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Super Reviewer
June 22, 2012
DC animated movies are kind of weird. They are clearly aimed at kids, but they use adult language. The animation is solid, but the story is all over the place and not wholly original. Here Lex Luther is president of the United States, and he is using an asteroid that is heading for earth as grounds to declare a 1 billion dollar bounty on the heads of Batman and Superman. Now the heroes team up to protect each other and figure out a way to save the Earth from an asteroid. Other than a few curse words, this is movie for kids to kick and punch along to and enjoy seeing the two big DC Icons team up. For adults, it's a lot of eye rolling, and waiting for "Dark Knight Rises" to hurry up and get here. Watch for the kids(if you don't mind your kid hearing a couple curse words), otherwise check out a different DC Animated movie.
Super Reviewer
August 1, 2011
A smart premise presented with such stupidity, you constantly feel that DC wasted a potentially great movie. Spends way too much time with over-the-top super vs. super action instead of all the other things that could've fleshed out the film.
Super Reviewer
½ February 18, 2010
Very good movie, story and animation!!!

LexCorp's CEO Lex Luthor has been elected President of United States during a severe nation-wide economic depression. Under his leadership, the economy begins to thrive and he assembles a force of government-employed superheroes consisting of Captain Atom, Starfire, Katana, Black Lightning, Power Girl, and Major Force. Meanwhile, Superman and Batman maintain their distrust toward Luthor.

The United States government discovers that a massive Kryptonite meteor is hurtling toward Earth. Instead of asking superheroes for aid and wanting to take credit for himself, Lex decides to destroy it with nuclear missiles. Lex arranges a meeting with Superman in Gotham City under the pretense of forming a pact. This results in a battle between the hired Metallo and Superman and Batman. Following the heroes' escape, Metallo is killed by an unknown assailant. Later that night, Lex pins Metallo's murder on Superman, using footage of their battle to implicate him. Lex claims that the radiation being emitted by the meteor affects Superman's judgment, and he places a one-billion-dollar bounty on the Man of Steel's head.

While breaking into S.T.A.R. Labs, seeking information on the meteor, Batman and Superman find Metallo's remains and realize that intense radiation has killed him. They are then attacked by an army of villains looking to collect on the bounty. The army includes: Silver Banshee, Captain Cold, Icicle, Killer Frost, Mr. Freeze, Gorilla Grodd, Bane, Black Manta, Black Spider, Brimstone, Catman, Cheetah, Copperhead, Deadshot, Kestrel, King Shark, Brutale, Despero, Giganta, Girder, Lady Shiva, Mongul, Captain Boomerang II, Nightshade, Parasite, Solomon Grundy, and Shrike. After some effort, most of the villains are defeated.

The remaining villains are defeated by Captain Atom, who has arrived with Lex's superhero team to arrest Superman. All but Power Girl, whose loyalties are divided, attempt to capture the heroic duo. Superman creates a hurricane using his superspeed, and the two heroes escape with Power Girl.

In Metropolis, Power Girl admits that she feels threatened by Lex, and doesn't believe Superman killed Metallo. Lex's superheroes catch up and the fight begins again, this time with Power Girl aiding Superman and Batman. The Dark Knight realizes that Major Force killed Metallo under Luthor's orders and goads him into admitting it in front of everyone. In anger, Power Girl punches him in the stomach with so much force that it ruptures his containment suit. Captain Atom, ashamed at his complicity in Lex's misdeeds, absorbs the energy, disintegrating Major Force and injuring himself in the process.

Meanwhile, Lex's missiles fail to stop the meteor due to the sheer amount of radiation being emitted. Amanda Waller discovers that Lex has secretly been taking kryptonite steroids, making him lose whatever rationality he had left. Lex decides to let the meteor hit the Earth so that he may rule what remains behind. Batman and Superman break into Lex's lab to retrieve data on the meteor's radiation. They end up in battle with Captain Marvel and Hawkman, eventually emerging victorious with Power Girl's aid. Though Lex is unwilling to relinquish the data, going so far as to erase it from the lab computers, Waller gives them a copy. Batman and Superman fly off to Tokyo to submit the meteor's data to the Japanese Toyman. Waller tries to have Lex arrested, but he injects himself with more kryptonite steroids and dons a power suit. After escaping Waller and the military, Lex follows Superman and Batman.

Toyman has built a rocket-propelled spacecraft, intending to use it as a powerful missile to stop the meteor. The ship resembles a giant, robotic composite version of Superman and Batman. With the data, Toyman is able to calculate the necessary reinforcements needed for his own rocket so it won't explode before impact, as Luthor's missiles did. Lex arrives and disables the remote guidance systems. Batman volunteers to fly the ship himself, despite Superman's protests. Though initially faring poorly against Lex and his kryptonite power suit, Superman finally defeats Luthor in the streets of Metropolis in an aerial battle. Batman succeeds in destroying the meteor, and Superman finds him alive and well in an escape pod.

With the truth of Metallo's death public knowledge, Superman is cleared of the murder charge and Luthor is arrested, all the while ranting that he, as President, cannot go to prison. Batman then returns to Gotham while the Daily Planet's star journalist, Lois Lane, arrives and she and the Man of Steel happily embrace.
Super Reviewer
January 16, 2011
i really enjoyed this film and the cameos that were chosen from various hero's and villains. the batman superman team ups are always solid.
Super Reviewer
½ August 4, 2010
Yes, it has the two biggest superheroes together, but this is incredibly mediocre and unrewarding. Sadly, the original storyline was thrown out the window and this becomes just one fight after another. The animation looks terrible and the script makes no sense. The only good thing about this are the voice talents of Kevin Conroy and Clancy Brown, who make it semi-descent.
Super Reviewer
½ January 7, 2010
Making an animated film look like Mcguiness' art is the highlight of this. Mucking up a mediocre Jeph Loeb story is the problem.
Super Reviewer
October 5, 2009
Mixed feelings followed after I first watched this extremely short (compared to other DC animated movies) adaptation of Superman/Batman graphic novel by writer Jeph Loeb and artist Ed McGuinness and Dexter Vines. Sure, it's short (67 minutes) and not to the letter (no continuity-oriented sidebar). I enjoyed this direct-to-video DC animated movie very much.
The action escalates and I see an amazing blend of 2D animation and CG graphics, which was the bright spot in this movie for me. The original voice talent of Batman (Kevin Conroy), Superman (Tim Daly), and Luthor (Clancy Brown) was a great treat for those who love the Batman/Superman adventures animated series.
Super Reviewer
October 4, 2009
While Superman/Batman Public Enemies was good, it didn't floor me the way all the other DC straight to video features did. Public Enemies had a few lapses in logic (that were brought on I'm sure from the translation from book to screen) but they were made up for by some fun action. The title was a bit misleading as the movie seemed to be Superman's story and all Batman really seemed to do (outside of coming up with the answers) was dodge fire and throw batarangs. The voicework was okay, animation so-so and the story cut the foreplay and got straight to the point, clocking in at just over an hour. Public Enemies isn't exactly necessary viewing but its not exactly a waste of time either. Upon watching Public Enemies again after reading the graphic novel it came from, it's really not that great. It's really something you should catch if Cartoon Network shows in a few months more than anything.
Super Reviewer
October 6, 2009
A bit of a disappointment. The ideas are all there. Luthor becomes President, encourages superheroes to work for him, before turning the public on Batman and Superman. It could work, if not for the 67 minute running time. This has as much back story and as many interesting ideas as Watchmen, but that got 3 hours worth. DC should take these animated films VERY seriously, because if done right with the stories the fans want, they really will make a whole lotta cash. The vocal performances are grand, but the action just starts and then ends. With villains and heroes out for both Supes and Bats, a lot of characters just show up and fight, before a bit more exposition. An exciting 67 minutes, I just want quantity and quality.
Super Reviewer
October 5, 2009
Another solid entry in DC's direct to home video market films. This one has plenty of action, and a nice political set up, but in its short running time fails to really establish the weight of the fact that these iconic characters are turning on each other. That said, viewers not familiar with the original source material might not mind so much.
Super Reviewer
½ April 18, 2013
Based on the hit comic book series, Superman/Batman: Public Enemies brings together two of DC's biggest properties in an exciting adventure. When Lex Luthor is elected President of the United States he tries to bring superheroes under the control of the government, but when Superman refuses he's setup for a crime that he didn't commit and is branded as an outlaw. Tim Daly, Kevin Conroy, Clancy Brown, and CCH Pounder reprise their characters from the Justice League series, and deliver solid performances. The animation is the best it's ever been, and is especially crisp and vivid. Thrilling and action packed, Superman/Batman: Public Enemies continues the Justice League continuity and is fun and entertaining.
Super Reviewer
March 18, 2016
In preparation for the upcoming Batman V Superman film, I've decided to revisit a few of each of the heroes' feature films, especially those where they come in direct conflict with one another.

2016 is a big year for comic-book films. Batman and Superman are obviously squaring off very soon, but so is Captain America and Iron Man in Civil War. For all intents and purposes, 'Public Enemies' is DC's version of that comic book storyline. We begin as Lex Luthor takes over as president, using tactics similar to a presidential candidate running for office this year, which gives this film an interesting significance among films of this genre. The film is very much formulated like every other superhero movie, but I liked seeing parallels and a few valid points about society as a whole today. For the most part, it's just one punch after another, but for the avid superhero fan, that's enough.

Batman and Superman are close friends here and for once, on the same side of the coin. After a framed murder from Lex on Supes, him and Batman become public enemies among the entire country. This even includes other members of the Justice League who were dumb enough to think Lex was a serious presidential candidate. Throughout the film you get appearances from famous villains like Solomon Grundy or Mongo and heroes like Hawkman and Shazam, all there to take in Batman and Superman. The film loses its political and moral focus a bit as it slips into an action extravaganza with all these heroes and villains, but eventually it gets back on track.

The best part about the film is once again the dynamic between Batman and Superman. Conroy and Daly once again voice the two heroes as they take on a friendly bond this time around. Heck even Christopher Drake does the score. If you're a superhero fan, it's hard not to believe you would enjoy watching this film, but it's nowhere near the cerebral masterpiece that The Dark Knight Returns or some of the other animated films are. At the very least, the film is a smart commentary on corruption and misrepresentation in the media, which is something you barely see in a superhero flick.

+Voice talent, enough said

+Cool appearances from heroes and villains

+Christopher Drake

+Commentary on our society

-Fight scenes take over the fascinating elements of the story sometimes

Super Reviewer
February 10, 2010
Great animated film from DC. EPIC.
Super Reviewer
½ September 28, 2010
The animation of "Superman/Batman: Public Enemies" is crisp and some of the action scenes are exciting but it lacks of story and when the credits roles you get a decent movie.
Super Reviewer
½ October 29, 2009
Pretty dang good Cartoon...maybe because it is rated PG-13. No swearing of course, but this film actually portrays death and violence. Superhero cartoon violence...and it really is only one death...and it was a robot death...wait, how the heck did it rate PG-13??? Because it portrayed political manipulation like what goes on in this country every day??? No more violence then you see on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers...Whatever....Well, it was just good. i wouldn't have any problem with my child watching this.
Super Reviewer
½ October 23, 2009
I definitely enjoyed this latest DC animated installment of Batman and Superman. The only things I didn't like is that 1) it made me wish the rest of the Justice League were in the movie, and 2) Malcolm McDowell doesn't do the voice of Metallo =(
Super Reviewer
½ October 10, 2009
Superman and Batman have crossed paths countless times in their histories. It's the greatest love/hate relationship in the entire superhero realm. Here they face not only Lex Luthor as the newly elected President Of The United States, but countless other heroes and villains from the DC Universe. The two heroes stand alone in a fast paced, brawls to the walls action feature with a surprisingly good story, and stellar performances all around by the voice cast. Tim Daly and Kevin Conroy reprise their roles as Superman and Batman, respectively. Also returning is Clancy Brown who brings his usual excellence to Lex Luthor. The movie wastes no time in getting into the action, and it rarely stops to catch its breath. You'll recognize many supporting characters from various DC interpretations, including a lot of old favorites from the Challenge Of The Superfriends cartoon show from the 70's. The animation is outstanding, and differs greatly from the stylistic work done in the previous Batman and Superman shows. It's beauitful animation that finds a proper balance between cell animation, and cg enhancement. My only complaint about the movie is that it is far too short. I wanted more. At 67 minutes it feels like there are scenes that were left out in order to keep the pace lightning fast. Based on the graphic novel of the same name, I'm sure that there are several key elements from the book that were omitted from the film. For example, several mentions are made of Lois Lane, but she doesn't appear until the last 5 minutes of the film. I'm sure there were scenes between her and Superman that the filmmakers chose to ignore. But having never read the book, I don't mind as much as someone who might have read it. This movie kept its focus on its title characters, and delivers the action in spades. It's a must see for all superhero fans who love to watch them throw down.
Super Reviewer
October 4, 2009
An interesting story where the villain is the legitimate authority and the two icons of law and authority are in fact outlaws. They got the best of the voice actors Kevin Conroy and Clancy Brown to reprise their roles (Batman and Lex Luthor respectively) and the even got Tim Daly to reprise Superman (though I think I might prefer George Newburn personally) The relationship between Batman and Superman is interesting and there is plenty of action in terms of super-powered fighting.
The downside comes from the animation which just doesn't appeal to me and the story seems somewhat clipped as they try to fit in so much content.
January 25, 2014
Even though some powers were limited, it's still a typical, well-animated superhero movie from DC Comics with the same entertainment value to match your usual enjoyment, and the same elegance in the action and staying true to the characterization. (B+)

(Full review coming soon)
January 1, 2014
this one is a hard hitting one with Batman and Superman covering for esch other shows how too different people can have such a good friend ship all about taking down the Evildoers. I like this one.
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