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Superman/Batman: Public Enemies (2009)

Video  -  Animation | Action | Drama  -  29 September 2009 (USA)
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When Lex Luthor gets elected US President, he uses the threat of an oncoming kryptonite meteor striking Earth as a rationale to frame Superman.

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When Lex Luthor gets elected US President, he uses the threat of an oncoming kryptonite meteor striking Earth as a rationale to frame Superman.

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Rated PG-13 for action violence throughout and a crude comment | See all certifications »

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In the fight at the beginning between Metallo, Superman and Batman in the cemetery one of the headstones reads "here lies stu deo adaelaide 1996 - 2008" See more »

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Superman knocks out Giganta and she falls to the ground, but in all subsequent shots, including the pan-out overhead shot immediately following her fall, she is nowhere to be seen. See more »

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Power Girl: Luthor did the one thing nobody was expecting. He made things boring again. And boring is good, isn't it? The economy is back to normal. Crime is down. There are no wars or anything.
Superman: He's up to something. Can't anybody see that?
Captain Atom: That's what I thought at first. Eventually, I realized all he's trying to do is put that formidable intellect to work doing such a good job, no one will have a choice but to respect him. It's all about ego now.
Superman: I'll never respect him. He's a sick man.
Major Force: He's not the first...
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Solid but not good enough to win over the casual viewers due to the focus on the fight sequences above all else
14 February 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

In the middle of a deep recession, Lex Luthor's third party alternative manages to win the race for the presidency on promises of change and tough orders. As part of his winning campaign he brings in several superheroes and aliens to be part of his team and work directly for the government rather than being a law onto themselves. Neither Superman or Batman follow this dictate and, at a meeting to discuss a meteorite heading towards Earth, Superman is framed for murder by President Luthor, who then turns the public against the vigilante superheroes with spin and presentation. Whenever Superman escapes capture, Luthor offers a billion dollar reward for Superman which brings every hero and alien on the hunt for him and Batman.

I stumbled onto this cartoon by chance but gave it a shot since I have enjoyed this sort of DVD before and am a Batman fan. Things start really well with a lot of promise. The opening sequence depicts a society in collapse, with "normal" people turning to petty crime just to stay alive, communities living in tent lots and an economy collapsed, leading to the election of Luthor and a well designed title sequence and dramatic score. This scale and excitement either is followed up or isn't followed up, depending on your point of view. What follows is essentially one fight sequence after another and, as such it is distracting fare for those that are happy with this. It looks good with typically square-jawed heroes and well animated sequences throughout.

The downside of it is that there doesn't appear to be much to it beyond the punching and the flying. Dialogue is minimal but more disappointingly the film seems to lack the dramatic atmosphere that the first few minutes and the title sequence created. It was a problem for me simply because I do look for some darkness in these cartoons and it is disappointing for them to have none – making it harder for me to swallow the spectacle of the whole thing. The voice cast has some good names in there but the lack of any meaningful substances means that they can't really bring anything other than their names and their "oh it's on the tip of my tongue" recognisable voices. Brown, Berkeley, Pounder, McGinley and a few others are strange finds while Conroy and Daly do solid enough work with their deep voices in the title characters.

Public Enemies is a solid enough cartoon. The fights and animation are big and distracting enough but it is a little disappointing to find it lacking atmosphere or genuine drama – particularly when it all starts with so much promise ahead of the titles. Good enough for a look if you like this sort of thing but not good enough to win over the casual viewer.


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