LexCorp's CEO, Lex Luthor, has been elected President of United States during a severe nation-wide economic depression. Under his leadership, the economy begins to thrive, and he assembles a force of government-employed superheroes consisting of Captain Atom, Katana, Black Lightning, Power Girl, Sta
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies is a 2009 movie published as part of the DC Universe Animated Original Movies. It is an adaptation of the first arc of Superman/Batman (Volume 1), "Public Enemies". The next movie in the line, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, serves as a sequel.
Synopsis for "Superman/Batman: Public Enemies (Movie)"
LexCorp's CEO, Lex Luthor, has been elected President of United States during a severe nation-wide economic depression. Under his leadership, the economy begins to thrive, and he assembles a force of government-employed superheroes consisting of Captain Atom, Katana, Black Lightning, Power Girl, Starfire, and Major Force. Meanwhile, Superman and Batman maintain their distrust toward Luthor.
The United States government discovers that a massive Kryptonite meteor is hurtling toward Earth. Instead of asking superheroes for aid and wanting to take credit for himself, Luthor decides to destroy it with nuclear missiles. Luthor arranges a meeting with Superman in Gotham City under the pretense of forming a pact. This results in a battle between the hired Metallo and Superman and Batman. Following the heroes' escape, an unknown assailant kills Metallo.
On national television later that night, Luthor pins Metallo's murder on Superman, using footage of their battle to implicate him. Luthor claims that the radiation being emitted by the meteor can affect Superman's judgment, and he places a one-billion-dollar bounty on the Man of Steel.
While breaking into S.T.A.R. Labs seeking information on the meteor, Batman and Superman find Metallo's remains and realize that intense radiation has killed him. An army of villains looking to collect on the bounty then attacks them. The army includes: Silver Banshee, Captain Cold, Icicle, Killer Frost, Mr. Freeze, Gorilla Grodd, Bane, Black Manta, Black Spider, Brimstone, Catman, Cheetah, Copperhead, Deadshot, Eclipso, Kestrel, King Shark, Brutale, Despero, Giganta, Girder, Lady Shiva, Mongul, Captain Boomerang II, Nightshade, Parasite, Solomon Grundy, and Shrike. After some effort, most of the villains are defeated. Captain Atom, who has arrived with Luthor's superhero team to arrest Superman, defeats the remaining villains. All but Power Girl, whose loyalties are divided, attempt to capture the heroic duo. Superman creates a twister using his superspeed, and the two heroes escape with Power Girl.
In Metropolis, Power Girl admits that she feels unnerved by Luthor and does not believe Superman killed Metallo. Luthor's superheroes catch up and the fight begins anew, this time with Power Girl aiding Superman and Batman. The Dark Knight realizes that Major Force killed Metallo under Luthor's orders and goads him into admitting it in front of everyone. In anger, Power Girl punches him in the stomach with so much force that it ruptures his containment suit. Captain Atom, ashamed at his complicity in Luthor's misdeeds, absorbs the energy, disintegrating Major Force and injuring himself in the process.
Meanwhile, Luthor's missiles fail to stop the meteor when the sheer amount of radiation being emitted by it detonates them before impact. Amanda Waller later discovers that Luthor has secretly been taking a serum composed of liquid kryptonite and super steroid Venom since the last days of the presidential election campaign, making him lose whatever rationality he had left. Feeling disillusioned by his failure in destroying the meteor with his missiles, Luthor decides to let the meteor hit the Earth so that he may rule over what remains of society. Batman and Superman attempt to break into Luthor's base of operations to retrieve data on the meteor's radiation. They end up in battle with Captain Marvel and Hawkman, eventually emerging victorious with Power Girl's (off-screen) aid. However, Luthor refuses to relinquish the data, going so far as to erase it from the lab computers. Waller gives them a copy, being disgusted with Luthor's plans. Batman and Superman fly off to Tokyo to deliver the data on the meteor to the Japanese Toyman, who has already built a giant rocket-propelled spacecraft, intending to use it as a large missile to stop the meteor. Waller and the military then attempt to arrest Luthor, but he injects himself with more kryptonite steroid and dons a power suit. After escaping Waller and the military, Luthor follows Superman and Batman overseas.
After Batman and Superman arrive at Toyman's base, he shows them the spacecraft, which resembles a giant, robotic composite version of Superman and Batman. With the data, Toyman is able to calculate the necessary reinforcements needed for his own rocket so it will not explode before impact. Unfortunately, the arriving Luthor neutralizes Power Girl, Superman and Batman, and then disables the rocket's remote guidance systems so that it will not take off by itself. Having no other choice, Batman decides to fly the rocket himself, despite Superman's protests. Though initially faring poorly against Luthor and his kryptonite power suit, the rage over losing his best friend allows Superman to gain the upper hand, and after an aerial chase leading them all the way back to Metropolis, he defeats him in the streets there. Batman succeeds in destroying the meteor, and Superman finds him alive and well in an escape pod.
With the truth of Metallo's death now public knowledge, Superman is cleared of the murder charge and Luthor is arrested and taken away to face trial and impeachment for his crimes. Batman then returns to Gotham while the Daily Planet's star journalist, Lois Lane, arrives and happily embraces the Man of Steel.
Appearing in "Superman/Batman: Public Enemies (Movie)"
- Alfred Pennyworth (Single appearance)
- Black Lightning (Single appearance)
- Captain Atom (Single appearance)
- Captain Marvel (Single appearance)
- Hawkman (Single appearance)
- Katana (Single appearance)
- Power Girl (Single appearance)
- Starfire (Single appearance)
- Nightshade (Single appearance)
- Toyman (Hiro Okamura) (Single appearance)
- Lex Luthor (Single appearance)
- Amanda Waller (Single appearance)
- Bane (Single appearance)
- Black Manta (Single appearance)
- Black Spider (Eric Needham) (Single appearance)
- Brimstone (Single appearance)
- Captain Boomerang (Owen Mercer) (Single appearance)
- Captain Cold (Single appearance)
- Catman (Single appearance)
- Cheetah (Single appearance)
- Copperhead (Single appearance)
- Deadshot (Single appearance)
- Despero (Single appearance)
- Eclipso (Single appearance)
- Giganta (Single appearance)
- Girder (Single appearance)
- Gorilla Grodd (Single appearance)
- Icicle (Single appearance)
- Joker (Mentioned only)
- Killer Frost (Single appearance)
- King Shark (Single appearance)
- Kestrel (Single appearance)
- Lady Shiva (Single appearance)
- Magpie (Mentioned only)
- Major Force (Only appearance; dies)
- Metallo (Only appearance; dies)
- Mister Freeze (Single appearance)
- Mongul (Single appearance)
- Parasite (Single appearance)
- Riot (Single appearance)
- Shrike (Single appearance)
- Silver Banshee (Single appearance)
- Solomon Grundy (Single appearance)
- Zeiss (Single appearance)
- Lois Lane (Single appearance)
- Captain Cold's Cold Gun
- Composite Superman/Batman Robot
- Green Kryptonite
- Green Kryptonite/Asteroid 921 Wormwood
- Lex Luthor's Warsuit
- Mister Freeze's Cold Gun
- Tim Daly as Kal-El/Clark Kent/Superman
- Kevin Conroy as Bruce Wayne/Batman
- Clancy Brown as Lex Luthor
- C.C.H. Pounder as Amanda Waller
- Allison Mack as Kara Zor-El/Karen Starr/Power Girl
- John C. McGinley as John Corben/Metallo
- Xander Berkeley as Nathaniel Christopher Adam/Captain Atom
- Ricardo Chavira as Clifford Zmeck/Major Force
- LeVar Burton as Jefferson Pierce/Black Lightning
- Corey Burton as Billy Batson/Captain Marvel and Cyrus Gold/Solomon Grundy (uncredited)
- Andrea Romano as Dr. Doris Zeul/Giganta, Computer, and Additional Voices
- Michael J. Gough as Carter Hall/Hawkman (uncredited) and Leonard Snart/Captain Cold (uncredited)
- Calvin Tran as Hiro Okamura/Toyman
- Mark Jonathan Davis as Newscaster and Additional Voices
- Brian George as Gorilla Grodd
- Rachael MacFarlane as Eve Eden/Nightshade and Lady Shiva/Sandra Wu-San (uncredited)
- Alan Oppenheimer as Alfred Pennyworth
- Jennifer Hale as Koriand'r/Starfire and Louise Lincoln/Killer Frost (uncredited)
- Bruce Timm as Mongul
- Jonathan Adams as General (uncredited)
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