Justice League vs. the Fatal Five Reunites a Cast of DC Legends
Warner Bros. cornered the market on animated comic book movies a long, long time ago. Their creative model functions like a well-oiled machine. Every few months they release a new animated film featuring DC Comics’ characters. Most often, these movies tell original stories featuring A-list characters like Superman, Wonder Woman, and The Flash. Less frequently, they adapt classic comic book storylines like The Dark Knight Returns and Flashpoint. And sometimes a film like Justice League Dark comes along and showcases a band of obscure misfits.
These films aren’t always good, but they’re usually fun, and on occasion, excellent. The DC animated film canon owes a debt to Batman: The Animated Series and its visionary producer Bruce Timm. Back in 1992, Batman: TAS established a unique style and tone that appealed to children and adults. And in the decades since, Warner Bros’ animation house style hasn’t strayed too far off from Timm’s indelible groundwork. Timm is back on the scene with a new animated feature, Justice League vs. the Fatal Five, and he’s brought some old friends along with him.
Justice League vs. the Fatal Five sees an evil group of super-powered time travellers come to earth to hunt down a new member of The Green Lantern Corps. And it’s up to the Justice League to fight them off. In addition to Justice League staples Wonder Woman, Superman, and Batman, this lineup also features Miss Martian and – get ready Arrow fans – Mr. Terrific. Take a look.
Timm who serves as producer, brought along the DC animated universe’s most beloved voice actors: Kevin Conroy as Batman, Susan Eisenberg as Wonder Woman, and George Newbern as Superman. These three actors have been so good in these roles for so long that they’ve ruined it for anyone who dares to follow in their footsteps.
It’s great to see these three iconic voice-actors reunite for a Justice League animated feature. Too bad this mediocre trailer doesn’t move the excitement-factor needle. While entertaining, these films don’t set a high bar for animated storytelling. Rarely do these movies wallop you with the emotional oomph found in a 22-minute episode of Young Justice. But when these films work, they leave an impression. I recommend checking out last year’s The Death of Superman as well as the Son of Batman series. They offer an enjoyable blend of comic book action and in-depth character beats.
Justice League vs. the Fatal Five synopsis:
This DC animated movie finds the Earth’s future hanging in the balance when the Justice League faces a powerful new threat – the Fatal Five. But the Justice League discovers an ally from another time in the peculiar Star Boy – brimming with volatile power, could he be the key to thwarting the Fatal Five?
Justice League vs. the Fatal Five doesn’t yet have a release date.