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Superman Batman Public Enemies DVD cover Superman/Batman: Public Enemies (Two-Disc Special Edition)

by Suzanne 9/21/09

This is another great cartoon superhero movie from DC Comics and Warner Brothers! I always love to watch these. I read tons of comics growing up in the 60's and 70's, especially Superman and Batman. The cartoons back then were terrible, but the ones nowadays are just like our old comics. Maybe even better.

This movie and DVD set do not disappoint. It is a great story in many ways. The basic plot is that Lex Luthor becomes president and manages to make the world think that Superman has become a bad guy. Batman helps Superman. There are many other things going on in the story, too, like a giant Kryptonite meteor headed towards earth.

There are two really great things about this movie. First, the rapport between Batman and Superman is great. They are clearly very good friends in this story, and there are many great lines and jokes. Second, it has tons of superheroes and super-villains, way more than you might expect. It has tons of action with Superman and Batman in big battles with everyone. Yet it still has a great story. YOu will really enjoy it if you like comics, superheroes, or animation.

The voices are also fabulous on this movie. Fans of other SUperman and Batman animation will recognize some of them. Tim Daly is Superman; Kevin Conroy is Batman; Clancy Brown is Lex Luthor; Levar Burton is Black Lightning, Allison Mack (Chloe on Smallville) is Power Girl; Michael Dorn is Black Manta; John C. McGinley is Metallo; Jerry O'Connell is Captain Marvel! And much more. Great cast and they do a wonderful job on this.

The DVD has some cool extras that I'm still watching (it's taking me a while) - the box says there are over 2 1/2 hours' worth, so I guess that is why. The Two-Disk set has many features as well as the movie itself.

On the first disk, you have the movie, and then the feature "Inside Blackest Night", about a comic book series featuring various Justice League characters like Green Lantern, Aquaman, The Flash, Martian Manhunter, and others that have been killed off before, coming back to life. It looks interesting and creepy. I wonder if they will be making this into a movie, too?

The other features on the first disk are about various other DC Movies (you may have seen these on other WB DC disks), such ash Wonder Woman, Gotham Knight, Justice League: The New Frontier, and Green Lantern.

The Second Disks has some really amazing features:

"Test of Minds"- where experts talk about the personality differences between Batman and Superman. It's very interesting and made me think about the two heroes in ways I never had before.

"Dinner with DCU" is a filmed dinner between Kevin Conroy (the voice of Batman), Executive Producer Bruce Timm, Voice/Casting Director Andrea Romano, and DC Comics Senior Vice President Gregory Noveck. It is a little forced but also very interesting. They mostly talk about casting Conroy as Batman in the past and present.

There is a preview of the upcoming DC Comics DVD "Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths". That sounds and looks really good. I can't wait for that one.

There are two episodes of the Superman animated series that team up Superman and Batman; they were chosen by Bruce Timm. I had never seen them, and I enjoyed watching them.

Here's the press release for the DVD

Earth Imperiled, Villainy Reigns, Heroes Hunted - Prepare to Root for the bad guys!

SUPERMAN/BATMAN: PUBLIC ENEMIES FROM warner home video on SEPT. 29, 2009!

DC Universe Animated Original PG-13 Movie Based on Acclaimed Jeph Loeb/Ed McGuinness Comics; Tim Daly, Kevin Conroy & Clancy Brown Reprise Original Voices of Superman, Batman & Lex Luthor

BURBANK, CA (September 14, 2009) - The World's Greatest Super Heroes become America's most wanted criminals - and are hunted by friends and foes alike - in Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, the sixth entry in the popular DVD series of DC Universe Animated Original PG-13 Movies. A co-production of Warner Premiere, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation, the full-length animated film will be distributed by Warner Home Video on September 29, 2009. Superman/Batman: Public Enemies will be available as a Special Edition 2-disc version on DVD and Blu-Ray(tm) Hi-Def for $24.98 (SRP) and $29.99 (SRP), respectively, as well as single disc DVD for $19.98 (SRP) and On Demand.

Superman/Batman: Public Enemies is based on the popular Jeph Loeb/Ed McGuinness comic series/graphic novel. Animation legend Bruce Timm (Superman Doomsday, Green Lantern) is executive producer. Michael Goguen (Justice League: The New Frontier) is supervising producer. Sam Liu (The Batman) is directing a script written by Stan Berkowitz (Justice League: The New Frontier).

In the film, United States President Lex Luthor uses the oncoming trajectory of a Kryptonite asteroid to frame Superman and declare a $1 billion bounty on the heads of the Man of Steel and his "partner in crime," Batman. Heroes and villains alike launch a relentless pursuit of Superman and Batman, who must unite - and recruit help - to stave off the action-packed onslaught, stop the asteroid, and uncover Luthor's devious plot to take command of far more than North America.

The movie reunites the lead voices of Superman, Batman and Lex Luthor from the landmark Superman: The Animated Series and Batman: The Animated Series. Tim Daly (Private Practice), Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League) and Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption) reprise their roles as Superman, Batman and Lex Luthor, respectively.

Superman/Batman: Public Enemies - 2 Disc Special Edition version will have more than three hours of incredible bonus features, including:

* Featurettes

* The Blackest Night: Inside the DC Comics Event: Behind-the-scenes of BLACKEST NIGHT, the epic DC Super Hero event in which the dead shall rise.

* A Test of Minds: Superman and Batman featurette with Jeph Loeb, giving viewers a fresh and revitalized look at the team-up of Superman and Batman working together despite their often competitive and challenging relationship.

* "Dinner with DC: With Special Guest Kevin Conroy": Reprising his role from Batman: The Animated Series, Kevin Conroy joins the crew for dinner to discuss their creative approach and what the Superman/Batman team-up means. The evening will be hosted by Voice Director Andrea Romano, Producer Bruce Timm and DC's Gregory Noveck

* Extended Sneak Peak at Next DCU Film

* Digital Copy Download

* Widescreen (1.78:1)

* Two Episodes of Justice League Unlimited hand-picked by animation legend Bruce Timm

Superman/Batman: Public Enemies Blu-Ray versions will have more than three-and-a-half hours of bonus materials, including all the great extras from the 2-disc Special Edition as well as two additional episodes of Justice League Unlimited and two episodes from Justice League, both personally selected by fan-favorite Bruce Timm.

"Warner Premiere is excited to continue this successful partnership with DC Comics, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Home Video to present feature-length PG-13 animated original films with the filmmaking and celebrity voice starpower of Superman/Batman: Public Enemies," said Matt Bierman, Senior Vice President Production, Warner Premiere.

"Based on the past success of Superman Doomsday and Batman Gotham Knight, we know the pairing of the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight - pitted against both their DC Super Hero colleagues and the entire rogue's gallery of DC villains - will offer fans the level of entertainment normally reserved for the big, summer blockbuster films," said Amit Desai, WHV Vice President of Family, Animation & Partner Brands.

"This is the ultimate film for DC animation lovers featuring not only the cornerstone characters of comic book and Saturday morning heroes, but also returns the seminal voices of those characters - Tim Daly, Kevin Conroy and Clancy Brown - in a story that explores the Superman/Batman dynamic and allows Lex Luthor to shine in ultimate villainy," said Gregory Noveck, Senior VP Creative Affairs, DC Comics.

About Warner Premiere:

Warner Premiere is Warner Bros. Entertainment's direct-to-consumer production company focused on the development, production and marketing of feature-length content, as well as short form digital content for the growing home entertainment market. Warner Premiere is committed to being at the creative forefront in the evolution of quality product in the direct-to-DVD business and the digital space, creating material that exemplifies the commitment to story, production and brand equity for which Warner Bros. is known.

About Warner Home Video:

With operations in 90 international territories Warner Home Video, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, commands the largest distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video's film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Home Video and New Line Home Entertainment.

About DC Comics:

DC Comics, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world and home to such iconic characters as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the Sandman. These DC Super Heroes and others have starred in comic books, movies, television series (both animated and live-action) and cyberspace, thrilling audiences of all ages for generations. DC Comics' Web site is located at .

SUPERMAN, BATMAN and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and (c) DC Comics.

About Warner Bros. Animation:

Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) has been producing award-winning original animation since 1930, when it released its first cartoon, "Sinkin' in the Bathtub." Since then, WBA's characters have set the standard for innovative, quality animation. Producing for network and cable television, online, home entertainment and feature films both domestically and internationally, WBA is highly respected for its creative and technical excellence, as well as for maintaining the studio's rich cartoon heritage. WBA also oversees the creative use and production of animated programming based on classic cartoon characters from the Hanna-Barbera and DC Comics libraries. WBA is one of the most-honored animation studios in history, garnering a grand total of six Academy Awards(r), 35 Emmy(r) Awards, the George Foster Peabody Award, the HUMANITAS prize, two Prism Awards and 20 Annie Awards.

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