Not being familiar with much of The New 52 comic series, I could definitely tell that this movie was a little bit different from what we’ve come to expect from the past DC Animated Universe films that have come out over the past couple days. Those films have ranged from fantastic (Batman: Under the Red Hood) to way below average (Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam). Coming off of one of their better films, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, I can honestly say Justice League: War was a little bit of a let down, it was merely an average animated film.
Justice League War serves as a pseudo origin story for the New 52 Justice League and for Cyborg. As a very short origin story for Victor Stone’s Cyborg, I felt it worked. It made me want to go back and look up The New 52 Cyborg and it made a character I wasn’t previously interested in relatable and interesting. As a origin story for the Justice League, it just felt generic at best. The film shows the Justice League each dealign with their own interesting problems regarding the public’s reaction to these new super humans, but quickly just becomes a “oh look a big baddie too strong for one of us, we have to band together film.” Also, Darkseid just felt like a complete throwaway villain, not the world conquering dark god he truly is. You honestly could have replaced Darkseid with just about any cosmic villain and this film wouldn’t have been any different, which is really disappointing. Darkseid’s redesigned costume was pretty cool though. The voice acting in the film was very hit and miss.
Some performances like Michelle Monaghan’s Wonder Woman, Justin Kirk’s Green Lantern, and Shemar Moore’s Cyborg were excellent though not entirely memorable, but then there were some truly bad performances. The one bad performance that really stuck out to me was the weakness of Jason O’Mara’s Batman. Now I’m an unabashed Kevin Conroy fan, but I feel there have been a number of other good batman voice performances over the years as well. This one just felt strange. I did grow a little with it over the course of the movie, but I still was not a fan of the interpretation as it just felt weak.
Justice League: War is a fun time if you just want a pretty mindless 80 minute romp with some funny one liners and pretty cool animation, just don’t expect this to be one of those animated films you would want to have on your blu-ray shelf.(3.0 / 5)