The designs look EXACTLY like artist Ed McGuiness' comic book. (click to enlarge)

An official press release from yesterday has revealed the main cast of the upcoming Superman/Batman: Public Enemies and, in a move that will be sure to make fans super happy, they’ve cast Tim Daly (honestly, I kinda got used to George Newbern), Kevin Conroy, and Clancy Brown (YES!) as Superman, Batman, and Lex Luthor, respectively.  Like I said, I kind of got used to George Newbern, and, given the anger needed to pull off the Public Enemies storyline, I think Newbern nailed the angry Superman voice.  Kevin Conroy is Batman, and even though Rino Romano and Diedrich Bader have done admirable jobs, when I read my Batman comics (the one’s with Bruce Wayne, mind you), I hear Conroy’s voice in my head.  Just as perfect for the role is Clancy Brown as Lex Luthor … other than Conroy, never in all my years of cartoon watching has a voice been so perfectly matched to a role.

Kevin Conroy will be reprising his role as Batman.

What I’m curious about is who they’ll get to play some of the supporting cast, like Nightwing, Batgirl and Supergirl, Connor Kent, and Robin.  Or hell, Captain Atom, Katana…this thing had a huge cast – I hope they keep all of it.  Oh, and animated Power Girl!  Good stuff.

You can see a trailer for Superman/Batman: Public Enemies on the upcoming Green Lantern DVD/Blu-Ray, or by clicking after the jump, where you can also read the full press release!

What I find most exciting about the press release?  Some of the bonus features for the upcoming DVD/Blu-Ray, including a Dinner for Five type feature with Kevin Conroy and the crew behind the movie, and a documentary on Blackest Night!

Hell to the yes!!!!!


Official Press Release

BURBANK, CA – 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™ Hi-Def for $24.98 (SRP) and $29.99 (SRP), respectively, as well as single disc DVD for $19.98 (SRP) and On Demand. Order due date for all versions is August 25, 2009.

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:


  • 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.

Marketing Support

Superman/Batman: Public Enemies will be extensively marketed with a robust national TV, Print, Radio and Online media campaign generating over 500 million impressions! The campaign will also include trailering on WHV titles to garner an additional 10 million impressions. Exciting promotions with Xbox Live, iTunes, Amazon and the Sony Playstation Network will drive strong consumer awareness and demand amongst the core fan base. Additionally, the dedicated Superman/Batman: Public Enemies website will include an enticing sweepstakes offer to drive traffic and viral activity.


Superman/Batman: Public Enemies – Single Disc
Street Date: September 29, 2009
Order Due Date: August 25, 2009
Languages: English and Spanish
Audio: Dolby Surround Stereo
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: Estimated 75 min.
Price: $19.98 SRP / No MAP
UPC: 883929069934

Superman/Batman: Public Enemies – 2 Disc Special Edition
Street Date: September 29, 2009
Order Due Date: August 25, 2009
Languages: English and Spanish
Audio: Dolby Surround Stereo
Rating: PG-13
Runtimes: Disc 1 – Estimated 75 min.
Disc 2 – Estimated 180+ minutes
Price: $24.98 SRP / No MAP
UPC: 883929069927

Superman/Batman: Public Enemies – Blu-Ray™ Hi-Def
Street Date: September 29, 2009
Order Due Date: August 25, 2009
Languages: English and Spanish
Audio: Dolby Surround Stereo
Rating: PG-13
Runtimes: Disc 1 – Estimated 75 min.
Disc 2 – Estimated 210+ minutes
Price: $29.99 SRP / No MAP
UPC: 883929070626

Thanks to CBR.