Superman/Batman: Public Enemies [Blu-ray]
by Director: Sam Liu
Review by Charles Mohapel
Warner Home Video Blu-ray ISBN/ITEM#: B0027FG29Y
Date: 23 November 2009 List Price $29.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Links: IMDB.com / SF Revu - Green Lantern: First Flight / SF Revu - Wonder Woman / Show Official Info /
Writing credits (in alphabetical order):
Stan Berkowitz (written by)
Jeph Loeb (comic book)
Ed McGuinness (comic book)
Clancy Brown ... Lex Luthor (voice)
Kevin Conroy ... Batman / Bruce Wayne (voice)
Tim Daly ... Superman / Clark Kent / Kal-El (voice)
Xander Berkeley ... Captain Atom / Nathaniel Christopher Adam (voice)
Corey Burton ... Captain Marvel / Solomon Grundy / Additional Voices (voice)
Ricardo Chavira ... Major Force / Clifford Zmeck (voice)
Allison Mack ... Power Girl / Kara Zor-L / Karen Starr (voice)
John C. McGinley ... Metallo (voice)
CCH Pounder ... Amanda Waller (voice)
LeVar Burton ... Black Lightning / Jefferson Pierce (voice)
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies begins with the United States in such a shambles that it made it possible for the voters to reject the status quo and go with the third party candidate, namely Lex Luthor instead of the Democratic and Republican candidates.
Not surprisingly President Luthor has declared a state of emergency and given all the nation's superheroes an ultimatum -- work for him or be classified as criminals. Not surprisingly Superman and Batman refuse his offer and are named public enemies. Now I'm not in the least surprised that the supervillains would line up to be his little pawns, but I am shocked by the apparent lack of backbone demonstrated by the other superheroes like Captain Marvel, Captain Atom, Hawkman, Black Lightning, and Power Girl.
When Earth is threatened by a giant meteor composed of green Kryptonite, President Luthor shows his true colors and Superman and Batman have to stop him at all costs, while hordes of Luthor's superpowered minions try to prevent them from saving Earth.
My favorite cerebral bonus feature is "A Test of Minds: The Psychology of Superman and Batman" where Alan Burnett (Co-Producer), Gregory Noveck (SVP Creative Affairs, DC Comics), Paul Levitz (President & Publisher, DC Comics), Jeph Loeb (Author, "Superman/Batman: Public Enemies") , Danny Fingeroth (Author, "Superman on the Couch"), Robin S. Rosenberg, Ph.D. (Editor, "Psychology of Superheroes"), Kevin J. Anderson (Best Selling Author, Enemies & Allies), and Dan Didio (SVP, Executive Editor, DC Comics) provide a fascinating analysis of the minds of Bruce Wayne / Batman and Clark Kent / Superman, both as individuals and teamed together.
From an emotional aspect my favorite bonus feature is "Dinner With DCU And Special Guest Kevin Conroy – Extended Version" where Gregory Noveck (SVP Creative Affairs, DC Comics), Kevin Conroy (Batman from Justice League, etc.), Andrea Romano (Casting & Voice Director), and Bruce Timm (Executive Producer) chat about Superman/Batman: Public Enemies over a very relaxed dinner at the Smoke House Restaurant in Burbank, CA. Watching them discussing how it's a villain-driven story, I felt like I was sharing dinner with them, minus the calories. Romano talks about how some voice actors prefer to work sitting down, while others like Mark Hamill have to work standing up since they are so physical when voicing/playing the character. This was simply awesome.
A First Look At Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths – Coming to DVD and Blu-ray Spring 2010 features Bruce Timm (Producer), Dwayne McDuffie (Writer), Gregory Noveck (SVP Creative Affairs, DC Comics), Lauren Montgomery (Director), and Andrea Romano (Casting & Voice Director) discussing the upcoming animated film. Starring Billy Baldwin (Batman), Mark Harmon (Superman), Chris Noth (Lex Luthor), Gina Torres (Superwoman), and James Woods (Owlman), all of them appear in the featurette and talk a bit about the movie and their roles in it. Is it Spring 2010 yet?
With regards to the Bonus Episodes: Bruce Timm's Top Picks" they're enjoyable, but not exceptional.
As for the other featurettes, I've reviewed them all previously, "Green Lantern: First Flight – The Animated Movie Sneak Peek" in my Wonder Woman review in April 2009 and all the others in my Green Lantern: First Flight review in September 2009.
Let me finish up by saying that Superman/Batman: Public Enemies was a good movie and the major bonus features, plus the Digital Copy on the Blu-ray version make it a very worthwhile purchase.