"I made mistakes back then. I'll never do it again." - The Black Keys, Next Girl
What stuck with me last night was Director Lauren Montgomery's candor. Here she is, the director of many an animated film, sitting next to Andrea Romano, the top voice director in the business, who is sitting next to the voices of Wonder Woman and Artemis, and she's explaining why a collection of stories that in print are titled Superman/Batman: Supergirl, had to have a title change:
Since Wonder Woman didn't sell well, we were told we couldn't use Supergirl in the title. We even had to fight to have her on the cover...It's her skanky version.
Ugh. Ultimately, Superman/Batman: Apocalype is about women kicking ass. It's a retelling of the Supergirl origin featuring long periods with Wonder Woman and the Amazons on Paradise Island and battling The Furies on Apokolips. It has epic fight scenes where Supergirl (voiced by Summer Glau) takes it to one of the most powerful beings in the universe, Darkseid (voiced by Andre Braugher). It introduces/reintroduces fantastic female characters like Big Barda and Granny Goodness and, yet, she can't get proper credit?
Look, I realize this is a trend in the industry and there's this belief that boys (apparently of all ages) won't go see movies about girls and I want these kinds of things to sell because I love animation and comic books and smart animated comic book movies but at some point, we have to get over ourselves. At some point, we have to call out people for being, if not sexist, then, at least, stupid.
I might quibble with some of the animation in this one--the late Michael Turner's great illustration style doesn't translate as well on screen--but this is fun and entertaining (although not nearly as good as that animated Wonder Woman that no one saw) and that we assume or that it's true that the fandom for this kind of entertainment wouldn't go see it because it had a girl in the title, well, just aargh.
I don't know who to blame for this epic lameness so I will just implore you, true believers, go check out some stuff featuring powerful women and not just because they are in skimpy costumes. And don't be mad if I call this flick by it's rightful title with it's female lead front and center.
Super girls rock.