the composite of all knowledge on the planet Krypton, decides
to dispute Jor-El's scientific findings that the increasing
seismic activity will cause the planet's destruction. While
Brainiac uploads itself to a mobile satellite, Jor-El places
his infant son Kal-El in a lifeboat escape pod and fires it
off to Earth as a mighty earthquake signals the end. From
then on it's the standard Superman backstory (Smallville,
Lana Lang, Metropolis, Daily Planet, Lois Lane, etc.) until
the super-powered benign alien goes up against the ultimate
battlesuit engineered by Lex Corp...
The Last Son Of Krypton is an hour-long animated feature
produced by the same team who won an Emmy award for the Batman
animated series. On first viewing that's surprising because
this isn't a patch on Batman. Only on reflection does
it become apparent that it's the concept itself which is at
the majority of Batman action takes place at night
in the grand but sinister setting of Gotham City and features
a host of mentally-deranged psychotic villains which counter
Bruce Wayne's own unbalanced mental state, in Superman
everything is too bright and happy, and the idea of somebody
flying around in bright blue and red spandex would be open
to extensive ridicule, no matter how powerful he was. The
costume of Batman is designed to instil fear in the hearts
of the criminal fraternity, giving him an advantage for those
vital first few seconds. The main difference here is that
Batman is human; he can be hurt or killed, and relies on his
money, ingenuity and physical prowess.
a character like Superman is impervious to practically anything
unless the plot demands someone wave a chunk of green rock
in his face, then you have no depth and so grow bored with
is a nice reference to "that nut in Gotham City", but the
truth is this DVD will only appeal to a very young audience.
include the interesting but short Portrait of a Hero: How
to Draw Superman, demonstrated by character designer James
Tucker; Superman: Family, Friends & Foes, a low-down
of the characters using clips; Escape From Planet Krypton,
a game which stubbornly refused to work properly on my machine;
and Trailers for other Warner animated shows, one example
of which (Batman: The Mystery of the Batwoman) was
more entertaining than the entire Superman feature.
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