Justice League: Gods and Monsters

Justice League: Gods and Monsters
Blu-ray cover
Directed by Sam Liu
Produced by
Screenplay by Alan Burnett
Story by
Starring
Music by Frederik Wiedmann
Edited by Christopher D. Lozinski
Production
company
Distributed by Warner Home Video
Release dates
  • July 21, 2015 (2015-07-21)
Running time
72 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Justice League: Gods and Monsters is a 2015 direct-to-video animated superhero film featuring the DC Comics superhero team the Justice League and is part of the DC Universe Animated Original Movies. It was released as a digital download on July 21, 2015 and released on DVD and Blu-ray on July 28, 2015.

Contents

  • Plot 1
  • Cast 2
  • Crew 3
  • Tie-in media 4
    • Companion series 4.1
    • Comic book series 4.2
  • Critical reception 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Plot

In an alternate universe, the Justice League is a brutal force that maintains order on Earth. This universe has its own versions of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman:

  • This universe's version of Superman is Hernan Guerra. He is the son of General Zod who was rocketed to Earth as a child and raised by a family of honorable and hardworking Mexican migrant farmers. Having to go through the troubles that illegal immigrants have in the United States leads him to become short tempered and withdrawn from humanity.
  • Batman is Dr. Kirk Langstrom, a scientist who, after graduating college, has inadvertently transformed himself into a form of pseudo-vampire in an attempt to cure his cancer, feeding on criminals to satisfy his hunger after it begins to eat away at his humanity.

The Justice League's unaccountability is ultimately challenged by the world's governments following the suspicious deaths of three renowned scientists: Victor Stone. The true killers are dark, robotic creatures with appearances and attributes mirroring the Justice League's, along with 'Boom Tube' teleportation abilities.

As all suspicion falls on the Justice League, President Amanda Waller asks that they co-operate with the government's investigation. Wonder Woman speaks to Steve Trevor to learn what the government knows while Superman invites Lois Lane to the Justice League's HQ, where he tells her of his goals to help humanity, and reveals how little he knows about Krypton or his heritage.

Batman investigates himself and discovers an email on Silas' computer, that was sent to a number of scientists including Will Magnus, Kirk's college roommate who helped his transformation. Batman asks Magnus about "Project FairPlay," which involved all the scientists under Lex Luthor's employ, but Magnus tells him nothing. Later, Batman locates all the remaining scientists discussing the threat over their heads, when they are attacked by the robotic assassins, who travel via Boom Tube. Despite the other League members intervening, the assassins slaughter the remaining scientists and 'Boom' out, with Magnus being severely mutilated and the sole survivor of the attack.

The Justice League take Magnus to their HQ to recover while Superman flies into orbit to a satellite, where Luthor now resides. Luthor reveals that "Project FairPlay" is a weapons program to destroy the League if necessary, while also revealing that he retained all the remaining information on Krypton from Superman's shuttle, and tells him the truth about Zod. Luthor tells Superman that Waller has the original files, and as Superman leaves, an assassin booms in and the satellite explodes. As Superman looks on in shock, Trevor shows satellite footage of the explosion and Superman's presence to Waller, and she retaliates with "Project FairPlay" which consists of troops and vehicles armed with weapons powered by red sunlight radiation.

Superman and Wonder Woman face the army at their door as Batman stays inside the HQ where he activates the League's force field with the idea being that once Magnus recovers, he can clear the League. Suddenly, Batman is attacked by Platinum of the Metal Men who Magnus had disguised as his wife. With Batman restrained by Tin, Platinum revives Magnus, who is revealed to have orchestrated the framing of the League, with Nanites that enhance his physical powers to superhuman levels. The assassins are in fact the Metal Men, who appear with a weapon. Magnus tells Batman that he intends to use a Nanite bomb to brainwash humanity into working as a collective. He reveals to Batman he accidentally killed his wife Tina in a fit of rage one night. He knew that she secretly loved Kirk, and was tired of her constantly nagging him to find a cure for Kirk's condition. Magnus replaced her with Platinum and joined "Project FairPlay" soon after, intending to use its resources to bring humanity together in a collective mind as he feels that his actions prove that humanity does not deserve to continue if even a rational man like himself could do that to his own wife.

As Magnus prepares his weapon, Lex Luthor suddenly teleports into the middle of the battle outside and tells everyone that he has discovered Magnus' plan. Inside, Batman seizes an opportunity to drop the force field and the Justice League do battle with Magnus and the Metal Men. Eventually, they succeed and a regretful Magnus commits suicide by disintegrating himself with nanites.

A week later, the Justice League has been cleared and the world, along with Lois Lane, views them differently. Bekka decides to leave the Justice League to face her past along with Lex Luthor who wants to explore other realities after growing bored with this reality. Upon leaving through a Boom Tube, Lex Luthor gives Superman all the data on Krypton and tells him to be a 'real hero'. The film ends with Superman and Batman deciding to work through the data immediately to help humanity.

Cast

Crew

Tie-in media

Companion series

In the weeks before the debut of the film, a three-part series, Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles, which focused on the characters and the universe of the film, was released online by Machinima on June 8, 2015.[1][2] The series is the first collaboration between Warner Bros. and Machinima, following the former's investment of $18 million in Machinima in March 2014.[1] The series is also the first production of Blue Ribbon Content, a digital content production unit of Warner Bros. formed in 2014 and led by president of Warner Bros. Animation Sam Register.[3]

The first season consisted of three episodes concluding on June 12, 2015. A second season of the series will be released in 2016 and feature ten episodes.[4]

Comic book series

A series of one-shot comics written by J. M. DeMatteis and Bruce Timm was released and focused on each hero's origin story. Additionally, a three-issue prequel comic book series written by DeMatteis and Timm was also released.[5]

Title Issue(s) Publication date(s) Writer(s) Artist(s) Ref(s).
Justice League: Gods and Monsters – Batman 1 July 22, 2015 Bruce Timm and J.M. DeMatteis Mathew Dow Smith [6]
Justice League: Gods and Monsters – Superman 1 July 29, 2015 Bruce Timm and J.M. DeMatteis Moritat [7]
Justice League: Gods and Monsters – Wonder Woman 1 August 5, 2015 Bruce Timm and J.M. DeMatteis Dan Green and Rick Leonardi [8]
Justice League: Gods and Monsters 3 August 12, 2015 – August 26, 2015 Bruce Timm and J.M. DeMatteis Thony Silas [9][10][11]

Critical reception

Kofi Outlaw from Screenrant.com gave the film 5 out of 5 stars, praising Timm's and Burnett's writing, the new versions of the DC Trinity, the fight scenes and characters and calling it "a must-see for any DC fan".[12] Joshua Yehl of IGN gave the film an 8.9/10 praising the excellent concept, Wonder Woman's origin story, the voice acting and the use of violence.[13]

References

  1. ^ a b Graser, Marc (2014-09-17). "Machinima Lands Exclusive Animated 'Justice League' Series".  
  2. ^ "Forget everything you thought you knew about the @DCComics universe with Justice League: #GodsandMonsters, debuting June 8th.". Twitter. Machinima. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  3. ^ Spangler, Todd (2014-10-21). "Warner Bros. Unveils Digital Short-Form Studio: Blue Ribbon Content".  
  4. ^ Means-Shannon, Hannah (2015-05-04). "Justice League: Gods And Monsters Chronicles Season 2 Announced By Machinima, WB, And DC Comics (UPDATE)".  
  5. ^ Beedle, Tim (2015-04-16). "Exclusive: First Look at the Justice League: Gods and Monsters Comic".  
  6. ^ "Justice League: Gods and Monsters – Batman #1".  
  7. ^ "Justice League: Gods and Monsters – Superman #1".  
  8. ^ "Justice League: Gods and Monsters – Wonder Woman #1".  
  9. ^ "Justice League: Gods and Monsters #1".  
  10. ^ "Justice League: Gods and Monsters #2".  
  11. ^ "Justice League: Gods and Monsters #3".  
  12. ^ "‘Justice League: Gods And Monsters’ Review". screenrant.com. Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  13. ^ "JUSTICE LEAGUE: GODS AND MONSTERS REVIEW". IGN. Retrieved 2015-07-24. 

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