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Honoring the ‘Apocalypse’

22 Sep, 2010 By: Chris Tribbey

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — While translating the 2004 “Superman/Batman” graphic novels for the latest DC Comics movie from Warner Premiere, Tab Murphy, the screenwriter for Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, had one overriding thought the entire time.

“Don’t screw it up,” he said Sept. 21, a week before Warner Home Video releases the animated title on home video. “Just don’t screw it up.”

The story arc covers the origins of Supergirl, and the look of the comic and the film is different from any of the previous DC Universe Animated Original Movies that Warner Home Video has released. Besides the comic series being dedicated to Superman star Christopher Reeve (who died the year the story ended), the people behind Superman/Batman: Apocalypse also wanted to pay homage to the work of series’ artist Michael Turner, who died in 2008.

“The deck was really stacked in my favor this time,” Murphy said. “My contribution was to do the work with grace, humor and humility. And I was knocked out by how great this animation looks.”

Superman/Batman: Apocalypse
comes out Sept. 28 as a single DVD ($19.98), two-DVD set ($24.98) and Blu-ray Disc ($29.99). Warner Home Video has also given Amazon.com its own exclusive versions for both DVD and Blu-ray, with limited edition lithographs included.

The Blu-ray release includes a short Green Arrow film, several featurettes and select episodes of “Superman: The Animated Series.”

“This one is special because of the popularity of the graphic novel,” said Bruce Timm, executive producer of Superman/Batman: Apocalypse. “We tried to stay as faithful as we could [to the graphic novel] and its art style. It looks awesome.”

Voice actors Tim Daly (Superman), Kevin Conroy (Batman), Susan Eisenberg (Wonder Woman) and Edward Asner (Granny Goodness) return to reprise the roles they’ve played in previous DC animated titles.

Lauren Montgomery, director of Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, and Bruce Timm, executive producer of the animated title streeting Sept. 28 from Warner Home Video, attend a premiere of the film Sept. 21 in Beverly Hills, Calif.


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