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Superman/Batman: Public Enemies is an original direct-to-video animated film adaptation of "Public Enemies" -- the opening story arc of DC Comics' Superman/Batman -- which focuses on Superman and Batman teaming up to prevent a meteoroid from striking Earth and take down Lex Luthor, who has been elected President of the United States. The film is the sixth in the line of the DC Universe Original Animated Movies line released by Warner Premiere and Warner Bros. Animation. Voice actors from the DCAU reprised their roles, although it is not a DCAU production and is said not to be connected with that universe beyond sharing of voice actors.

Plot

LexCorp's CEO Lex Luthor has been elected President of United States during a severe nation-wide economic depression. Under his leadership, the country is returned to its former glory and a force of superheroes consisting of Captain Atom, Starfire, Katana, Black Lightning, Power Girl, and Major Force who now work for the betterment of America. His aim is to employ every superhero to work for their country, but secretly, this is so they will not work against him. Meanwhile, Superman and Batman are still fighting crime on their own and maintain the distrust toward Luthor due to the heroes' past with him. Thus, Luthor brands them as outlaws.

The United States government discovers that a Kryptonite meteor in the size of a small country 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 is affecting The Man of Steel's judgment, and places a one-billion-dollar bounty on Superman'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, Despero, Giganta, Girder, King Shark, Lady Shiva, Mongul, Captain Boomerang, Nightshade, Parasite, and Solomon Grundy. 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 Superman and Batman. Superman create 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 him in the process.

Meanwhile, Lex's missiles fail to stop the meteor. Amanda Waller discovers that Lex has secretly been taking kryptonite steroids, which impairs his judgment. 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, Waller gives them a copy. Batman and Superman fly off to Tokyomarker to give the meteor's data to a teen super-genius who is 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 then 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. In an aerial battle, though initially fairing poorly against Lex and his kryptonite power suit, Superman defeats Luthor in the streets of Metropolis. Captain Atom arrives and grabs Luthor. 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.

Cast

Voice actor Character
Tim Daly Kal-El/Clark Kent/Superman
Kevin Conroy Bruce Wayne/Batman
Clancy Brown Lex Luthor
C. C. H. Pounder Amanda Waller
Allison Mack Kara Zor-El/Karen Starr/Power Girl
John C. McGinley John Corben/Metallo
Xander Berkeley Nathaniel Christopher Adam/Captain Atom
Ricardo Chavira Clifford Zmeck/Major Force
LeVar Burton Jefferson Pierce/Black Lightning
Corey Burton Billy Batson/Captain Marvel
Cyrus Gold/Solomon Grundy (uncredited)
Andrea Romano Dr. Doris Zeul/Giganta
Computer
Additional Voices

Michael Gough Carter Hall/Hawkman (uncredited)
Leonard Snart/Captain Cold (uncredited)
Calvin Tran Hiro Okamura/Toyman
Mark Jonathan Davis Newscaster
Additional Voices
Brian George Gorilla Grodd
Rachael MacFarlane Eve Eden/Nightshade
Lady Shiva/Sandra Wu-San (uncredited)
Alan Oppenheimer Alfred Pennyworth
Jennifer Hale Koriand'r/StarfireLouise Lincoln/Killer Frost (uncredited)
Bruce Timm Mongul


Although voice-actress Jennifer Hale receives screen credit for playing Starfire, the character does not speak in the released version of the film and she is not credited for playing Killer Frost, a role she reprised from Justice League and Justice League Unlimited. While Corey Burton receives screen credit for playing Solomon Grundy and Captain Marvel. He is only credited for playing Captain Marvel.

Soundtrack

  1. Markets Crash
  2. Main Titles
  3. Freeway Chase
  4. Admit Something
  5. Meteor
  6. Metallo
  7. High Voltage
  8. Framed
  9. Luthor talks to Power Girl
  10. S.T.A.R. Labs/ Banshee & The Cold Crew / Mongul, Grundy, Grodd
  11. Bounty Hunters
  12. No Surrender
  13. Tornado Recovery
  14. Trust Your Instincts
  15. Missile Launch
  16. Luthor's Fix
  17. SHAZAM!
  18. Luthor Shoots up
  19. Heroes in Disguise
  20. Toyman
  21. Blast Off
  22. Ultimate Sacrifice
  23. A Hero's Returns
  24. End Credits


Reception

IGN.com reviewed both the standard and Blu-ray versions of the movie positively, awarding an 8.0 rating. This surpassed IGN's review of Superman Doomsday, Batman: Gotham Knight, and Green Lantern: First Flight. The review score matched that of Justice League: The New Frontier.

The good performance of the Superman/Batman: Public Enemies release has lead Warner Premiere and DC Universe to plan a sequel, with the same actors voicing main characters, that is going to be released in 2010.

Home media

Superman/Batman: Public Enemies was released on standard DVD in single and double disc editions, along with a high definition Blu-ray release, on September 29, 2009. Special features for the double disc edition include an inside look of Wonder Woman, Batman: Gotham Knight, Justice League: The New Frontier, and Green Lantern: First Flight, DC Comics' 2009 crossover event Blackest Night, two production featurettes, a sneak peak of Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, trailers of Green Lantern: First Flight, Fringe, and Batman: Arkham Asylum, digital copy download, and two episodes of Superman: The Animated Series picked by Bruce Timm. The Blu-ray edition has all the features of the double disc standard definition release including three additional Justice League episodes selected by Timm.

At the DVD sales chart, Superman/Batman: Public Enemies opened at #5, selling 197,626 in the first week for revenue of $3,222,460. As of the sixth week, 324,633 units have been sold translating to $5,206,265 in revenue (This does not include rentals/Blu-ray sales). This makes Public Enemies the third highest selling DVD and third most profitable of the six movies in the DC Universe Original Animated Movies line up.

Notes

  • This movie marks the animated debut of Power Girl, Major Force, Lady Shiva, and Nightshade.
  • While the two were heading to the Batcave through the sewers, Superman brings up Magpie, the first villain they fought together. Batman tells Superman that she is dead. Her name was Margaret Pye. In the DC Comics' Post-Crisis continuity, she was a mentally unbalanced museum curator who became a serial killer/jewel thief and the first villain whom Superman and Batman fought together. She was eventually murdered by Tally Man, under the order of crimelord Warren White.
  • At one point, Batman tells Superman, "It's your funeral", to which Superman replies he already had one, referring to the aftermath of his first battle with Doomsday.


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