Legion Of Super-Heroes Director Talks Animating The Movie’s Action Scenes And Why He Was ‘Excited’ To Tell This DC Superhero Team’s Story
The Legion of Super-Heroes is back in action!
While not as well known as the Justice League and the Teen Titans, the Legion of Super-Heroes has been one of DC Comics’ most important superhero teams for 65 years, so naturally the characters from this corner of DC lore have been adapted in other projects. The latest of these is the latest of the direct-to-video, animated DC movies, Legion of Super-Heroes, which follows the Aldis Hodge-led Green Lantern: Beware My Power in fleshing out the Tomorrowverse continuity. And like Beware My Power and its predecessor Justice Society: World War II, Legion of Super-Heroes was directed by Jeff Wamester, who talked with CinemaBlend about crafting the movie’s action scenes and shared why he was “excited” to tell this team’s story.
Legion of Super-Heroes marks another DC movie Jeff Wamester has direct featuring characters with a variety of powers and special abilities, as Justice Society: World War II saw Barry Allen, a.k.a. The Flash, teaming up with Earth-2’s Flash, Hourman, Black Canary, Wonder Woman and Hawkman, and John Stewart joined forces with Green Arrow, Hawkgirl and Adam Strange in Green Lantern: Beware My Power. Regarding Legion of Super-Heroes, I asked Wamester to discuss the process of animating the action scenes to make sure each character stands out, and he answered:
Although Meg Donnelly’s Supergirl (who we’ll see fight Solomon Grundy) and Harry Shum Jr. are the leading characters in Legion of Super-Heroes, they’re surrounded in this movie by Bouncing Boy, Triplicate Girl, Mon-El, Arm-Fall-Off Boy, Dawnstar and Phantom Girl as fellow students at the Legion academy, and Shadow Lass, Timber Wolf and Chemical King as teachers, as well as Superman, Batman and The Flash all appearing in the movie’s present day scenes. As far as the Legion members goes, Jeff Wamester explained that he and his team this lineup because it helps them stand out more and viewers can easily keep track of who’s who. That’s on contrast to a scenario where there’s a bunch of people using the same powers, like super strength or super speed, which could still be cool to watch, but doesn’t have as much pizazz.
Legion of Super-Heroes arrives four years after the team was previously spotlighted in fellow animated movie Justice League vs. The Fatal Five, and along with the team getting its own animated series that ran from 2006 to 2008, it’s been spotlighted on shows like Superman: The Animated Series, Justice League Unlimited, Smallville and Supergirl. On the subject of what makes the Legion such an appealing superhero team, Jeff Wamester had this to say:
Having struggled with her new life on Earth, Legion of Super-Heroes sees Kara Zor-El being taken to the 31st century by her cousin Kal-El, reprised by Darren Criss, so she can attend Legion Academy and learn to hone her abilities. It doesn’t take long for Kara to make new friends, but in addition to clashing with Brainiac 5, a descendant of one of Superman’s greatest enemies, she’ll also come into conflict with the Dark Circle, a terrorist organization looking to obtain a weapon within the Legion’s vault,
Written by Teen Titans Go! and Justice League Action’s Josie Campbell, Legion of Super-Heroes’ cast also includes Jensen Ackles back as Batman, Matt Bomer back as The Flash, Cynthia Hamidi as Dawnstar, Gideon Adlon as Phantom Girl, Ely Henry as Bouncing Boy, Robbie Daymond as Timber Wolf & Brainiac 4, Yuri Lowenthal as Mon-El, Eric Lopez as Cosmic Boy & Chemical King, Darin De Paul as Brainiac & Solomon Grundy, Ben Diskin as Arms Fall Off Boy & Brainiac 2, Victoria Grace as Shadow Lass, Jennifer Hale as Alura, Daisy Lightfoot as Triplicate Girl, and Zeno Robinson as Invisible Kid & Brainiac 3.
You can pick up Legion of Super-Heroes on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and Digital from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment starting Tuesday, February 7. If you’d like to check out the past Tomorrowverse movies or delve into the DC Animated Movie Universe timeline, those offerings can be streamed with an HBO Max subscription.
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