The following Blu-ray was provided to me by Warner Brothers for review. Thoughts and opinions are my own.
I’ve said it before and I will say it again, DC is the leader in the animated film industry. What they put out is second to none. From original stories to adaptations they are the true cream of the crop in every sense of the word. There animated films rival their competitors live action films. They just have this (and their TV shows) down to a science. Their latest release, Justice League vs The Fatal Five is no exception.
Justice League vs The Fatal Five features some characters we have yet to see in the DC Animated films, The Legion of Super-Heroes. The film begins in the distant future where Man, Tharok, and The Persuader, members of the Fatal Five group of super villains are attacking the base of the Legion of Super-Heroes. They are after a time travel gadget that they need to go into the past. They plan on traveling back to the present time to force Jessica Cruz, the new Green Lantern to release their other two associates from the Lantern Corps Prison. Unfortunately for them when they attempt to time travel Star Boy jumps after them and uses a fail-safe that Brainiac has installed in case the time portal fell into the wrong hands. It traps them in an almost state of suspended animation in present day Metropolis. Star-Boy crashes in Gotham and without his mood stabilizers he begins to act insane. That’s bad for him as Batman catches him and has him committed to Arkham. While this is happening Superman takes our suspended villains to the Hall of Justice for safekeeping.
We flash forward almost one year later and meet Jessica as she is not only coming to terms with being chosen as the new Green Lantern but dealing with Wonder Woman trying to get her to join the Justice League. Batman is working with Miss Martian as she tries to gain entrance into the League, and we meet Mister terrific as he is trying to unlock the field the 3 villains are trapped in. Sadly he does just that and the three escape after a fight with the Justice League. Seeing this on the television triggers memories in Star Boy causing him to escape Arkham. Batman is able to figure out what is going on and with the help of Star-Boy goes after the villain’s before they can release their friends and set off bombs that they have placed in every city in America.
The film is fantastic with Kevin Conroy, George Newbern and Susan Eisenberg resuming their voice work in an incredible fashion. Kevin Conroy may not have played Batman in any of the live action films but he’s always been amazing as the voice of the Dark Knight. The voice action is just amazing as is the animation which takes a page from the old Justice League Unlimited style. It’s one of the best looking animated films they have done so far.
The story is great, and done simple enough to condense into a nice 85min run time, yet full of enough twist and turns to satisfy any fan of superheroes and Die-Hard comic book fans in general. I enjoyed how this one brought in characters we have not yet seen in the animated films. DC is always good at mixing new and old for a satisfying story. The audio and video are amazing. I was lucky enough to get the 4K version and it is simply breathtaking. Like always it has a few special features, one of which is a first look at the upcoming Batman Hush animated film that I cannot wait for.
If you enjoy DC Animated films this is another must own. If you have never watched one go buy this, then get all the ones before it because they are all that good. You don’t even have to be a comic book fan to enjoy this.
Overall 4 out of 5 Stars!