Before I get into this Justice League War Review, I want to share the trailer because I realize that some of you may not even be aware that this DC Animated Movie is coming out on February 4th!
Justice League: War – Trailer
Before there was the Justice League…there was The War. From DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment comes an all new animated movie based on the graphic novel Justice League: Origin by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee. Watch the epic battle between Darkseid and the newly forming members of the Justice League including Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Cyborg and Shazam!
Justice League: War arrives February 4, 2014 on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital Download.
The Dork Knight’s Justice League War Review
If only DC Comics could put out movies as good as their animated ones (someday I’ll write a review of how much I loved Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox). Nearly all of the DC Universe Animated Original Movies are masterpieces and Justice League: War is no exception (I say nearly because I wasn’t a big fan of Batman: Gotham Knight). Based on Geoff Johns and Jim Lee‘s graphic novel, Justice League, Vol. 1: Origin (a collection of the first six issues of the DC The New 52 comic book series Justice League), Heath Corson has adapted a screenplay that trades Aquaman for Shazam (aka Captain Marvel) and (sorry Natalie and other Aquaman enthusiasts) it’s a better story for it; although, if you stick around for the credits, just as The Flashpoint Paradox teased War, it appears as though War teases the next DC Universe Animated Original Movie will be all about Aquafresh–err, I mean Aquaman.
Justice League: War is a a solid addition to the DC Universe Animated Original Movies, but it is NOT for kids. It’s non-stop action, adult language, and intense imagery could give little ones some sleepless nights. I don’t care how cool your 9 to 11 year-old kid is, trust me when I say he or she should not watch this.
That said, Justice League: War seems to be more in-line with the movie universe that DC is creating now. For example, Wonder Woman’s build and costume are slightly different from her appearance in War‘s comic book counterpart, Justice League Origin. She looks like an animated Gal Gadot which may (or may not) have something to do with her being cast as Wonder Woman in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel, but it was the first thing that popped into my mind when I saw her.
In addition, the voice actor for Green Lantern was doing a pretty good job of sounding like Ryan Reynolds and I even found myself thinking that I could see Ben Affleck as this version of Batman. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised at all of the new Batman suit in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel looks a lot like the suit in Justice League: War. They even ***SPOILER ALERT*** have Superman “pull a Zod” with a villain toward the end as if to give a middle finger to people like me and Mark Waid that disagree with having the man of steel play executioner when it comes to fighting villains.
Justice League: War is the first DC Universe Animated Original Movie to take place in The New 52 continuity and tells the story of how an alien invasion that puts the Earth in certain doom brings together a group of exceptional beings in order to save the Earth from Darkseid, a villian who looks an awful lot like Thanos and a plot that sounds a lot like The Avengers. In fact, I couldn’t help but think that the Parademons looked a lot like the Chitauri from Marvel’s The Avengers, but I digress. This animated feature takes place in a time where superheroes are hated on for causing property damage upwards of $100 million (think Man of Steel ending level destruction) and the good people of Gotham question superheroes’ motives. (Green Lantern was asked by a woman that he saves how much he expects her to pay him for saving her.) Of course, by the end The Avengers–I mean the Justice League save the day and when the President holds a ceremony to thank them it’s Shazam instead of Flash who comes up with the fabulous Super Seven name.
All in all, my passive jabs at originality aside, I enjoyed this animated adventure and found myself wishing it was longer. Fans of the genre should definitely check it out, but remember, watch this one without the kiddies. Until next time, plow on my friends.
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