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SUPERMAN/BATMAN: PUBLIC ENEMIES - REVIEW


This animated DC feature from 2009 teamed-up iconic heroes Superman and Batman with Tim Daly and Kevin Conroy returning to voice their respective roles. The film sees Lex Luthor become President of the United States and a Kryptonite meteor head for Earth.

Lex Luthor's rise to power is one that should have prompted some pretty exciting physical and psychological clashes between Superman and his arch-enemy and, to a certain extent, we get that with most superheroes and villains working for Luthor being sent out to stop both Superman and Batman, who obviously refuse to believe this new public persona of his. This makes for some entertaining fight scenes packed with familiar faces from Captain Marvel to Hawkman, Katana and many others. In the end, we of course get a Superman vs Luthor one-on-one. This is very much a brawl with a lot of punch-outs so if it's non-stop action you're looking for then you won't be disappointed with this one. Superman/Batman: Public Enemies is an entertaining beat 'em up with some good animation and voice acting.

And yet one can't help but feel that more could have been done with the story since the whole Luthor as President concept is genuinely fascinating. The idea that Luthor maybe has learned the error of his ways could have led to some interesting cat-and-mouse games between he and Superman with the latter trying to prove he's still a villain but coming up short, Batman and Lois Lane could have played a part in this investigation as well. Instead, this is very light on plot and twists as Luthor immediately sends heroes out to capture Batman and Superman which leads to fighting and more fighting. This in no way ruins the movie, however, and it's still a lot of fun to see the roles superheroes and supervillains would play in a country led by criminal mastermind Lex Luthor.

High on action, low on brains, Superman/Batman: Public Enemies is an entertaining, well put together feature which, once again, shows how effortlessly DC have ruled the animated world. It's maybe not a must-see but comic-book fans should have a good time with it.

Decent super-brawl.

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