Beginning an attempt to dive into DC’s animated films, I start my quest with Justice League: The New Frontier because Superman: Doomsday was not available for free streaming on any of my million paid services. The film debuted on Cartoon Network in 2008.
I don’t know much about the Justice League per se even though we recently had a film about them but in this early film, the Justice League was born without much help from Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. In this film, we get a basic origin story of Hal Jordan and how he becomes the Green Lantern as an evil entity that they don’t know or understand tries to released pre-historic dinosaurs on the planet. It is up to the Justice League to stop it.
That is the basis of the main plot of the movie, but to incorporate others into the story there are a lot of subplots for Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and The Flash that really have to point to being part of the story.
What I didn’t like about the movie is that all the “human” male characters all looked alike. It was hard to tell the difference between Hal Jordan and the Gotham PD cops. Even the women characters like Lois and Iris had similar characteristics that made it difficult to know who was who until they said their names. These characters had very small roles. It feels like they were just trying to find ways to incorporate all the DC characters into one movie.
On the other hand, what I liked about the film was that it kept moving. The film didn’t linger too much on the who, what, and why but got to the solution quickly. 75 minutes went fast. Some people complained that the film was too short but honestly, any much longer and it may have become boring.