Justice League: Gods and Monsters (Is everything old, new again?) Justice League: Gods and Monsters (Is everything old, new again?)
What does the success of Batman The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series, and Justice League Unlimited have in common? They all can be attributed... Justice League: Gods and Monsters (Is everything old, new again?)

What does the success of Batman The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series, and Justice League Unlimited have in common? They all can be attributed to the talents and contributions of character designer, animator, and producer Bruce Timm.

After a two year hiatus from Warner Brothers Animation (Timm had stepped down as producer for WBA’s DC associated properties), Bruce is back and this time he has one upped his previous concepts, such as Batman Beyond, by giving us a very different spin on the iconic superhero team: The Justice League.

Synopsis: In an alternate universe which consists of very different versions of DC’s Trinity (Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman) fighting against the government after they are framed for an embassy bombing.

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At first I was very skeptical about Timm’s reimagined take on the three legendary DC characters and comicdom in general but after going through 73 minutes of the OVA, I’m glad to have my skepticism shot down. This direction shouldn’t offend even the most anal comic purists due to the fact that all three have been “swapped” for lesser known characters from the DCU (i.e. Man Bat, Lor-Zod and Bekka).

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As the film begins we are treated with your all too familiar impending destruction of Krypton. However, the scenario has been altered from the standard Superman mythos, especially when it is revealed that Jor-El is “not the father” of what would soon become the Man of Steel. After the ship crashes into the Earth’s atmosphere, the infant is snatched up by a Mexican couple.

That might explain his facial features, which are reminiscent of Mexican culture. A “Mexican Superman”? Hey, if he could be adopted by Russians (see Red Son), why not Mexicans?

"I have my "Eyes" on you Senior Trump"!

“I have my “Eyes” on you Senior Trump!”

One thing I must point out is that this isn’t your average paint by numbers Justice League! These guys fall more within the line of anti-heroes because they fucking kill people!!

There’s no homogeneous “take them away officers.” Terrorists and the like get their Asses handed to them literally!! If any of you had problems with the end result of Man of Steel, you may have to forgo Gods & Monsters because of their amoral stance when it comes to taking out the bad guys.

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Then there are scenes that involve a brutal clash against the United States Armed Forces in which

SPOILER ALERT!!!

During the movie there are a handful of flashbacks that provide further explanation of the three protagonists.

"Batcula"??

“Batcula”??

The most interesting scenes were from Batman, who is not Bruce Wayne but a prodigy Scientist, Kurt Langstorm, who injects himself with some experimental serum in order to fight his cancer but instead obtains super powers (heightened sense, prowess, etc). However, the downside of it all would be his   vampire like tendencies. Y’see, ol Kurt desires to feed on humans for fresh blood if he’s not whipping up a bunch of homemade plasma to relieve his thirst. Oh, and then there’s that infamous Wonder Woman flashback. How brutal and yet, very Machiavellian!

Y'see, even Darksied approves of this Animated feature!

Y’see, even Darksied approves of this animated feature!

The voice acting is decent overall. Michael C. Hall does an impressive job as Bats and the art style is somewhat similar to a certain legendary comic artist. *Wink*

What’s disappointing about Gods and Monsters, if anything, is not necessarily the aesthetics like the heroes’ wardrobes or alternate mythos but instead the story unravels to a bit of “ah, have I seen that before?!?” I won’t provide spoiler tags or give hints but the mystery reveal surrounding the scientists’ murders while framing the Justice League is pretty much paint by the numbers and reminded me of the dumb plot arc that was in Iron Man 3.

That’s pretty much my only gripe about this movie but after all has been said, Gods & Monsters is an enjoyable watch and highly recommended for fans of Bruce Timm’s legacy.

Gods & Monsters arrives on DVD/Blu-ray July 28th and I’m already looking forward to the sequel next year!

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Stalks out!

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  • A Mexican Superman and a vampire Batman?
    Interesting…

  • Stalkeye

    It’s Timm celebrating “Diversity”, Meng.

  • Reminds me of the Elseworlds “Batman vs. Dracula”-trilogy. I have the first two volumes of that.

  • gorgarwilleatyou1

    Thanks for the review i was wonder if this was going to be be worth the investment i may check it out now…

  • KilliK

    with Speedy Gonzales as the alternate reality version of the Flash.
    arriba arriba

  • ErnestRister

    Is Sylvester Lex Luthor?

    “Hola, gato!”
    “Why you!”

  • Stalkeye

    I was pleasantly surprised by this and IMO its much better than the previous War of Atlantis.

  • Stalkeye

    Well, both characters are owned by WB. (;’

  • Stalkeye

    ROTF

  • Stalkeye

    Here’s a Bonus for ya. Enjoy! (0=

    Three Webisodes aired prior to the 74 Minute Movie.

  • Abe

    Well, I’ll check this out. God help you if it sucks Stalks!

  • Stalkeye

    XD

  • gorgarwilleatyou1

    Yeah no pressure i might be diverting some beer money into this!!

  • Tim R.R. Something

    Woof.

  • Stalkeye

    it might be well worth putting aside Heineken, Coors, Coronas, Shock Tops, etc to own or at least rent.

  • Ollie

    MEOW Muthafucker!

  • ErnestRister

    You guys are going to revoke my Animation Fan card, but other than Mask of the Phantasm, I just can’t get into these Warner Bros. DC DTV movies (yes, I know Mask of the Phantasm was a theatrical release).

  • Mr Nick Nightly

    Crazy talk!

  • Stalkeye

    Normally I would respond with-“You’re an animation Buff but don’t acknowledge the excellence of the DCAU films and series”? However, to each His/Her own. After all I’m not crazy about those Disney Movies especially the ones with the sickening Showtunes such as The Little Mermaid. Lilo n Stitch is among my favorites however. 😛

    Cute lil Fucker.

    http://www.gpdesenhos.com.br/imagens/disney/stitch2.jpg

  • southafricanguy

    the DCU animated films are really damn good

  • ErnestRister

    Oh, it’s not the art direction or even the animation. It’s the writing. some of them are just bloody awful because they have terrible scripts — there was a DTV of Batman and Superman working together to bring down Lex Luthor who has become President of the United States, and I had to turn it off after 20 minutes. .

    But there’s something else — One the one hand, you can sense them holding back now and again because children might be watching (like the adaptation of The Dark Knight Returns), and yet, on the other, there’s tons and tons of darkness and hard violence and even sadism sometimes (Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, some of the Justice League episodes). It’s an odd mix sometimes.

  • Full Frontal Throttle

    This actually looks cool

  • Stalkeye

    With the advent of cable television and DTV/Home Video, mature themes and content have the capability to match those of graphic novels such as TDKRs, Watchmen, etc.

    Animation as with comics are not tailored exclusively to Children ergo these direct to video avenues serve as an option for those who cannot stomach cutesy shit i.e. Teen Titans go.

    I for one, am happy to see Timm/WBDC become more and more brazen. It all comes down to a pinch of realism even in a Comic based setting. Most of the scripts were based from it’s best selling Comic counterparts. I guess these Hardcore toons aren’t for you after all but since Stalks likes ya, let me present this as an alternative…:P

    .https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhMr4hBwWGw

  • Stalkeye

    Damn right, Southie.
    How defuck you doin? Since you’re a Fan of a certain group of Mutants, did you watch X-men: DOFP The Rogue Cut yet?
    I’m curious to know if it’s any good or any different from the theatrical release.

  • southafricanguy

    im ok buddy…how have you been? I am indeed a fan of that particular group of mutants…and Singer’s films about said group. I have not yet seen the rouge cut, but I intend to check it out….and I will let you know.

    Did you see the Deadpool and Xmen: Apocalypse trailers?

  • Stalkeye

    I’m doing good as always and hopefully, will check out The rouge cut over the weekend but first, I got my sights set on that Ant sized Fucker which i have been hearing nothing but great things about.
    The Deadpool and Apocalypse trailers have been leaked already? I need to get on it!

  • ErnestRister

    Stalk — my favorite animated films are The Plague Dogs, Grave of the Fireflies, Princess Mononoke and Fantasia. My problem with *some* of the DC DTV’s is that they have terrible scripts, while others don’t seem to have a sense of their own identities — like Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame. Adult material, lots of violence and cruelty, and then punches pulled — they can’t self-realize, follow their own instincts. There’s a superficiality going on. It nags me while watching these films.

    And they are not hardcore at all. They’re hardcore for kids, while also being too violent for young kids, while also being censored for kids (smoking, nudity, profanity, sex, etc.) They’re a very strange mixed bag.

  • southafricanguy

    You really do buddy….

  • I am not enough of a superhero fan to appreciate this, I am afraid.

  • Zed

    So it’s like A Feast Unknown, but with DC characters? Alriiiiiight.

  • Stalkeye

    You don’t have to be a Superhero fan to enjoy this. However, if you like the “realistic” albeit more mature content that is often found from Anime, you just might have second thoughts.

  • Dr. Geiszler, Kaijuologist

    Cool.

  • Edward Kay

    It’s not bad but I kept thinking Terminator throughout.