It's currently unclear just when exactly comic book fans will get to see a big screen, big budget Justice League movie, with Zack Snyder's Batman vs. Superman film taking the first tiptoe into the waters of a shared DC cinematic universe in 2015. For those who just can't wait, however, the heroes of the DC universe will be united in 2D as DC Entertainment's animated feature film Justice League: War gets ready for release next month.
Based on Geoff Johns and Jim Lee's 2012 graphic novel "Justice League: Origins," Justice League: War focuses on the New 52 origins of the Justice League and tells the story of the heroes coming together for the first time to defend Earth from an alien armada led by Darkseid. The trailer for Justice League: War debuted last fall, and another clip has now been released, showing the tumultuous first meeting between Green Lantern and Batman.
The clip seems to be the same one that was shown during the Justice League: War panel at last year's NYCC. One of the things the things that Screen Rant took away from the footage shown was that the voice acting was not exactly great, and some of that comes across in this clip. The film's cast is largely made up of new talent rather than DC veterans, and while Justin Kirk does a decent job as Green Lantern, Jason O'Mara's Batman voice sounds a little off.
On a more positive note, both the writing and the action seem to be pretty strong and Justice League: War should be an exciting ride for DC fans who just want to see their favorite heroes banding together. Aquaman is unfortunately not in this particular outing, but DC Entertainment's Gary Miereanu confirmed at NYCC that Aquaman will be getting his own animated feature film in the future.
Justice League: War was directed by Jay Oliva, who previously helmed DCE animated feature Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, and other voice talents in the film include Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings) as Shazam, Michelle Monaghan (Mission: Impossible III) as Wonder Woman and Alan Tudyk (Firefly) as Superman. Tell us in the comments if the trailer and clip have managed to sell you on this movie, or whether you plan to hold out for a live action Justice League blockbuster.
Justice League: War will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and digital download on February 4, 2014