Justice League: War
2014, Warner Home Video
I liked it.
Just kidding. I’ll throw in a few more words about it. So this is the very first “New 52” DC animated movie. The New 52 is a frustrating concept. I wish DC would stop rebooting their characters and universe so much. I’m glad I don’t buy comics anymore.
But, seeing as how I’m not too familiar with the New 52, I actually was looking forward to seeing this animated take on the first Justice League story-arc. The only major difference, from what I understand, is that they replaced Aquaman with Captain Marvel/Shazam. Who, I guess, is officially known only as Shazam in the New 52.
Ocean Master (Aquaman’s half-brother) makes a cameo at the very end suggesting that Aquaman will have a starring role in whatever the next New 52 animated movie is. When I read about the Aquaman/Shazam controversy online, it was revealed that Ocean Master makes a post-credits cameo but I forgot to actually watch it before shipping the disc back to Netflix. :-( Thankfully, there’s YouTube! :-)
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If the portrayal of the characters here is how they are now portrayed in the comics — that sucks. Superman seems pretty arrogant and cold, same with Wonder Woman except she’s also overly violent and careless. Green Lantern Hal Jordan seems more like ’90s Green Lantern Kyle Rayner (to be fair, that’s basically how the Green Lantern movie presented itself as well). This begs the question of why DC just doesn’t feature Kyle Rayner more often. Then there’s Shazam, who is played more like Guy Gardner. Shazam is supposed to be a corny goody two-shoes, not a horny goofball.
The most faithful characterizations were those of Cyborg, Batman (though I didn’t care for the voice actor) and Flash.
As far as the actual story goes, it’s nothing special. Yet another “Darkseid invades earth” story with the Justice League punching and kicking their way to victory.
Final thoughts? Unlikable characterizations + average story = meh. I’ll continue to watch DC’s animated movies as long as they put them out but this was not an impressive showing for the New 52. I’d rather they went back to giving classic DC stories the animated movie treatment.