Western Animation: Justice League: War
Superheroes have recently started to appear and not only are they considered strange, but are hated and feared, which Batman doesn't mind. But when he discovers signs of an alien invasion from the planet Apokolips
, ruled by the God of Evil Darkseid
, Batman must team-up with Green Lantern and they must band together a team of superheroes to stop it.
A film in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies
line, Justice League: War
is an Animated Adaptation
of the first arc of the New 52
version of the Justice League, Justice League: Origin
. Voice actors include Jason O'Mara (Terra Nova
) as Batman
, Alan Tudyk
) as Superman
, Michelle Monaghan (Source Code
) as Wonder Woman
, Christopher Gorham (Covert Affairs
) as The Flash
, Justin Kirk (Weeds
) as Green Lantern
, Shemar Moore (Criminal Minds
) as Cyborg
, Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings
) as Shazam
, and Steve Blum
) as Darkseid
.Here is the first trailer released
It has a sequel, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis
This movie provides examples of:
- Action Girl: Wonder Woman, unsurprisingly.
- Adapted Out: Aquaman is replaced by Shazam.
- Adaptation Expansion:
- The fight scenes against Darkseid are much more epic in both scale and length than they were in the comic.
- Wonder Woman is given more focus than in the source material. Her fight scenes are some of the most impressive in the movie in technical terms.
- Shazam replacing Aquaman is also an example of this, as Cyborg's Odd Friendship with him develops the latter's character beyond the source material.
- Adaptational Heroism: Billy Batson isn't as much of a Jerkass as his New 52 counterpart was at first, although he's still more mischievous and arrogant than previous incarnations.
- Wonder Woman when introduced to ice cream.
- Flash having a fanboy moment when he meets Batman.
- Alien Blood: The Parademons have dark green, electrically charged blood that doesn't stick to clothing or skin.
- Alien Invasion: From Apokolips.
- All Amazons Want Hercules: Halfway literal. Wonder Woman is instantly smitten when she sees Superman kicking ass.
- Amazon Chaser: Literally. At least three of the heroes hit on Wonder Woman.
- Ass in Ambassador: Wonder Woman appears to be this. She bails on meeting the president because she didn't want to wait, cares little to nothing about the customs of the Nation she is in, and constantly thrusts her sword at people which clearly terrifies them. It has gotten so bad that at the beginning of the movie there is a protest group wanting her gone.
- Berserk Button:
- For Superman, hurting Wonder Woman.
- For Darkseid, getting his eye stabbed by Wonder Woman. He doesn't say anything, but he goes form expending minimal effort to tackling and wailing on her.
- Big Bad: Darkseid.
- The Big Guy: Superman, as opposed to his more traditional protrayal is more cocky here and is frequently labeled as the groups "Big Gun."
- Blood Knight: Superman is a bit more fight-happy in this adaptation. Ditto for Wonder Woman.
- Body Horror: What happened to Victor. Notably, as the film progresses, his body horror softens in stages until he's settled into his normal look.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Wonder Woman.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Superman after being tortured on Apokolips. He even kills Desaad before coming out of it.
- Butt Monkey: Green Lantern. Batman hands out humiliation to him to an extent that he looks like his All-Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder incarnation.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Victor calls his dad out for never caring about him.
- Captain Obvious: How does Batman know that the enemy is trying to terraform the planet? He sees the water is on fire.
- Chewing the Scenery: Wonder Woman's reaction upon discovering the wonders of ice cream.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Wonder Woman can come off this way, but not from stupidity. She just tends to filter everything in terms of being part of a heroic epic.
- Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: After being rescued from a Parademon by the Green Lantern, the woman in the beginning does this.
Woman: What's it gonna cost?
(Green Lantern flies away in a huff)
Woman: And how am I supposed to get down from here now?
- Conveniently Empty Building: Dozens of them, except for that one with someone visibly fleeing inside it when Superman plowed through it...
- Conservation of Ninjutsu: One Parademon was handling Batman and Green Lantern. Another seemed to give Superman a decent fight (though he may have been holding back to try to capture it alive). Once the Mother Boxes open, they go down in droves.
- Curb-Stomp Battle:
- Green Lantern and Batman are rather outmatched when they decide to interfere with Superman.
- The Air Force tried to stop Darkseid.
- The first battle of the Justice League against Darkseid is one-sided.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Like all of his other versions, Batman is this.
- Deadpan Snarker:
- Batman, naturally.
- Green Lantern, too. Especially when Batman goes into stoic mode.
- Death by Adaptation: Desaad gets this at the hands of a brainwashed and berserk Superman.
- The Dragon/Evil Genius: Desaad to Darkseid, as usual.
- Dumb Muscle: Hal has shades of this, but it's mostly because he's over-confident.
- Evil Is Bigger: Darkseid is huge in this incarnation, easily three times taller than the heroes and just as wide.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Darkseid, naturally, courtesy of Steve Blum. Bonus points for having his voice altered to demonic levels.
- Eye Scream: Darkseid gets both eyes gouged out, one with a sword, the other with a crowbar. For good measure, Shazam sends a lightning bolt down the latter. And then Superman follows suit by shooting into both of Darkseid's bloody eye sockets with his Eye Beams.
- The poor victims (including Superman!) of the Painful Transformation that would turn them into Parademons; it starts with the eyes.
- Fanboy: Flash is pretty happy about meeting Batman. And Batman respects him, which, after treating Hal like a moron for the entire movie up until that point, is amusing.
- Feed It a Bomb: Batman does this to a Parademon on Darkseid's base.
- Friend to All Children: Wonder Woman's interactions with Hannah Grace definitely counts her as this.
- Go for the Eye: Wonder Woman comes up with a rather direct solution to Darkseid's Omega Beams: blind him.
- Hero Insurance: A protester rants about the heroes causing $100 million in damage yearly as part of the reason they need to go. Such an estimate is rather tame by modern standards, all things considered.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: The heroes aren't well-liked to begin with, in part because of the massive collateral damage they cause; aside from the Flash, most of them can't be bothered to check themselves. An alien invasion warms the public to them.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: What ultimately stops Darkseid is Cyborg, who has a combination of Apokaliptian technology and other alien tech which allows him to interface with the Mother Box and reprogram it to send Darkseid and his army back where they came from.
- Human Resources: Parademons are created by re-purposing the local populations of the planets Darkseid conquers.
- I Am the Noun: "I am entropy. I am death. I am... Darkseid."
- Idiot Ball: Vic Stone when he grabs the Mother Box his dad is working on.
- I Know Your True Name: This is how Batman defuses the fight with Superman.
GL: "This guy's gonna kill us!"
Batman: "No, he won't. You bruise, but you don't kill. Do you... Clark?"
: (Goes wide-eyed with surprise
, then comes to a halt right in front of Batman) "You've made your point..."
- Batman does it again to Green Lantern later in the movie to make sure Hal listens to his pep talk.
- Batman gets a taste of it himself courtesy of Superman's X-Ray Vision.
- Impossible Thief: Batman manages to steal Hal's ring while he's wearing it, and Hal doesn't notice until Batman holds the ring up to study it.
- Jerkass: Green Lantern is rather full of himself and prideful in this movie.
- Jerk Jock: Superman acts during most of the movie like one.
- Large Ham: Wonder Woman is very... exuberant, especially when it comes to battle. Even outside of fighting, she seems to approach near every situation with the same warrior's boisterousness. Even eating ice cream.
- Leeroy Jenkins:
- Green Lantern doesn't really think before he attacks. Amusingly, by the end of the plot he manages to shape up and puts together a careful plan of attack, only for Shazam to ruin it by doing this instead - which Lantern lampshades.
- As mentioned above, another example is Shazam (and Diana calls him out on it), though he has the excuse of being a kid.
- Ironically enough, Diana herself doesn't really stop to think before she decides to attack Cyborg upon first meeting... and gets a face of automated sonic cannon for her troubles. Immediately after, Flash lets everyone know Vic's on their side.
- Let's You and Him Fight: The superheroes are unfamiliar with one another at first. This leads to a brawl or two.
- Mythology Gag:
- Superman and Green Lantern fought in a building with a Lexcorp sign in front of it, and then Superman threw the latter into a Lexcorp truck.
- Virgil Hawkins and Tye Longshadow from Young Justice can be seen at the football game in the beginning.
- The Wonder Woman effigy that the protester is seen hanging sports her New 52 design. Incidentally, there are also similarities to Watchmen, where a protester is seen holding a Superman-like effigy.
- Freddy Freeman and Darla Dudley appear as Billy's foster brother and sister.
- One of the scientists early on is basically Dr. Sterling Roquette as a brunette. Likewise, one of the others is future supervillain T.O. Morrow.
- When they're being lauded in the ending, the speaker stumbles over what to call them before settling on "Superfriends", prompting an argument about what to name their group.
- Neck Lift:
- Green Lantern gives one to Batman at the start, before they recognize they're on the same side.
- Batman then interrogates Desaad this way.
- And a brainwashed Superman kills Desaad by breaking his neck one-handed.
- No Sell: Superman to a variety of Batman's gadgets.
- No Respect Guy:
- Barry doesn't seem to get a lot of respect from his coworkers.
- The heroes in general aren't respected by the public they save.
- Among the heroes, no one respects GL.
- No Social Skills: Wonder Woman's a bit out of touch with social conventions, to say the least.
- Only Sane Man:
- Batman is clearly the more rational and mature member of the group since the start.
- Also, Flash who manages to be the only hero to go the entire story without getting into a pointless scrape of some kind with another hero.
- Painful Transformation: The story does not pull punches with how horrifying the Parademon transformation process is. There's a lot of restraint, a lot of screaming, and a LOT of blood.
- Precision F-Strike: Cyborg delivers one when the Mother Box stops working.
- Psychotic Smirk: When he's not busy looking grim, Darkseid has a very menacing smirk that usually prefaces a brutal ass-kicking.
- Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: The Flash does this a couple times.
- Recognition Failure: Green Lantern doesn't know who Bruce Wayne is.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Superman, Darkseid.
- Sequel Hook/The Stinger: The post-credits sequence shows Ocean Master declaring war on the surface world, setting the stage for Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, introducing Aquaman.
- Ship Tease: Between Superman and Wonder Woman.
- Small Name, Big Ego:
- Played with by Green Lantern. He's perfectly correct when he tells Batman that this whole star sector is his jurisdiction... but then he goes and quickly gets taken down a peg almost constantly.
- Shazam is a milder example. He naturally assumes he can take Darkseid by himself and wrongly believes Wonder Woman "digs" him.
- Smug Super: Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Superman, and Shazam. Superman, Shazam, and Green Lantern all think they can handle most threats on their own and rely on their powers. Superman even toys with Batman and Green Lantern when they first meet, knowing there's nothing they can really do to him. Superman's first interaction with WW is just saying "you're strong" and she says "I know." Even Batman is smug and he has no powers to be smug about, he swipes Green Lantern's power ring and when told he's not going to do it again, his reply is "Unless I want to."
- Superman Stays out of Gotham: Averted with GL coming to Gotham. As far as GL's concerned, Gotham is part of his jurisdiction anyway. Otherwise, it seems pretty clear that each hero has his own jurisdiction that he didn't stray from until the events of the movie.
- Gets a lampshade hanging twice: Batman tells Green Lantern that Gotham is his, and Superman tells GL and Batman that Metropolis is "my turf."
- Taking You with Me: The first Parademon being tracked by Green Lantern and Batman tries to blow itself up with them.
- Darkseid tries to take Superman with him as he's being sucked into the Boom Tube.
- Tempting Fate: Basically every time someone says something like "What can possibly go wrong?", things get worse.
- Too Dumb to Live: Victor. His transformation is a result of grabbing a visibly glowing alien box while it's being studied by his father.
- Unwilling Roboticization: The means in which Parademons are created involves subjected captured bystanders to this, to a horrifying extent. Victor's transformation into Cyborg's partially involves undergoing the same process, but he keeps his sense of self.
- Villainous Breakdown: Darkseid is beginning to suffer from this after getting his eyes stabbed.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Victor Stone and his dad.
- What Measure Is a Mook?: It's established early on that the Parademons are mindless foot-soldiers, so the heroes cut them down in droves. Even after it's revealed that they were innocents converted to become Parademons, no one bats an eye about slaughtering them in droves. In fairness, they don't really give the heroes any chance to discuss terms of surrender...
- When All You Have Is a Hammer: Or in this case, when all you have is a sword. Wonder Woman needs little provocation to use her sword. This includes ordering ice cream and thanking the vendor. She even admits that fighting is what she is good at compared to being a diplomat.
- Why Am I Ticking?: Batman takes out a few Parademons this way.