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REVIEW - SUPERMAN/BATMAN: PUBLIC ENEMIES

Posted by Bob Tilley Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Finally the wait is over. Today Superman/Batman: Public Enemies was released and I think it was well worth the wait. Based on the widely popular Superman/Batman DC Comics title written by Jeph Loeb and some amazing art by Ed McGuinness . The story was originally titled World's Finest.

In the film, United States President Lex Luthor uses the on coming trajectory of a Kryptonite asteroid to frame Superman and declare a $1billion bounty on the heads of the Man of Steel and his “partner in crime,” Batman. Heroes and villains alike launch a relentless pursuit of Superman and Batman, who must unite – and recruit help – to stave off the action-packed onslaught, stop the asteroid, and uncover Luthor’s devious plot to take command of far more than North America.


Now the premise of the movie isn't that far from the original six issues, and this is what makes watching the movie so exciting. The production team have done an outstanding job taking key scenes straight from the comic and incorporating them straight into the movie. A few key ones that spring to mind are the graveyard scene between Metallo, Superman and Batman, getting buried and moving through the sewers back the Batcave.

Also the showdown from issue three, with Gorilla Grood taking control of hundreds of villains. Key moments like the fight between Superman and Mongul, Batman and Solomon Grundy, even some of the dialogue is pretty much straight from Jeph Loebs' script.


We've mentioned a few times that Ed McGuiness artwork lends itself very well to animation. Every character portrayal is nearly 100% from what Ed has drawn.

In comparison I do actually like what Stan Berkowitz has done with story in the movie compared to Jeph Loebs very. Originally, Lex Luthor blames the appearance of the asteroid on Superman and put the bounty of one billion dollars for his crimes against humanity. In the movie, Superman is blamed for the death of Metallo, who is serving as one of Lex Luthors body guards. When they meet the battle take us to the graveyard scene. Just after Superman and Batman are buried alive, Metallo is killed by Major Force.

Also one of the other major changes to the script is Batman takes the giant flying Superman/Batman rocket to destroy the asteroid instead of Captain Atom (but theory wise that actually made more sense with Captain Atom soaking up all the radiation). This change also works very well because the appearance of the future Batman has been completely removed from the movie. Again I think this actually works better than the comic version.

A few slight alterations have been made and this is purely to shorten the movie. In issue five of Superman/Batman the sidekicks turn up at the white house and demand to know where Superman and Batman is. Also Lex Luthors Superhero team is pretty much the same except for the omission of John Stewart Green Lantern.


So the story is great, the animation is fantastic and hearing Kevin Conroy, Tim Daly and Clancy Brown reprise their roles was just fantastic. Even Alison Mack as Power Girl worked really well. I was a little disappointed LeVar Burton didn't have very much to say but overall

The only bad thing I have to say about the movie was some of the CGI was a little ropey. The cityscape scenes were a little low key and looked out of place at times.

This has to be my second favorite DC Animated movie now. I still hold Superman Doomsday as the best so far but Superman/Batman: Public Enemies has a lot of repeatable play to it.

The special features are good, the with the Blu-ray version having a look the relationship between Superman and Batman. Also a Dinner with Kevin Conroy who talks about his involvement with Batman since the 1990's and this movie. One strange one of the Blackest Night behind the scenes feature, which was originally on the Green Lantern: First Flight release.




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SCORE: 4/5

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