Justice League vs. the Fatal Five

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Justice League vs. the Fatal Five
Justice League vs. the Fatal Five
Blu-ray Disc cover
Directed bySam Liu
Produced bySam Liu
Amy McKenna
Benjamin Melniker & Michael Uslan (co-executive producer)
Sam Register & Bruce Timm (executive producers)
Screenplay byEric Carrasco
Jim Krieg
Alan Burnett
Story byEric Carrasco
StarringElyes Gabel
Diane Guerrero
Kevin Conroy
Susan Eisenberg
George Newbern
Daniela Bobadilla
Kevin Michael Richardson
Music byMichael McCuistion
Lolita Ritmanis
Kristopher Carter
Edited byChristopher D. Lozinski
Distributed byWarner Bros. Home Entertainment
Release date
  • March 29, 2019 (2019-03-29) (WonderCon Anaheim[1])
  • March 30, 2019 (2019-03-30) (digital)
  • April 16, 2019 (2019-04-16) (4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD release)
Running time
77 minutes
CountryUnited States

Justice League vs. the Fatal Five is a 2019 American animated superhero film produced by Warner Bros. Animation and distributed by Warner Home Video. Featuring the DC Comics team of the same name created by Gardner Fox the film will be the thirty-fourth in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies series. It had its world premiere at WonderCon Anaheim 2019 on March 29, 2019[3], was released on Digital HD on March 30, 2019, and it is scheduled to be released on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD on April 16, 2019.[4]

Announced at San Diego Comic-Con on July 20, 2018.[5] The film features Kevin Conroy, Susan Eisenberg, and George Newbern reprising their roles as Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman from the Justice League animated series and other DC productions.[6][7]


In the 31st century, three members of the Fatal Five - Tharok, Persuader and Mano - attack the headquarters of the Legion of Super-Heroes, with the aim of capturing their time travel device. Star Boy, Saturn Girl and Brainiac 5, the only Legionnaires present, try to keep them back but fail. Just as the villains activate the device, Star Boy leaps at them and is taken along on their ride back into the 21st century. When the time machine arrives, Star Boy triggers a boobytrap Brainiac 5 has programmed into the device's computer, which traps the villains in a stasis field. Star Boy comes down in Gotham City, while the time machine ends up in Metropolis. Star Boy finds to his horror that his only supply of a mind-stabilizing drug he needs regularly has been destroyed by his rough landing. During his search for a replacement (which does not exist in this era), his increasingly erratic behavior gets him arrested by Batman and interred in Arkham. The stasis-locked time machine is picked up by Superman and brought to the Justice League's headquarters for analysis.

Ten months later, Jessica Cruz is struggling with the trauma of her near-death by a murderer who killed her friends after they had stumbled upon him burying two bodies three years ago, leaving her afraid to leave her apartment; adding to her anxiety is that a Green Lantern ring chose her, and that Wonder Woman keeps trying to recruit her into the Justice League. In Gotham, Miss Martian is trying to prove herself to Batman for membership in the League, but her inexperience works against her good intentions. While trying to unlock the secret of the strange sphere, Mister Terrific brings down the stasis field, freeing its occupants. Superman and Mister Terrific fight them, but Superman is wounded by Persuader's axe, and the villains escape. In Gotham, Star Boy's memory is jogged by a news report of that fight, and he breaks out of Arkham. The Leaguers compare notes about these unknown assailants and discover they are time travelers, and from one of Star Boy's rantings Batman deduces that they are after Jessica. When the three villains attack Jessica, Star Boy comes to her rescue, followed by Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Mister Terrific and Miss Martian, who force them into flight after a hard struggle. In the aftermath, Star Boy and Jessica form a close friendship.

To find out more about their guest from the future, Batman instructs Miss Martian to telepathically link their and Jessica's minds with Star Boy's memories, thus learning about the Legion. They witness a battle between the Legion—Chameleon, Dawnstar, Tyroc, Mon-El, Shadow Lass, and later Brainiac 5, Saturn Girl, and Star Boy—and the Fatal Five, which ended with the capture of Emerald Empress (Mano's lover) and Validus. Upon their awakening, the League receives an ultimatum from Mano: Surrender Jessica, or all American cities will be destroyed by bombs created by Tharok. The first bombings start in Metropolis, forcing the Justice League to move out. Jessica, left behind with Star Boy in the Watchtower, is contacted by Tharok through her ring, forcing her to surrender herself to the Five and enable them entry to the Green Lantern Corps science cells where Emerald Empress and Validus are held. Despite defense by the Corps, the Empress and Validus are freed, and when Jessica fights back, Persuader cleaves her ring in two. Afterwards, Emerald Empress has her Emerald Eye steal all the energy of the Central Power Battery, and the Five return to Earth to recover the time machine.

In the meantime, Star Boy discovers Jessica's absence and informs the League. The heroes proceed to the time machine's location, a secret military base, where the Five force them into battle. Emerald Empress subdues the League and then initiates her master plan to use the Lantern's power to destroy Earth's sun, wipe out humanity, and thus prevent the formation of the Legion in their time. In the prison, Jessica recovers her faith and determination, and by reciting her oath she reassembles her power ring. She returns to Earth and prevents the Five from escaping back to their own era by bringing the whole base down on them.

Superman, Jessica and Star Boy then race after the Eye, but are too late to prevent it from plunging into the sun. As the star cracks apart, Star Boy sacrifices himself by lowering himself into the sun's core and using his powers to reverse the fractioning. In the final scene, as the Leaguers commemorate Star Boy's heroism, they are joined by the Legion, who have come from the future to honor their fallen comrade. Batman also grants Miss Martian admission into the League for her bravery.

Voice Cast[edit]

The cast, writers and producers of Justice League vs. the Fatal Five promoting the film at the 2019 WonderCon.


The director is Sam Liu, who has directed prior DC animated films. The story was written by Eric Carrasco, partnered with Jim Krieg and Alan Burnett. The film features Kevin Conroy, Susan Eisenberg, and George Newbern reprising their roles as Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman from Justice League and other DC productions. Originally, the film was set to use the Phil Bourassa art style and models from Crisis on Two Earths, with the voice cast already having done their recordings. However to avoid confusion with the New 52 movies, the film used the animation models from Justice League Unlimited.[10]

While its canonicity with the greater DCAU seems to be open-ended,[11][12] executive producer Bruce Timm considers the film to be canon.[13]

Critical reception[edit]

Reviews to the film were generally favorable.[14] /Film praised the film's handling of characters with mental health challenges.[15] On MovieWeb, a review lauds the return of the classic DCAU animation, but criticizes the film's "mediocre story".[16]

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 100% based on 7 reviews, with an average rating of 6.7/10.[17]


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  2. ^ Trailer: 'Justice League vs. The Fatal Five' Hits Digital & Blu-ray This Spring | Animation Magazine
  3. ^ "WonderCon '19: Warner Bros. Bringing World Premieres of JUSTICE LEAGUE VS. THE FATAL FIVE and BATMAN VS. TMNT". March 21, 2019. Retrieved March 31, 2019.
  4. ^ Justice League vs. The Fatal Five - Exclusive Trailer Debut - IGN
  5. ^ Matt Morrison (July 23, 2018). "Justice League vs The Fatal Five Animated Movie Announced For DC Universe". Screen Rant.
  6. ^ Aaron Couch (January 7, 2019). "Justice League vs. The Fatal Five Sets Voice Cast". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 7, 2019.
  7. ^ "Justice League vs the Fatal Five DVD Release Date August 6, 2019". DVDs Release Dates.
  8. ^ Justice League vs. The Fatal Five trailer finally crash lands! | SYFY WIRE
  9. ^ a b JUSTICE LEAGUE VS. THE FATAL FIVE Shares Its First Trailer
  10. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqbZojPXAAg&feature=youtu.be
  11. ^ https://twitter.com/_samliu_/status/1093027069653438468?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1093027069653438468%7Ctwgr%5E363937393b70726f64756374696f6e&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.unfollowspy.com%2Fsearchmy.html
  12. ^ https://www.comicsbeat.com/and-the-adventure-continues-talking-with-the-cast-crew-of-justice-league-vs-the-fatal-five/
  13. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqbZojPXAAg&feature=youtu.be
  14. ^ "Justice League vs the Fatal Five (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
  15. ^ "'Justice League vs. The Fatal Five' is a Love Letter to the Classic 'Justice League Unlimited' Cartoon". /Film. April 1, 2019. Retrieved April 11, 2019.
  16. ^ "Justice League Vs. the Fatal Five Review: Classic Heroes, Mediocre Story". MovieWeb. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
  17. ^ "Justice League vs the Fatal Five (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved April 23, 2019.

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