Man of Steel 2 aka Superman vs Batman, pleeazze!  Push that back as long and far as you want to.  We don’t need that as long as we have the DC animated universe.  This time with a new installment Justice League War.  TRAILER PLEASE

So as the trailer probably showed this is an origin story for the formulating Justice League.  Just to put it out there I’m a huge DC animated universe fan.  The work Bruce Timm and Paul Dini laid for this universe still works today, now they are not attached to this project, but those cartoons and movies growing up made my love for comics as well as the heroes.  So I absolutely loved this movie!  It is not as gruesome and adultified (I know not a word) as Justice League: Flashpoint (Spoiler:  They killed kids and Batman carries a gun), but it has its blood.  This movie tells a slight different story of the Justice league coming together (from what I have heard this takes after the New 52, which explains alot).

First difference is Cyborg.  Cyborg is part of the team and not Martian Manhunter, yet this doesn’t bother me because we need more brothas in the superhero game (Not drunks like Hancock, or uppity Kings like Black Panther… joking).  In all seriousness I like the change because Cyborg can handle all the heavy tech/computer savvy info being thrown at us.  Another difference is the extremely over underlined romantic tension between Superman and Wonder Woman (yes they are dating in the New 52).  Also they made Billy Batson better known as Shazam an original member.  You still get Batman, Flash, and Green Lantern.

The movie revolves around an extremely massive Darkseid that is coming to terraform the Earth, so I guess Darkseid didn’t watch Man of Steel, because I could have sworn that was the plot that General Zod tried to hatch.  Just like a villain to steal an idea and suffer the same results.  I enjoyed the fighting and action, every character got a chance to shine and show why they can hold their own solo.  Naturally we had to go through the usual, “we are solo heroes and eventually we learn to work as a team to save the day”.  Some of my favorite parts were naturally everything Batman was a part of.  Some of his lines and conversations are just classic, even Hal Jordan makes a “True Blood” reference when talking to Batman.  I’m glad they didn’t make Batman unbeatable, they did show his vulnerability.  They also did the consistent Batman being 3 steps ahead of everybody.  Now I’m one of the biggest Superman fans there is and I always get pissed off when they make Batman a physical equal, to a certain degree, when they face off.  This movie finally does justice (no pun) to the question; what would happen if Batman didn’t have time to prepare and just ran into Superman and a fight took place?  It seems the New 52, which this is based off, has depowered Superman a bit.  Now don’t get me wrong he is still an unbelievable force, but at certain points when I thought he would dominate he didn’t or rather couldn’t.  It’s so much to like about this film.  Wonder Woman was amazing in it and you really get the Amazon Warrior feel from her.  Just the brutal and excited way she fights really hammers home her love of battling and war.

Only thing I didn’t like is the short 79 minute running time.  I thought it could have used 15-20 more minutes of feeling out the characters feeling each other out, but hey I can’t complain, it’s not a Joss Whedon film.  This movie is like Green Lantern breaking his arm and has to switch hands to use his ring.  Same cool powers, still really good constructs, but with a slightly different feel.  If you can find this film digitally watch it now, if not it comes out Feb 4th on DVD,  it is a MUST SEE!  I Pay For It So You Don’t Have To, but pay if you have to for this one!

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