“Justice League: War” Premiere Coverage + Review
January 31, 2014

 

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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…

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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:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMEL6WTvPZ4[/youtube]

Actor Steven Blum talks about jumping into the DC Universe after years of being known as Wolverine:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ed7FJtonW6Q[/youtube]

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:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsXY_ONOSvw[/youtube]

Shemar Moore discusses the role of Cyborg and possible future in live action DC movies:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WY7bQX0Fncc[/youtube]

Voice Director Andrea Romano discusses working with Michelle Monaghan:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNKFmjltf0o[/youtube]

Producer James Tucker talks about the development of “Justice League: War” and Bruce Timm:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ARY1TelmGY[/youtube]

Director Jay Oliva talks about his process and mentions working on the new “Batman vs. Superman” movie:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQgYdUxnhG0[/youtube]

Actor Christopher Gorham’s kids were not impressed with him being a super-hero:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faPRM9ZbKjc[/youtube]

Hope you enjoyed that, now on to the movie itself…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3F9ASSsHUk[/youtube]

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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Cesar Zamora
Born and raised in El Paso, TX. I grew up collecting and displaying toys. My love for action figures has only been strengthened by the fact that the internet provides a community to share that love with. I currently reside in Los Angeles, CA freelance writing and buying too many toys.
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13 Comments »

  • j1h15233 says:

    I enjoyed the movie until Darkseid showed up. New52 Darkseid is very lame

    • Cesar Zamora Cesar Zamora says:

      What’s the difference? He seemed like grumpy old Darkseid to me.

      • j1h15233 says:

        I felt like they were fighting Doomsday. I like the hands off, I’m a step ahead of you version of Darkseid. This version just grunted a lot. I guess I was comparing him to DCAU Darkseid and he didn’t measure up.

  • Nemar says:

    To cite that this movie feels like the Avengers is a huge disservice to DC and their respected properties. I mean, seriously, they have so many team shows and team movies that just flowed together that it really should be the other way around. It never fails me to see and hear that at every point when DC does something right it is likened to a Marvel product yet never is it done the same way. NEWSRAMA just recently did the same thing regarding what was good about the new 52. Considering Marvel languishes in almost every area except in movies (even that is debatable) it is pretty annoying where it is almost stated that Marvel is the superior product and DC needs to compare.

    • Cesar Zamora Cesar Zamora says:

      NERD ALERT! Just kidding. My comparison was meant in terms of storytelling and character building this movie is very similar to “The Avengers” movie. I don’t know if you’ve watched “Justice League: War” but it’s a pretty obvious comparison. I should also note that I don’t prefer DC over Marvel or Marvel over DC, I just like superhero stories in general and both companies have their strengths and weaknesses. Batman is my favorite superhero but I really love Spider-Man, Hulk, and Wolverine more than Superman. Also, I feel that the comparison I made was favorable to DC in that I feel the movie accomplishes a fairly brisk origin in a way that works just as well as Marvel’s Avengers origin for the movies (which took several years to do).

  • Darrell says:

    My philosophy on this movie is simple: No Aquaman, No Watch.
    It is a huge disappointment to me that Aquaman was left out of this movie in favor of Shazam. Aquaman was a founding member of both the original Justice League and this New 52 League, and he should have been in the movie, period. It is a disservice to the character and to his fans, few though they may be, to leave the King of the Seven Seas out of this.
    So, nope. Not going to watch, not going to support in any way, shape or form.

    • Cesar Zamora Cesar Zamora says:

      Okay, you win I guess. I think you’re mindset is counter to what they’re trying to do, they are slowly building a series of movies and they want to give Aquaman his due so I think you’ll appreciate that more. But to each his own.

    • No 52 says:

      My philosophy on this movie is simple as well. New 52 = no watch.

      I’m sure New 52 has it’s fans. But I’m sure they’ll both understand if I skip this nonsense.

  • Allen says:

    Hey Cesar Zamora, who’s that dressed up as Wonder Woman? Why just one shot? Come on, man!

    • Cesar Zamora Cesar Zamora says:

      It’s a statue, the Paley Center in LA has a few DC Comics statues. Sorry for misleading you but she’s not real, I found that out the hard way…

  • David says:

    I liked the movie but I’m still no fan of the 52-verse. And it’s Captain Marvel, not Shazam! Especially one who wears a hood.

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