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June 28 2010

Summer Glau is Supergirl in the next DC Animated Movie, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse (out September 28). The link includes an interview with EP Bruce Timm about her work in the role.

I love these DC Universe animated movies and I'm glad they are doing the follow up to Supeman/Batman:Public Enemies.


This is based on Jeph Loeb's arc from Superman/Batman like Public Enemies was.Jeph Loeb was just announced today as the new Executive Vice President, Head of Television for Marvel Entertainment.His job will be to,"translate Marvelís popular characters and stories to the television medium, in both live-action and animation formats. In addition to these responsibilities, Mr. Loeb will oversee the development and distribution of live-action, animated and direct-to-DVD series."

Jeph Loeb was also going to be the showrunner of Buffy The Animated Series before that fell apart(but we got the cool pilot though) and he wrote Buffy Season 8 #20.

[ edited by Buffyfantic on 2010-06-28 17:23 ]
Ah... the timmverse/whedonverse unification plot continues...
Yep, Henceforth, the Timmverse by itself and the Whedonverse by itself are doomed to fade away into mere shadows, and only a kind of union of the two will preserve an independent reality. True fact.

Cool, Summer'll be good as that version of Supergirl I think and Daly/Conroy will rock it, as barely needs saying.
Must see anything with Summer in it... Must avoid anything written by Jeph Loeb... Does not compute! Does not compute!!!

(Well, I guess I did already break the Loeb rule for his Buffy issue, and Bruce Timm is generally reliable.)
So then, this must be an adaptation of the Jeph Loeb/Michael Turner story that re-introduced Supergirl back in 2004.
Really, Niels? So you haven't read The Long Halloween, Dark Victory, or Hush? The Supergirl arc that this movie is based on is also quite good (better than Public Enemies).
Also, in vaguely related news, going by this (cross-referenced with this) she will apparently be playing the part of in a certain upcoming film about knights.
I think they should just cast her in a live action Supergirl movie. Summer definitly has the abilty to breath new life into the charater, being both strong and vulnrable, and capture the heart of someone who's a stranger in another world, desperatly wanting to fit in, but knowing she never will: all the while mourning the lost of everything she's ever known, everyone she's ever loved, and.......ok, I really just want to see her in that outfit, sue me!
Riker, some of his older stuff was admittedly much better than his later output. Hush, though? That was his current modus operandi: team up with a high-profile artist, give him fun stuff to draw and that's plenty.
Have to say, I read 'The Long Halloween' and 'Hush' when I was getting back into comics (after a break in the mid-late 90s) partly due to some rave reviews and was a bit underwhelmed. I don't think Jeph Loeb's a talentless hack or anything, very far from it, but so far I haven't read anything by him that's really rocked my world, his stories never really engage me emotionally.

Course, there's the whole "dead inside" thing, could explain it ;).
Great news for Summer, I'm happy to hear that she'll get this role.

I'm not terribly fond of the story on which this movie will be based, but am optimistic that it will turn out well, with Timm in charge.

I very much understand the criticisms about Jeph Loeb, but can't help but wonder if the fact that his son was diagnosed with bone cancer in 2002, and unfortunately lost that battle in 2005, may have affected his writing.
No, I don't think so. 'The Long Halloween' is from '96/'97, 'Superman: For All Seasons' is from '98. 'Hush' is admittedly from 2002/03 (and I actually like it best of those three though it's been a while since i've read them).

Goes without saying that I sympathise deeply with the man (and his family) for losing his son but I don't think it's got much to do with the work of his that i've been underwhelmed by. And that aside, though it's bound to have an affect on everything you think, do and create during such a difficult time, the guy's a professional and personally i'm very happy to accord him respect enough to assume he wouldn't take on work or turn work in unless he thought it was up to scratch.
I really enjoyed Hush (but then, I enjoyed the Batman crossover Wargames) at the very least for Jim Lee's art. Especially his watercolours. And having seen the work he did on issue of Flinch, the man is far more versatile than expected.
Add me to the "underwhelmed" list when it comes to Jeff loeb's comic book work. I always figured I felt this way because I was new to comic books. I could forgive the writing on Hush because Jim Lee's art was so fantastic.
I tend to be drawn, no pun intended, to Jeph Loeb's comics due to the artists he works with. I enjoy The Long Halloween, Dark Victory, etc. mostly because of Tim Sale. Sale has created some of my favorite Batman images in all of comics. Neither of those statements has anything to do with Summer Glau though. I'm always happy when my favorite actors/actresses get work, especially when it crosses into areas I already have an interest, such as the animated Batman world. I was disheartened when I read that neither Kevin Conroy nor Mark Hamill would be doing voice work for the upcoming Under the Red Hood movie (although, as a way to toy with my devotions, NPH is), so I was very glad to hear that Conroy at least would be part of this film.
Imo if it isn't the voice of Kevin Conroy then it just isn't Batman - barring live action, of course (and, even then, imagine the wonders some astudious dubbing could do for a certain ongoing movie saga...)
dbhngaa: Mark Hamill has officially retired from playing the Joker. His last role will be in Arkham Asylum 2, so yeah.

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