Superman/Batman: Public Enemies (2009, Warner Home Video)
I caught this one last week thanks to Netflix and loved it. While Marvel usually has the market cornered on movies, DC has always blown away any animation Marvel came out with. This fact remains unchanged in this day and age as the animation wars are being waged on shows on Nicktoons, Cartoon Network & Toon Disney and through direct-to-video animated movies.
The latest from DC is Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, which is based on the first story arc written by Jeph Loeb from the Superman/Batman comic book. Ed McGuinness was the artist for the comic and I really love that the animation is styled after his artwork because I’m a fan of his square-jawed muscular and cartoony superheroes.
Though I don’t believe this story to be canon in the DC Animated Universe (which includes Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series and both Justice League series), it is produced by Bruce Timm and Warner did a great job getting some of that cast to reprise their roles here: Kevin Conroy (Batman), Tim Daly (Superman), Clancy Brown (Lex Luthor) and C.C.H. Pounder (Amanda Waller) all return.
I vaguely remember the original Public Enemies plot. To be honest, I read the collected version of the story in sections at Books-A-Million back when I used to take breaks while working at a pest control company. Honestly, I almost didn’t even bother with this movie as I think Jeph Loeb (despite giving us the awesome Commando and Teen Wolf movies) is one of the worst comic book writers around alongside Grant Morrison and Bruce Jones.
As a comic book fan, I ended up enjoying it so much more than I thought I would. Luthor is just a great villain who played a major role in the movie and even though it is voicework, Brown, Conroy and Daly display some of the greatest portrayals of their respective characters.
Would I buy this? No. But I don’t have much use for owning DVDs anymore. Definite rental-worthy movie though so get down to the video store or add it to your Netflix queue because this is well worth the one hour and fifteen minutes of time it will take up in your life.