Sunday, April 10, 2016
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies (2009)
America is going through a period of great economic depression and widespread crime, so much so that, when Lex Luthor decides to throw his hat into the presidential race, he manages to get enough support to actually win the election. However, upon election, he declares that one of America's biggest problems are powerful beings who call themselves "superheroes" and, stating that no one is above the law, decides to create a team of heroes who officially work for the government and makes it clear that any who don't join will learn the hard way just how much the law applies to them as well. Under his leadership, America manages to get back on its feet again, but it means little to Superman, who still doesn't trust Luthor and refuses to join his team. Meanwhile, Luthor has discovered that a large meteor made of Kryptonite is heading straight for Earth but, rather than have the heroes deal with it, he intends to destroy it with missiles in order to get absolute credit for saving the country. He arranges a meeting with Superman in Gotham City, apparently wishing to form a pact with his archenemy, but when one of Luthor's bodyguards turns out to be Metallo, a fight breaks out that soon also involves Batman when the latter comes to save Superman's life. Although both heroes are injured in the battle, with Superman being shot by a Kryptonite bullet, they manage to escape, with Metallo then being destroyed by a shadowy figure. Luthor then takes the opportunity to pin Metallo's death on Superman, saying that the radiation from the approaching meteor is affecting his mind, and places a bounty of $1 billion on him. When Superman and Batman investigate what happened, they find evidence that prove that Metallo's death was caused by someone else and later learn that it was orchestrated by Luthor in an attempt to get his most hated enemy out of the way. Now, the two heroes must defend themselves both from attacks by villains out for the reward and Luthor's own team of heroes, as well as find a way to stop the meteorite when Luthor's attempt fails, which becomes further complicated when the president begins to lose his mind from a serum he's begin secretly injecting himself with and decides that the meteor is now an opportunity for him to create a new world order ruled solely by him.
The music for these DC animated movies is usually done by Christopher Drake, and this film is no exception. He manages to give it a rousing, adrenaline-pumping sound, particularly the main theme, which you hear during the opening credits, Superman and Batman's first battle with Luthor's team of heroes, and the ending credits. It's a really memorable, pulse-pounding, and epic piece and fits the film's two main characters and the situation they're in very well. The same can be said of the rest of Drake's music, which may not have many other really distinctive sounds but go well with the images they accompany (one of my favorites is the rhythmic, pulsing beat that you hear when the movie first starts). Not much more I can say other than that.