Hey once again, this is Mr.Burn Notice bringing you an early review of the new animated movie from DC, Superman/Batman:Public Enemies. This movie is based on the graphic novel by the same title written by, everybody favorite writer, Jeph Loeb. Now before you get all down on this movie before we even start the review, the graphic novel isn't bad. But it isn't great either. It's really your opinion. But we aren't here to review the graphic novel, we are here to review...
Before we get to the reviewing this movie, let's give a little plot, shall we? The movie starts off with the U.S in bad shape. Economy is down, employment is down, and government can't do much about it. Sound familiar? With the country in disarray, the American people look to one person... that person is Lex Luthor. Luthor becomes president and rights the ship. He puts together team of heroes to "protect the people", which consist of heroes like Captain Atom and Power Girl.
We come across Superman who isn't pleased at all that Luthor is in charge and refuses Luthor offer to join his team. We find Luthor needs Superman help to stop a Kryptonite meteor which is going to strike Earth. This is where we first see Superman and Batman discussing the current issue at hand. Superman tells Batman that he's going to meet with Luthor, Batman tells him not to look his way to save him. Superman and Luthor meet, only for Superman to fall into a trap. The trap happens to be Metallo, in which we get our first big fight. Now this isn't going to ruin the rest of the movie for you by saying Batman gets involved. To end this summary, when Superman and Batman defeat Metallo (who saw that coming), Luthor puts a billion dollar bounty on Superman. Okay enough explaining the plot, let's get to the fun stuff.
Superman/Batman:Public Enemies is a good movie. The action in this film isn't what we have seen before in one of DC animated features. But I will say this isn't their best film, I still put New Frontier ahead of it and I think Gotham Knights also has much better tone for Batman than this film. I will say it's probably in their top three films they have created since they created this whole production.
The top reason I will give this film such praise is the voice acting. You got Tim Daly as Superman, Clancy Brown as Lex Luthor, and of course as Batman, Kevin Conroy. With these actors on board, you knew what you were getting and what you should expect. You also have C.C.H. Pounder revisiting her role as Amanda Waller. If that wasn't enough you have Allison Mack as Power Girl and Xander Berkeley as Captain Atom. In this movie, you got some top notch actors that pull off their roles in a incredible fashion.
Now to the negatives. I did find some problems with the artwork. I didn't just have a problem that everybody look like they were juiced up on steroids, but some of characters just didn't look that great. I think Batman look so much better compare to Superman. Some of the characters just looked flat. Another problem I had with the film is the dialogue between some of the characters. I think there was one conversation between Batman and Superman that actually sounded genuine. If you watch this film, you probably won't have to worry about the dialogue that much because most of it is taken up by the action. This leads me to my other complaint, which is the fights take up too much of the story. The story is pretty cut and dry. There isn't a big twist and the film doesn't capture the interaction between Batman and Superman like it did in the graphic novel, which was expected. Besides these points the films was perfect, haha.
I have to say that if you like the graphic novel, you will like this movie. It pretty much a cut out of the comic. If you didn't like it, I don't think there is much hope that you're going to like this. If you have never read the graphic novel, then the jury is out for yourself. You don't need a lot of background to watch this movie. This movie is very much a big cartoon. A lot of action, a lot of villains, and a lot of explosions. If there was a rating in between a full price and rental, that would be the rating I would give it. If your a big fan of DC's animation, this is a Full Price
movie and if you just like Batman and Superman, then this probably a Rental
Well there you go, another review in the books. I'm sorry this review couldn't be funnier, but I guess I take these movies too seriously. Does that mean I have lost my sense of humor? That can't be. Sorry about that, I just had a out of mind experience, which you all got to experience with me. Okay enough of that. Please comment, I love to hear your feedback and of course your out of mind experiences. So thank you for reading, once again this review was brought to you by Mr.Burn Notice