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Justice Society: World War II 4K Review

“Justice Society: World War II” has a lot going on (mostly in a good way).

Directed by Jeff Wamester, “Justice Society: World War II” is an original DC animated film that takes place in 2 time periods. One is set (obviously) during WWII where the secret Justice Society of America (comprised of Hourman, Black Canary Jay Garrick Flash, Hawkman, Steve Trevor and Wonder Woman) is tasked with stopping the Nazis and their quest for magical artifacts which could turn the tide of the war. The other time period is present day where Barry Allen (Flash) is attempting to have a picnic with Iris West only to be interrupted by a battle between Superman and Brainiac. When Flash intervenes, he finds himself traveling back to the WWII era (which may or may not be what it seems). Will Flash be able to get back to his own time? Can he help the JSA on their mission? Will Flash learn valuable things that he can take back with him if he returns home? You’ll just have to see for yourself.

“Justice Society: World War II” captured my attention right from the get go. It’s part serial adventure, part war film, part time travel story, part Dirty Dozen mission movie and part tribute to the Golden Age of comics. That all sounds like a lot but it generally mixes well together. I say generally because I was less enthused with the inclusion of the Atlantis angle. Without diving into spoilers, I will just say it feels like the Atlantis section of the movie was piled on to an already plentiful script by Meghan Fitzmartin and Jeremy Adams. It didn’t need to be there and, to be honest, felt a bit too similar to “Justice League: Throne of Atlantis.” The ball was also dropped on the “villain” Charles Halstead who should have been much more developed.

Aside from the Atlantis/Halstead storyline though, this is an engaging DC animated movie filled with surprises, mysteries, high stakes, heartfelt character scenes, and plenty of action. Character wise, there were a lot of rewarding moments. It’s always a joy to see 2 Flashes together in any medium. The Black Canary-Hawkman dynamic was unexpected and worked well. The Wonder Woman-Steve Trevor plot was handled better in this than the entirety of “Wonder Woman 2.”

Voice acting wise, the stand-outs here (for me at least) were Matt Bomer as Barry Allen Flash, Elysia Rotaru as Black Canary, Omid Abtahi as Hawkman and Stana Katic as Wonder Woman. They all brought something special to their characters.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 2160p. How does it look? This is the best the animation will look.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? This 5.1 track will certainly put your speakers to work given how action intensive the movie is. 

Extras (on Blu-ray):
* Digital copy and Blu-ray copy
* A sneak peek at “Batman: The Long Halloween: Part 1.” This one is long overdue!
* Trailers for “Justice League Vs. Teen Titans” and “Wonder Woman: Bloodlines.”
* The episodes “Legends” Parts 1 and 2 from the “Justice League” animated series
* “Adventures In Storytelling: Justice Society: World War II”- A half-hour roundtable discussion with crew members about the film. Expect some interesting discussions about animation work and “Wonder Woman: WWII” and other concepts that were never made.
* “DC Showcase Short: Kamandi: The Last Boy On Earth!”- I am always happy to see other DC characters get the spotlight and this one is a blast. This is just a flat-out fun pulp post-apocalyptic sci-fi story. I particularly loved seeing the old school comic panel color scheme.

April 29, 2021 - Posted by | 4K UHD Review | , , , , , , ,

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