DVD Review: Justice League, The New Frontier   

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The JUSTICE LEAGUE, THE NEW FRONTIER comes on out DVD on February 26th.Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway. I’d give you all a DVD if I could. Alas, you’ll have to settle for a review of the DVD and a reminder that Justice League, The New Frontier came out on DVD this past Tuesday and is now in stores everywhere. (Check out DVD Price Search for the best deal.)

When I sat down to view Justice League, The New Frontier I wasn’t sure what to expect. And that’s not because it’s not my thing. It is. Sure, I haven’t followed the comics in several years but I grew up watch the animated adventures of the League and its various members. I just wasn’t sure whether this telling was going to be on the humorous/lighter side or take a more serious tone. I’d say it’s definitely the latter.

So much so that I’m not convinced younger kids will find it all that entertaining. Errr, if they’re fans, they probably will but it deals with more adult issues. To some degree, it was almost a little too adult for me but that didn’t stop me from enjoying it. And, I’m sure it won’t surprise any of you to hear that I especially enjoyed the special features available. You know me, I like learning about the process behind any piece of work.

The movie felt very old school comic book and I dug that. It’s probably why I really liked the set up of the story. I don’t want to give too much away but I will say that our favorite superheroes once again have to battle people’s fear and suspicion in order to do what they do best. I found it intriguing that we got a glimpse of how having to do that affects them and takes a toll on their desire to help. In fact, I’d like to see more of how it’s affected characters who didn’t get as much of a role in this film as others. For instance, we don’t get to see too much of Batman but what we do see just leaves us wanting more. The Flash in JUSTICE LEAGUE, THE NEW FRONTIER.Don’t get me wrong, Batman shouldn’t have had a bigger role. I like it when the lesser known superheroes like Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter and The Flash get to shine… I just can’t help wanting to see more of my favorites either! Although, I have to say, I like what they did with The Flash. I don’t necessarily dislike him but I never really liked him either and I liked The Flash in Justice League, The New Frontier.

As for the down sides, I’ll admit it’s a little odd to hear some of my favorite actors’ voicing these characters I’ve known for so long. I can’t decide if it’s a good or a bad thing (which means it’s probably just a Rae thing). I’ve often pictured Lucy Lawless as Wonder Woman so that one definitely worked for me but it was a little distracting to hear David Boreanaz speaking and not being able to see him. This is why I typically prefer voice actors in my animation features. My only other complaint was how much time was spent building up the story and then quickly they rushed through the climax and resolution. When you build up something as an epic battle, it kinda needs to be epic if you want it to resonate. This ending didn’t really resonate with me and that’s a shame.

Still, I don’t think that’s reason enough not to get the DVD if you’re a Justice League fan because the majority of the movie is enjoyable and well worth watching. Overall, I give Justice League, The New Frontier one and a half thumbs up.

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