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Justice League: War First New 52 DCU Animated Movie
November 2, 2013

The next original DC universe animated movie will be Justice League: War, arriving as a Blu-ray combo pack (cover shown here), DVD, and on digital download on February 4, 2014. Amazon currently has the list price as $24.98, with the DVD version at $19.98.

This is the first “new 52″ story to be animated, telling the origin of the Justice League, formed in response to Darkseid’s invasion of Earth. Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, Shazam, and Cyborg band together to save the planet; plus, we get Cyborg’s origin story. The cartoon is adapted by Heath Corson, based on Justice League: Origin by (DC company officers) Geoff Johns and Jim Lee. Director Jay Oliva previously was responsible for The Flashpoint Paradox and the animated Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. Voices include (according to IMDB):

Justice League: War cover

  • Jason O’Mara — Batman
  • Christopher Gorham — The Flash
  • Justin Kirk — Green Lantern (who, along with Flash, doesn’t qualify to make the cover)
  • Alan Tudyk — Superman
  • Michelle Monaghan — Wonder Woman
  • Shemar Moore — Cyborg
  • Sean Astin — Shazam (really needs a better name! also, he’s replacing Aquaman, who was included in the comic version of the story)
  • Steve Blum — Darkseid

I’m surprised, having just done a Justice League movie, that they’re changing the voice talent around again. Perhaps they’re hoping to assemble a younger, cheaper crew to provide more flexibility around future projects, or to match the younger, revamped versions of the characters. Visually, I’m pleased to note that while Wonder Woman doesn’t have pants, they’ve completely filled in the top part of her outfit, giving her the look of a sleeveless mock-turtleneck bodysuit.

Here’s the trailer for Justice League: War:

7 Responses  
Anthony writes:  

“Shazam” *has* a better name—it’s “Captain Marvel.” Granted, it’s trademarked these days by Marvel (thus the “Shazam” naming), but still a better ID. Plus it doesn’t swipe Capt. Marvel Junior’s shtick of not being able to say his own name. :-p

Still, an odd substitution. Why remove Aquaman at all, especially for a second Superman-like hero?

 
Johanna writes:  

Just at a guess, so they can do more and better fights.

 
Don MacPherson writes:  

I didn’t think DC was forced to abandon the Captain Marvel name, but rather that it chose to do so, focusing on the better-known trademark phrase. I don’t think it was the right move either, but was it ever suggested Marvel had won some sort of legal battle? I read of nothing about such a copyright/trademark tussle.

Personally, I think DC and Johns should have maintained the new interpretation of the character the writer developed for Flashpoint: a group of six kids who say the magic word and merge to form Captain Marvel. Sure, it was a re-working of the Forever People/Infinity Man concept, but I liked it. Johns even brought the other five kids over from the Flashpoint continuity into the New 52 universe. I think the fluidity of the Shazam! concept at DC in recent years is an example of marketing decisions trumping creative ones, but that’s just supposition on my part.

 
James Schee writes:  

Is it really the first New 52 movie? At the end of Flashpoint Barry was in his 52 uni, with weird lines on it. Plus after the credits a boom tube opened and parademons poured out with the “To be continues in JL War!”

 
Johanna writes:  

Yeah, I think so. Flashpoint was the lead-in, but this is fully in the new continuity, such as it is, or the movie equivalent, anyway.

 
James Schee writes:  

I can’t make up my mind about the WW outfit. It just seems so.. different and I can’t decide if that’s a good or bad lol.

 
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