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Justice League vs. The Fatal Five sầu is a reunion of talent & style that bridges the old và the new.

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By Aaron Sagers | April 17, 2019 | | Comments count:0
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Nearly 27 years after the Bruce Timm-developed DC Animated Universe began in 1992 with Batman: The Animated Series, and 13 after it ended in 2006 with Justice League Unlimited, the so-called Timm-verse is … well, not quite back. Yet the new animated film Justice League vs. The Fatal Five is a reunion of talent, và style, but with a new class of heroes joining the iconic characters (and the actors who voiced them) for a largely satisfying adventure.

Executive sầu produced by Timilimet, the film reunites Kevin Conroy, Susan Eisenberg, & George Newbern khổng lồ voice, respectively, Batman, Wonder Woman, và Superman – roles for which their performances are definitive sầu. Visually the movie also looks lượt thích the Justice League Unlimited animation style, complete with character Easter eggs that Hotline baông xã to lớn heroes (& a couple Arkmê say inmates) of the classic Justice League và Batman: TAS. But the film does not appear khổng lồ exist within the DC Animated Universe continuity, và actually eschews the characters’ previous history with some of the characters.

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The return of the trinity of Conroy/Eisenberg/Newbern as DC’s holy trinity makes Justice League vs. Fatal Five worth a watch – và it gave this nerd giddy chills to lớn hear them together again — but the creative sầu team of director Sam Liu, và writers James Krieg, & Eric Carrasteo, wisely use the classic heroes while placing the story focus on the new generation of Jessica Cruz as the latest Green Lantern, Thomas Kallor/Star Boy, và lớn a lesser extent Miss Martian.


The plot largely revolves around 31st century Legion of Super Heroes member Star Boy following of Mano, Tharok, & Persuader inkhổng lồ the modern-day. Their arrival puts Superman & Mister Terrific (Kevin Michael Richardson) at odds with the villains from the future. Meanwhile, it lands Star Boy in Arkđắm say because his mental stabilizing drugs are wearing off, & he is falling ill.

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Yes, these are superheroes (as Star Boy frequently reminds Jessica), but they are also heroes battling mental illness, & PTSD. Without his meds, Star Boy loses the ability to lớn think straight, and his memory slips away. Meanwhile, instead of a fearless Lantern, the trauma suffered from her past instills her with so much terror that she can barely leave her trang chủ each day.


The DC film deserves credit for handling the characters honestly, & without turning them into lớn tropes. And for Cruz, specifically, it’s fascinating to lớn see a Green Lantern whose willpower comes from being able khổng lồ overcome her fears, not live without them. She would be well served by more of a backstory detailing her onscreen journey khổng lồ the Lantern Corps, but what we vị see is almost shocking in its violence – which is a svào narrative choice because it allows the audience lớn truly connect with her, and appreciate the random violence she once suffered.

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Their mutual struggles bond Thomas and Jessica, and Elyes Gabel and Diane Guerrero (who is doing superb work as another mentally ill character, Crazy Jane, in the excellent Doom Patrol) deliver enjoyable performances. Their relationship happens fast, but it’s believable these two souls might quickly khung a kinship with one another.

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As for Miss Martian, she is something of a superpowered Robin to lớn Batman (And in fact, she literally becomes the Timm-verse version of Tyên Drake as a retort when Bats says he doesn’t like working with teenagers.) Voiced by Daniela Bobadilla, Miss Martian is both a fresh inclusion khổng lồ the Justice League, but also a natural fit, và I hope we spend more time with her alongside established heroes.


As compelling as the new heroes are, & as comforting it is lớn reconnect with familiar ones, the villains are properly eeeevil, but lack real motivation. For much of the movie, the Fatal Five sầu are a (still formidable) terrible trio. Their scheme to lớn spring the imprisoned Emerald Empress is underdeveloped, & it’s tough lớn rationalize why it’s worth the effort (beyond for her boyfrikết thúc Mano, voiced by Philip Anthony-Rodriguez, who has a great villain voice). When the big bad plan is revealed in the final act, it’s rushed along – even though it results in a poignant sacrifice.

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Still, the bad guys manage lớn kiông xã a lot of super butts. And in an early scene, we see why a Justice League is so critical when baddies from the future can nearly take out Superman.

(Which leads to a great exchange between him and the all-business Batman, who doesn’t ask about his injured friend: “Yes, it’s healing slowly, & I’m in a fair amount of pain. Thanks for asking.”)

As it happens, there is a lot of humor in Justice League vs. Fatal Five, & it feels easy, like old friends reuniting, & riffing off one another. Batman delivers his usual dry humor, but also zings Mano with an especially good one. And Wonder Woman’s one-liners always feel couple with the promise of a throwdown. She has a great moment during the classic villain intros, where she cuts them off with a line about them being named dead men walking. Star Boy’s attempt khổng lồ assuage a frightened pharmacist by changing out of his 31st Century costume in something more, let’s say freeing, is also quite funny.


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And she does indeed throwdown with her sword, lasso, and fists. In fact, there is no shortage of action. From the opening scenes to lớn the finale, the classic Justice League Unlimited animation style is implemented in fantastic battle sequences that reminded me once more how great that show was. With a relatively short 87-minute run time, I was left wanting more plot development – even at the sacrifice of some action.

The major disappointment with Justice League vs. Fatal Five is the missed opportunity to directly connect the story khổng lồ the JLU series. Green Arrow, Green Lantern John Stewart, and Supergirl previously met Legion of Super Heroes Brainiac 5, và Bouncing Boy, and fought the Fatal Five sầu, in the 2006 episode “Far From Home” (and Superman encountered members of the Legion in Superman: The Animated Series). It would have sầu been an easy piece of tín đồ service for the movie khổng lồ officially become part of the DCAU/Timm-verse, & the plot seemed lớn be leading up khổng lồ that in the final moments. Spoiler: It doesn’t. Though a letdown, it does not detract from the overall chất lượng of JLvFF.

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That said, Justice League vs. The Fatal Five is quite the fun ride that does more than rely on nostalgia for Justice League Unlimited, but instead builds upon it with interesting new characters, & a reunion with old favorites.

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Justice League vs. The Fatal Five will be available to lớn rent and purchase April 16, 2019.


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