A portal opens over a major city and spews forth thousands of mindless alien-lizard-robots looking to conquer another world in the name of a death-obsessed cosmic overlord & it’s up lớn a hastily assembled team of superheroes to lớn close the portal và save the day. No, it’s not Marvel’s The Avengers, it’s Justice League: War, WB’s latest animated DC Comics film based on Justice League: Origin, the first arc from the New 52’s Justice League series.

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The Source Material

Justice League: Origin was essentially an arc intended khổng lồ be a reboot of DC’s brightest stars for the newly launched New 52. The “origin” of its namesake was in regards lớn how the Justice League itself first formed but it also brought us an all-new origin for Cyborg. However, readers would still need to come into the story knowing full well who the rest of the cast was or else the comic just wouldn’t make any sense. It was a story that was, well, light on story and heavy on kích hoạt which was showcased by a surplus of splash pages và two-page spreads by artist Jim Lee. In fact, the emphasis on big, iconic imagery was the reason why “Origin” took 6 issues khổng lồ wrap up. The characterization for the most part felt totally off & often times the heroes felt lượt thích obnoxious teenagers who became downright annoying as they quickly opted to lớn fight one another with every introduction before getting in sarcastic conversations in which they compared powers while a đô thị full of people died behind them. Và The Flash? He didn’t really do much except get a funny line at the very over of the 6th issue and then he went on to vì chưng pretty much nothing in every other Justice League adventure since then– I don’t know why, but Flash has been criminally underused in that comic. Anyway, my point is that the source material for this movie wasn’t the sort of thing that warranted a film. When I originally reviewed those individual issues back in 2012 I explained that when it comes lớn superhero comics you have those that try & tell a rich story with complex themes và then you have those superhero comics that are the equivalent of being a kid bashing your kích hoạt figures together real hard while making your own sound-effects. Both kinds of comics can be great, but Justice League: Origin fell into the latter category but even then it wasn’t at the top of its class.






The Movie

What we have with Justice League: War is a rather faithful adaptation of Geoff Johns & Jim Lee’s Justice League: Origin and that’s its biggest problem. The only glaring changes director Jay Oliva & writer Heath Corson made were a few minor tweaks to lớn Cyborg’s origin, a drastic do-over of Wonder Woman’s outfit, a more flight-happy Darkseid with weaker omega beams, a character who gets an unnecessary death scene, và the swapping out of Aquaman for Shazam. I’m still not entirely sure why Shazam was used instead– I honestly think that the Shazam graphic novel would have made a far better solo film than an Aquaman one, but at the same time I’m happy lớn hear Aquaman will get his own movie in return for being benched in this movie. Và despite being remarkably thin on everything but banter and action, Justice League: War is the longest DC Animated film yet (not counting Dark Knight Returns 1 và 2 combined or Emerald Knights, which was multiple stories).

Since there’s really not a whole lot lớn discuss beyond the characters meeting, fighting, then deciding lớn not fight each other but fight the bad guy instead, I figured it would be best to lớn approach the review by talking about each member of the team & what their part in the film was lượt thích and hopefully by the end of that break-down you’ll have a good idea of what this movie has to offer. Plus it might just make this article shorter! (I was wrong, it’s longer)


Of course I’m starting with Batman, did you forget where you are? Batman’s portrayal và character kiến thiết are fine. Since DC insists on using him in every movie they should have him down to an exact science by now, right? Not only was Batman one of the more likeable heroes, but he và Cyborg are essentially the only two members of the team who take the situation seriously. As for his look, the suit looked lượt thích a dead-ringer for the New 52 costume except for a more detailed bat symbol. However, it did look like he had grey hair in the film, which seemed odd considering the story is supposed lớn take place when everyone is at the very beginning of their crime fighting career.
The scene where he reveals his identity khổng lồ Green Lantern was easier khổng lồ swallow in the film version since secret identities were tossed around more freely at an earlier stage in the film. However, even though it’s easier to lớn swallow, I still don’t like the scene. Also, it was a hell of a gamble for Batman to hitch a ride on that Parademon because, let’s face it, that thing could’ve flown to ANY of those towers. How did he know he’d get taken lớn the one that had anh hào inside? Talk about lucky.
Jason O’Mara’s delivery of some of the lines felt off and I must admit that it was difficult to adjust lớn his performance initially, but by the over I was more okay with it even though he did sound like a much older Bruce speaking through what should have been a year 1 or 2 Batman. He’ll be back again for Son of Batman and the clips I heard on the Blu-Ray sneak-peek sounded much better.


Dreadful. Anyone who had a problem with Man of Steel‘s take on tráng sĩ will likely tear their hair out over this one. This hero is a cocky bully with seemingly no value for life of any kind. While superman was rather unlikeable in the comic, it’s magnified when you hear his lines và see him in action on screen.

I’ll explain this by first addressing one thing that bugged me about the comic was how the superheroes ran around killing the invading alien-robot-lizards AKA “Parademons” without a second thought. Even when we find out that Parademons are tortured and transformed victims of other conquered planets the Justice League continued khổng lồ kill them! và then when we see in this story that Earthlings are being carried off to be turned into Parademons it’s safe lớn assume that some of the Parademons that have been killed were human beings too & yet nobody is shocked. Nobody thinks maybe they need a new approach. Nothing. I could see how fans could still argue against my assessment of this & still call what the heroes vày A-Okay, but the movie didn’t stop there! anh hùng kills someone who he did not kill in Justice League: Origin. He kills them and then never brings it up ever again.
Yes, he’s not in control of his actions at the time, but once he snaps out of it và sees what he’s done there’s no big reaction. No shame. No shock. We just move on lớn the next fight.
Say what you will about Man of Steel‘s ending (I’m gonna spoil it here) but at least Cavill’s siêu nhân cried out in horror after breaking Zod’s neck.

If you can ignore the fact that it’s Superman, then yes there are some legitimately cool kích hoạt sequences here. His throw-down with Green Lantern and Batman will be quite enjoyable for some, I’m sure. His character thiết kế was also spot-on for what we’ve seen from the New 52 comics. Whether you love it or hate it, they did a good job of capturing that look.

When it comes khổng lồ talking about the voice actor who played Superman, I honestly don’t know what to say. Anh hùng is barely in the film at all and he says very few lines as well. All I know is that for the moments he is on screen, he is unidentifiable. Sure, we’re only a year or so since the jeans & t-shirt anh hào from Morrison’s reboot, but even that tráng sĩ never came off this overly violent & arrogant.

Wonder Woman

Michelle Monaghan’s Wonder Woman didn’t feel lượt thích Wonder Woman. The updated costume also didn’t look quite right either. Nothing about it exemplified Greek or Amazonian style or seem iconic on basic superhero terms. This Wonder Woman has two modes: innocent fish-out-of-water humor & kill-first/ask questions later. There’s more of an emphasis on her savagery và warrior qualities when Johns and the filmmakers use her và without any of the necessary compassion or honor we see from the likes of Azzarello, who has been writing her book since issue #1 (I highly recommend it). There’s even a scene in which Wonder Woman humiliates a cross dresser và leaves him embarrassed in front of a crowd, offering a chuckle rather than genuine understanding.

But the worst part about Wonder Woman isn’t really her fault, but that of all the other heroes– they all want lớn bang her and there’s absolutely nothing endearing about how upfront they are about it. She can’t seem to lớn interact with any of her teammates without them leering at her. & her immediate attraction to tráng sĩ just because he can lift the heaviest stuff wasn’t exactly a great moment for her either.

Green Lantern

You’re either going lớn love him or hate him. Green Lantern might have the most screen time & the most lines fo any character in the film– or at least it felt that way. You’ll either find him funny or obnoxious. He has some legitimately cool moments when building constructs to lớn fight the invading armies, but there are also a number of occasions in which we see old constructs repeat và that’s a bit boring, but it could also be written of as an example of Hal still being a rookie & not yet pushing the boundaries of his imagination. One of my favorite moments in the movie was actually a quick exchange between Flash and Green Lantern, who were talking about Batman. I thought actor Justin Kirk’s comedic timing was quite good in that moment và others.

The Flash

There’s really no point in the Flash even being here. Flash could probably rock everyone in the DC Universe & yet he basically just hangs out in the background of every New 52 Justice League comic. Amazingly, his one noteworthy contribution to lớn the Justice League: Origin story– his funny line that ends the last chapter of the book– is stripped from him và spoken by Shazam instead. *sigh* At least he got khổng lồ shine in Flashpoint Paradox, which I think is a superior movie in every way.


I think Shazam’s appearance might confuse viewers who have never picked up a Captain Marvel comic before. His powers are never really explained in the movie & he’s basically there for comic relief. However, some of the better character interactions are actually between Cyborg và Shazam who have surprisingly good chemsitry together. Sean Astin did a good job voicing him, too but that still didn’t help the fact that Shazam felt really unnecessary here.


Hands-down the best character in the movie. Not only was he well-acted by Shemar Moore & the only character with an arc, but I think he had the best fight scene too. This really should have been Cyborg’s movie. I wish that the writer had taken more liberties & told the narrative from Cyborg’s point of view as he met tragedy, became a hero, và united with the rest of The Justice League. As I said in the beginning, it’s not a very good comic lớn adapt, especially if you stay too true to the pacing of the book và this was almost page-for-page. We’re constantly bouncing around between way lớn many characters, many of whom add little lớn what’s happening (Flash & Shazam, I’m looking at you). Cyborg, however, is the key khổng lồ everything. His origin takes root in the very invasion we’re trying to stop and his unique abilities turn the tide in the war! The father/son drama is a bit overplayed, but other than that he’s an interesting character and I thought he looked great too. And the best part is: he takes the invasion of the planet & the death of thousands of people seriously. Despite being the only thành viên of the team who is actually in high school, he’s the only one besides Batman that offers & sense of maturity.

I found it odd that Vic (Cyborg’s real name) was able khổng lồ just waltz right into a đứng top secret laboratory within STAR LABS to chew out his father. I know they’re related, but that still shouldn’t give him the clearance to simply strut into a room where there is an alien bomb ticking away.


Despite the animation in the movie being of high quality, it’s not as visually interesting as Oliva’s previous work because the only things we ever see the heroes fight are identical Parademons (at least the Avenger’s Chitauri had those flying worm-dragons to mix things up a bit) & Darkseid and their whole battle takes place in a very nondescript thành phố (where is the military, by the way?). There are no memorable mix pieces. But back to lớn the Parademons, they seemed like an incredible threat in the beginning when Batman and Green Lantern struggled khổng lồ bring down just one, but as soon as the portal opened & thousands flew out (oddly enough, some flap their wings and some don’t yet all are able lớn fly– yet another inconsistency) they were able to take them on one-by-one (sometimes one-on-three or four with a well-placed batarang) and cut through each of ’em like butter or… what’s softer than butter? Trade Federation Droids! Parademons are so inconsistent in the threat they represent that I found myself losing all interest in the fight quickly. The movie is buckling under the weight of all its fight sequences và explosions yet none of them carry any emotional weight or the spectacle of a brawl from Flashpoint Paradox.


Anyone who has read a comic featuring the New Gods or watched an episode of Superman: The Animated Series starring Michael Ironside is going to be disappointed with this one-dimensional portrayal of one of the most feared foes in comics. This Darkseid is not an ominous presence. He is not a god. He is not the most dreaded force in the DC Universe. He just feels like a big boss khủng that can be brought down if every anh hùng can mix aside their differences & punch him at the same time. It’s no different in the comic! Darkseid stomps around lượt thích Godzilla & says little or nothing at all. When he does speak, you wish he didn’t because he seems only capable of uttering the shortest, most cliched villain quotes. Using Darkseid in this capacity was a mistake that wasn’t the filmmaker’s fault, it goes all the way back khổng lồ the source material. Something as complicated as the New Gods and whatever Darkseid’s intentions are (they are never explained in this movie beyond him being evil và wanting to lớn make more parademons) shouldn’t be packed into a story that attempts khổng lồ introduce 7 other characters with vast histories khổng lồ each other for the first time in under an hour và a half.

It was also weird to lớn see him fly around so nimbly, the mohawk didn’t feel right, his omega beams were severely downgraded lớn just a glorified zig-zag heat vision, và seeing Darkseid even wince upon getting hit by a batarang is pretty laughable.
There was a moment near the end where it looked lượt thích Batman was going to lớn deliver the finishing blow with his utility belt và I damn-near laughed my ass off. I’m all for Batman proving he can stand up to lớn the most powerful bad guys in the DC universe, but this is a Batman who was totally unprepared for the fight using whatever he had in his pockets to bring down one of the most powerful beings in existence. Come on.

And if you asked me to comment on Steven Blum’s performance, I wouldn’t know what khổng lồ say. I couldn’t hear it over all the altering that was done khổng lồ his voice digitally.

The Box Art

I usually wouldn’t make a category for this, but I just found it really odd that Flash and Green Lantern were omitted from the cover art of this Blu-Ray. It’s doubly confusing when you consider how much more screen time Green Lantern had than almost any other member of the team!

Special Features

There wasn’t a whole lot here in the way of extras this time around. As usual there are the 4 “vintage” cartoons (I put vintage in quotes because it’s odd khổng lồ think of Young Justice as vintage… feels lượt thích only yesterday– và by the way, almost any episode of that show had more character development và plot than this film), trailers for upcoming Warner Bros. Releases, và a sneak peek at what’s to lớn come next from DC’s animated universe. This time the preview is for “Son of the Batman” which is a fantastic choice for a film, but judging by the clips that were shown it appears as though they are deviating a lot from the source material. Deathstroke will be playing a major role and he never showed up in the story of Damian Wayne until we were quite deep into Morrison’s run on Batman & Robin. I’m also not quite sold on the voice actor chosen for Damian. It’s our first time ever getting a Damian performance, but I always imagined it to lớn be more arrogant sounding and a bit foreign whereas this boy sounded quite ordinary.

The three big featurettes included with the bonus material have an emphasis on animation & Jim Lee, the artist of Justice League: Origin. Geoff Johns, the writer of Origin, is noticeably absent, và it would’ve been nice to lớn have heard some of his insight on the various creative changes made from book lớn screen, but at least Jim Lee gets an abundance of attention.

Creating Heroes: The Life và Art of Jim Lee is a documentary detailing the life of Jim Lee và it features numerous interviews with various comic creators who discuss Jim Lee’s career. Much of the biographical information was already told in detail on Kevin Smith’s Fatman on Batman podcast và the documentary even uses some clips from the podcast to tell Lee’s story.

Justice League: War Act D – From Animatic lớn Pencil Test will be a bore khổng lồ the average movie-watcher, but I think that those viewers who have a passion for animation and would like to go into the field themselves will adore this bonus feature. Director Jay Oliva explains his process & narrates a side-by-side comparison of two important aspects of the animation process. His commentary stops for the last 5 minutes or so & that left the segment feeling a little hollow, but still, for what time he’s there it’s great to lớn hear his passion for the artform.

Deconstructing War with Jay Oliva và Jim Lee was… I must say, I watched this 2 days ago và I can’t remember anything that the two said that was noteworthy at all. This is an instance in which it would’ve been nice to have had the writer of Origin và the writer of War in the same room together. Basically, Lee and Oliva sat next lớn one another và watched a couple of clips while the camera caught their reactions & they added some brief commentary which obviously wasn’t that memorable for me personally.

Buy, Rent, or Skip

This is a rental or a “wait & see if it shows up on Amazon/Netflix” for me. It’s disposable entertainment that fell quite short of Oliva’s previous films The Dark Knight Returns Pt. 1 & 2Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox. For example: I watched those movies twice, maybe even three times before writing a review, but I couldn’t find the motivation lớn sit through this one again so soon.


I would rank this one fairly low on the list of original DC Animated Movies. It just doesn’t have the substance of The Dark Knight Returns, Superman vs. The Elite, Batman: Under the Red Hood, All-Star Superman, or Wonder Woman (I haven’t seen that one in a while, but I remember it being very good. I should probably rewatch all of these flicks & rank them properly). Justice League: Origin made for an alright action comic, but with its lack of character development (or good characterization in general) and plot it never stood a chance as a film adaptation. I can’t help but wonder how this got a movie before so many other more worthy comic book arcs & stand-alone graphic novels.

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Justice League: War will entertain if you’re just looking for a simple diversion of unique animation and lots of kích hoạt showcasing all the cool things these characters can vì with their powers, but I think it comes up woefully short in all other regards & I won’t be revisiting it again anytime soon.

SCORE: 4.5/10

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Justice League: War (2014)
Justice League: War (2014)
Justice League: War (2014)

tráng sĩ (Alan Tudyk), Wonder Woman (Michelle Monaghan), Batman (Jason O"Mara) and other superheroes join forces khổng lồ save Earth from Darkseid.

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Rating: PG-13 (Some Language|Sequences of Action & Violence)

Genre: Action, Animation

Original Language: English

Release Date (Streaming): Jun 8, 2016

Runtime: 1h 19m

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