The World’s Finest caught up with famed comic and television writer Jeph Loeb for a quick Q & A to share his thoughts on the upcoming direct-to-video Superman/Batman: Public Enemies animated feature. The animated feature adapts the six-issue story arc of the same name, originally written by Loeb, from the Superman/Batman comic series currently published by DC Comics. The story features Superman and Batman facing off against Lex Luthor, now President of the United States.
Jeph Loeb: I got a call fromDCasking if I wanted to write the script, which caught me totally off guard because I had no idea they were thinking about this series. I love theJustice League: The New Frontier DVD both in terms of look and how faithful they were to the story. My schedule wouldn’t allow it, so all I could do was hope for the best. And from what I’ve seen it’s better than the best!
WF: Have you been consulted about this project? Are there any moments you’d like to make sure appear in the animated movie, and do you think they’ll stick close to the source material?
JL: I didn’t have anything to do with it. I know the people involved and they are all first rate, top of their game in animation. I did some commentary that is on the DVD. I hope that’s not too embarrassing!
WF: Is there another Superman/Batman arc of yours you would like to see adapted?
JL: Sure! All of them! I’d love to see them adapt the next arc, Supergirl, and do it in Mike Turner’s style. That’s what makes these DVD’s so unique is that they have been following the designs of the specific artists. The McGuinness look to Superman/Batman: Public Enemies just rocks!
WF: Do you plan to check out Superman/Batman: Public Enemies when it hits shelves?
JL: On the shelves?! I’m hoping for an advance copy (laughs)! I’ve downloaded the trailer and play it all the time.
JL: Haven’t heard a thing, but they keep secrets really well over there. Batman: The Long Halloween is certainly one of my favorite stories, and I was incredibly flattered how much has been used in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight.
WF: To wrap this up, can you give fans a quick update on what you’re up to right now, including current comic and entertainment work? What can we expect from you down the line?
JL: In movies and television there are a few huge announcements which I can’t really talk about at this time, but very soon. I am going back to television on a new series that is going to be huge!
In comics, my plate is very full. I’ve got the monthly Hulk book, featuring the all-new, all-deadly Red Hulk, with my Superman/Batman partner Ed McGuinness. Also, we’re finishing up Ultimatum with David Finch, which will both reinvent and reinvigorate the Ultimate Universeat Marvel and lead toward Brian Bendis’ newUltimate Spider-Man, Mark Millar’s Ultimate Avengers, and my own New Ultimates with Frank Cho. It’s going to be a very big year!
The World’s Finest would like to thank Jeph Loeb for his participation!
A co-production of Warner Premiere, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation, Superman/Batman: Public Enemies will debut Tuesday, September 29th, 2009 on DVD and Blu-ray disc. Click here to view the official press release for the upcoming direct-to-video Superman/Batman: Public Enemies animated feature release.
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