I have always been a huge fan of DC's Animated universe. As a kid watching everything from Batman: The Animated Series to Justice League Unlimited, Bruce Timm shaped how I imagined DC's superheroes. That's why I was devastated in 2013 when he stepped down as DC animation supervising producer. So naturally I was thrilled once I heard he was developing this project!
For fans of the DC Animated Universe/Timmverse, watching it will give you a feeling of nostalgia. Though it might look familiar, this time things are very different. Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman are the darkest and grittiest we've ever seen them in film.
Batman in this film's universe is not Bruce Wayne but Kirk Langstrom. Langstrom is best known for being the villain Man-Bat in the comics. Also unlike Bruce Wayne, this film's Batman can fly. How you ask? Because he's a vampire! I know hearing that will make a lot of hardcore Batman fans angry, but trust me... it works here. In the movie, Langstrom's character has a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde vibe to it, and it is very well done.
Superman's origin story has been told over and over, almost as many times as Batman's, so I was really looking forward to seeing how they changed his character. Again, Timm did not disappoint. In Gods and Monsters Jor-El is not Superman's Father. Instead his father is General Zod. Another big change is that, as a baby, Superman is not found by Ma and Pa Kent, but by a Spanish couple fleeing the border patrol. So, yes, Superman is bi-lingual on this earth and does not become Clark Kent, but rather, he becomes Hernan Guerra. These changes alter his view of authority and justice which is probably one of the biggest changes you can make to his character. It was refreshing to see him as something other than his typical boy-scout self.
Wonder Woman's back story is probably my favorite reimagining of the 3. Her backstory from the comics has always felt a little strange to me personally. In this film, Wonder Woman is not an Amazonian nor connected to any sort of greek mythology. Her name is also no longer Diana Prince, but Bekka. She is one of the "New Gods" of New Genesis and gets married to Orion, who in this universe is the son of Darkseid. There are some more details that I would bring up, but I don't wanna spoil anything for those who haven't seen the movie yet!
Bruce Timm definitely had fun making this and it shows. Imagine watching Justice League Unlimited and Timm getting permission to make it R rated. That being said, as cool as some of the action is, the place where this darker tone actually hurts the movie is in some of its dialogue. It's odd to hear Superman say something like "positively orgasmic" and that's just one example. There are a few instances where it seems overly forced and merely done for the sake of making it edgy.
I really enjoyed this movie and I think that the more a person knows about the DC universe, the more they will enjoy this film. It's filled with Easter eggs that make watching the film a treat. You'll see and hear about characters you know and love, and you'll get to see where they are and how they fit in this universe. Overall, if you are a DC nerd, this is a movie you should definitely check out!
Written by Matt from Watch it or Don't!