Justice League: The New Frontier (2008, animated)
Plot: Set in the 1950’s, New Frontier tells the story of how the Justice League came together as they face off against a powerful alien entity that threatens the entire planet.
Justice League: the New Frontier is a little too overly dramatic for my liking. This is especially apparent in the voice acting. At one point, Lois Lane gives a solemn news report and completely breaks down. It was a little much. The voice acting in general just doesn’t work. I could see how some people would like it, but they are dramatically different from what I’ve seen before, especially when it comes to Superman and Batman. I respect New Frontier for being different from your average superhero film, but it’s a chore to sit through. The plot takes forever to develop. And it’s really annoying. Everyone just keeps talking about this ‘Center’ thing. What the hell does that mean? The last time I heard of the Center was in a Boy Meets World episode where Shawn joins a weird cult. I’m pretty sure it’s not that. They wait forever to reveal what it is. The film definitely has some nice scenes though. I like when Hal Jordan and Abin Sur meet. It was certainly done better here than in the recent live action movie. And even though everyone conveniently comes together at the end, the last action scene is pretty damn good. I just wished I cared more. The animation at the end is also ridiculously sappy. If you’re desperate to see the Justice League in the 1950’s, I guess this is for you, but it’s fairly mediocre.
Rating: 6 out of 10 (‘meh’)
Category Rankings (Spoilers Throughout):
Best Performance: David Boreanaz as Hal Jordan/Green Lantern
-I didn’t like his voice at first, but by the end, it was clearly the best in the film. He feels like the main character as the movie gives him the most detailed back story.
Worst Performance: Jeremy Sisto as Batman
-I get they wanted to try something a little different, but I’m sorry, it just sounded like Batman had a cold.
Best Line: “Look, Hal, I don’t get involved with my employees.” –Carol Ferris
“I understand Carol. But I don’t start work for two more weeks.” –Hal Jordan
-Ooooooooooooo, pretty smooth, Hal.
Worst Line: “I hear you’re quite a detective.” –Superman to Robin
-If I were Robin, I’d be pissed. The delivery of the line was like something you would say to a four year old, like ‘I hear you’re quite the little artist.’ I don’t know, just kind of antagonizing.
-Everyone going up against the Center alien island thing was pretty bad ass.
-I hate how they just throw in random Justice League members at the end. Green Arrow is there, but he never says or does anything. He doesn’t even shoot an arrow! What a waste. And then Aquaman suddenly comes in at the very end to delivery a wounded Superman. They were so forced.
-Hal becoming Green Lantern at the end was pretty damn cool. The animation looked great, and continued to look great as Green Lantern destroyed the center of the island with his ring.
-When Superman rallies the troops and raises his arms shouting, ‘Are you with me!’ was a little much. But it did remain consistent with the over voice acting throughout the film, so there you go.
-Martian Manhunter shape shifting into Bugs Bunny gave me a few chuckles.
Bad Ass Moment:
-Batman’s first appearance as he’s beating up a bunch of thugs…doesn’t get much better than that.