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Superman/Batman: Public Enemies (2009)

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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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Sam Liu

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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:

Superman/Batman: Public Enemies See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

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DC Comics,Warner Premiere See more »
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Trivia

Uncommonly enough for a film (especially an animated one) the newspaper article regarding the election of Lex Luthor as president, though only visible for a few seconds, is a full, comprehensive story from start to finish. This includes the details of the campaign, the states where Luthor won, the name of the opponent (Mr. Diaz), Luthor's running mate (Max Yezpitlek) and his aide (Amanda Waller), the reaction of the vice-president and the number of Luthor's administration (46th). The article even closes with a praise to the American electoral system. See more »

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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 »

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Alfred Pennyworth: I took the liberty of washing and repairing your shirt and cape. The souvenirs of Gotham City sewers are best left under the streets.
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Fluid animation, fast paced action, falls short in story
23 September 2009 | by xamtaroSee all my reviews

Mixed feelings followed after i first watched this extremely short(compared to other DC animated movies) adaptation of the Jeph Loeb Superman/batman graphic novel. For starters, there was the running time. At a mere 67 minutes(6 of which goes into the opening and closing credits sequences) this film's story disappointed me in many aspects.

First there was the story. In a time of severe economic downturn and financial crisis, the United States turn in desperation to one man, Lex Luthor, and elects him president in hopes that his vast resources can turn things around for the better. With Luthor now in power, the country returns to a state of peace. That is until the a gigantic meteorite composed entirely of Kryptonite is discovered to be on a collision course with earth. President Luthor wastes no time in capitalizing on this opportunity and, through devious manipulation and media propaganda, gets Superman branded as a criminal. A One billion dollar bounty is declared on the Man of Steel which draws not only a vast array of villains looking to cash in on the bounty, but other superheroes either convinced that Superman as gone rogue. Teaming up with Batman, the two must work together if they are to save the world, clear their names and uncover Luthor's sinister hidden agenda.

Story sounds great doesn't it? Sadly it plays out nothing like an epic tale that i was expecting, but rather like a three episode story arc of the Justice League TV series(not that Justice league was a bad show. It was great, but having a TV series styled story in a movie where the ante is expected to be upped, is really disappointing). What could have been a clever metaphor for the social and political problems that USA has recently faced soon descends into a familiar and almost formulaic narrative style. This movie just had so much potential to expound on more of the underlying themes, which sadly, it did not.

"Familiar and formulaic", thankfully does not extend into the artwork. THe character designs follow the original graphic novel's art by Ed McGuinness rather closely. Whether you like it or not, every character look like they went through a couple hundred protein shakes and body building regimes. Even Powergirl looks buff and bulging with muscles. The CGI backgrounds look stunning with muted tones that make them look like painted artwork at times, But it clashes very very obviously with the lesser detailed and more brightly colored characters and vehicles. On a side note, the CGI of the vehicles are extremely bad and look no better than the primitive CGI employed for "The Zeta Project"(the Batman Beyond spin off).

Speaking of the characters, This show is clearly for the long time fans since all the characters are presented already in "full view" with hardly an attempt at further character development.. There is no tension between Superman or Batman, no indication of any differing ideals or methods. From the start, they seem like best buds already which makes the whole "unlikely team up" part(not to mention the climax where the unlikely duo come to really respect each other) a little redundant.

Despite these shortcomings, what really justifies the price of this show is the action and animation. Sure the animation is a little stiff in the more conversation-heavy scenes, but it transits to a very fluid animation style during the numerous fight scenes which boasts an exceptionally high frame rate. Fresh from directing Marvel animation's "Hulk Vs", Sam Liu(the Director)manages to bring out the most in every action sequence; fast paced, relentless and brutal. Every one of those scenes look almost cinematic in feel and epic in scope thanks to some great shot angles coupled with dynamic framing and story-boarding. The grand, adrenaline pumping score by Christopher Drake compliments the movie perfectly.

On a certain level, i enjoyed Superman/Batman:Public enemies very much. The animation and action surpassed the standard direct-to-video animated movie. The character interplay by veteran voice actors Kevin Conroy and Tim Daley(reprising their respective roles of Batman and Superman from the animated series)is very well scripted with a couple of witty one liners here and there.

If you like your superhero movie big on action and don't mind one that comes up short in the story aspect, then Superman/Batman: Public enemies is for you. Also highly recommended to fans of the various DC animated series.


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