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Superman/Batman: Public Enemies (2009)

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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Sam Liu

Writers:

Jeph Loeb (comic book), Ed McGuinness (comic book) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clancy Brown ... Lex Luthor (voice)
Kevin Conroy ... Batman / Bruce Wayne (voice)
Tim Daly ... Superman (voice)
Xander Berkeley ... Captain Atom (voice)
Corey Burton ... Captain Marvel / Solomon Grundy (voice)
Ricardo Chavira ... Major Force (voice)
Allison Mack ... Power Girl (voice)
John C. McGinley ... Metallo (voice)
CCH Pounder ... Amanda Waller (voice)
LeVar Burton ... Black Lightning (voice)
Calvin Tran ... Toyman (voice)
Mark Jonathan Davis ... Newscaster (voice)
Brian George ... Gorilla Grodd (voice)
Jennifer Hale ... Starfire / Killer Frost (voice)
Rachael MacFarlane ... Nightshade / Lady Shiva (voice)
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Storyline

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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A meteor hurtles toward Earth. Mankind is on the brink of disaster. The president accuses Earth's favorite son. Superman & Batman are wanted. They are...


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Tim Daly, Kevin Conroy, Clancy Brown, CCH Pounder are no strangers to their roles in this movie. Conroy has done the voice of Batman in every major animated Batman series (except for The Batman and Batman: the Brave and the Bold and The Batman where he did cameo as John Grayson, father of Dick Grayson) as well as voicing the character in both Justice League and Static Shock. Daly and Brown did the voices of Superman and Lex Luther in Superman: The Animated Series, and Brown also portrayed Luther in Justice League. Pounder has voice Amanda Waller in the Justice League animated series and Batman Assault on Arkham. See more »

Goofs

Superman flies up into space to rescue Batman, who is in the wrecked rocket. However, this would be suicide for Superman because the Kryptonite dust cloud and the trillions of shards of the meteor would still be floating around out there. See more »

Quotes

Lex Luthor: It had to be you! The one other person in the world smart enough to stop that meteor.
Toyman: The *only* person smart enough. You couldn't do it, remember?
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The Big Two: Wanted, Dead or Alive
21 September 2009 | by madbandit20002000See all my reviews

The sixth DVD project from Warner Bros's DC Animated Universe unit, "Superman/Batman: Public Enemies" is a fun, socially-conscious adaptation of the six-part comic book story/graphic novel by writer Jeph Loeb and artists Ed McGuinness and Dexter Vines. Sure, it's short (67 minutes) and not to the letter (no continuity-oriented sidebars), but it's action-packed coolness.

America's plagued with crime, economic despair and war, making it easy for unethical corporate shark Lex Luthor (Clancy Brown, "The Shawshank Redemption" ) to run for and win the White House. There, he initiates that meta-humans and costumed crime-fighters serve the U.S. government, but the Big Two, optimistic Kryptonian boy scout Superman (Tim Daly, "Private Practice") and brooding urban detective Batman (Kevin Conroy, "Dynasty") rightfully feel he's full of it (including the "sh"). That gives the mastermind reason to frame the Man of Steel with the murder of "reformed" Kryptonite-powered cyborg Metallo (John C McGingley, "Scrubs"), marking him a wanted criminal and Bats as an accessory. As the Big Two fight both friends and foes, there's a huge chunk of Kryptonite headed towards Earth. The stakes are very high.

With a script by Stan Berkowitz ("Justice League: The Animated Series"), director Sam Liu ("Jackie Chan Adventures", "The Batman") gives "Public Enemies" the blockbuster-with-a-brain treatment, a fashion used in previous DC animated projects. Reprising their roles from the heroes' solo shows, Conroy and Daly are great, emphasizing their characters's differences on how to mete out justice. Brown, also doing a reprisal, nearly counters with their heroism with his callous insanity. The standard but lively animation interestingly echoes the art by McGuinness and Vines.

The other voice actors are competent: CCH Pounder ("The Shield") replaying government liaison Amanda Waller from "League"; Xander Berkeley ("Shanghai Noon", "Year One") as the noble Captain Atom and Richard Chavira ("Desperate Housewives") as his volatile counterpart Major Force. It's weird hearing Allison Mack ("Smallville") as Power Girl, due to the character's…well, you know, but she's durable in the role, even with a subtle, but funny sexual gag, validating the PG-13 rating.

"Public Enemies" should be on every DC Comics fan's wanted DVD's list.


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