Justice League: The New Frontier Reviewed.

****Mild Spoilers****
jladvdcover.jpgJustice League: The New Frontier, written by Stan Berkowitz and Darwyn Cooke, directed by Dave Bullock, takes place in 1953 at the end of the Korean War. This is important to know, as it explains the nature in which the characters are outfitted, at least from a Superman and Batman perspective. I thought this was a nice touch and a nod to the end of the golden age of comics.

The New Frontier follows the beginnings of Hal Jordan (The Green Lantern) and the Martian Manhunter (J’onn J’onzz). Hal, a war vet and POW, trying to get his life together, but still reaching for the stars, with the dreams of becoming a astronaut. The Martian Manhunter has just come to earth, and is adjusting to his new home. The shape shifting space traveler finds comfort in the Television and purpose from it’s crime fighting detective movies.

The New Frontier depicts a time when Superheroes were not exactly trusted by the government. The government feared that one day the saviors with extraordinary abilities would turn on the world and abuse their great power. Superman, seems to be caught in the middle, keeping the peace between the world and his gifted acquaintances. He and Wonder Woman are soldiers for the US Army with different views on how to deal with the enemy.

The Flash/Bart Allen (Voice done by Neil Patrick Harris) is trying to live a normal life while special agent King Faraday is hunting him.

All, (heroes and humans) are brought together with a common goal when a threat to the world is slowly revealed in the form of a hostile being called the “Centre”.

I really enjoyed The New Frontier. Overall it was really well done, especially the beginning credits. It was also really cool to see some of the origins of some of the characters brought to life on the small screen as well as the development of others.

The voices of all the characters were well cast and it was cool to hear Aquaman’s voice done by Alan Ritchson who plays Aquaman in Smallville.

The story moved a little slower than I cared for and too much time was spent on Hal Jordan. Superman was totally jipped in this movie on many counts. For someone who supposedly founded/lead the JLA he is almost absent from the majority of the movie. However there were a few cool scenes with Lois and Wonder Woman that were very well written. Being a big Superman fan, you can imagine my disappointment, but it did allow me to appreciate the other characters. I really enjoyed the Martian Manhunter arc. His story is worthy of it’s own DVD.

The PG-13 Rating was pretty warranted, as there was bloody violence and mild swearing. May not be suitable for some kids so parents use your own discretion.

Special thanks to Jorge from M80 for hooking me up.

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One Response to “Justice League: The New Frontier Reviewed.”

  1. Indeed the centre was SLOWLY revealed. More like hardly not at all.

    We really did not care for it. Although it was stylish and well animated, but the graphic novel based storyline did not make for a solid feature plot.

    Here is our take on it with lots of pics and a few bits if wit if you are interested:

    http://fortresstakes.wordpress.com/2009/11/29/justice-league-the-new-frontier-2008/

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