Sunday, February 13, 2011

Superman/Batman: Public Enemies

Directed by Sam Liu.
2009. Rated PG-13, 67 minutes.
Kevin Conroy
Tim Daly
Clancy Brown
Allison Mack
Xander Berkeley
CCH Pounder
Ricardo Chavira
LeVar Burton

Plot: Even though Lex Luthor (Brown) has apparently cleaned up and become the President of the United States, Superman (Daly) is still distrusting of him. There's also the little matter of a media made entirely of kryptonite on a collision course with Earth.

The Good: First and foremost, it doesn't mince on the action. Supes and Bats find themselves scrapping with numerous super-powered individuals. The story is written in a manner that facilitates a large number of cameos from the DC universe without the need for them to be developed as part of the story. Getting screentime for all those characters without the movie feeling rushed or cluttered is no small task yet its handled well, as is the bromance between our heroes. Fans of animated Bat-fare will no doubt enjoy the work done by long-time voice Kevin Conroy.

The Bad: Unfortunately, with a giant rock barreling towards Earth, it has too many elements that remind one of Michael Bay's Armageddon. This might not be so bad if Armageddon weren't Also, as with just about anything "Superman" there's really only one story arc: Superman is super then gets weakened by kryptonite and then is re-superized when someone else gets rid of said kryptonite. If this is a spoiler for you then you've obviously no clue who Superman is.

The Ugly: Power Girl (Mack) is so disproportionately drawn and in such a low cut costume, you can't help but stare at her chest. And she seems to be rocking DD cups or better. Even one of the other characters comments on it.

Recommendation: Either you're a fan of animated superhero stuff, or you're not. This isn't changing anyone's mind one way or the other.

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