Superman/Batman: Public Enemies Review

Published 6 years ago by , Updated August 7th, 2013 at 2:18 pm,

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The DVD version of Superman/Batman: Public Enemies has a load of special features covering two discs. Disc 1 (The Feature) includes a promo preview of DC Writer Geoff Johns‘ “Green Lantern: Blackest Night” comic book event, which is a sort of Green Lantern-meets-Night of the Living Dead storyline about “The Black Lanterns,” dead DC Superheroes resurrected by mysterious black rings, who are then set loose to “consume the hearts and souls” of their former friends and loved ones. “Blackest Night” started this summer and should wrap-up its storyline this winter.

The rest of Disc 1 features ten-minute featurettes on each of DC Universe’s other direct-to-DVD animated features, including Wonder Woman, Green Lantern: First Flight, and Justice League: New Frontier, the latter being the most interesting of the bunch.

Disc 2 is all special features, including:

  • A Test of Minds: Superman and Batman – This featurette includes some of DC Comics’ best and brightest, alongside a “superhero psychologist,” assessing and examining the differing psychologies of Superman and Batman; the effects of their respective childhood traumas; how the two heroes view one another and why they truly need one another. If you’ve ever had this debate with your friends (haven’t we all?) you should definitely check it out.
  • Dinner with DCU and Kevin Conroy – The DC Universe creative team (including producer Bruce Timm) sit down with Batman voice actor Kevin Conroy to talk about the history of DC animated series and films. It’s kinda like being a fly on a geeky wall, but when the waiter steps in periodically to serve the food it gets a little weird.
  • Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths Preview – Get a sneak peek at DC Universe’s next animated feature, which details what happens when the Justice League discover parallel Earths where heroes are villains and vice a versa.
  • Bruce Timm’s Top Picks – DC Animation Guru Bruce Timm offers two bonus episodes taken from Superman: The Animated Series – “The Demon Reborn”, in which Ra’s al Ghul tries to steal Superman’s life force, prompting Batman to intervene; “Knight Time”, an episode where Bruce Wayne is abducted and brainwashed, prompting Superman to don the Batman costume and team with Robin to save the Dark Knight (and Gotham City’s) bacon. Both great picks.

Superman/Batman: Public Enemies will be in stores on September 29, 2009. Be sure to check it out.

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  1. If only these stories could be brought to the big screen. I know there is more action than anything else but it would be cool to see a live action version. It’s just too difficult to get a serious movie style version of this but I might check out the DVD on iTunes.

  2. Bruce Timm, Kevin Conroy, Tim Daly, the perfect equation for the perfect DC…well…anything.

  3. Best DC Universe animated film since The Justice League: New Frontiers. Much better than Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, and especially that oh-so-terrible Superman: Doomsday.

  4. i thought Superman: Doomsday wasn’t that bad and Wonder Woman and Green Lantern were pretty good. And Batman: Gotham Knight was easily the best done so far (but i haven’t seen this one yet but i loved the comic)

  5. look fwd to getting. great team up.

  6. Oh yeah, if DC ever does a swimsuit special, make Powergirl the centerfold!!!!

  7. Loved Wonder Woman and Lantern, but I didn’t care for this at all. It starts off okay, but as it goes it just got stupider and sillier, once they get to that giant robot, it completely lost me. Overall it came off contrived and all the heroes siding with Lex over Supes was unconvincing – Guess I’m not a Loeb fan.

  8. GAH should have read here first. Didnt know there was a 2 DVD set… :( I picked up just the single.

    From the preview I saw on First Flight it looked like the Oval office scene with Robin and the rest were going to be included. Maybe I just saw something I wanted to see as I was on business travel and tired.

    Still great book series and nice transition to the screen. Wish it was about 15-20 mins longer…… 😀