Monday, July 20, 2015

Justice League: Gods and Monsters
Releases July 28th, 2015 (Blu-Ray, DVD, Digital Download)
1 hr 16 mins
Rated PG-13


Director: Sam Liu
Writers: Alan Burnett

Benjamin Bratt as Hernan Guerra / Superman
Michael C. Hall as Kirk Langstrom / Batman
Tamara Taylor as Bekka / Wonder Woman
Paget Brewster as Lois Lane
C. Thomas Howell as Dr. Will Magnus
Jason Isaacs as Lex Luthor / Metron
Dee Bradley Baker as Ray Palmer
Eric Bauza as Ryan Choi
Larry Cedar as Pete Ross
Richard Chamberlain as Highfather
Trevor Devall as Emil Hamilton
Dan Gilvezan as Pat Dugan
Grey Griffin as Tina/Platinum
Daniel Hagen as Doctor Sivana
Penny Johnson Jerald as President Amanda Waller
Josh Keaton as Orion
Arif S. Kinchen as Michael Holt
Yuri Lowenthal as Jor-El
Carl Lumbly as Silas Stone
Jim Meskimen as Victor Fries
Taylor Parks as Victor Stone
Khary Payton as John Henry Irons
Tahmoh Penikett as Steve Trevor
Andrea Romano as Jean Palmer
André Sogliuzzo as Cop
Bruce Thomas as General Zod
Lauren Tom as Lara
Marcelo Tubert as Tough Guy
Kari Wahlgren as Karen Beecher

Review by Stephen M.

Not your typical Justice League story, and that's actually great.  DC's trinity in Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman gets twisted up in this Elseworld type story.  Superman's father being General Zod instead of Jor-El, Batman replaced instead with Man-Bat who's a crime fighting vampire and Wonder Woman is replaced with Bekka, not an Amazonian but a New Genesis's warrior princess.  The story of the DC's big three has been told again and again so it is nice to get this different interpretation full of action and twists to keep you on your feet.

While some parts in the beginning reminds me a bit of the new 52 with the "aliens" being feared more than loved as with the old DC universe, this film has a clearly darker overtone than that.  I was a bit confused first with Batman being called Kirk and Wonder Woman, Bekka. It's not until later that I realize who they actually are in the known DC universe that the brilliance of the story telling takes a hold.  And it is because of this new tale with new twists that I actually love the characters and the story unfolding with mysteries and a whodunit thrown in.

As with Justice League War and Son of Batman, Gods and Monsters continues DC's dark themes in their animation roster.  Mass murders in Gods and Monster that include ripping people apart and stabbing swords through their hearts makes this not so family friendly.  The only other gripe I have with this and understandably this is not our Lex Luthor is that, that is not our Lex Luthor!  Of all the familiar characters that is completely off base as far as what we would expect, it would probably be Gods and Monsters's Lex and in this case it's not necessarily a good thing.

Overall, I would highly recommend watching it especially if you are a DC Animations fan.  The film is well acted with good animation that you would come to expect from DC Animations.  Keep this away from young kids with the gruesome violence.  DC's die-hard fans will love to see some of their favorite characters in different suits, and would have loved to see more heroes and villains.  While the villain was an interesting twist I would have loved to see more grand scale fights from this universe's big three.

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