Monday, September 28, 2009

Superman / Batman new DVD

No spoilers:

Today the new DC animated DVD Superman / Batman Public Enemies came out and I think it's one of the best ones yet. This is based on the story of the same name by Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness. Jeph Loeb hasn't been getting the most favorable reviews for his recent Marvel writing (his funeral issue for Captain America and Hulk are good though), but his run on Superman / Batman was well liked across the board. Loeb and McGuinness' Superman / Batman Public Enemies had loads of guest stars from around the DC universe, great action, humor, and an entertaining plot that also had room for characterization and advancing some things that were going on within the DC universe at the time.

This animated version has some changes, but there is dialogue and scenes directly from the comic / graphic novel, and the animation style does its best to look like the fun style that Ed McGuinness drew the original story in. Some of the superhero characters used in the animated version are different from the original version, but the changes just make this more entertaining in its own right as it doesn't become just a rerun of the source work. The Superman / Batman Public Enemies animated DVD will entertain though who liked the original comic book and those who haven't read that yet, so I'd say it's a win win all around. There's also a preview for the next DC animated feature (no date yet), which will be the Justice League of America meeting their parallel Earth evil counter parts, the Crime Syndicate, written by Dwayne McDuffie (who wrote a lot of the great animated Justice League Unlimited) and it also looks fantastic and will have fans of large superhero meetings and slugfests eagerly awaiting its arrival.

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