I attended the premiere of the new direct-to-video movie “Justice League: War”. I was able to get brief interviews with some of the cast & crew in attendance. All that and my review of the movie after the jump…
Last night I was lucky to attend the West Coast Premiere of “Justice League: War” held at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills. Before I get into my spoiler-free review, below are a few brief video interviews with some of the cast & crew.
First up is Character Designer Phil Bourassa talking about designing the characters & tackling the enviable task of creating a new cohesive look for what will hopefully be a series of “Justice League” movies:
Actor Steven Blum talks about jumping into the DC Universe after years of being known as Wolverine:
Screenwriter Heath Corson talks about the movie “Midnight Run” as his inspiration for the Green Lantern/Batman scenes as well as some of his fantasy projects:
Shemar Moore discusses the role of Cyborg and possible future in live action DC movies:
Voice Director Andrea Romano discusses working with Michelle Monaghan:
Producer James Tucker talks about the development of “Justice League: War” and Bruce Timm:
Director Jay Oliva talks about his process and mentions working on the new “Batman vs. Superman” movie:
Actor Christopher Gorham’s kids were not impressed with him being a super-hero:
Hope you enjoyed that, now on to the movie itself…
I really enjoyed it is quite simply the case. I can easily say that this is one of the better DC Animated movies and that’s saying a lot. They have a pretty great track record and do make an effort to put out a great product. I’m very excited about the fact that this movie is laying the ground work for a broader series of films, creating a cohesive movie universe, something I’ve wanted in both the animated and live-action realm for quite some time.
I’ll keep this review short, but I would like to point out some standouts of the movie before I wrap up. I loved Justin Kirk as Hal Jordan, probably my favorite part of the movie was his performance and the way he played off of the rest of the characters. The voice acting in general is pretty great, including King Candy himself, Alan Tudyk as Superman, who is by the way unrecognizable in the role and does a great job. Thanks to the recent “Dark Knight Returns” adaptations I’ve become a fan of director Jay Oliva and his kinetic action style. My favorite scene in the movie is the very anime inspired birth of Cyborg scene which is very well choreographed and animated. My final thought on the movie was that I really enjoyed the sense of urgency that brings the team together, it felt very much like “The Avengers” and I mean that as high praise. That an animated movie can make you feel the action and be as emotionally invested in characters in one 70 minute movie compared to an ultra budget live action movie that took 4 other movies to get you to that point, I’m pretty impressed.
“Justice League: War” will be available in stores Tuesday, Feb. 4th, I highly recommend it! Also make sure you watch the credits for a tease of what’s to come…
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