually like the Superman,Batman and Justice League cartoon series (I'm sure I'm far from aloneon this one). The plots have been excellent examples of sci-fi writingand can be quite clever,complex and entertaining. Not so this one. Thevast majority of this movie consisted of Superman and Braniac poundingeach other into the ground, throwing each other through buildings, etc.The encounters went on for so long I got bored and fastforwardedthrough the monotony. There is a weak plot that holds this together,but it's not strong enough to redeem it. The phrase "phoning it in"leaps to mind. If you're a Superman fan, you're going to bedisappointed in this.
Reviewed byJared ProphetVote: 2/10/10
This is a prime example of how little regard Marketing Execs have forthe audience of their product.
Instead of hiring Bruce Timm, or even one of the many excellentproducers who worked under him on Batman, Superman, Batman Beyond,Justice League, or Teen Titans, (just like they did with the horribleBatman Mystery of the Batwoman) Warner Home Video hired new peopleunfamiliar with the show to make a direct to video movie.
Bruce Timm and his team are just brilliant. Every time Warners (in onedivision or another) asked them to do something, they looked at it notas just a paycheck, but as an opportunity to make something great. Theycreated the best versions of every character they touched in anyaudio/visual medium. They weaved complex characters with developingcharacter arches over multiple episodes, seasons, series.
But Instead, Warner Home Video decided to hire a couple of also-ranswho had no love for the series they were creating an OVA for. First,they recast all of the villains. Lex Luthor, his body guard Mercy, andthe Unstoppable, Self Replicating Brainiac. Then they discarded allprevious character development. Lex still owns a large portion ofMetropolis, but suddenly his evil schemes are paper thin, he's wall towall jokes and wisecracks, and he has lost his composure. Lois Lane hastraded in her might and equality to return to her vapid damsel roots ofthe very earliest Superman incarnations. Brainiac has stopped beingSuperman's most dangerous enemy, and instead is just a Giant Robot.Mercy was out of character. Perry White was out of Character. AndSuperman was not any Superman I could recognize. Causing Damage inMetropolis, instead of trying to take the fight out of the city. Whineyand Lovelorn.
Here's the thing, if you are going to make such horribly drasticchanges to the characters, they should have redesigned the charactersbased on the Superman Returns character looks , and got the cast of themovie to do the voices. Then you have the movie tie in, and the cast asa selling point, instead of a detraction. The same horrible scriptwould have been just fine that way. By using the Bruce Timm characterdesigns, and half the cast, they created an expectation this OVA couldnot achieve.
I love DC Comics and buy every DVD that has characters from theircomics, but now having been burned twice by Mystery of the Batwoman andBrainiac Attacks, I might have to start reading reviews first.
Embittered by Superman's heroic successes and soaring popularity, Lex Luthor forms a dangerous alliance with the powerful computer/villain Brainiac. Using advanced weaponry and a special strain of Kryptonite harvested from the far reaches of outer space, Luthor specifically redesigns Brainiac to defeat the Man of Steel.