I saw this girl's tee at Target. It wouldn't be so bad if the hoop on the actual item wasn't barely visible. Cue double take and my mom not understanding why my brother and I were mildly horrified, though I do like that there are basketball shirts for girls because they didn't really have those when I was a kid.. On the bright side, it isn't Ambercrombie & Fitch.
"Superman/Batman: Apocalypse" was pretty anti-climatic IMO and not up to the caliber as other recent DC animated DVD movies. Batman didn't really have a big role in it and my brother and I felt his name was only slapped on to make it sell. The movie should have been called "Superman/Supergirl" Apocalypse." I haven't read the actual comic it's based on so I can't comment on how true it was as an adaptation.
Stuff that bothered me:
1. Clark's idea that a what Kara needs to know to be an Earth girl is shopping and junk food. In general, I hate shopping montages especially since this one seemed forced and thus not very entertaining.
2. Superman WALKING CALMLY to meeting Darkseid while his friends are battling elsewhere seemed like a prime example of superdickery. You'd think he'd go faster so they could get Kara and get the fuck out of Dodge. Supes, you can FLY. You have SUPER SPEED. Your cousin is in danger. WHY ARE YOU WALKING?!
If it's because the animators wanted a lot of 90's-esque Hero walking away from explosions shots to make Supes look badass, he really doesn't need that to look cool. The man can punch out comets.
3. All Batman does is capture Kara with the help of Superman at the beginning, tell Superman that they can't trust Kara to be out in public, play a minor role in the battle between Darkseid and the Amazons (Why didn't Superman do the heat vision thing to begin with?!), fly using a little hover/jet pack thing, and tell Darkseid that he hacked the code which would make the planet go boom with the hellspores which we didn't even get to see him do. We saw him hover over to where they were, but that really doesn't build up tension. How can he hack an alien computer anyways? Yes. I know. Because he's Batman, but that still isn't a good excuse.
4. Relatively slow pacing until the last fight between Kara and Superman v. Darkseid which was pretty epic.
5. The ridiculous midriff top and skirt, but I'm not surprised.
6. The men in the warehouse harassing Kara instead of offering help. Yes,
I know, its a nude, alien, lost teenage girl who suddenly walks into a warehouse, but it's still a a nude, alien, lost teenage girl who suddenly walks into a warehouse. I do think it's fail on DC's part that two of the men would choose to make unwanted advances towards her and one just hangs back and keeps quiet until Kara dispatches the two harassers.
She's from a different culture and could have misinterpreted kindness and achieved the same results without making men look like pigs. But I suppose this is done to make Kara beating them up before fleeing seem more justified so we don't question her path to become a hero. I don't know.
7. The brief scenes with both Kara and Darkseid made me uncomfortable for the wrong reasons.
Ordinarily, Kara's attitude would have bugged me, but she is supposed to be a teenager and I'd be pretty annoyed over being told what to do and over being told I couldn't use my cool powers or be out in public, too.
What I did like:
1. Wonderwoman having way more of a role in this film than was advertised (probably due to male fans not wanting to see films with ICKY girls having a major role). The fact that she showed that she isn't afraid to challenge Superman and tell him off when Kara clearly needs training before she can be trusted. In fact, Batman calls her to come specifically to do this.
2. BIG BARDA. Big Barda. And her team up with Wondy against the Furies. EPIC.
3. The quip about Clark's glasses.
4. Clark and Kara's relationship. Kara maturing by the end of the movie and Clark and other characters accepting her and welcoming her into the superhero fold.
5. Harbringer and Kara's friendship. Quite slashy.
6. I don't know why, but I always love when Granny Goodness shows up.
7. As you can tell, THE SHEER NUMBER OF KICK-ASS WOMEN IN THIS MOVIE.
8. There was a Darkseid waiting on someone's couch moment when Clark and Kara arrive at the Kent's farm when he answers the door by blowing it up. It's becoming one of my favorite cliches. Also, his aforementioned fight with Supergirl and Superman.