Based on "Superman/Batman: Supergirl" by the all-star creative team of Jeph Loeb, Michael Turner and Peter Steigerwald, "Superman/Batman: Apocalypse" was produced by animation legend Bruce Timm and directed by Lauren Montgomery ("Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths") from a script by Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Tab Murphy ("Gorillas in the Mist"). The story originally appeared in 2004 in "Superman/Batman" #8-13.
"Superman/Batman: Apocalypse" - a sequel to the 2009 movie, "Superman/Batman: Public Enemies" - features the updated origin of Supergirl from current DCU continuity, as well as the World's Finest battling Darkseid. Unfortunately for Supes and the Bat, the Fourth World supervillain has Clark's long-lost cousin on his side.
Tim Daly ("Private Practice") and Kevin Conroy ("Batman: The Animated Series") return to their fan-favorite roles as Superman and Batman, respectively. The rest of the celebrity-laden guest cast includes Andre Braugher ("Men of a Certain Age") as Darkseid, Summer Glau ("Serenity," "Firefly") as Supergirl and seven-time Emmy Award winner Ed Asner ("Up") reprises his "Superman: The Animated Series" and "Justice League" role as Granny Goodness.
Director Lauren Montgomery, who is concurrently working on "Batman: Year One" and "Green Lantern: Emerald Knights" for Warner Bros., spoke with CBR News about bringing the popular story arc to video and how important it was to stay true to the source material.
CBR NEWS: You didn't work on "Superman/Batman: Public Enemies." Did you get a chance to speak with its director, Sam Liu, about it when you were prepping for "Apocalypse"?
Lauren Montgomery: Sam and I are friends, so we talk pretty often. But I think on this one, it was such a different story, just in general, that there wasn't a whole lot to really take from the first one. It wasn't a direct sequel in that sense, like the story was continuing. It was kind of a phasing out of the first story and then starting in on a completely different story. And they have a pretty different feeling to because this one is much more family and relationship-oriented and much less testosterone-driven [laughs].
So yeah, it's really only a sequel as much as the comic was a sequel. You can really just pick up this book and read it and you don't have to know anything that happened before. You maybe have to know a little bit about Superman and Batman and as long as you didn't grow up in a jail cell, with no knowledge of the outside world, then you should probably be able to follow along with it.