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2012's Superman vs. The Elite is heavily inspired by ACTION COMICS #775. Writer Joe Kelly's story attempts to show the modern world why the Man of Steel is so much more than a boring boy scout and why his no kill policy is something that's respectable, not foolish. It's a character study that's packed with spectacle and something many of us consider to be the best Superman animated feature yet.
2009's Wonder Woman gave the world what it deserves: an epic movie featuring Diana. The tale is technically an origin story and covers a whole lot of ground. It showcases what makes the Amazon interesting, presents a thrilling narrative, and successfully includes a lot of heart and massive action.
Both of these animated features are excellent solo adventures, but this week, we couldn't help but wonder if the Comic Vine crowd has a preference between these two terrific options. We opened the poll on Monday and, since then, both of these films have received a ton of praise in the comments. Many Viners admitted they love both choices, but ultimately sided with one of them for key reasons. Throughout the week, the poll went back and forth, but in the end, one of these options took a moderate lead. Ladies and gentlemen, the winner is...
"A Woman Woman movie likely wouldn't work." If you even remotely believe that, you need to watch this animated movie as soon as possible. You don't even need to be a Wonder Woman fan going into it and odds are you'll still have a great time with the adventure. Directed by Lauren Montgomery, produced by Bruce Timm, written by Gail Simone and Michael Jelenic, and with voices provided by Kerri Russell and Nathan Fillion, it really is no wonder why many consider this project to be one of DC's best animated features. Don't get me wrong, Superman vs. The Elite offers a terrific insight into Superman, but Wonder Woman is an epic journey from start to finish. It delves deep into her mythos, gives the character depth, and manages to include an impressive amount of thrilling action and enjoyable character moments along the way. All in all, it's a great movie and needs to be experienced at least once by DC fans. You could have zero interest in Diana before watching this and when the credits begin to roll, it's quite possible you'll want to pick up her collections and check out the current run.
Both movies are thoroughly entertaining, so it's no surprise the poll was pretty close. Check out the voting results below and then see what the community had to say about this match!
- Wonder Woman 47%
- Superman vs. The Elite 40%
- I can't choose... I like them both equally! 6%
- It brings me great shame to admit I haven't watched these movies and I won't be able to before Friday 6%
- Sorry, I'm not a fan of either movie 2%
"Easiest decision i've ever made on one of these :) Loved Wonder Woman but Superman vs the elite is something that makes you look at the character in a whole new amazing light, i forgave whatever minor problems i had with art for that remarkable story. Everyone should watch it!"
"WW easy. I think it was a very well done origins story and made me like Steve Trevor. Plus, that opening Amazon fight was glorious."
"While I love the Wonder Woman movie and was glad she finally got the spotlight, Superman vs. The Elite was the most inspiring version of Superman I'd ever seen. Whenever I think of Superman, it tends to be that version more than any other. The movie just makes you go "Hell yeah! Superman!!! Da da da da da, da da da. Da da da da da, dun da daaaaaa!!!!!!!!" (You better be able to name that tune)"
"Wonder Woman, in the pre-Flashpoint Paradox anthology style animated features, Wonder Woman was one of the high points and signs of what is possible when you have the right script and good casting. Kerri Russel brings youthful exuberance but hardened life to Diana Prince. Nathon Fillion's Steve Trevorris a fun scamp to play off of.
Superman vs. The Elite, though based on one of the more acclaimed stories just didn't feel right to me. Maybe it was the art style, it and Unbound were an odd stylistic choice. Even though it has fine moment in which Supes finally lets go, the overall quality of Wonder Woman can't be denied."
"Superman vs The Elite and that's no contest. Whilst Wonder Woman was a very good film, Superman vs The Elite was a brilliant adaptation of one of my all time favourite Superman storylines. It shows Superman's morality as the front and centre issue, utilises The Elite to propose the counter argument, creates situations where Superman's morality is tested and challenged as well as The Elite's morality having its own perks and appeals. But it ultimately shows why Superman acts the way he does and why he adhere to a high moral standard and that storyline provides one of the best arguments for why I love Superman as the moral paragon of virtue. He doesn't steep to his enemy's level because Superman has a responsibility to himself and the world to show what a better way of living looks like."
"Both are great, but Wonder Woman is second only to Under the Red Hood. Animation, voice acting, plot, and characterization were all perfect. DC should use Wonder Woman as a reference in planning their next movie."
"Wonder Woman the Animated Movie is far superior. This is the type of movie fans want to see a live action version of. The story is humorous, characters are lovable and the music is epic. I went into this movie being skeptical that a WW movie could work, but by the end I had been convinced a WW story can deliver the goods. The dvd sales for this movie were originally low, but within the past year and a half it has shot up the DC animated movie sales list. If you haven't seen this movie, you may be missing out on one of the gems of the dc animated universe."
"While I will admit Superman vs the Elite is one of my favorite DC movies, I really did enjoy WW's movie more. I saw S vs E twice, but WW's movie is one I put on whenever I can't decide on anything to watch because it's just that good to me. The story, the art, the voice acting, EVERYTHING about that movie just grabs my attention and refuses to let go. So, in conclusion... Wonder Woman gets my vote. :)"
Do you have a favorite moment from either of these movies, Viners? If so, tell us about it in the comments and explain why you think it's such a memorable bit! Also, don't forget to check the homepage next Monday for a new edition of this segment. If you want to suggest a future match-up (it can be comics, TV shows, movies, or video games), tell us below or reach out via twitter.