‘Justice League: War’ Trailer: Epic Action, Questionable Characters

Published 1 year ago by , Updated April 12th, 2014 at 2:44 am,

In many versions of their origin tale, the Justice League came together to thwart an alien invasion, and thereafter pledged to work together to defend Earth. For the DC Comics “New 52″ reboot a few years back, that origin story was retooled for modern times, hinging on DC supervillain Darkseid’s attempted conquer of Earth, and the League rising up to send him packing.

That Justice League relaunch story – penned by DC Creative Chief Geoff Johns and drawn by legendary comic book artist Jim Lee – is now the subject of DC Universe’s latest animated feature, Justice League: War - but have some major changes to the storyline and voice cast doomed this film to mediocrity?

Besides the epic action and anime-style visuals by director Jay Oliva (Batman: Under the Red Hood), you may have noticed that the first big upset in this interpretation of the New 52 Justice League is a glaring lineup change: Aquaman is out, and has been replaced by Captain Marvel (now officially named Shazam, apparently). During the Justice League: War panel at New York Comic-Con it was revealed that Aquaman is currently being mined for his own animated feature-film, which is why Billy Batson/Shazam is now in the film.

While saving up Aquaman for something bigger is admirable – especially to fans of Geoff Johns’ modern overhaul of the character – Aquaman was definitely a standout of the Justice League relaunch, and not having him definitely feels like a missed opportunity to prove to a new crowd why this character (who is so often a punchline) actually belongs beside Superman and Batman – on the big screen as much as the small screen.

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The second big upset this trailer’s overpowering techno-beat score tries to mask, is the questionable voice acting in the film. Voice casting guru Andrea Romano has long been the secret weapon behind the iconic voices of DC animated characters (like Kevin Conroy’s Batman), but here it seems she may have missed the mark. Eagle Eye star Michelle Monaghan doesn’t sell Wonder Woman all that well; and while we love Firefly‘s Alan Tudyk, we don’t necessarily love him as the voice of Superman. Irish actor Jason O’Mara (Life on Mars) as Batman? Weeds actor Justin Kirk as Hal Jordan? We could go on, but the actors’ delivery (what bit of it you can hear in that trailer) sounds as if they are as uncertain of themselves of we are of them. Not a good sign.

Still, the action looks epic, and for those who have not yet endeavored to discover the modern world’s Justice League (and were perhaps confused or put off by Man of Steel‘s representation of that), this is a pretty good way to get your feet wet in that pool – especially if it’s one that DC movies like Batman vs. Superman and TV series like The Flash will be drawing from.


Justice League: War will be on DVD/Blu-ray and Digital Streaming and Download sometime in first quarter 2014.

Source: IGN

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  1. Although their voices sound off, it looks like its got a well grounded, thrilling and enterianing story (as did the book) , I do miss aquaman though :(

  2. If the story’s good, then thumbs up!:D

  3. This will be the best Justice League ever!

  4. DC can take this film and shove it where the sun doesn’t shine. I refuse to see it and my kids will never see it. the “new 52″ is garbage from start to finish. When DC purges itself of their 90′s Image employees then they will get my money again. What they are producing these days is horrific.

    • How do you really feel?

    • I suggest valium.

    • are you kidding me the new 52 Justice League is amazing you’re just one of those anally retentive guys who cant accept change the Storyline in the graphic novels are amazing the movie looks good but the absence of Aquaman is the most stupidest thing ever its ok that they have somethinig planned for him but dont take out a character who has importance to a story as for the voice actors i really hate when they get these guys who cant hold a candle to the originals DCU voice actors

  5. It’s funny how time and time again WB puts out stunning superhero animation like this but still can’t seem to figure out how to do a live action Justice League movie… actually, it’s not funny at all, it’s pathetic!

    This is the story they should be using to launch a live action movie, what are the odds they won’t.

    • If I remember hearing correctly, word is this will be the story used for launching The League. Difference being the live-action should actually have Aquaman, but won’t have Cyborg.

      Of course, there’s the daunting (I suppose) task of getting a film for Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and perhaps a reboot for Green Lantern.

  6. Is it my headphones or was that music mixed incredibly terribly? I heard half the dialogue and explosions.

  7. This was a bad trailer all around

  8. would’ve like to have seen aquaman ahead of shazam. I liked his representation in the flashpoint movie. he would have diversified the power set and influence of the justice league. shazam in there sort of serves as a hybrid of wonder woman and superman. which is why I like cyborg’s addition.

  9. No Aquaman = no interest for me. So what if he has his own film on the way? Most of the other characters in War have had at least one or several solo features.

  10. This cartoon loks worth a watch, despite the changes. I was never big on Aquaman or Shazzam, but more a Green Lantern (Jordan) & Flash (Allen) kind of guy. How about a cross-over between Justice Society and Justice League? Say, Green Lantern, Flash, Martian Manhunter, and Atom from JLA with Doctor Fate, Dr. Midnight, and Hourman from JSA? That would mix it up a bit.

  11. Darkseid’s voice…no.

  12. cool

  13. I thought the trailer was great. I’m not hearing a problem with the voices though. They sound fine to me.

  14. Cant wait to watch it but why does it look so anime. Animation is either anime or cgi now. What was wrong with the old animation I kind of like that better.

  15. Who will all be apart of this team

  16. looks interesting, I didn’t immediately hate this version of Superman.

  17. No Kevin conroy?! Anytime I hear that it upsets the living crap out of me honestly how hard is it to cast viable characters? The storyline and animation looks great just as any other straight to DVD DC movie but it’s just so bothersome that every time they make a movie they have to change not only voices but also animation STYLES, and this is exactly why we have things like the piratebay so we aren’t upset with spending money on something we know could be a flop