Justice League: War – 4 out of 5
When it comes to animated adaptations of their books, DC is where it’s at. I’ve said it time and time again and every time I review one of their films but DC just knows how to do justice with adapting their comic books into animated form—now if they can only get their live-action films up to that level (they’re getting there, I think). So how does Justice League: War stack up to their 17 other animated films they released in this series?
|Does Cyborg really need the red light belly button?|
War tells the story about how all the heroes of the world, currently viewed by the public as threats, must team together to stop a super-powered villain from consuming the Earth. The Caped Crusader from Gotham; Batman (Jason O’Mara), the Last Son of Krypton; Superman (Alan Tudyk), the Man without Fear; Green Lantern (Justin Kirk), the Fastest Man Alive; The Flash (Christopher Gorham), the Living Bolt of Lightning; Captain Marvel (Sean Astin), the Amazonian Warrior, Wonder Woman (Michelle Monaghan) and the half-man/half-machine; Cyborg (Shemar Moore), are forced to put aside their petty attitudes and massive egos in order to work together and stop an invading force led by Darkseid (Steve Blum). Can they overcome the odds (and each other) to protect the Earth and form the greatest superhero team up in all of existence?
|Darkseid doesn't look like he thinks so. Then again, Darkseid kinda looks like his morning|
cup of coffee and bran muffin are about to explode their way out of him.
|If a villain lands a punch on Batman, it's because Batman|
allowed them to do so...because he's Batman.
|Shazam!!! Whenever I yell that, I also get superpowers. Superpowers like being told|
I'm making a scene.
|Captain Marvel and The Flash stopping for a moment to watch|
a squirrel eat a taco shell it found in the garbage.
|An ex-girlfriend of mine once gave me a Green Lantern ring...it didn't give me any|
powers of the Will so I broke up with her.
|Some poor innocent bystanders just accidentally saw up|
|They covered up Wonder Woman's cleavage for the film. Babysteps towards a nonsexist|
costume for female superheroes.
|I would say that Cyborg is compensating for something with that|
gun but...well...it's a big fucking gun.
|Wonder Woman finds no joy in her truth lasso.|
The only real problems I had with the voice acting came in the form of my three favorite members of the Justice League: Green Lantern, Batman and Superman. Justin Kirk from Weeds is in charge of voicing Hal Jordan and, while he was always one of my favorite players on Weeds, I had a hard time accepting him as the voice of Green Lantern. His voice just didn’t seem to fit the character design and it took till almost the end of the film for me to actually buy into him in the role.
|The lighting effects they did with that ring were just fantastic in this film.|
I had the same problem with Alan Tudyk as Superman. I love Tudyk! I gushed like a school girl the day I met him and love him in every role he plays—even if the role is in an incredibly shitty film (like a Transformers film). When I heard he was voicing Supes, I didn’t know if he could capture the Big Blue Boy Scout. However, the New 52 Superman is a little different than other incarnations of Kal-El we’ve seen and, after some time, I was able to accept him as Superman. It was a little easier of a buy than Kirk as Green Lantern.
|Interesting parallel, Alan Tudyk can also shoot laser beams out of his eyes.|
Finally, I had a hard time with Jason O’Mara as Batman. Not because O’Mara was bad or anything—he was actually really good. The problem I had was the fact that I am such a fan of Kevin Conroy that he has become the quintessential Batman and forever will be the man in the cap and cowl. O’Mara was an excellent Batman…it’s just hard to see Bats and not hear the iconic voice of Conroy.
|There are two type of people in this world: People who love Batman...and horrible, |
evil people you don't want to know.
Justice League: War is an excellent adaptation of the New 52 Justice League origin story. We get to see new versions of our heroes adapted from the pages, the story is exciting (and we get a lot of cool Cyborg action), the animation is spectacular, and the fight sequences are epic in scale and epic in the fun/excitement factor. While some of the voice acting took some time for me to really get behind, there’s little this movie does wrong. It’s really just another example of DC showing they really know what they are doing with their animated films.
|"We'll call ourselves The Avengers! No, wait, I'm told we'll be sued if we go with that...|
How's Justice League for everyone?"