First Look: Superman/Batman: Public Enemies

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batman superman logo First Look: Superman/Batman: Public Enemies

I don’t collect comics all that much anymore but I do still drop into the comic shop from time to time to pickup a graphic novel or four. One of the best graphic novels I’ve picked up in the last few years is easily Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness’s Superman/Batman: Public Enemies.

In the story, Superman and Batman are framed by President Lex Luthor and must join forces to defeat a horde of bad guys (and some good guys) who are trying to bring them down. The story is SO good that DC Universe has officially announced that Superman/Batman: Public Enemies will be their next animated feature!

Check out the trailer for Superman/Batman: Public Enemies:

Fan favorites Tim Daly, Kevin Conroy and Clancy Brown will all reprise their previous roles as the voices of Superman, Batman and Lex Luthor respectively. DC animation guru Bruce Timm will be involved with Public Enemies as well – although sadly director Lauren Montgomery (Wonder Woman, Green Lantern: First Flight) won’t be helming the film, as she is on a well-deserved hiatus. Stepping into her (tiny) shoes is Sam Liu, who recently directed the Marvel animated feature Hulk vs. Thor. And, like Green Lantern: First Flight, Public Enemies will boast a PG-13 rating, so older folks don’t miss out.

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The thing that has drawn me back to the Superman/Batman: Public Enemies graphic novel over and over again (must’ve read it a dozen times in the last two years) is the fact that it is a classic and iconic Superman/Batman story. Supes and Bats are such polarizing figures, so much so that the “Who is the best?” debate between the two of them is now a bonafide philosophical quandary. Public Enemies does a fantastic job of placing the two heroes side by side for the reader to the compare, even while they are busy on the page trying to contrast themselves. It’s a fantastic read (go out and buy it!) and I hope they do the graphic novel justice by making a fantastic animated feature out of it. Looks like it’s on the right track so far.

Superman/Batman: Public Enemies will be avialable for sale on September 29, 2009. You as psyched about it as I am?

Source: MTV News & Rutube

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  1. Looks fantastic!! (although I saw this bootlegged weeks ago, shhh!) It looks just like the book, which I loved! I am SO glad they got the REAL Batman, Kevin Conroy voicing Batman again!!! :-) And Tim Daly as Superman, he’s my favorite Superman voice as well! Clancy Brown as Luthor FTW!! That guy is awesome. I could’ve seen him as a live action Lex, he’s just so perfect. This is gonna be great.

    I really hope they do The Flash next in these animated movies. The origin would be good, make it about Barry Allen. :-)

    Oh, and Marvel may be ahead of DC in some ways, but they are and always have been behind DC in animation. All the DC animated projects have been great. :-)

  2. Thanks for the post, Kofi! :-)

  3. While I agree all the DC animated movies have been great, and this one looks no different, I have liked and enjoyed the Marvel animated movies just as much.

    Keep ‘em rollin’!

  4. check out the full length live action 91 min fan film “superman: luthor for president”.

  5. Marvel may have more better movies but DC has the best movie of them all. nuff said…

  6. @shockwave

    Opinions are welcome here at screenrant … thank you for voicing yours. :)

  7. At last! The REAL Superman, Batman and Luthor!

  8. Looks good.

    What would you guys say is the best animated movie to come out of DC and Marvel in the last decade, anyway?

  9. I liked the animation in this one more than the animated films that came previous. This film looks great! You can really see Supes definition in this. Earlier films had hime with a large upper body (no definition) and skinny lower half.

  10. I think they could use this storyline for a live action movie. It would be great. :-)

    I think my fave DC film, and there are a lot of them, but my fave DC animated feature so far is probably New Frontier, but it was nothing compared to the book. They cut so much out, unfortunately. Good stuff too. Then Superman Doomsday, which I have really come to enjoy as long as I don’t compare it to the comic arc.

    GL will probably be my fave. The suit Hal wears in it would work great on film, IMO. Keeps the classic look but is cinematized (not a real word, lol).

  11. This or the batman vs superman cartoon that came out years ago would make a great live

  12. I’m sold. I hate Superman, but didn’t mind Superman: Doomsday, and love animated Batman, so I’ll probably like this,

  13. Personally I have preferred Marvel. DC Superman Doomsday and Gotham Knights were horrible horrible animated films. I really love Kevin Conroy to , but even he couldn’t save Gotham knights.

  14. I actually kinda liked Gotham Knights.

  15. This storyline is Superman/Batman vs. most of the DC Rogues Gallery. It’s pretty sweet.

  16. Looks awesome! Can’t wait for it.

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