Movie Review: Justice League vs The Fatal Five (4K Ultra HD Combo Pack)

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.

Justice League vs. The Fatal Five was produced and directed by Sam Liu from a script by Eric Carrasco and Jim Krieg & Alan Burnett. The film is based on a story by Carrasco. Burnett and Krieg are also co-producers. Amy McKenna is producer. Co-Executive Producers are Benjamin Melniker and Michael Uslan. Executive Producers are Sam Register and Bruce Timm.

The Justice League vs. The Fatal Five all-star cast is led by Elyes Gabel as Thomas Kallor/Star Boy and Diane Guerrero as Jessica Cruz/Green Lantern. Reprising their Justice League/Justice League Unlimited roles as Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman, respectively, are Kevin Conroy, Susan Eisenberg and George Newbern. Providing the voices of the villainous Fatal Five are Peter Jessop as Tharok, Matthew Yang King as The Persuader, Sumalee Montano as Emerald Empress, and Philip Anthony Rodriguez as Mano. Other members of the voice cast include Daniela Bobadilla as Miss Martian, Kevin Michael Richardson as Mr. Terrific, Noel Fisher as Brainiac 5, Tara Strong as Saturn Girl, and Tom Kenny as Bloodsport.

Justice League vs. The Fatal Five finds the Earth’s future hanging in the balance when the Justice League faces a powerful new threat – the Fatal Five. Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman seek answers as the time-traveling trio of Mano, Persuader and Tharok terrorize Metropolis in search of budding Green Lantern, Jessica Cruz – whom they need to free remaining Fatal Five members Emerald Empress and Validus in order to carry out their sinister plan. But the Justice League discover an ally from another time in the peculiar Star Boy – brimming with volatile power, could he be the key to thwarting the Fatal Five? An epic battle against ultimate evil awaits!

The 21st century meets the 31st century. A new threat presents itself to the Justice League when the futuristic villains the Fatal Five arrive in the present to cause all kinds of destruction. The Justice League isn’t in full force but Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman are present and accounted for but they all have things going on. Batman has taken on Miss Martian as his new apprentice and she’s hoping to become the latest full-time member of the team. Watching Batman deal with another teenager with an attitude is a lot of fun and Miss Martian is full of attitude. Don’t worry, Superman and Wonder Woman do get in on the action. Thankfully there’s Mr. Terrific to kinda-sorta take the lead when this new threat arrives. There’s also Jessica Cruz who’s slowly coming into her own but is still learning how to be a Green Lantern. She’s also the key to this story – literally!

What happens is, Thomas Kallor, a mysterious man from the future, has arrived but he doesn’t remember who he is or why he’s there so it’s played off as he’s crazy in the beginning. When I say crazy, I mean he’s literally locked up in the asylum with a bunch of super villains until the right time presents itself. The Justice League has already started going up against the Fatal Five but they’re having a hard time finding a way to stop the super villians that are able to overpower and counter their every move. Even Superman takes a near deadly blow and is taken out of action for a while.

The thing is, Thomas is also from the future and is actually a member of the Legion of Super-Heroes. He’s come back in time to help the Justice League stop the Fatal Five before they destroy the planet. When Jessica finally meets Thomas, they form a tight bond and a special friendship so she’s able to get things out of the mysterious young man that nobody else can. He keeps claiming that he’s a superhero but what is his power? This new friendship between Jessic and Thomas slowly helps the likable superhero from the future remember who he actually is – Star Boy – and he’s the only one that has the special ability to stop the Fatal Five’s sinister plan – but it doesn’t come without sacrifice.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. These Ultra HD movies all come in black keep cases which helps them easily standout from the popular blue cases that have been around since day one. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, more artwork and list of special features. The UHD disc is black and features the movie logo and the Blu-ray disc features some etched artwork and the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. 4K Ultra HD showcases 4K resolution with High Dynamic Range (HDR) and a wider color spectrum, offering consumers brighter, deeper, more lifelike colors for a home entertainment viewing experience like never before. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc features Dolby Vision HDR that dramatically expands the color palette and contrast range, and uses dynamic metadata to automatically optimize the picture for every screen — frame by frame. The picture and sound quality for this UHD release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio for this release.

Bottom line is, Justice League vs The Fatal Five is the latest animated adventure from the dream team of Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment and it’s another win for them. First of all, this is my favorite style of animation because it features the classic Bruce Timm look that I grew up on watching Batman: The Animated Series back in the 90’s that continued with Justice League Unlimited in the mid 2000’s. Secondly, it’s another interesting storyline that puts two lessor known characters, Star Boy and Jessica Cruz, in the spotlight. Star Boy deals with a mental illness and Jessica Cruz has some anxiety issues and we watch these two overcome their personal handicaps to save the day. It’s a great story about finding yourself and becoming the hero you know you are deep down inside, even when others doubt you. Something else I liked about this action-packed animated adventure is the fact that we get several classic heroes from the Justice League as well as some characters who we’ve hardly ever seen in animated form. To me this is awesome! Even though Justice League vs The Fatal Five isn’t my favorite animated adventure from WB and DC it ranks way up there and is another solid entry from Sam Liu and company. My only gripe is you have to watch out for some of the language, so be careful when the kiddos are around, otherwise have a blast with it. Justice League vs The Fatal Five is now available on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital).

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 77 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

4K UHD Video: 2160p Ultra High Definition 16X9 Widescreen (1.78:1)

4K UHD Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16X9 Widescreen (1.78:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include two behind-the-scenes/making of featurettes, some audio commentary, a sneak peek for Batman: Hush, two vintage sneak peeks, a classic Justice League Unlimited episode, a classic Legion of Superheros episode and a digital copy of the movie.

  • Battling the Invisible Menace (Featurette)– This featurette will explore the nuanced hero as many characters must deal with the everyday feelings of anxiety, depression, and other incapacitating emotions that we all must battle and overcome. (08:05)
  • Justice League vs. Fatal Five: Unity of Hero (Featurette) – A look at how the pantheon of DC heroes has never been more diverse and inclusive, as writers and artists break boundaries and smash stereotypes. (15:11)
  • Audio Commentary – Bruce Timm, Sam Liu, Jim Krieg and Eric Carrasco share their thoughts and insights on Justice League vs. The Fatal Five.
  • A Sneak Peek at the next DC Universe Movie, Batman: Hush – An advance look at the next animated film in the popular DC Universe Movies collection. (09:18)
  • Sneak Peek Revisited: A Preview of Justice League Dark – John Constantine leads a group of misfit characters that use magic to vanquish their opponents.  This is the dark version of The Justice League taking on the malevolent forces that go beyond our plane of existence. (08:14)
  • Sneak Peek Revisited: A Preview of Justice League vs. Teen Titans – A glimpse into the characters known as the Teen Titans. (11:31)
  • From the DC Vault: Justice League Unlimited, “Far From Home” (22:57)
  • From the DC Vault: Legion of Superheroes, “Man of Tomorrow” (22:44)
  • Digital Copy
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