Friday, April 15, 2016
Superman/Batman: Apocalypse (2010)
A meteorite-like object crashes into Gotham Harbor, prompting Batman to investigate and learn that it's actually a downed spaceship. The ship's occupant, a naked and confused blonde, young woman accidentally climbs aboard the Batboat and causes it to crash. Finding her way to shore, she reveals that she speaks in a strange, otherworldly language and has immense strength and powers similar to Superman. Frightened and disoriented, she runs amok through Gotham, unable to control her powers and accidentally causing a lot of havoc, with Batman trying to stop her. Eventually, he's able to use a piece of Kryptonite that he found near the ship to get her under control. It doesn't take Superman and Batman long to learn that she's Kryptonian and when the latter introduces himself in their native language, she does the same, turning out to be Kara Zor-El, his cousin. Thrilled to have an actual relative and a connection to Krypton, Superman takes Kara under his wing, tries help her adjust and teach her how to live as an inhabitant of Earth. However, Batman remains suspicious of the reason behind her arrival and therefore, he contacts Wonder Woman, who takes Kara to Paradise Island in order to train her so she can get control of her powers since she is an unintentional threat to others as a result. The training is intense and, as a result of his overprotectiveness towards his cousin, Superman argues with Wonder Woman about what's best for Kara, who becomes frustrated since she feels like she's being treated as a child with no say in what happens. Things, however, become more sinister when Superman is told of a disturbing vision experienced by a psychic named Lyla, one of him holding the body of a woman that might be Kara in his arms. She's also continuing to have it and it's becoming more vivid each time. Soon, the vision comes to pass when Darkseid, looking for a replacement for his recently defected leader of the Furies, stages a massive attack on Paradise Island, during which Lyla is killed and Kara is taken back to Apokolips. Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman decide to head there to save Kara, although they might be too late to do so since she's been brainwashed to do Darkseid's bidding.
The music to the film is composed by John Paesano, a guy who, at this point, doesn't have many credits to his name, usually scoring televison and other direct-to-video films (he has, however, won an Annie Award for his work on Dragons: Riders of Berk). His score here, like Christopher Drake's for Public Enemies, is absolutely awesome and fits the film to a 'T,' especially the main theme that you hear during the opening credits. It's a very rousing piece that starts out kind of ominous and bombastic but goes on to become very heroic in the middle and is definitely something that'll get your blood pumping. The same goes for the rest of the music, which nicely highlights the excitement of the action and fight sequences, the innocence of Kara's shopping spree, the mance of Darkseid and Apokolips, and the sadness and tragedy of Lyla's sacrifice for Kara, and the score, overall, accentuates the slightly darker themes and visuals of the movie. Like the Public Enemies score, there's not much else I can say about the score for Apocalypse other than it's really good music and fits the movie well.