Justice League: War is a direct-to-video animated superhero film adaptation of Geoff Johns and Jim Lee’s 2011 story Justice League: Origin.
The world’s finest heroes found the Justice League in order to stop an alien invasion of Earth.
In the voice cast this time around are Alan Tudyk as Superman, Jason O’Mara as Batman, Michelle Monagahan as Wonder Woman, Christopher Gorham as The Flash, Justin Kirk as Green Lantern, Shemar Moore as Cyborg, Sean Astin as Shazam, and Steven Blum as Darkseid.
There are some differences between this film and the comics:
- Shazam/Captain Marvel appears in the place of Aquaman.
- In the comics after Victor Stone won the football game, they were going to State Finals. In the film, they were going to nationals.
- Scientists found the Parademon in Metropolis after it fought Superman in the comics. In the film, Flash brought it to them.
- In the original novel, it was Aquaman who blinded Darkseid’s second eye after Wonder Woman took out the first. In the movie, Flash takes out the second eye with a crowbar.
- In the movie, Superman breaks Desaad’s neck (While under control).
- Ocean Master does not make an appearance in the comic, but he does in the film.
- Flash had the idea of the “Super Seven”. In the movie, Shazam/Captain Marvel had the idea of it.
- Steppenwolf makes an appearance in the comic, but he does not in the film.
- Flash met Batman, Lantern and Superman in the comic, but, in the film, he met them later after he helped Batman and Lantern take out Parademons.
As far as the movie as a whole goes, it’s pretty good, not one I’d rank among DC’s finest animated movies but a pretty good solid entertainment piece.
Many of the voice actors actually work with their characters, Tudyk is good as Superman, O’Mara is good as Batman, Michelle Monagahan is great as Wonder Woman, and the rest of the cast does a commendable job…except for Steven Blum as Darkseid. Blum is also best known as the voice of Wolverine in the X-Men animated series as well as Cowboy Bebop but he doesn’t make a good Darkseid at all. His voice is way outside of what you’d expect Darkseid to sound like, Michael Ironside was fantastic in Superman: The Animated Series as Darkseid perfectly capturing the character and fitting in the role. Blum, as great of an actor he is, just doesn’t work here in that role.
The animation is pretty good, fitting into the same style as the last Justice League movie released and the action sequences take full advantage of the animation to make for some pretty spectacular setpieces.
The story generally works really well too, no real scripting problems that I could see and a lot of the changes they made actually do work to the story.
Justice League: War is a pretty solid film, again, it’s not one I’d rank among DC’s best but really, it’s a ton of fun to watch, once again showing DC’s amazing ability to adapt one of their stories in animation form and making it work very well. Give it a watch and see for yourself.