Originally this was going to be in my section of DC Animated Movie reviews but going over it, I decided to make it my first Favorite Movie review. That's right, [Justice League](movie:401267): The New Frontier is one of my all time favorite movies.
The plot of this one is that a strange prehistoric force is causing deaths all over the Earth causing heroes to return from retirement to fight it or new heroes are created. In the midst of all this, the US government has banned all masked heroes from operating or have made them tools for them to use against our enemies.
The story focuses on World War II veteran Hal Jordan who was forced to kill a man thus scarring him. His main dream is to, in his words: "See the stars. Close up."
Like I said, Hal Jordan is the main focus of the story and his origin story is twisted around for this story but it's done very well. Hal is voiced by David Boreanaz from Bones and he almost as perfect as Nathan Fillion for the role. I am actually surprised David hasn't made more appearances as Jordan.
Hal's dream of going to the stars isn't granted until Ferris Aircraft hires him for a project to send a ship to Mars. Earth has been visited by a man named J'onn J'onzz who is forced to hide in disguise as a human due to his less than friendly looking appearance.
J'onn is the story's other major player and once again his origin is done very well in fact this is the best Martian Manhunter story I've ever seen. He is voiced by that guy who always plays a villain but you never bother to learn what his name is AKA Miguel Ferrer (yes I had to look him up). His voice acting is a little too dry a few times but he pulls off J'onn well especially in the last act.
Whilst this alien is trying to avoid the government, another alien is trying to fix our government. Superman has agreed to loyalty to the government but he doesn't feel that it's right so he is conflicted about what to do until the third act when he decides to unite with the rest of the heroes once again.
Kyle Maclachlan voices Superman here and he earns the spot as my third favorite Superman actor, he owns the role. True he doesn't have a LOT of screen time but he has just enough to make a great Superman. Also this Superman has one of my all time favorite Superman suits, I even did a Top 5 list on it which you can read here.
Whereas Superman made peace with the government, Batman became a fugitive. In Gotham, he is the first to deduce who J'onn really is and whenever we see him, he is reviewing newspapers and books to figure out the situation thus giving us a more detective oriented version of the character.
Jeremy Sisto is the voice of Batman and there are a few times where he comes off as too gruff but he makes it work greatly. He has even less time than Superman but there is an arc to this character that I adore. Whilst Batman was fighting a cult for the main villain for the movie called the Centre, he wears this suit which is basically the first appearance suit:
When he tried to save a child from said cult, the child tries to back away in fear of him. The next time we see him, he is wearing the suit you saw above and has Robin at his side. Even Superman points this out which leads to my favorite line from Batman in this movie:
"Let's just say I set out to scare criminals, not children." Then Superman says, "Fair enough."
Also that scene shows that there is a well established friendship between the two.
Meanwhile Wonder Woman has become frustrated with the way how the government of the USA dealt with masked heroes so she returned to Themyscira.
This Wonder Woman is my second favorite Wonder Woman because she is the only hero who knows what's right. She doesn't want to be a fugitive like Batman but knows that signing herself over to the government is wrong so she just left but when the country she loves needs her help she has no problem returning and helping her old friends. My favorite moment from Diana (played by Xena herself: Lucy Lawless) is a moment where she stands up to Superman and she is actually taller than him.
A little shorter than she was in the graphic novel but that's not something to nitpick as long as she's taller.
The Flash didn't choose to be a fugitive but is none the less, the government constantly hunts Barry Allen (played by Neil Patrick Harris) in the attempt to harness his speed force but that's not happening.
Where Justice Chambers was my favorite Flash, Neil Patrick Harris i probably my second favorite. Again not much screen time but enough to make him great. He has his own small arc, he feels he is not big enough for the situation at hand like Superman or [Wonder Woman](movie:45787). That he's, in his word, "Just a guy who runs after jewelry thieves and talking gorillas." But thanks to Iris West, he is inspired to go out and fight the Centre. Speaking of, let's talk about him or it.
The Centre is the movie's main villain. He is similar to Doctor Who's the Great Intelligence except manifested as an island who spawns mutant prehistoric animals. The Centre thinks it's doing the right thing by eradicating human or as he calls us: lesser beings. He thinks we have poisoned the Earth or the Sphere and so it must be cleansed in order to survive.
The Centre is probably in my Top 10 Favorite DC Villains. It is a threatening psychic force with an intimidating voice. It almost feels like an artificial intelligence but it's not. It's like if HAL-9000 was naturally grown.
This movie manages to tackle several subplots and the central one (Do ya geddit?!?) in a seventy minute runtime without any of it feeling rushed. Hell one of the subplots is finished at the same time as the main one. Hal Jordan is brought to battle after the dying alien named Abin Sur gives him the ring and tells him about the Centre. Hal Jordan kamikaze's himself inside the Centre but luckily the Power Ring saves him by turning him into a Green Lantern.
This Green Lantern is by far the most bad-ass version of the character. He gains his courage in the final battle to defeat the Centre is my favorite scene in the entire movie. Thanks to the Flash using Ray Palmer's shrinking device (which Batman was researching in the Batcave), the Centre is about to explode but it is hovering over a civilian area, so the new Green Lantern surrounds the Centre with energy then begins to lift it. The island speaks to Jordan,
"You won't be able to do it. It is the Centre that holds. Not you." Lantern then responds, "I can. I CAN." The Centre belittles him, "You do not have the will." As they go higher, Jordan says, "No? Watch." Lantern tosses the living island into space and said island dies in an explosion with a scream echoing. Jordan gazes and his ring once before cheering with glee as he flies through the stars, close up.
It was the perfect ending to Jordan's arc and I grin every time I see it.
Oh and did I mention that the music is phenomenal? Seriously I want to find this soundtrack somewhere because it just pure heroic. The main theme which plays over the credits and when Jordan defeats the Centre is just perfect superhero music.
My other favorite scene is the last scene of the movie with a montage of heroes returning or working together or the aftermath of heroes' action such as the son of a general who died fighting in the climax reading a paper labeled: "My Dad, My Hero" to his class. During this montage a speech from John F. Kennedy plays over it all. The movie ends with the heroes standing in front of the JLA flag and Kennedy's words are heard,
"All mankind waits upon our decision. A whole world looks to see what we shall do. And we cannot fail their trust. And we cannot fail to try."
This is the movie that started my love for DC Comics. At the time this came out, I only knew about Batman but this got me hooked in and ready to learn about these characters I fell in love with. What also got me hooked into DC was the documentary that came on the DVD. It tells the complete history of DC Comics since the beginning. If you haven't, please watch the documentary it is amazing.
This movie gets my rating of a High Platinum which is the highest I can give it. Please check out the movie as well if you haven't. Do you agree with me? Do you disagree? Tell me down below in the comments.