Jeph Loeb is presently writing two top-selling books for Marvel Comics with "Hulk" and "Ultimatum." But before he moved to the House of Ideas, Loeb was selling 100,000-plus copies a month of "Superman/Batman" for DC Comics. It was recently revealed that Loeb's first arc on the blockbuster book, "Public Enemies," penciled by fan favorite Ed McGuinness (now his creative partner on "Hulk"), is set to be Warner Bros.' next original DC Universe animated feature after the release of "Green Lantern: First Flight" in July.
CBR News checked in with Loeb to see how much he's involved in the project, and who he thinks would be the best choices to voice the two iconic characters.
CBR: You must be thrilled to see "Superman/Batman: Public Enemies" coming to life in animated form?
Jeph Loeb: It's the greatest! Ed and I had so much fun on that arc, to see it "live" will be very, very cool.
When you wrote the story back in 2003, did you ever think, "Man, this would make a great movie," live-action or animated?
Well, because I work in TV and film and animation, hell yes! Did I think it would happen? Hell no!
Does it get any bigger than a story starring Superman and Batman?
Are you reading "Ultimatum?" But seriously, "Public Enemies" is a pretty massive story. I'm curious as to what they're going to do with it.
So you're not involved in the project?
They asked me to write the script and I really, really wanted to, but I was on "Heroes" and my schedule was just too full. So, no, I haven't had anything to do with it. But, I'm a huge Bruce Timm [Executive Producer] fan, as he knows since I dog him at conventions, and I'm sure he's going to make it even better than the comic.
What about McGuinness? Is he involved?
I spoke to Ed this morning and he told me they had approached him to do designs, but his schedule was too full, as well. We both would've loved to be involved.
Do you know if Warner Bros. is sticking pretty close to your original storyline?
Don't know, but it appears so. When I was talking to Gregory Novak, the exec at Warner Bros. who covers DC, they wanted to stay as true to the original material as possible. That included it looking like Ed's style.
Who would you love to hear voicing the iconic lead characters?
Just get me the cast from "Batman: The Animated Series" and "Superman: The Animated Series." Those guys rock. [The roles were played by Kevin Conroy and Tim Daly, respectively.]
Do you know if there are any plans to adapt any other "Superman/Batman" arcs as animated features?
Don't know. The "Supergirl" story, particularly if they do it in [artist] Mike Turner's style, would be awesome.
From "Smallville" to "Lost" to "Heroes," you've been moving from genre hit to genre hit for the past six or seven seasons. When will we hear about your next television project?
Sooner than you think.