Superman/Batman: Public Enemies
By Philip Schweier
October 12, 2009 - 09:22
Studios: Warner Brothers Animation
Writer(s): Stan Berkowitz, Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness
Starring: Kevin Conroy, Tim Daly and Clancy Brown
Directed by: Sam Liu
Produced by: Bruce Timm and Sam Register
Running Time: 67 minutes
Release Date: September, 2009
Distributors: Warner Home Video
The relationship between Superman and Batman is explored, though perhaps not as in-depth as I would’ve liked. Both have similar goals, but different means of acheiving them. This leads to no small difference of opinion, and squabbles often reminsicent of an old married couple rather than two long-time partners. However, as the story nears its end, I found myself a little disappointed in the resolution of the meteor threat, almost as if it were an after-thought.
The animation is everything we’ve come to expect from Warner Brothers, but with a bit of tweaking to reflect McGuinness’ character designs. In many scenes, Superman appears rather young, which I found a little distracting.
All in all, the film is an enjoyable ride. It’s great to see Conroy, Daly and Brown back in the roles fans have come to love. Nevertheless, I can’t help but wonder if that is the films greatest appeal.
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