Meet Aquaman

Late last night, Batman V Superman director Zack Snyder debuted the first image of Jason Momoa as Aquaman from the upcoming Dawn of Justice film.

(read all about Aquaman here)

Aquaman

The movie will further develop DC Entertainment’s plan toward a Justice League movie (which is likely the meaning behind the ‘unite the seven’ message, referring to the seven key members of the Justice League of America; Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, the Flash, Green Lantern and Martian Manhunter).

The Justice League of America gather for the first time (as drawn by Alex Ross)

The Justice League of America gather for the first time (as drawn by Alex Ross)

DC has a long way to compete with Marvel’s Avengers and seems to be trying to make up the difference in big leaps rather than small measured steps. Dawn of Justice will see a new Batman played by Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Ray Fisher as Cyborg (instead of Martian Manhunter), and possibly Ezra Miller as the Flash. For anyone who remembers being annoyed or frustrated by the kitchen sink of characters in Amazing Spider-Man 2 or Spider-Man 3, imagine amping that up to 11 and you get the idea.

Production woes and an overstuffed cast of heroes could make Dawn of Justice a massive flop. But it could also overcome those handicaps and be the major hit that DC/Warner has been looking for. In any case… doesn’t Jason Momoa look awesome?

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice will premiere on the 25th of March, 2016

Warner Bros reveals superhero movie roadmap past Batman V Superman

Building off of the success of Man of Steel (which I had a very lukewarm reaction to), Warner Bros. has unveiled their road map past what expected to be a blockbuster Batman/Superman/Wonder Woman triple bill in 2016. This will be the long awaited and very delayed invention of a DC cinematic universe to rival the Marvel Entertainment project that began with Iron Man and continues through Dr Strange.

There are some expected flicks such as Wonder Woman, and some real surprises including the Shazam film (remember that one?) and the Flash/Green Lantern Brave and the Bold team-up which sounds like a lot of fun. And that is the key here… fun. So far, Warner Bros. seems more interested in perpetuating the grim reality of the Nolan approach which worked for Batman but sucked the S out of Superman. Seriously… if we get a grim Shazam movie I will lose it.
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One question remains… where’s my Aquaman movie!!??
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The JLA by Alex Ross

The JLA by Alex Ross

May 2016 – Batman v Superman
July 2016 – Shazam
Xmas 2016 – Sandman
May 2017 – Justice League
July 2017 – Wonder Woman
Xmas 2017 – Flash and Green Lantern team-up
May 2018 – Man Of Steel 2
TBD 2019 – unnamed Batman film

Justice League: WAR animated movie release date and trailer

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Official release below:

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will distribute JUSTICE LEAGUE: WAR as a Bu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and for Digital Download on February 4, 2013.

When the powerful Darkseid and his massive, relentless forces invade Earth, a group of previously unaligned super heroes – misunderstood and, in some cases, hunted by the authorities – discover the only way to fend off the attack will be to work together as a cohesive unit. Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, Shazam and, in his origin story, Cyborg combine their respective talents in an all-out battle to save the planet. Based on the 2012 graphic novel, “Justice League: Origin,” by Geoff Johns & Jim Lee, JUSTICE LEAGUE: WAR provides a glance into the world before the Justice League was created, and offers the initial animated incarnation of DC Entertainment’s “The New 52.”

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, JUSTICE LEAGUE: WAR features the voices of Jason O’Mara (Vegas, Terra Nova), Christopher Gorham (Covert Affairs), Justin Kirk (Weeds), Alan Tudyk (Suburgatory), Serenity, Firefly), Michelle Monaghan (Mission Impossible III), Shemar Moore (Criminal Minds), Sean Astin (LOTR films), Bruce Thomas (Army of Darkness) and Steve Blum (Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox). Producer is James Tucker and director is Jay Oliva from a script by Heath Corson.

Justice League- The Flashpoint Paradox – exclusive preview!


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Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox [Blu-ray] (2013)

[Justice League Flashpoint Paradox]
The film will have its World Premiere at Comic-Con in San Diego on
Friday, July 19 from 7:30-9:30pm in Ballroom 20. The premiere/panel
description with anticipated participants is below. Panelists are
subject to change (which could include additions!)

Fans can also meet and get autographs (on a Comic-Con exclusive
mini-poster) from the panelists on Saturday, July 20 from 11:00am-Noon
at the Warner Bros. Booth.

Friday, July 19
7:30-9:30 World Premiere of Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox –
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros.
Animation invite you to be the first to experience Justice League: The
Flashpoint Paradox, the highly-anticipated next entry in the ongoing
series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies. When time travel
allows a past wrong to be righted for Flash and his family, the
event’s temporal ripples prove disastrous, creating a fractured,
alternate reality where the Justice League never formed, and even
Superman is nowhere to be found. Amidst a new world being ravaged by a
fierce war between Wonder Woman’s Amazons and Aquaman’s Atlanteans,
Flash must team with a grittier, more violent Batman and government
agent Cyborg to restore the continuity of Flash’s original timeline.
Come for the film, but stay for the star-studded panel that features
Grey’s Anatomy stars Justin Chambers and Kevin McKidd as Flash and
Batman, respectively, along with C. Thomas Howell (Southland), Cary
Elwes (The Princess Bride), Sam Daly (The Daly Show) and a few
surprise voice cast members, plus the filmmaking team of producer
James Tucker (Superman: Unbound), director Jay Oliva (Batman: The Dark
Knight Returns), dialogue director Andrea Romano (Batman: The Dark
Knight Returns), screenwriter Jim Krieg (Green Lantern: The Animated
Series) and character designer Phil Bourassa (Young Justice).
Moderator Gary Miereanu will add to the fun with a special
announcement of the 2014 DCU movie slate, as well as exclusive,
cast-autographed prizes for a few lucky fans.

Based on the landmark mini-series by Geoff Johns & Andy Kubert, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox will be available as a digital download on July 19, 2013 and a Blu-ray™ Combo Pack on July 30, 2013.

Justice League Flashpoint Paradox trailer

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Via SuperHeroHype:

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has released the trailer for Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital Download on July 30th.

In the film, the world is turned upside down as one of earth’s greatest super heroes – Flash – wakes up devoid of his super powers in the all-new Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox. When time travel allows a past wrong to be righted for Flash and his family, the event’s temporal ripples prove disastrous, creating a fractured, alternate reality where the Justice League never formed, and even Superman is nowhere to be found. Amidst a new world being ravaged by a fierce war between Wonder Woman’s Amazons and Aquaman’s Atlanteans, Flash must team with a grittier, more violent Batman and government agent Cyborg to restore the continuity of Flash’s original timeline.

Primetime television stars Justin Chambers (“Grey’s Anatomy”) and Kevin McKidd (“Grey’s Anatomy”), the voices of Barry Allen/Flash and Thomas Wayne/Batman, respectively, unite with numerous greats of television and film to fashion the famed animated roles. Adding to the celebrity-laden voice cast and providing thrilling additions to the Justice League series are Michael B. Jordan as Cyborg, C. Thomas Howell as Thawne/Professor Zoom, Nathan Fillion as Hal Jordan/Green Lantern, Ron Perlman as Slade and Deathstroke, Dana Delany as Lois Lane, Cary Elwes as Aquaman, Danny Huston as General Lane, Sam Daly as Superman, and Kevin Conroy as Batman.

Justice League of America (or how to make the JLA edgy)

JLA by David Finch

JLA by David Finch

Written by Geoff Johns and drawn by David Finch
“This is a very different kind of team book,” says Geoff Johns. “On first glance, people might think the heroes of the JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA stand in the shadows of Superman, Wonder Woman and the rest of the JUSTICE LEAGUE, but Green Arrow, Katana, Martian Manhunter, the new Green Lantern, Stargirl, Vibe, Hawkman and Catwoman thrive in the shadows. They’re underdogs who have everything to prove and something to lose. They’re a team of unlikely heroes who will help one another discover they’re as A-List as anybody — yes, even Vibe. Though getting there won’t be easy. Why they’re formed, why each member joins, what they’re after and who the society of villains is they’re trying to take apart will all be clear in the first issue when it hits early 2013. David and I are really focused on delving deep into what it’s like to not be a member of the big seven and why, sometimes, the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.” (via DC Comics)

Despite outward appearances, Justice League of America has (in my opinion) been in a kind of soul searching for decades. Be it the fantastical reach of the Grant Morrison run or the bizarre comedic Giffen/DeMatteis series the comic has run the gamut in approaches and even lineup including the traditional to more unknown superheroes. The latest iteration is a reboot, (simply) Justice League from the ground up, starting with the superheroes of the DCU fighting each other and threats from beyond. Sure, it’s a much simpler and glamorous version of the comic book where almost every member of the team is a jerk, but it has been the most successful version of the book in a very long time.

So whenever a comic book is this much of a hit we get a spin off, hence: Justice League of America (yes, this is possibly the tenth spin off of Justice League, joining Justice League International, Justice League Strike Force and many more).

The Justice League of the New 52 Universe are unknown quantities who answer to no one and hold vast powers far in advance of any individual government. Steve Trevor was intended to be a liaison to the League, but that fell apart quickly when his relationship with Wonder Woman similarly dissolved. With Trevor in disgrace and the Justice League running with no one to stop them, another team is quickly assembled, answerable to US government official Amanda Waller (looking about a tenth of her regular size).

There has been a general ‘us vs. them’ theme running through a few DC monthly books including Batwoman who works for the DEO in secret. However, this is a strong response to the superhuman threat that takes into consideration not just what power players are available but also if they can be controlled. Hawkman is presented as a brilliant tactician, but a brutish thug compared to Batman. Green Lantern is on the run and therefore easily reigned in by the US. Stargirl, Vibe and Katana are all newbies with little to no knowledge of how their world functions. Catwoman has dubious morals, but also the most straight forward motivation. Martian Manhunter is a major win for Waller as he is their most powerful member and is completely avoided by the other League.

Justice-League-of-America-2-Hawkman-and-Vibe-David-Finch-Geoff-Johns-DC-Comics-Trinity-Comics-ReviewI do like the unusual team dynamic and how some characters are incredibly naive and others seasoned veterans, yet all of them are unused to working with others. It promises a lot of potential for some interesting stories and the uses the relative obscurity of many heroes to its advantage. This is a book where Hawkman and Green Arrow are the most recognizable heroes, and both are second or third tier characters, depending on your point of view.

Green Arrow is eager to prove himself as a viable hero to the league, which places him as the ideal person to infiltrate the Secret Society, a newly formed group of super villains. The series so far is spinning wheels, showing the formation of the team and unraveling the threat of the Secret Society in painfully slow steps. That’s not to say that I dislike it, it oozes in character and action, but that said… there’s not a lot happening so far.

Justice League of America started with an unusual multiple variant cover explosion spotlighting every state flag of the US and has been selling like hotcakes. The art by David Finch, most well known from Moon Knight and Batman: The Dark Knight, is a major pull for the comic as is the looming possibility of what could happen next. It’s not so much what is happening in this comic that attracts me, but what could happen next.

The relationship between Steve Trevor and Amanda Waller is on a knife edge (does this guy get along with anyone?) and Oliver Queen is the most interesting character to date as Green Arrow (it is wise for DC to ride his current popularity thanks to the WB TV series) and I am interested in seeing where that all goes. Two issues in and the team has still not faced a single threat and all of the action is in flashback.

So if you are a fan of superhero books and have a lot of patience, check this one out.

Is Chris Nolan in charge of Justice League? Will Christain Bale return as Batman?

The Justice League motion picture, a project that would potentially depict the heavy hitters of the DC Universe, made most familiar to members of my generation by the Super Friends cartoon. A Justice League movie would feature Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Green Lantern and possibly Martian Manhunter and Aquaman (they’d be fools to not include the King of Atlantis no matter what anyone says) all on screen at the same time fighting some monumental foe(s).
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However, there have been numerous setbacks including budgetary concerns and the unimpressive results of the Green Lantern movie which was intended to pave the way for the JLA as Iron Man took the first steps toward an Avengers project. Warner Bros. is now hoping that Zack Snyder and Chris Nolan’s Man of Steel will fill that role and the movie can finally get underway. Rumor is that the script is a mess and the casting still in wraps. Will the team consist of all new faces or will there be any returning actors?

Take a massive cube of salt with these rumors… but here they are.

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Image from Injustice: Gods Among Us

Via Forbes.com

The impossible may be happening, fans — we could be returning to Gotham City at the same bat-time, same bat-channel. Latino Review is reporting that director Christopher Nolan is in talks to come back for more. More Batman, that is. But in what manner? Not what you’d expect — read on for details!

Keep in mind, the reports are that negotiations and talks are still ongoing and nothing is set in stone yet. So, this news is all tentative at the moment, but the reports from Latino Review jibe with what I’ve heard from some of my own sources. Batman-On-Film (BOF) has some additional insights in Bill Ramey’s report as well.*

The director would reportedly bring Batman back to the screen in the same overall “world” that existed in the previous three films… and Christian Bale is reportedly expected to return as Bruce Wayne!

But if that’s not enough of a shocking revelation for you, try this on for size: the new film would actually be a team-up film, putting Nolan’s Batman alongside Henry Cavill reprising his role as the new cinematic Superman (introduced in this summer’s upcoming Man of Steel from Nolan, Zack Snyder, and David Goyer) and possibly/probably additional superheroes as well.

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Image from Injustice: Gods Among Us

That’s right, dear readers, the Nolan Batman may be teaming up with the rebooted Superman, in a Justice League movie (or, possibly, a Superman-Batman team-up movie, but Justice League seems more likely at the moment).

At this time, Nolan is reportedly in talks to be involved as producer, with Snyder as a producer and possible director, and it might involve a story by Goyer.

This is among the biggest film news of the year, along with the announcement of Disney buying LucasFilms to develop new Star Wars movies. And it would involve one of the most powerful filmmaking teams, coming aboard what could potentially become the biggest superhero franchises in cinema.

The story is getting lots of momentum, including IGN:

Christian Bale is in talks to reprise his role as Batman in DC’s upcoming Justice League movie, Christopher Nolan will oversee the project, and Man of Steel-helmer Zack Snyder will produce – and possibly direct – if a new report from Latino Review is to be believed.

The website claims that Nolan is now in charge of the entire DCU at Warner Bros., and is in discussions to act as a sort of Godfather to the project, as well as produce alongside Zack Snyder. The studio allegedly wants the film to be set in the same universe as Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, which naturally means a return of Bale’s Batman. Not only that, but Justice League would also tie in with Snyder’s gritty Man of Steel, which means – you guessed it – Bale’s Batman and Henry Cavill’s Superman would appear in the same universe, in the same movie, at the same time.

As the website correctly notes, Bale wouldn’t be against reprising the role, as long as the story was right. “I would love the challenge of making a fourth one work,” he told Empire Magazine last summer.

So what is your opinion?

Do you think Bale will star in a Justice League movie? If so, it would grant some credibility to the project and generate lots of excitement rather than recasting the part once more.

The JLA by Alex Ross

The JLA by Alex Ross

Justice League has a tentative June 2015 release date.

Catch a glimpse of the canceled Justice League: Mortal video game

Just as news starts to pick up on the Justice League of America feature film project, this little tidbit caught my eye. Back in 2007 or so, there was talk of a second Superman film picking up from Superman Returns as well as a Justice League ensemble movie directed by George Miller, the man inexplicably linked to both Mad Max and Happy Feet.

Utilizing cutting edge CGi, the Justice League movie was going to be something completely new, catching movie goers by surprise with mind-blowing visuals. The film was cast and the production was started but the project stopped before it even started due to a writer’s strike. Currently, the story is that Justice League may have been in the works in secret for about a year.

Given the botched job Warner Bros. did on Green Lantern, I wonder if a JLA movie would be a good idea or a bad one. Would it just expand on the bad ideas from the GL film or would it be DC Entertainment’s answer to the Avengers?

The information below shows that the movie was going to be supported by a video game that could have been outstanding (and maybe re-used in some ways for the new ‘Justice League: Gods Among Us’ game).

Once upon a time, Warner Bros. Pictures was developing a live-action film featuring the Justice League, called Justice League: Mortal. The film was to be directed by George Miller (Mad Max) with several actors rumored to have been cast, including D.J. Cotrona (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) as Superman, Armie Hammer (The Social Network) as Batman, Megan Gale (I Love You Too) as Wonder Woman, Common (Terminator: Salvation) as Green Lantern John Stewart, and many others. After years of speculation, it was revealed the project was dead in the water. The studio felt the script needed some more time, but the time was just not right. After all, this was around the time of the 2007 Writers Guild Strike.

While it was in development, WB Games had assigned video game development studio Double Helix Games to the task to create a third-person brawler based on the movie. While it was known that WB Games was tinkering with the idea of a Justice League video game, there was never a point to which it was confirmed or shown off. Until now. Former Double Helix Art Director and Lead Level Artist Jonathan Gwyn has published some images and artwork from the game’s development on his personal website showing off some of the level design and character models.

While the game was ultimately transformed into the Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters brawler, it’s interesting to see what could have been.

Via: League of Comic Geeks– click on the link for more screenshots from the project.

Justice League Doom Animated Feature (review)

Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter are the greatest superheroes ever assembled, the Justice League. Brought together to fight threats so great that no one else could face them, the team has successfully battled numerous power mad villains and foes from beyond. However, their greatest enemy comes from within the team when a set of protocols documenting their weaknesses is stolen.

Against the tactical genius of Batman, the Justice League is brought to the brink of disaster as the planet is similarly taken to the edge of doomsday.

Starting in the middle of a case, the movie opens with Batman interrupting the Royal Flush Gang during a bank heist using suspiciously advanced technology.

The Royal Flush Gang have appeared in the comics and in animated form many times and on almost every occasion is a completely different team. Ace is usually a robot, Jack is usually a bit too blood-thirsty and 10 is usually a novice, but apart from that it’s a new game each time. That makes them a perfect stand-in threat for the team to show their prowess straight away.

The heist is stopped thanks to the assistance of Cyborg, the son of a deceased off-screen genius specializing in dimensional tech. That’s as awkward as it sounds. Cyborg identifies the device used to make the bank wall intangible as being far too advanced for the Royal Flush Gang, but neither Wonder Woman, Green Lantern or Martian Manhunter can gain any intel from the criminals.

After defeating the gang, the team is eager to split up and get back to their lives even though Batman is concerned decoding the data contained in the mystery device. Back in the batcave, Batman begrudgingly rests while his base of operations is invaded by the Mirror Master who copies the bat computer hard drive and reports to an unknown superior.

In far away Louisiana (cue Super Friends- Legion of Doom music), a strange cabal of villains meet to plot the demise of the Justice League. Cheetah, Bane, Star Sapphire, Metallo, and evil Martain Ma’alefa’ak all meet with their benefactor, the immortal Vandal Savage. He has obtained the doomsday protocols designed by Batman to neutralize each super-powered member of the League. With the JLA out of the way, he can enact a far grander scheme.

Away from the team, each member of the JLA is met with an unusually deadly threat while Savage waits patiently, as he has for thousands of years, for his moment of triumph.

The latest animated feature film from DC Entertainment, Justice League: Doom, is based very loosely on the Tower of Babel story line that ran through the Justice League monthly comic book as written by Mark Waid.

Adapted by the late Dwayne McDuffie, the film makes several alterations, such as replacing Kyle Rayner’s Green Lantern with Hal Jordan (most likely due to the Green Lantern movie), switching out Wally West as the Flash for Barry Allen (probably since Wally is currently non-existent in the comic book universe), and the introduction of Cyborg (he is DC’s newest member of the Justice League of America that DC is hyping). In some cases, the changes work, in others it’s distracting.

Of course Aquaman was also removed from the story.

Arthur Curry gets no breaks.

The movie stars an all-star line-up of vocal talents, with Kevin Conroy playing Batman, Tim Daly voicing Superman, Michael Rosenbaum once again taking a turn as the Flash, Carl Lumbly offering up his dulcet tones as the Martian Manhunter and Susan Eisenberg is of course Wonder Woman. Newcomers include cult actor Nathan Fillion as Green Lantern and Bumper Robinson as Cyborg in his first adventure with the team since the 80’s when he served a similar role in the Super Friends cartoon.

Robinson is a veteran voice actor who has worked in more animated projects than I can count and will also be returning to the part of War Machine in the upcoming Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon series premiering on Disney XD next week. As Cyborg, I found him a little lacking and flat. I don’t think the fault is on Robinson, though. There just wasn’t enough screen time for him  to make an impression and compared to the other heroes, he doesn’t have much of an ‘arc’ to go through.

There’s a lot going on in this story, far too much, in fact for any real character development for a ‘new’ hero. It’s cool that Cyborg is in there and I’m always happy for some variety in the team, but- just like his inclusion in the current Justice League comic book- this feels a bit too forced. I like Cyborg, but don’t think that he’s on the same power level as the rest of the League.

The extra feature ‘Cyborg: His Time Has Come’ makes it even more glaring, as if DC feels the need to prove that they are an equal opportunity publisher.

I wasn’t all that pleased with Nathan Fillion as Hal Jordan in this one at first, but as the story delved deeper under the hard case facade, he really grew on me. That’s cool, because I would like him to come back for a third turn as the ring slinger (his work in Emerald Knights is astounding). The cocksure Jordan is a played up a little too much in the initial action sequence against the Royal Flush Gang, but it laid the ground work for his fall from grace later on.

This could very well be the best use of Green Lantern in animated form including his two animated projects. The finale is very cool and the way he ‘escapes’ from his trap is impressive.

The regulars are in top form and Phil Morris as Vandal Savage (who also voiced him in the Justice League animated series) is great. Claudia Black (familiar to many from Farscape) plays a mean Cheetah, standing out from the other villains in more ways than one thanks to her ruthlessness and cunning (as well as a revealing outfit). The lovely Olivia d’Abo returns as Star Sapphire, a character who has a history so long that the film doesn’t bother to fill us in on it.

There are some holes in the script that just don’t add up, such as why the villains would need or want money (what does Metallo do with money?) and why Vandal Savage would seek out these specific villains and not others (such as Sinestro, Lex Luthor and the Joker to name a few). Also, as a friend pointed out, it makes no sense that Savage and his crew would be allowed to keep the knowledge they had gained from the bat computer.

Isn’t that a bit silly to just let all these creeps run off knowing the identities and other secrets of the JLA??

The characterization of Barry Allen is also way off. He behaves far too much like the Wally West of the Justice League animated series making me wonder why they bothered to force the scene in where Barry Allen is doing police work.

On the whole, I have to say that this movie isn’t perfect. The animation is solid and the story compelling, but as it relies on source material from a monthly comic book, the ending feels strange, like there should be a follow up and we know that there won’t be. This also happened when JLA: Crisis on Two Earths was adapted from a stand alone movie for the weekly cartoon when the ending was clearly intended to lead to another set of stories.

That said, it does have some stand out moments such as the poignant defeat of Superman, and the Green Lantern scenes are also very satisfying. The action is slick and the fights are impressive, but it can get a bit repetitive. The finale succeeds in raising of the stakes way off the charts, though which excuses the near-endless fisticuffs.

I might be over-thinking this, but I always imagine that a casual viewer would be put off by the continuity references and obscure characters. Maybe it doesn’t matter who Star Sapphire is or what Bane is talking about, we just want to see them fight. But I think that DC is missing a trick by not treating as this as a newcomers introduction to the JLA.

If you are a fan of the excellent DC Animation DVD series, I suggest picking this up as it makes for a sterling addition to your collection. If you are new to the JLA, I’d recommend starting with the weekly cartoon or Crisis on Two Earths as both function very well without relying on insider knowledge.


Oh and special thanks to Terrance for lending me the Blu-ray.

Justice League: Doom

Justice League: The Complete Series

Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths

Welcome to Earth 2

A new title joining DC’s New 52 will arrive in just two months. Not just another monthly book, Earth 2 will establish another reality parallel to the established universe (which is still unclear on a few things). Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and other familiar characters exist on this other Earth, but with key differences.

Previously, Earth-2 in the DC Universe was a reality in which the superheroes fought in WWII and aged, had families, etc. The Batman of Earth-2 was an older married man with a daughter, Robin wore a redesigned costume and Power Girl was Superman’s cousin. After the Crisis of 1985, these continuities merged, causing inconsistencies that writers struggled valiantly to resolve. When the Multiverse came back into existence at the close of the year-long comic 52, the possibilities for other realities opened up. Finally those story opportunities are being explored in a new comic by James ‘Starman’ Robinson.

If this all looks familiar, it’s because Geoff Johns attempted something similar back in 2008 in the Justice Society of America monthly series. Likely it was put on the back burner due to the massive shake-up of continuity and DC Entertainment’s formation.

The parallel reality will be explored in a set of new books:

EARTH 2 – Writer: James Robinson. Artist: Nicola Scott. The greatest heroes on a parallel Earth, the Justice Society combats threats that will set them on a collision course with other worlds.

WORLDS’ FINEST – Writer: Paul Levitz. Artists: George Perez and Kevin Maguire. Stranded on our world from a parallel reality, Huntress and Power Girl struggle to find their way back to Earth 2. Perez and Maguire will be the artists on alternating story arcs.

Designs by Jim Lee for Wonder Woman and Batman have surfaced along with a new female Robin by Kevin Maguire along with a few snippets of information, reproduced here from CBR:

“I’m excited and eager to let people know all the facts about the new EARTH 2 comic, but for now I have to remain vague,” teased Robinson. “Earth 2 is a world that’s very like our own, but at the same time vastly different. It has known great conflict and danger…a dark menace defeated but at a great cost both to the Earth and to its superheroes of that time. Now, in the present as new menaces emerge to attack the Earth, so new heroes must emerge too, learning to work as a team (or perhaps Society is a better word) while facing these new threats head-on. Who are these heroes? Will their powers include speed, bestial fury, and maybe even green light? Wait and see.”

“Due the events that open the saga of EARTH 2, Wonder Woman is already the last Amazon of this world and she is determined to avenge her sisters…at whatever cost,” Robinson told DC’s blog, The Source. Series editor Pat McCallum weighs in as well, hinting at Earth 2 being a rather violent place, saying, “It’s one of the mysteries we’ll be getting into with the series. While there will be recognizable faces and settings on EARTH 2, don’t for a moment think you’re on familiar ground. Do that, and you let your guard down…and then you’ll end up like the rest of the Amazons.”

“Who will Batman kill to save his own daughter?” series editor Pat McCallum told the blog. “Right out of the gate that should tell you we’re dealing with a different kind of Dark Knight here. More ruthless, dangerous…the costume is familiar and yeah, there is a Wayne under the mask, but we’re looking at a man desperate to save the only family he has left. ‘Earth’ 2 is about to become a very bad place to be a bad guy.”

More as it comes…