I always assumed that Justice League: Gods and Monsters was just your regular Justice League animated movie fare to be honest. I thought it was going to be another sequel like Justice League: Throne of Atlantis was, that is until I watched the new trailer. In this trailer, I was met with something, very new, very different, and to be honest, something I’m not quite sure how to feel about.
As you can see, Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman are looking quite different in this one. In Gods and Monsters, we are presented with an alternate reality where Batman is Kirk Langstrom, who has transformed himself into a vampire for SCIENCE, Superman is the son of General Zod and was raised by a family of Mexican immigrants after landing on Earth, and Wonder Woman is Bekka, the bride of Orion. The three form the Justice League in this universe and need to stop Superman’s father, General Zod, from destroying the world, so that they can enslave the world! All of this is weird to me. Don’t get me wrong – I get the whole alternate reality thing, but it has never been quite this drastic, which could be a good thing or a very bad thing.
I’m very torn on this idea because on the one hand we have the potential to put a new spin on these beloved and iconic characters in order to create something new and exciting, something fans have never really seen before. On the other hand I feel like the “dark” Justice League thing has been done to death, like the Justice Lords from the TV show Justice League or the movie Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, and even the video game, Injustice: Gods Among Us. So it could be something, if done correctly, very cool, or something very dull.
There is also the advantage and disadvantage of them being totally new characters. This isn’t Clark Kent, Bruce Wayne, and Diana Prince. They aren’t destroying the integrity of the characters we love by just turning them bad for the fun of it. It begs the question though: can these characters be iconic without the help of their just-as-iconic secret identities? It’s really tough to say at this point because the trailer is so short.
The animation looks solid, just as good as any Justice League film before it. The design of the characters is interesting to say the least. Wonder Woman appears to have a bit too much going on with her costume, and her helmet looks pretty ridiculous if you ask me. Batman looks fine; he’s without his cape but the red goggles are a nice touch and differentiate the character just enough that you can still recognize him as Batman. Finally, Superman looks like the son of General Zod; he’s got a black trench coat and looks more like a soldier than a superhero, which I think really works. Did they really have to give him the Spock goatee though?
The voice acting for all three characters appears top notch, with actors Benjamin Bratt, Michael C. Hall, and Tamara Taylor playing Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, respectively. I love the choice of Michael C. Hall playing Batman because he has the perfect voice for the character, and I’m really excited to see it for that alone. Benjamin Bratt I feel is trying to redeem himself for being in Catwoman, and his voice as Superman is surprisingly strong and bold; I really like it. Tamara Taylor is also rightfully badass sounding as Wonder Woman.
All in all, it’s a mixed bag really, and while I’m all for change to create something unlike I’ve ever seen before, this might prove too much change to the point where it no longer feels like the Justice League, and instead feels like just a bunch of people with the same names as my favorite heroes. I’ll probably check it out in the near future if I see some positive buzz once it’s released.
Justice League: Gods and Monsters will be released on DVD on July 28th.
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