Justice League: The New Frontier

newfrontierdvdcover.jpgYesterday I took some time off — well, about 75 minutes anyway — to catch a brand new straight to DVD movie that would’ve worked quite well on the big screen. There’s a buzz on the internet that director George Miller (Mad Max) is back on track with the on-again-off-again production of a Justice League of America live action movie that might be out in 2010. (I’m really not sure how this is going to be pulled off, but that’s a post for another time.) But, in the meantime I can highly recommend the artist Darwyn Cooke inspired Justice League: The New Frontier — a stylishly animated epic that shines a new light on the iconic super heroes that you thought you might have known all there was to know about.

Inspired by the best-selling graphic novel by Darwyn Cooke and produced by the multiple Emmy award winning animation legend, Bruce Timm, The New Frontier is the epic tale of the founding of the Justice League. Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman are all here of course, and so are Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter and Flash — whose incredible origins will be told for the very first time. Strangers at first, these very different heroes must overcome fear and suspicion to forge an alliance against a monster so formidable, even the mighty Superman can not stop it. If they fail, our entire planet will be “cleansed” of humanity.

I have to admit, I like this current trend of direct to DVD animated “adaptations” (for lack of a better term) based on recent comic book series like Marvel Ultimate Avengers and Superman – Doomsday — though some are better than others. Justice League: The New Frontier is definitely on top of the list with it’s stylish look at super heroes in a cold war paranoia era. This feature offers a fresh alternative to the current string of live action super hero movies such as the current Spider-Man, Batman, and X-men franchises.

While there are a number of top-notch talents providing the voices that seem to be perfectly casts, such as David Boreanaz (Angel) as Green Lantern, Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) as The Flash, Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess) as Wonder Woman, and Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks) as Superman. But, the true star of the movie is really the stylish art and look of the characters that seems to capture the feel of Post-War America. Again, this is credited to Darwyn Cooke and Bruce Timm — both of who can seem to do no wrong in my book.

There are a number of different formats available on disc:

I also cannot recommend Darwyn Cooke’s original DC: The New Frontier that served as the model, as well as the story, for the animated film — DC: The New Frontier, Vol. 1 and DC: The New Frontier, Vol. 2.

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3 Responses to “Justice League: The New Frontier”

  1. TV Shows Says:

    I love this combination of Heroes…I wonder whose the strongest Superman or Batman…

  2. the floacist Says:

    Was it really necessary to release all those DVD thingamabobs? I’m so late on that blu-ray, hd or whatever type of stuff, lol.

  3. Fortress Guy Says:

    We appreciate and like a lot of DC’s new animatied efforts. But this one… We really did not care for it. Although it was stylish and well animated, but the graphic novel based storyline did not make for a solid feature plot.

    Here is our take on it with lots of pics and a few bits if wit if you are interested:

    http://fortresstakes.wordpress.com/2009/11/29/justice-league-the-new-frontier-2008/

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