The first arc of the Superman/Batman series by Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness has been confirmed by several online sources as the next DC animated feature to follow Green Lantern: First Flight.

If the animated film is true to the series, it will feature President Lex Luthor framing Batman and Superman as enemies to the world as a Kryptonite asteroid heads toward Earth.  He then offers up a one million billion dollar reward to bring the two in.  This then leads to giant rocket ships, Captain Atom and Hawkman making appearances, and concludes with Luthor in his famous green armored suit proclaiming the day of reconning is coming.

While it sounds corny, the first arc wasn’t too bad and if done in the Ed McGuinness style, it could be a really good direct to DVD movie.

Superman/Batman: Public Enemies is expected to hit stores in the fall.

UPDATE:  Here’s the official synopsis from Warner Home Video

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.
Super heroes and super villains alike launch a relentless pursuit of
Superman and Batman, who must unite – and recruit super 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.

via Robot6

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  1. Ed
    March 16, 2009 at 9:29 am — Reply

    This sounds like a good arc. I liked the books when they came out, so I think this has some promise.

  2. March 16, 2009 at 10:06 am — Reply


    wonder when it’ll be released in the UK

  3. Jerard
    March 16, 2009 at 10:56 am — Reply

    awesome never really like this 1st arc but if its good maybe they’ll make the Michael Turner arc

  4. Jeff
    March 16, 2009 at 2:44 pm — Reply

    Captain Atom? WTF? Why can’t Time-Warner/DC get their intellectual property shit together? How hard is it to make a cartoon about a comic book that features the action characters of Superman, Batman, Hawkman, and CAPTAIN MARVEL?!


    You know how pissed off this gets me? So pissed that I wanna #@%$!!!! %#@%#!# *%(@)%*!!!!! UP RICHARD GERE’s ASS!

    Apologies to Itsjustsomerandomguy, but I mean, seriously! WTF, you know?!

  5. CasinoGrande
    March 16, 2009 at 3:22 pm — Reply

    @ Jeff: I’m pretty sure Captain Atom was in that arc. There was that whole time-travel bit with the “Kingdom Come” Superman and Captain Atom taking the energy from the overloading Major Force.
    Just because he’s listed next to Hawkman doesn’t mean he’s going to replace Captain marvel in that scene.

  6. Ed
    March 16, 2009 at 3:37 pm — Reply

    Yes, Captain Atom “led” the government forces against Superman and Batman I think.

  7. March 16, 2009 at 8:51 pm — Reply

    I read this one but I can’t even remember the first thing it was about! I guess the DVD release will be a good reminder.

  8. Jeff
    March 17, 2009 at 7:40 am — Reply

    Thanks, guys. I’m OK now – seems I was possessed by DeSaad.

    (The black leather miniskirt is mine, though).

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