Justice League: War

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Justice League: War
Justice League-War.jpg
DVD cover
Directed by Jay Oliva
Produced by Sam Register
James Tucker
Alan Burnett
Screenplay by Heath Corson
Based on Justice League: Origin (2011–12) 
by Geoff Johns, Jim Lee and Scott WIlliams
Starring Alan Tudyk
Jason O'Mara
Michelle Monaghan
Christopher Gorham
Justin Kirk
Shemar Moore
Sean Astin
Music by Kevin Kliesch
Edited by Christoper D. Lozinski
Distributed by Warner Home Video
Release dates
  • February 4, 2014 (2014-02-04)
Running time
79 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $3.5 million
Box office $4,642,943[1]

Justice League: War is a direct-to-video animated superhero film adaptation of Geoff Johns and Jim Lee's 2011 story Justice League: Origin. It was directed by Jay Oliva, scripted by Heath Corson. It is the 18th film in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies series and the first in a new series of shared DC Animated Universe Movies.[2] The film was released for downloading on January 21[3] and was released on Blu-ray and DVD formats on February 4, 2014.[4] It had its world premiere at the Paley Center for Media on the same day.[5]

A follow-up film, which focuses on Batman, titled Son of Batman came out in 2014. A sequel, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, will be released in 2015.


A series of strange abductions have occurred in Gotham City. Video footage suggests that Batman, a wanted, costumed vigilante, is behind the incidents. When a mysterious cloaked kidnapper abducts a woman, Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) arrives to confront the kidnapper and saves the woman when she is dropped from above. Green Lantern then attacks the kidnapper, revealing it to be a monstrous Parademon. As Green Lantern is about to be killed, Batman appears and saves him. The Parademon then attacks both heroes. They escape from the city's police and chase the creature into the sewers, where it charges a Mother Box and explodes. Batman and Green Lantern examine the box, deduce that it is of extraterrestrial origin, and decide to ask Superman for an answer. Another Mother Box, supplied by The Flash (Barry Allen) is being studied at S.T.A.R. Labs. Doctor Silas Stone, father of Vic Stone, deliberately misses his son's football game so he can study the box. Arriving in Metropolis, Batman and Green Lantern fight Superman—who has fought a Parademon previously and believes the heroes are for working with it. The battle spreads over a portion of the city; it finally stops when Batman calls Superman "Clark". Superman uses his x-ray vision and recognizes Batman as Bruce Wayne. The three heroes then begin to collaborate. On planet Apokolips, Darkseid orders Desaad to begin an invasion of Earth in response to the superheroes' discovery of his plans.

Vic arrives at S.T.A.R. Labs and argues with his father, who believes that football has no importance in a world that is changing with the appearance of metahumans. At the Daily Planet, Superman, Batman, and Green Lantern realize the invasion has begun when the box activates and several Boom Tubes appear throughout the world, including S.T.A.R. Labs. An explosion fatally wounds and embeds the Box's technology into Vic, forcing S.T.A.R. Lab to take Vic to an emergency room to save him. Silas loads Vic into a hi-tech medical bed, connecting his son with various technologies. Countless Parademons appear around the world, attacking everyone on sight. The box's technology is connected to Vic and the labs' equipment, transforming Vic into Cyborg. Just as the Flash arrives to save the scientists, Cyborg's systems reveal details of Apokolips, Darkseid, and the invasion plan. At his foster home, teenager Billy Batson sees a Parademon outside and mystically turns into the superhero Shazam. Air Force One is attacked in the air, but is saved by the Amazon princess Wonder Woman (Diana Prince) and Superman. After the heroes gather, Cyborg reveals that the invasion is a prelude to the terraforming of Earth. Darkseid arrives and proves to be a powerful opponent who defeats each hero effortlessly.

Superman is captured. Batman stops Green Lantern and persuades him to help the heroes work together after he unmasks himself. Wayne deliberately gets himself captured to save Superman. Green Lantern, acting as a leader, assembles everyone and decides that to defeat Darkseid they must destroy his eyes first, stripping him of his power to use his Omega Beams. Batman arrives on Apokolips and stops Desaad from turning Superman into a Parademon, but because of his brainwashing, Superman goes on a rampage, resulting in Desaad's death. Batman reasons with Superman, helping him regain control. On Earth, after destroying Darkseid's eyes (as Wonder Woman stabs him in the left eye with her sword, and Flash impales him in the right eye with the pointy end of a crowbar) thus stripping him of his power to use his Omega Beams, Cyborg connects with the Mother Box to reopen the Boom Tubes and send the tyrant and his army back to their home world. Though the Parademons are gone, Darkseid remains. Superman and Batman arrive and together they force the tyrant into the portal. With the world saved, the once-maligned superheroes gain the public's trust and are honored at the White House. The President of the United States asks whether they have a name. The newly formed group is annoyed when Shazam abruptly announces the "Super Seven" without the others' consent.

In a post-credits scene, an Atlantean ship emerges from the ocean and Ocean Master appears carrying the dead body of his king. Seeing numerous sea animals killed by Darkseid's attacks, the Atlantean considers it as an act of war from the surface and swears to exact vengeance.


Differences between the comics and film[edit]

There are some differences between this film and the comics:

  • Shazam/Captain Marvel appears in the place of Aquaman.
  • In the comics after Victor Stone won the football game, they were going to State Finals. In the film, they were going to nationals.
  • Scientists found the Parademon in Metropolis after it fought Superman in the comics. In the film, Flash brought it to them.
  • In the original novel, it was Aquaman who blinded Darkseid's second eye after Wonder Woman took out the first. In the movie, Flash takes out the second eye with a crowbar.
  • In the movie, Superman breaks Desaad's neck (While under control).
  • Ocean Master does not make an appearance in the comic, but he does in the film.
  • Flash had the idea of the "Super Seven". In the movie, Shazam/Captain Marvel had the idea of it.
  • Steppenwolf makes an appearance in the comic, but he does not in the film.
  • Flash met Batman, Lantern and Superman in the comic, but, in the film, he met them later after he helped Batman and Lantern take out Parademons.


Justice League: War - DC Universe Animated Original Movie (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Film score by Kevin Kliesch
Released February 4th, 2014
Length 54:40
Label WaterTower Music

The soundtrack to Justice League: War was released on February 4, 2014. The music was composed by Kevin Kliesch.[6] The soundtrack listing:

Justice League: War - DC Universe Animated Original Movie (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
No. Title Length
1. "Justice League: War (Opening Titles)"   0:39
2. "Green Lantern Meets The Parademon"   0:47
3. "Rooftop Battle/Chase Through The City"   3:34
4. "Underground Tunnels"   2:27
5. "Silas Updates Barry"   0:41
6. "Game Day"   1:19
7. "Diana And The Angry Mob"   1:34
8. "Billy Meers Victor/Superman Makes an Entrance"   2:30
9. "Superfriend or Superfoe?/Enter Darkseid"   4:12
10. "Parademons Break Through/Saving Victor"   3:19
11. "Fighting The Parademons Horde"   2:04
12. "Billy Becomes Shazam"   0:42
13. "Darkseid's Arrival"   4:46
14. "Batman Unmasked/Darkseid Homeworld"   2:02
15. "The Heroes Join Forces"   1:47
16. "Off To Rescue Superman/Darkseid Battle"   2:43
17. "The Battle Continues"   7:10
18. "Final Battle"   5:55
19. "Saving The Day/Award Ceremony/End Titles"   6:29
Total length:


Justice League: War received a positive response. IGN gave a total score of 8.8/10, calling it a "great modern origin story that will win you over with its action and humour".[7] CraveOnline gave it a rating of 9.0/10.[8] Conversely, Brian Lowry of Variety believes it did not reach the high standards of other DC Animated Movies; he wrote, "the interplay yields its share of moments but ultimately proves too frenzied and chaotic to deliver more than a few revisionist thrills".[9] Audience reception has also been very favorable, with Rotten Tomatoes users rating it 4 out of 5. It received an overall 81% positive audience score.[10]


Son of Batman is a follow-up to the film with Jason O'Mara reprising his role as Batman. A more direct follow-up, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis featuring Matt Lanter as Aquaman / Arthur Curry, will be released in 2015 with several of the first film's cast reprising their roles; notable changes include Alan Tudyk, Michelle Monaghan, and Justin Kirk, who will be replaced by Jerry O'Connell, Rosario Dawson, and Nathan Fillion in the roles of Superman / Clark Kent, Wonder Woman / Diana Prince, and Green Lantern / Hal Jordan, respectively.


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  3. ^ "Future DC Animated Film Teased in Justice League: War Post-Credit Scene". ComingSoon.net. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  4. ^ Harvey, Jim (2013-10-29). ""Justice League: War" Arrives February 4th, 2014 On Home Video, Package Artwork". Worldsfinestonline.com. Retrieved 2014-01-29. 
  5. ^ "Justice League War Is Still On In Snowy New York City Tonight". BleedingCool.com. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  6. ^ "The World's Finest - Justice League: War". Worldsfinestonline.com. Retrieved 2014-01-29. 
  7. ^ "IGN: Justice League: War Blu-Ray Review". Feeds.ign.com. 2014-02-07. Retrieved 2014-02-16. 
  8. ^ "Review: Justice League: War". craveonline.com. 2014-02-16. Retrieved 2014-01-24. 
  9. ^ Lowry, Brian (2014-02-03). "Blu-Ray Review: 'Justice League: War'". variety.com. Retrieved 2014-05-24. 
  10. ^ "Rotten Tomatoes: Justice League:War". rottentomatoes.com. 2014-02-04. Retrieved 2014-06-27. 

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