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DC: The New Frontier is an original, animated, direct-to-video (DTV) movie adapted from the graphic novel DC: THE NEW FRONTIER by Darwyn Cooke (DC Comics). Set in the 1950s, this non-canonical story bridges the gap between the Golden and Silver Ages in the DC Comics Universe. Justice League: The New Frontier features character designs by Bruce Timm; however, is not connected to the Justice League/Justice League Unlimited animated series that ran on Cartoon Network.

Here is the official description from Warner Home Video: "The New Frontier takes viewers on an action-packed adventure, exploring the origins of the Justice League. DC Comics legends Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman are all featured in the film as well as Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter and The Flash, as they band together to form the legendary super team. 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 cannot stop it alone. If they fail, the entire planet will be 'cleansed' of humanity."

"With a large cast of guest appearances, the film will focus heavily on two main stars, Hal Jordan (Green Lantern) and the Martian Manhunter...Also central to the story will be Barry Allen, a.k.a. the Flash. Fans can also expect Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman--all of whom were key in the mini-series--to play a part in the film. However, given the 70-minute time frame, [executive producer Gregory] Noveck admits there is no way to cover all the storylines [Darwyn] Cooke interlaced in each issue." - from the WIZARD 2007 MOVIE SPECTACULAR.

Other characters who have been confirmed as being in this include: King Faraday and Carol Ferris.

A number of rogues appear in Darwyn Cooke's original mini-series/graphic novel, DC: THE NEW FRONTIER, from Captain Cold to Starro the Conqueror. However, the major threat that brings the heroes together is an organic, sentient island called "the Centre" (a.k.a. Dinosaur Island).

JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE NEW FRONTIER DVD EXTRAS:

* Super Heroes United!: The Complete Justice League History: The documentary is a comprehensive 47-year Justice League chronology from the inception in the comics to vivid animated renditions. The story is told with a myriad of interviews tracing back the early days of DC Super Hero team ups during the Golden Age, to the Silver Age rendition where the established heroes emerged and beyond. Interviews include Paul Levitz, Dan DiDio, Gregory Noveck, Mark Waid, Mike Friedrich, Denny O'Neil, Mike Carlin,

* Sneak Peak: Batman: Gotham Knight: One part anime, one part Caped Crusader, the result is a glimpse at the world of Eastern anime sensibilities combined with a Western tradition of Batman. A detailed look at the world of Warner Bros Animation, and how they joined forces with the renowned Japanese animators to create the highly anticipated anime film of 2008.

* Audio Commentary I: Featuring the filmmakers of New Frontier.

* Audio Commentary II: Featuring Darwyn Cooke.

* Widescreen (1.78:1)

*5.1 Dolby Digital

The 2 disc Special Edition DVD will feature more extras including:

* The Legion of Doom: The Pathology of the Super Villain: This documentary will examine the early mythological archetypes of nemesis characters from a historical perspective, and see how the tenants of this rich history were adapted and woven into the Justice League stories. The bonus feature includes many of the talent included in Super Heroes United! As well as Jim Kreuger (writer of Justice).

* Comic Book Commentary: Homage to the New Frontier: This documentary is a nod to the fans of the New Frontier comic book. This featurette further expands the themes contained in the source material, and how these elements were truncated or evolved for the inclusion in the film. Featuring vivid imagery culled from the pages of the New Frontier comic, mixed with the commentary of writer and artist Darwyn Cooke, this featurette is a treat for both fans and scholars of the medium.

* Justice League Unlimited Bonus Episodes: Bruce Timm selects three of his favorite episodes from the Justice League Unlimited animated series:

1. "Dark Heart" -- Alien invaders attempt to thwart the Justice League. The fate of the world rests on the shoulders of Ray Palmer, AKA The Atom.

2. "To Another Shore" - Wonder Woman learns of a plot to steal the powers of the 3,000 year-old corpse of The Viking Prince. It is up to the Justice League to make things right.

3. "Task Force X" - Four incarcerated villains are released from prison by Cadmus to undertake an impossible mission: steal a powerful mystic artifact from the JLU Watchtower under the noses of the League.

Besides being the creator/writer/artist for the original DC Comics miniseries (and graphic novel) DC: THE NEW FRONTIER, Darwin Cooke performed a rewrite/polish of the Stan Berkowitz script; designed the main characters; worked with Glenn Wong on the entire lineup; and storyboarded about 10 percent of the picture for the director, David Bullock.

Yes, the CD will be released by La-La-Land Records on March 18th, 2008. The movie's soundtrack is composed by Kevin Manthei.

Yes, Justice League: The New Frontier will premiere at WonderCon 2008 in San Francisco on February 22-24. Creator Darwyn Cooke and executive producer Bruce Timm will be present at the screening as special guests.

The Golden Age of American comic books (sometimes called the First Heroic Age) saw the creation of the first comic-book super heroes. It began with the debut of Superman in ACTION COMICS #1 (cover-dated June 1938) and ended in the late-1940s or early-1950s (sources vary). Many comic-book heroes who would have Silver-Age variants (Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, etc.) first appeared in the Golden Age.

The Silver Age of American comic books (sometimes called the Second Heroic Age) marked the second generation of comic-book super heroes. It started with SHOWCASE #4 (cover-dated October 1956) the debut of the second Flash, Barry Allen. Opinions vary, but the Silver Age can be said to have ended when comics creator Jack Kirby left Marvel Comics for DC in 1970. The Silver Age also saw the rise of Marvel Comics and their new wave of heroes like Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, the Avengers, the X-Men, etc.

DC Comics, Warner Premiere, Warner Home Video (WHV) and Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) began the production and distribution of DC Universe, a series of original, animated PG-13 movies in July 2006. This original made for DVD movie is part of the DC Universe series of animated PG-13 films written and directed by acclaimed comic book creators and animators and featuring recognizable talent. WHV will be the exclusive worldwide home entertainment distributor for all DC Universe movies, which will include a slate of 2-3 action-packed films per year. Superman Doomsday and Justice League: The New Frontier were the first DC Universe original animated movies. Other DC properties with films in development include Justice League, Green Lantern, Flash and Wonder Woman.

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