The Jutice League has been around in the comics for ages. It was a brilliant way for DC to get all their major characters into the same book without always, say, having to have Batman visit Metroplolis. The JLA wasn't the first super-hero group, but it was the most popular.
"Justice League: The New Frontier" takes the League back to the early 1950's. It was a time when America was easily spooked, and folks like McCarthy had far more power than they should ever be allowed.
The movie begins with pilot Hal Jordan being shot down at the end of the Korean War, the arrival of a Martian on Earth and a sinister voice talking about the Centre and the end of the world. Gradually all the characters we know and love (Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, etc), are introduced and the story kicks into high-gear as they try to fight the Centre and deal with a paranoid US government.
The movie's animation and style are incredible. They very nicely capture the feeling of the 1950's Heck, I was even giggling a little with impressed glee at the menu!
Along with the animantion, the acting and story are both quite good, though the story really suffers from a feeling of being incomplete. This is likely due to the extremely short run-time (75 minutes). You simply cannot do a really good epic story with this many characters in that short of an ammount of time. Not if you want to, as it were, do it justice. On the plus side, the main character in the story is Green Lantern, and he's always been a personal favorite of mine.
Still, I recommend the movie. I don't know how it compares to DC: The New Frontier, Vol. 1 cause I haven't read it. But on its own, the movie succeeds, which is more than you can say for a great many comic book adapatations.
A strange thing, my ever-growing respect for Justice League: The New Frontier. It was a title I actually preordered before its release in great anticipation. I tore into and viewed it moments after it was released and came away with a shrug. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it well enough but having just completed the final season of The Justice League Unlimited, I fear I went into New Frontier with expectations higher than even Superman’s capable of flying. Now here … more
I've never really been a fan of the animated comic book movies, but I decided to give it a try as still being a fan of the heroes I find the Justice League interesting. What I was given was good, but nothing amazing and it certainly didn't change my perception of these types of animated movies. The story is set in the 1950's and focuses around the original formation of the Justice League of America. Batman and Detective John Jones are trying to solve the mystery of the Centre, … more
Inspired by the best-selling graphic novel by Darwyn Cooke and produced by the multiple Emmy® award winning animation legend, Bruce Timm, The New Frontier is the epic tale of the founding of the Justice League. Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman are all here of course, and so are Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter and Flash - whose incredible origins will be told for the very first time. Strangers at first, these very different heroes must overcome fear and suspicion to forge an alliance against a monster so formidable, even the mighty Superman can not stop it. If they fail, our entire planet will be "cleansed" of humanity.