Superman/Batman Public Enemies (2009, animated)
Plot: After Lex Luthor (Clancy Brown) gets elected President, a kryptonite meteor heads for Earth. Luthor uses the opportunity to frame Superman (Tim Daly) after pretending to become his ally to stop the meteor. Along with Batman (Kevin Conroy), the two heroes try and figure out how to stop the meteor while taking on several villains who want the bounty Luthor has placed on Superman.
The first half is decent, but the later part of this movie just gets really stupid. The only thing saving this from being a bad movie is the rapport between Batman and Superman. Just simple scenes like them talking in the Batcave are the highlight of the film. The worst part is the dialogue. It’s really terrible at times. In the opening montage, there’s a political comedy show where the host swears (bleeped out) as the film tries to be all edgy. This just doesn’t work in a superhero film, and was kind of obnoxious. Lex Luthor says ‘bitch’ at one point. I don’t know, you always think of Luthor as this evil cold hearted villain, but he’s always well spoken. That was kind of strange. Superman is also given a lot of lame jokes and one-liners. The dialogue overall is just bad, so we’ll leave it at that. What also irked me about this mess is random heroes and villains just show up out of no where and start fighting. They are so forced. I’m sorry, but at one point Mr. Freeze and Bane just pop into the frame and say nothing! That’s horse shit! Those villains should never just show up for dialogue-less cameos. That’s just shameful. And the fights aren’t even that good. There’s no story or character going on in this whatsoever, except a little bit with Batman and Superman. The writers also break a cardinal rule in that random comic book characters will appear, and they just assume the audience will know who they are with no explanation whatsoever. Maybe you can let that slide with the Flash or a Green Lantern, but Captain Marvel? All of a sudden you have this character literally just fly in and start using magic. Then he turns into a kid or something, I don’t know. What the hell is this? The worst is this Japanese kid known as Toyman that just comes in out of nowhere and plays a crucial role at the end. Isn’t there another character in the Superman universe called Toyman, but he’s a villain? Where the hell did this come from! He’s also unbelievably annoying. And then once again, we have another Superman movie where Lex Luthor turns into a goofy over the top villain at the end. With the exception of Smallville, Luthor has not been done right since the Gene Hackman days. What the hell is so difficult about this character! Can someone please present a Lex Luthor that I’m truly worried about, and not just some goofball! He’s got a line where he shouts ‘Hello Sunshine’ as he knocks down Superman in his giant robot. Come on! What saved this movie were the central characters, Batman and Superman. But otherwise, this is nothing that needs to be seen.
Rating: 5 out of 10 (Barely Passable Entertainment)
Category Rankings (Spoilers Throughout):
Best Performance: Kevin Conroy as Bruce Wayne/Batman
-It’s Kevin Conroy as Batman, yadda, yadda, yadda.
Worst Performance: Calvin Tran as Toyman
-Why does his voice have to be so whiney?
Best Line: “That was my best friend. And you just killed him.” –Superman to Luthor after Batman flies the rocket into space.
-The line isn’t that good actually, kind of over dramatic. But Tim Daly’s delivery really sells it.
Worst Line: “Consider yourself…impeached.” –Superman to Luthor right before punching him
-Superman against Metallo was alright. Eventually, Batman comes into it as well and throws some cool plastic explosives at him, so that was good.
-It’s not bad enough we have to see Batman fly into space, but when his rocket explodes, the cockpit he’s sitting in is debris shaped like the bat symbol. Come on, really? You know, that’s not too far off from the Robin symbol made in Batman & Robin after Robin breaks through the museum wall on his bike.
-When Captain Atom has to absorb all the radiation from Major Force…that was pretty awesome. And the music was really epic as well.
-The rocket Toyman builds to destroy the meteor is an amalgam of Superman and Batman…lame. Although, Batman’s reaction is pretty funny; he just says ‘Wow.’
Superman: You know you didn’t need to use the wire. I could have carried you.
Batman: Between you and me, I hate that.
Bad Ass Moment:
-Metallo morphing his hand into a gun where he puts a kryptonite bullet inside it was pretty nifty.