RELEASED 2009 RUNTIME 67 MIN LANGUAGE ENGLISH DIRECTION SAM LIU SCREENPLAY STAN BERKOWITZ STARRING KEVIN CONROY, TIM DALY, CLANCY BROWN, XANDER BERKELEY, COREY BURTON, RICARDO CHAVIRA, ALLISON MACK, JOHN C. McGINLEY, C. C. H. POUNDER, LeVAR BURTON, CALVIN TRAN MUSIC CHRISTOPHER DRAKE
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies is a DC Animated Originals movie and is an adaption of the graphic novel by the same name.
Lex Luthor is elected president of the United States and tries to force all superheroes to work for him for “security reasons”. Batman and Superman don’t agree and are now hunted by the state.
SOURCE MATERIAL ISSUES
Hmm… The problem with this movie is the same problem I have with every comicbook story involving A Batman/Superman team up. Batman doesn’t fit in.
Whenever DC characters team up, Batman seems completely out of place because in order to give Batman any kind of purpose among all these god-like superheroes, you have to make him superhuman. But that’s not who Batman is. He is a crime fighter with no superpowers other than his detective mind and gadgets. So how can you make him relevant next to superman?!
That’s a big problem that DC writers seem to struggle with all the time. Either Batman becomes completely worthless or he suddenly seems to feel more like Spider-Man swinging around than a human vigilante.
That becomes very apparent in this movie. First of all, I never liked how many other Superman-like superheroes are running around in the DC world. We have Captain Atom, Powergirl, etc. who seem like some kind of variation of Superman. I don’t need that.
And of course Batman has to fight them WITHOUT his armored suit. Well, that’s just a stretch and I don’t buy any of it. He should be worthless next to superman and the other guys.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the dynamic between Superman and Batman, but their powers don’t complement each other because it’s fucking Superman. How do you even compare to him?!
It’s very unfortunate because I am a big fan of both. But I rather read their respective solo stories. There are exceptions of course, but generally speaking each character works better left alone, in my opinion.
PLOT (NO SPOILERS)
Then there is the plot. Lex Luthor being elected as president is already a stretch, but ok, I can buy that for story purposes. But the superheroes working for him with all the shit he has done before, oh come on! Also the entire finale involving a meteor doesn’t make any sense.
The voice acting is great, but that’s a given, since the actors are the same from the Animated Series, which is great. But it doesn’t help the movie. It’s basically a generic superhero story aimed more for kids with an overpowered Batman who seems to have no problem fighting gods.