Review by Ryan Scicluna

Justice League: Gods and Monsters is an animated superhero film featuring the DC Comics superhero team the Justice League and is part of the DC Universe Animated Original Movies.

In an alternate universe, the Justice League is a brutal force that maintains order on Earth. Superman is named Hernan Guerra and is the son of General Zod, who was rocketed to Earth as a child and raised by a family of Mexican immigrants in a hostile and cruel environment, leading him to become short tempered and withdrawn from humanity. Batman is Kirk Langstrom, a scientist who 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 his hunger begins to eat away at his humanity. Wonder Woman is Bekka, wife of New God, Orion, but an altercation made her leave Apokolips and eventually travel to Earth using a sword conjoined to a mother box. The Justice League’s unaccountably is ultimately challenged by the world’s governments following the suspicious deaths of renowned scientists, including Victor Fries being found drained of blood in the Arctic, Ray Palmer’s car crushed with a woman’s boot print in the door, and Silas Stone burned alive by heat vision, along with his son Victor Stone (Wikipedia, 2015).

After reading such a synopses for this movie, who wouldn’t be interested to see it? Being a huge DC fan, I am always excited about new interpretations of the characters we have become so accustomed to love. This movie offers the freedom to literary go crazy with ideas. But do these ideas hold up together? Do such interpretation and alternative realities enhance the Dc Universe experience or diminish it?

In my humble opinion, they enhance the overall experience. Such stories add flavor to characters we have become accustomed to. How many times we, ourselves have taught, what if had a different origin/ was raised differently/ acted completely the opposite of his current self? This movie gives us a bloody and violent trio of heroes whom some might consider too aggressive, but they are heroes none the less. The movie is also a mystery as to figure out who is actually killing the scientists. I must say the characters are all developed with flashback to their origins separately and you really feel for them.

In the end, this movie is a satisfying piece of entertainment. I am sure fans will expect more of this sort of animated movies in the future. This keeps the very idea of the superheroes fresh and innovative. Also, the movie is filled with Dc Universe references from simple name drops, to whole character being reinvented specifically for this universe. Somethings that makes this movie so powerful is that deep down it’s a simple story driven by emotions. I highly recommend comic book fans to watch it.

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