In an age where super heroes are being recycled fast and furious and we have a mix of good and bad cartoons, it’s great to find an animated supers movie that has a theme of hope. I look at the Next Avengers, the latest in the Marvel series of animated movies that has included such fun movies as Ultimate Avengers, Iron Man, and Dr. Strange, and then they put out this kid version of the Avengers as Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow…
Well, earlier in the year there was an eagerly anticipated movie called Justice League: The New Frontier.
It wasn’t the animation style (which was great, kind of the old style Superman/Batman cartoon style from the 1980s/1990s). It wasn’t the voices, though it was interesting to hear the voices for some of these iconic characters change from what we’re used to in the cartoons. It was the story.
And this isn’t part of the DC story arc that we’ve been watching for years. This was based on an Award-winning comic book limited series of six issues drawn by Darwyn Cooke and published by DC between 2003 and 2004. Set after WWII and at the tail end of the Korean conflict, we see a generation of heroes trying to find their way in an uncertain political climate and an unstable world. It all builds to the end when dozens of DC characters from the 1940s-60s team up to beat a major alien threat.
Hal Jordan was at the center of it all. First as a pilot in Korea. Then as a test pilot. And finally becoming the Green Lantern in the last act.
It was gripping. I wanted to know what was coming next. I never read a lot of comics as a kid, but was fascinated by their TV and movie counterparts. This just proves that great stories transcend the medium they are created in and be just as great in other formats.
It does have an all star cast:
- David Boreanaz (Bones/Angel/Buffy) was Hal Jordan/Green Lantern
- Miguel Ferrer (Bionic Woman/Crossing Jordan) was J’onn J’onzz the Martian Manhunter
- Neil Patrick Harris (Doogie Howser M.D./How I Met Your Mother/Dr. Horrible) was Barry Allen/The Flash
- Lucy Lawless (Xena/Battlestar Galactica) was Wonder Woman
- Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks/Desperate Housewives) was Superman
- Kyra Sedgwick was Lois Lane
- Brooke Shields was Carol Ferris
- Jeremy SIsto was Batman
The list goes on and on…
As far as I’m concerned, it’s one of the finest animated movies I’ve seen in a long time. I give it a sold 4 out of 4. It’s going on my DVD “wish list” very soon. 🙂
We need more hope in the world. This gave me a little.