Justice League: The New Frontier

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Justice League: The New Frontier
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Two-Disc Special Edition DVD cover art
Directed by Dave Bullock
Produced by Michael Goguen
Darwyn Cooke
Stan Berkowitz
Sander Schwartz
Gregory Noveck
Bruce Timm
Written by Stan Berkowitz
Darwyn Cooke
Starring David Boreanaz
Miguel Ferrer
Neil Patrick Harris
Lucy Lawless
Kyle MacLachlan
Phil Morris
Kyra Sedgwick
Brooke Shields
Jeremy Sisto
Keith David
Music by Kevin Manthei
Production
company
Distributed by Warner Home Video
Release dates
  • February 26, 2008 (2008-02-26)
Running time
75 minutes
Language English
Box office $5.3 million[1]

Justice League: The New Frontier is a 2008, direct-to-video, animated, superhero film adapted from the DC Comics limited series DC: The New Frontier. The film was written by Stan Berkowitz and the story and visual consultant was Darwyn Cooke.

The film received a rating of PG-13 for violent content and images, and was released on February 26, 2008.[2] It is the second film in the series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies released by Warner Premiere and Warner Bros. Animation; the first release was Superman: Doomsday and the next film in the series is Batman: Gotham Knight. The film had its broadcast premiere on October 18, 2008 on Cartoon Network.

Plot[edit]

The film opens with an unknown entity (Keith David) narrating that it has witnessed the evolution of life on Earth and decided to eradicate mankind because of its capacity of violence and destruction. At the end of the Korean War, United States Air Force pilot Hal Jordan (David Boreanaz) and his wingman, Kyle "Ace" Morgan (John Heard), are attacked by enemy pilots. Hal is shot down, ejects to safety and is forced to kill a North Korean soldier. At Gotham Observatory, scientist Dr. Saul Erdel inadvertently teleports J'onn J'onzz (Miguel Ferrer)—the last survivor of the Green Martian race—to Earth. The shock of J'onn's sudden appearance causes Erdel to suffer a heart attack; unable to return to Mars, J'onn disguises himself as Erdel.

The following year, Superman (Kyle MacLachlan) meets Wonder Woman (Lucy Lawless) in Vietnam, where she celebrates the end of the war with a group of women. Wonder Woman allowed them to kill their captors, which horrifies Superman. He reminds her they need to maintain a good image in the eyes of the world, given previous mistakes made by Earth's heroes. Wonder Woman returns to Paradise Island. In Las Vegas, reporter Iris West (Vicki Lewis) is on assignment at the casino where Hal Jordan and Ace Morgan are relaxing. While Iris is on the telephone with her fiancé Barry Allen—known as Flash—(Neil Patrick Harris), Captain Cold (James Arnold Taylor) arrives to rob the casino. Flash races from Central City and confronts Cold, who hid six bombs around the city. Flash finds the bombs and captures Cold, who is possessed by an unknown entity. Hal and Ace leave the casino and head into the desert, arriving at Ferris Aircraft.

J'onn, disguised as John Jones, joins the Gotham City Police Department and is a detective after two years. A doomsday cult that worships "The Centre" has kidnapped a child for a sacrificial ritual; J'onn and his partner Slam Bradley (Jim Meskimen) join Batman (Jeremy Sisto) in a battle against the cult, but a fire renders J'onn powerless until it is extinguished. The entity speaks again, through the incapacitated cult leader, identifying itself as "The Centre", and warns of an impending judgment. Hal trains under Col. Rick Flag (Lex Lang) at Ferris Aircraft. Carol Ferris (Brooke Shields) tells him the real reason for his training; in response to Erdel's contact with Mars and J'onn's arrival, the U.S. government has secretly commissioned Ferris Aircraft to build a spacecraft capable of traveling to Mars. Special agent King Faraday (Phil Morris) is assigned to oversee the project.

Batman reveals his knowledge of J'onn's true nature and suggests they work together since both are investigating The Centre-worshiping cult. In Central City, The Flash defeats a robotic duplicate of Gorilla Grodd, but is targeted by the government, who want to learn more about his powers—he later announces his retirement by crashing a news report. J'onn interrogates former Ferris employee Harry Leiter, apprehended for murder while under The Centre's influence. Harry tells them about the launch to Mars, and his ramblings are confirmed when Faraday arrives to arrest him. J'onn briefly glimpses into Faraday's mind to learn the truth. After watching the Flash's announcement and seeing the contemptuous public response, J'onn gives the last of his research on The Centre to Batman and attempts to stow away on the rocket.

J'onn and Faraday fight on the launchpad and he saves Faraday from the rocket's exhaust. The rocket is damaged and malfunctions after leaving Earth's atmosphere. Hal wants to attempt a landing but Flag reveals the rocket is loaded with weapons of mass destruction to destroy any life on Mars and he won't risk a crash landing. After a brief struggle, Hal is ejected from the cockpit, saved by Superman. Flag detonates the rocket as Faraday holds J'onn prisoner. On Paradise Island, Wonder Woman trains with Mala and they are attacked by The Centre. Abin Sur (Corey Burton) was injured entering Earth's atmosphere as the rocket was destroyed and gives his ring to Hal and tells him of The Centre, which is described as a monstrous create that fears humans and seeks their destruction.

Superman and Batman review J'onn's research and hear Lois Lane (Kyra Sedgwick) reporting that a giant pterodactyl is attacking Cape Canaveral. Superman arrives and quickly defeats the creature; Wonder Woman's invisible jet crashes and she warns Superman that The Centre is coming. Faraday eventually befriends J'onn and with his hope for humanity renewed, J'onn decides to help save Earth. The Centre, a massive flying island with an army of mutant dinosaurs to guard it, begins attacking the coast of Florida. The Flash, Green Arrow, Adam Strange, the Challengers of the Unknown, and the Blackhawks clash with the soldiers on the base but Superman stops the conflict and the superheroes agree to cooperate. Superman reconnoiters The Centre but is swiftly defeated. Moved by Superman's effort, the other superheroes and military forces band together and plan to use Ray Palmer's reduction ray to destabilize the island. The heroes will distract The Centre with a frontal assault while Hal and Ace fly a bombing mission into the creature, leaving Flash to crisscross the island with the ray.

The aerial assault is nearly outmatched before the Blackhawks intervene, and a herd of rampaging dinosaurs ambushes Faraday's ground forces. The Centre's psychic force overwhelms J'onn and he is rescued by Faraday, who is captured by a dinosaur. Faraday and dinosaur both perish after Faraday sets off two hand grenades. J'onn shakes off The Centre's influence and, with Wonder Woman, helps turn the tide of the ground battle. Hal and Ace shoot their way into The Centre's core but a hallucinogenic attack disorients them. The creature secretes a thick, red fluid that jams their weapons and almost suffocates them. Hal's ring relays instructions from the Guardians of the Universe (Robin Atkin Downes) on its use. Ace detonates his payload and is rescued by Hal just before his plane explodes. The ground crew prepares to send The Flash to finish the creature; he races across the ocean, leaps onto The Centre's surface, covers it on foot, and leaps into the ocean. The Centre begins to shrink, but it heads towards land to destroy the humans. Hal envelops the island in green energy then tows it into space where it explodes.

The world celebrates The Centre's defeat. Many participants in the battle attend a ceremony. Their victory and display of teamwork change public opinion about superheroes. A montage of various heroes and villains, and the birth of the Justice League—set to the titular John F. Kennedy speech—is seen just before the film ends.

Voice cast[edit]

Music[edit]

Justice League: The New Frontier (Soundtrack from the DC Universe Animated Original Movie)
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Film score by Kevin Manthei
Released March 18, 2008
Genre Score
Length 56:93
Label La-La Land
Producer Kevin Manthei

Like Superman: Doomsday, Justice League: The New Frontier had a soundtrack released by La-La Land Records on March 18, 2008.[3] The music was composed by Kevin Manthei, the track listing is as follows.[4]

No. Title Length
1. "Main Titles"   2:01
2. "The Centre / Hal Shot Down"   2:50
3. "J'onn J'onzz Arrives"   0:51
4. "Wonder Woman Recounts / J'onzz Watches TV"   2:11
5. "The Flash Saves Las Vegas"   3:32
6. "J'onn Becomes John / Church Brawl"   3:12
7. "Carol & Hal Banter"   0:22
8. "Driving to Ferris / The Real Ferris"   1:34
9. "Hal's Mission Revealed / Batman Surprises J'onzz / The Flash Fights Gorilla"   2:52
10. "Crazy Scientist"   1:37
11. "J'onzz Contemplates / J'onzz Is Leaving"   1:18
12. "To Space"   1:27
13. "Mars Mission Mess"   4:13
14. "New Green Lantern"   3:56
15. "Superman Ties It Up / J'onzz Bonds"   2:41
16. "Island Revealed / Superman Down"   5:22
17. "Plan to Action"   2:35
18. "Thick of Battle"   4:32
19. "The Flash vs. Centre / Last Bit of Business"   3:37
20. "Victory"   3:09
21. "End Credits"   3:01

Critical reception[edit]

Justice League: The New Frontier received mostly positive reviews. Screener copies were sent to website reviewers a month before the DVD's official release. Most of the reviews were positive and geared up the film's release even more. Newsarama reviewed the film, saying that it was "one of the best things to ever come out of [Bruce] Timm's stable", and said that the acting was exceptional.[5] The World's Finest, a fansite dealing with DC Animations, said that it was "the first animated feature in a long time that I've felt completely satisfied while walking away from." A reviewer from Ain't It Cool News said that it was "my favorite film of 2008", and that it was "everything I had hoped for."[6] Mainstream websites made similar comments; IGN gave the film and DVD a total score of 8.0,[7] ENI said it was enjoyable,[8] and DVDTalk.com said it was "recommended".[9] The New Frontier was nominated for an Emmy in the category of Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming One Hour Or More) in 2008.[10]

Home video[edit]

Justice League: The New Frontier is available in single and two-disc editions. The cover of the single disc includes the panoramic image from the film, while the two-disc, HD DVD and Blu-ray editions have an image of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman above the title logo with other characters below it. Best Buy had an exclusive deal which included a Green Lantern action figure from DC Direct with the DVD package.[11] Wal-Mart had an exclusive single DVD package with "The New Frontier Green Lantern" CD-ROM Comic Book inside. The single, two-disc and Blu-ray editions were released on February 26, 2008, with the HD DVD edition released on March 18, 2008.[12]

The special features include a documentary on the forty-seven year history of the Justice League, commentaries, a documentary on the early mythological villain archetypes in the Justice League stories, a featurette on the themes, elements from the comic to film versions of New Frontier, three episodes of Justice League Unlimited and a 10-minute preview of the animated film; Batman: Gotham Knight.[citation needed] Variety said that pre-orders for The New Frontier were greater than expected at that time.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Justice League - The New Frontier - DVD Sales". The Numbers. Nash Information Service. Retrieved 2011-03-31. 
  2. ^ "Justice League DVD news: Release Date for Justice League: The New Frontier". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
  3. ^ "The World's Finest". Worldsfinestonline.com. Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
  4. ^ "The World's Finest". Worldsfinestonline.com. Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
  5. ^ "Animated Shorts: Justice League: The New Frontier Review - Newsarama". Forum.newsarama.com. Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
  6. ^ "Harry discovers Justice League: The New Frontier!!! - Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news". Aintitcool.com. Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
  7. ^ Eric Moro and Christopher Monfette (2008-02-15). "IGN: Justice League: The New Frontier Review". Feeds.ign.com. Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
  8. ^ "Entertainment Reviews - Justice League: The New Frontier". ENewsI.com. Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
  9. ^ "DVD Talk Review: Justice League - The New Frontier". Dvdtalk.com. Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
  10. ^ "The 60th Primetime Emmy Awards and Creative Arts Emmy Awards Nominees are". Cdn.emmys.tv. Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
  11. ^ "The World's Finest". Worldsfinestonline.com. Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
  12. ^ "The World's Finest". Worldsfinestonline.com. Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
  13. ^ Thielman, Sam (2007-12-21). "Direct-to-DVD movies growing in popularity". Variety. Retrieved 2011-01-02. 

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