Movie Review: Justice League: Gods And Monsters Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD Combo Pack

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Justice League: Gods and Monsters was directed by Sam Liu, written by Alan Burnett, based on a story by Bruce Timm and Burnett, and features the voice talents of Benjamin Bratt as Superman, Michael C. Hall as Batman, Tamara Taylor as Wonder Woman, Paget Brewster as Lois Lane, C. Thomas Howell as Dr. Will Magnus and Jason Isaacs as Lex Luthor. 

Journey to a divergent reality where the Justice League protects the planet — but answers to no one but themselves. Employing methods of intimidation and fear, this Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman deal brute force in the name of justice. In this alternate universe, Superman was not raised by the Kents in Smallville, the Caped Crusader is not Bruce Wayne, and Wonder Woman is not an Amazon warrior of Themyscira. When a group of famed scientists experience untimely “accidents,” a government task force follows the trail of clues to the Justice League — but is there a more powerful player operating from the shadows? It’s a high stakes game of intrigue, mystery and action that asks the question: How do you serve justice to those above the law?

This all-new animated adventure turns the DC Universe upside down with an alternate universe and asks the question, what if Superman was the son of Zod and what if Bruce Wayne’s parents had lived? Kirk Langstrom aka Man-Bat becomes the bloodsucking caped crusader and the Amazonian Princess isn’t Diana Prince, so let’s call this version Bekka who is actually the child of Ares, God of War. Let’s just say that these beloved heroes end up a little different than what we’re used to seeing. Sure, they’re still heroes and they still protect the world but it’s on their terms and there’s no negotiating with them. These heroes incorporate brute force, intimidation and fear, all in the name of justice.

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What happens is, someone is going around killing all of the brilliant minds and they’re leaving behind evidence that leads the law straight to the Justice League. The team is being set up by a mysterious new foe who not only stays a step ahead of them but has incorporated traits of certain super powers and a small robotic task force doing the dirty work. Even some of their own team and friends end up becoming victims to this new threat and as the carnage spreads, Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman slowly find their way to uncovering who is behind it all. With some smarts and as well as sacrifice, the Justice League ultimately defeat this surprising new villain but their already upside down world will never be the same.

Okay, this was a really cool animated feature that boosted a very original story that really did turn the DCU upside down and it succeeded on so many levels. I will add that the story is geared towards a more mature audience.  Justice League: Gods And Monsters still includes our favorite heroes but it gives us this “what if?” scenario that delivers them as these much darker versions who are still good and all but they just don’t take any crap from anyone and there’s no negotiating with them. They’re a little more ruthless too and son’t mind getting a little blood on their hands. It’s pretty much their way or the highway!

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As far as the animation style goes, Bruce Timm is the one behind it all so you know what you’re getting. Fans of Batman: TAS, Superman: TAS, Batman Beyond, Justice League and other features will enjoy and appreciate the animation style used here. What Bruce Timm, this talented team and these amazing voice actors have delivered here is an all-new DCU that has reintroduced our heroes and the world they live in as something new and a little different. All of this has left me wanting more too so I hope we see this version of the Justice League again. Sam Liu has delivered another fantastic animated adventure that is one of my new favorites. I will add that this story is definitely geared towards a more adult audience.

The packaging comes with a glossy slipcover. The front features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, an image and impressive list of extras. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality on the high-definition disc were crisp and clear and the picture and sound quality on the standard-definition disc were really good.  This animation style in high-def really does look outstanding.

Bottom line is, Justice League: Gods and Monsters was a fantastic experience watching these heroes become sort of antiheroes who are still good but they just handle things a little differently in this alternate universe. You’ve never seen Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman like this and it’s absolutely awesome.  This Blu-ray Deluxe Edition releases on July 28th and is definitely worth checking out. I’d even call this animated feature an instant classic from Bruce Timm and company.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 76 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (1.78:1)

Blu-ray Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio English 5.1

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen

DVD Audio: Dolby Digital

Languages: English, French, German and Spanish

Subtitles: English SDH, French, German and Spanish

Special Features: Good Stuff! There’s all kind of great extras that include several lengthy featurettes and interviews that show what all went into the making of this new DCU. There’s also a few sneak peeks at upcoming WB releases as well as several episodes of Superman: TAS.

  • ALTERNATE REALITIES: Infinite Possibilities – Justice League: Gods & Monsters falls into a category of storytelling where our well-known characters and the worlds they inhabit are re-imagined. This documentary explores the various attempts by writers to have a little fun and tinker with the characters, resulting in exceptional storytelling that posed thought-provoking questions to audiences.
  • CALCULATED RISKS: The Making of Gods and Monsters – Justice League: Gods & Monsters was an idea that pushed the boundaries. It began with that challenging question writers face: “What haven’t we seen before?” Bruce Timm and Alan Burnett audaciously answered that challenge, resulting in a fresh and exciting film that forces us to think differently about the DC Universe.
  • The New Gods – Encore presentation of 2010 documentary about Jack Kirby’s New Gods.
  • A Sneak Peak at DC Universe’s Next Animated Movie – An advance look at the next DC Universe Original Movie.
  • Bonus cartoons from the DC Comics Vault

 

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