SPECIAL FEATURES

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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