In this latest offering from DCU, here’s an origin story on the birth of the Justice League. Alien creatures are showing up all across the USA, kidnapping scores of people and leaving mysterious devices in their wake. Green Lantern tackles one of the creatures in Gotham and meets up with an urban legend called The Batman. Their journey takes them to Metropolis to tangle with you-know-who. Flash already brought one of the devices to S.T.A.R. Labs and is collaborating with Dr. Silas Stone (Victor’s father) to unlock it. These devices are broadcasting a signal… somewhere, to someone… and it’s only a matter of time before this someone arrives.
Based upon the latest Justice League Origin story by Geoff Johns, Jim Lee and Scott Williams, it’s a far better tale than the classic comic featuring Starro and a good way to introduce one of the all-time comic book villains. Victor’s metamorphosis into Cyborg is a good change of pace, as well as being the key to the storyline. Good voice acting cast with the likes of Sean Astin (Shazam), Shemar Moore (Cyborg), Rocky Carroll (Dr. Stone), Michelle Monaghan (Wonder Woman), Steve Blum (Darkseid), Alan Tudyk (Superman) and Jason O’Mara (Batman). Rounding out the cast are Ioan Gruffudd and long time fan fave George Newbern. And ya gotta love the little references at the end during the President’s speech… one you know was coming (hint, hint) and one you won’t. lol Plus in good ol’ Marvel movie style, make sure you check out the teaser during the credits.
Even though it’s pretty much standard now, I’m still not a fan of this Korean style of animation. Just has never worked for me; at the risk of showing my age, it’s just too chintzy. No heart to it at all- all style and no substance. And I haven’t kept up on comics lately so maybe I’ve missed a few things but the characterizations were pretty odd. GL came off like Flash used to: cocky, headstrong and full of himself. Batman was way too eager to offer up a few personal details to GL after going head to toe with each other. Billy Batson’s life as an adopted child is barely touched upon and only exists to set up a sub-plot between him and Cyborg. And as a stock character pointed out, they’re all far too eager to engage in wholescale property damage without a second thought.
Wonder Woman’s appearances are largely relegated to some form of comic relief, but eventually get straightened out. Everyone’s initial encounters come off as juvenile regardless of being dictated by the necessity of the situation. And the final solution on how to send Darkseid back to Apokolips was right in front of their faces all along; no reason for it to take an hour to get to it. Writer Heath Corson kinda dropped the ball on this one; again- style over substance.
Overall, Justice League: War is an ok flick. Just one more in the line of DC anime features to whet your appetite until the next one comes along.
Also, a big shout out to my buddy Naomi Clark for winning the Reader’s Choice Award from Evernight Publishing!