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Justice League: War (2014)

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The world's finest heroes found the Justice League in order to stop an alien invasion of Earth.

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Jay Oliva

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Heath Corson, Geoff Johns (comic book: "Justice League: Origin") | 8 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Astin ... Shazam (voice)
Zach Callison ... Billy Batson (voice)
Christopher Gorham ... The Flash / Barry Allen (voice)
Justin Kirk ... Green Lantern / Hal Jordan (voice)
Michelle Monaghan ... Wonder Woman (voice)
Shemar Moore ... Cyborg / Victor Stone (voice)
Jason O'Mara ... Batman / Bruce Wayne (voice)
Alan Tudyk ... Superman (voice)
Steve Blum ... Darkseid / Computer Voice / Ocean Master (voice)
Dee Bradley Baker ... Parademons / Secret Service Agent (voice)
Melique Berger ... Sarah Charles (voice)
Kimberly Brooks ... Darla (voice)
Rocky Carroll ... Silas Stone (voice)
Ioan Gruffudd ... Thomas Morrow (voice)
Georgie Kidder ... Freddy Freeman / Max / Additional Voices (voice)
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The world's finest heroes found the Justice League in order to stop an alien invasion of Earth.

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A time when heroes became legends.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, and some language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

DC Comics [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Justice League: War See more »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

In the comics, Aquaman uses his trident to help blind one of Darkseid's eyes. However in the film, as Aquaman had been cut, the Flash uses a crowbar instead. See more »

Goofs

When Shazam says his own name to introduce himself to the other heroes, the lightning that transforms him from Billy Batson to Shazam, and vice versa, does not strike. However in the New 52 continuity (upon which this film is based), the word "SHAZAM" only works when he intends for it to. Otherwise he can say it without effect. This was necessary when they changed the character's name from Captain Marvel. See more »

Quotes

Green Lantern: Out of my way, Batman.
Batman: Your arm is broken, you idiot.
Green Lantern: I can handle this. Get out of my way.
Batman: You're gonna die.
Green Lantern: Then I die.
Batman: What are you trying to prove?
Green Lantern: I'm not trying to prove anything, you phenomenal douche bag. Don't act like you know me. You don't.
Batman: We're just somewhat alike.
Green Lantern: We are nothing alike.
Batman: We're fighting alongside an alien, an Amazon, a human lightning bolt, a cyborg and a speedster. As far as I can tell, Hal, you and I are the only normal people here.
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Version of Lego Batman: The Movie - DC Super Heroes Unite (2013) See more »

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Not DC's best, but still a fun movie.
5 February 2014 | by dbroughton1994See all my reviews

I was particularly excited for this film for two reasons. First, I read and thoroughly enjoyed Justice League Origin, the comic off which the movie is based. Second, I am a huge fan of DC's animated universe since Batman: TAS. While "War" is not as good as "Doom" or "Under the Red Hood", it is a solid addition to a long line of great movies. Pros:

The entire movie was a visual treat. The style of animation is clearly different from other DC movies, but it's not bad, in fact I thought it was more visually appealing. From start to end, the animation delivers a clear and rich experience that definitely makes it more enjoyable.

Some have criticized War for weak plot and underdeveloped characters. They are right to some extent, for the plot is very basic with little information given on motive for Darksied's invasion. However the story is impressively accurate to its source material. So if you don't like the plot, take it up with Geoff Johns. Furthermore, we all know who each of the characters are, so an in-depth biopic of each Leaguer would be a waste of time. The comic is called Origin, and that's what this is, an origin of the Justice League so don't expect a ton of individual character development. My biggest complaint regarding accuracy would be the fact that Aquaman was replaced with Shazam. I'm as big a Captan Marvel fan as the next guy, but it was still disappointing that the king of Atlantis still doesn't get any love even after Geoff Johns did such a great job of finally making him cool. Furthermore, the personalities and even a good bit of dialogue of the characters could have been pulled directly from the pages of the comic. The dynamic between the heroes, especially Batman and Green Lantern, provided many of the best scenes, not to mention the funniest. I laughed out loud several times throughout and did not feel like the comedy, which was definitely more present here than in other films, took away from the experience of a film that is very centered on action.

Cons: Like most other reviewers, my only truly valid complaint involves voice casting. Most of the voices are adequate, and none of them are great. The best represented voices were definitely The Flash by Christopher Gorham, and Cyborg by Shemar Moore. Batman, performed by Jason O'Mara did sufficiently, but after growing up on Kevin Conroy, it was difficult to hear such a different voice coming from the cape and cowl. Steve Blum as Darksied brings a new kind of voice to the uber-powerful new god, but makes him seem more like a monster than a super intelligent being. The worst voice was by far Superman. Firefly star Alan Tudyk voices Superman, but fails to convey any gravitas or personality consistent with Superman.

Overall Justice League War received an 8 from me. While not DC's best contribution to the world of animation, but a fun, comical, and action-packed ride nonetheless. If you are a fan of DC and comics in general than it is definitely worth buying, if not it's still worth at least one viewing.


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