Based on the Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness comic, Superman/Batman: Public Enemies presents a gangs-all-here voice cast that includes Tim Daly and Kevin Conroy and a plot that only slows down long enough to let our titular heroes breathe before launching into the next action sequence. It would have been nice if more time and energy had been used to give the plot room to breathe, but as a non-stop action-adventure buddy film it works like gangbusters. I also wish that the character designed didn’t rely so heavily upon McGuinness’ artistic style since every character consistently looks too bulky, too embellished, cartoony to the point of distraction (Power Girl’s body is especially distracting for her top heavy proportions).
While I really enjoyed the film, it does play out like a thirteen-year-old boys’ manic manga-inspired fever-dream team-up. When you see this new young Japanese version of Toyman, and his gadgets that help save the world, you’ll understand completely what I mean. While it was a hoot to hear Tim Daly, Kevin Conroy, Clancy Brown and CCH Pounder reprise their roles, the designs that accompany them take a minute or two to get used to. With no real reason given for Batman to team-up with and help Superman, besides the ‘greater good’ that they fight for, it’s also a little thin in the plot development. A fun time to be had, but it could have been better if it had been longer and more fleshed out.