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Justice League: War Blu-ray Review

Justice League- War Blu-ray

“Justice League: War” is a middle of the road DC animated film.

Based on the “Justice League Origins” comic series (which is part of The New 52 line of DC comics), “Justice League: War” is a modernized origin story that details how the Justice League formed. In this particular continuity, Green Lantern, Batman, The Flash, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Superman, and Shazam are brought together after swarms of Parademons (and Darkseid) arrive on Earth with the goal of terraforming the planet.   

It’s no secret that DC animated films have always been hit-and-miss. For every masterwork like “Batman: Year One,” you get 6 forgettable stories much like “Justice League: War.” While I understand the desire to create an animated film based on current comic books, I have to question the folks at DC Entertainment in picking “Justice League Origins” of all stories. Granted, I’m sure “Batman” centric and multi-hero stories tend to perform better on the home video market, but when fans are clamoring for something like “The Killing Joke,” you have to wonder why they don’t go create a film based on universally beloved material. Regardless of the decision making, fans can now consume “Justice League: War” for better or for worse.

When it comes to a “Justice League” story, I’ve certainly seen better, but I’ve also seen much worse. While we could all do without the crossdressing, TMZ, and Warcraft jokes and the intercut of Cyborg’s birth with Wonder Woman discovering ice cream sequence, writer Heath Corson does a decent job of juggling the mass amount of characters. Sure, the character introductions are clunky and the plot is mostly comprised of endless repetitive fights with Parademons, but the origin story still holds your interest. At the end of the day, you’re watching a story about heroes teaming up and it delivers in that respect.

On the subject of the characters, the voice acting is sadly uneven at best. Jason O’Mara is woefully miscast as Batman, Sean Astin is cheesy to the max as Shazam, and Justin Kirk is entirely obnoxious Green Lantern. On the plus side, Alan Tudyk (who seems to be voicing everything these days) does a good Superman and Shemar Moore steals the show as Victor Stone/Cyborg. As for Michelle Monaghan as Wonder Woman, she’s no Lynda Carter, but she does an adequate job.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? While ‘War’ may not have the best looking animation, watching it in hi-def is definitely the best way to see it.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD. How does it sound? It should come as no surprise that the action sequences sound terrific here. Every punch and crash really puts the speakers to work.

Extras:
* Ultraviolet digital copy.
* DC and WB trailers.
* “A Sneak Peek At Son of Batman”- A featurette on the next DC animated film revolving around Batman’s son. Make of this as you will.
* 1 “Justice League Unlimited” episode (“The Destroyer”), 1 “Batman: The Brave and the Bold” episode (“The Malicious Mr. Mind”) and 2 “Young Justice: Invasion- destiny Calling” episodes (“Happy New Year” and “Earthlings”).
* “Deconstructing War”- Director Jay Oliva and writer Jim Lee provide commentary on certain scenes.
* “Creating Heroes: The Life And Art Of Jim Lee”- A featurette on the life and career of legendary comic book artist Jim Lee. A great watch.
* “Justice League: War Act D: From Animatic To Pencil Test”- The title says it all, folks.

February 5, 2014 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. I dunno, man. I’m not much of a comic book guy and generally not a fan of these DC movies, but I really liked this one.

    Comment by dmanderson | February 9, 2014 | Reply

  2. It’s better than a good chunk of them, but at the end of the day, it’s just a standard origin story retelling. Origin stories are a dime a dozen these days. I really wish they’d move past that.

    Comment by nicklyons1 | February 9, 2014 | Reply


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