Bruce Timm returns to DC Animation with Justice League: Gods and Monsters!
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We’ve all longed for the glory days of superheroes in animation. The plethora of Marvel series invaded our television screens like X-Men, The Fantastic Four, The Hulk, Iron Man, and even a short lived Avengers cartoon. But nothing was quite like what Bruce Timm, Paul Dini, and Alan Burnett built with Batman: The Animated Series. The groundbreaking series laid the foundation for multi-series spanning universe that stretched from 1992 to 2006. The DC Animated Universe cemented the trio as some of the best storytellers in television history. And we welcomed their spiritual progeny like Giancarlo Volpe, Brandon Vietti, & Greg Weisman to continue the trend of dynamite DC Comics heroism with Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Young Justice, and Beware The Batman. But alas, nothing has seemed to catch fire quite like what that Batman: The Animated Series team developed.
Just our luck, we won’t have to wait too long to see these titans of fiction return to our screens. Warner Bros. Animation released a teaser for the upcoming film, Justice League: Gods And Monsters. Not only that, the full length feature will lead into an exclusive web series for Machinima, Justice: Gods And Monsters Chronicles.
The plot of the film is based heavily on the DC Elsewords line of comic books. Introducing a universe where the trinity of DC comics is unlike anything we’ve been exposed to before. Outside of the big three, the details of the universe have been called “a 90 minute easter egg for DC fans.” As far as we know(trigger warning: spoilers ahead) a mysterious villain is killing prominent scientists in the DC universe. Victor Fries, Ray Palmer, Michael Holt, all of these impressive minds have yet to inherit their destiny’s as superheroes, or super villains, in this new status quo. But our trinity of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman take the biggest leap from their mainstream counterparts by using lethal force to eliminate criminals and threats.
Superman is the son of General Zod. An anti-hero battling his super powered duty to be a beacon of hope of humanity, and his genetic predisposition to evil, inherited from his father.
Not much is revealed about why this mysterious New God takes up the mantle of Wonder Woman, but we do know she’s the former wife of Orion. It has not been explicity stated that she is Bekka, wife of Orion created the legendary Jack Kirby. Since this is an Elseworld’s take on the DC Universe, she could be an entirely different entity. But, she somehow has a connection to Darkseid which will probably factor into the longer Machinima series, and not the initial feature film.
Batman is Kurt Langstrom. In the normal DC Comics continuity he is known as the Manbat. But in Gods and Monsters, Kurt Langstrom has developed cancer, and being the genius scientist that he is, has tried numerous ways to cure himself. Accidentaly, one of his attempted “cures” turns him into a vampire. Langstrom decides to sate his lust for blood by exclusively dining on criminals.
Lastly we have Lex Luthor, who’s motives remain a mystery. In the extended look at the film, which has been ripped from the internet by Warner Bros., Luthor seems to be inspired by the brilliance, and physical disability, of Stephen Hawking. Seemingly appearing at first with a cane, and later restricted to a wheelchair. One particular piece of dialogue from him stuck out when I initially saw the video.
“I never really cared for power. I walked away from it, what I coveted was knowledge.“
A Lex Luthor that doesn’t crave power, or an undying jealousy of Superman? I’m intrigued, as this might paint him as a neutral party to all the events of the film. Without a doubt I plan on picking up this film on the day of it’s release.
With all the little information we have about the upcoming film and series, I’m happy to patiently wait for this film. With a more then impressive catalogue of television seires and animated films under his belt, Bruce Timm and his team have yet to leave me disappointed. And I doubt this film will disappoint either. Check out the teaser below to get a sneak peek at Justice League: Gods And Monsters. The film arrives on dvd and blu-ray this summer.