Justice League: War will be released on February 4, 2014, and here’s the official blurb;.
“When the powerful Darkseid and his massive, relentless forces invade Earth, a group of previously unaligned super heroes – misunderstood and, in some cases, hunted by the authorities – discover the only way to fend off the attack will be to work together as a cohesive unit. Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, Shazam and, in his origin story, Cyborg combine their respective talents in an all-out battle to save the planet. Based on the 2012 graphic novel, “Justice League: Origin,” by Geoff Johns & Jim Lee, Justice League: War provides a glance into the world before the Justice League was created, and offers the initial animated incarnation of DC Entertainment’s “The New 52.”
I have made it clear in the past I am a lover of most things DC related. This is true of this movie as well. It is set in a time period when the world is just finding out about superheros. The best way to describe the feel of it is to think of it as if the events of the movie Man Of Steel had just taken place, and the world has to deal with the ramifications that there are metahumans and aliens among us. Batman is a wanted by Gotham PD for being a vigilante, and Hal Jordan is disliked by the Air Force. People picket the White House against Wonder Woman. Things look bleak for those who would be our protectors. The only exception, that is not explained, is Flash works with STAR Labs.
It is Action packed form the start and does not drag on too much in the dialogue. The first thing that struck me was the witty banter from Green Lantern. From start to finish his dialogue steals the show. Batman is portrayed as Batman usually is grim, direct, and super intelligent. Wonder Woman is a warrior princess that sticks out in our normal society, but is noble. For Cyborg this is an origins story. He is the star football player that is all about teamwork. When he is changed to be the hero that he becomes he finds out that he always was that hero. Captain Marvel, or as he is referred to Shazam is the alter ego of an orphan named Billy Batson. He is Childish in his behaviour, but that is expected from a kid. He replaces Aquaman, who was the hero in the comic version. This irked me a bit because Aquaman never gets any love. The last DC animated movie had him being the bad guy, but that was part of the plot to that one. That leaves us with Superman, who for what I can tell is not the boy scout that he was in the original concept of the character. He is a brute that is a force of nature. He and Wonder Woman seem to flirt with each other. It is all New 52 stretching into the relationship that they have in the Superman/Wonder Woman comics.
I'll leave you with some clips.
Looking past the Aquaman replacement this is a fun show. It is PG-13 there is not realy any blood, besides that of the alien variety. It has some language that is not appropriate for kids. My son will have to wait to see it. For DC trying their New 52 comics into their Animated Universe this is a good start. The end credits show a clip of what lies ahead for our heros. I was not disappointed.