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Long before the Justice League came together in the realm of live-action, they were teaming up and fighting battles in Justice League and Justice League Unlimited. Those beloved animated series still stand as a high point of storytelling for DC characters, and now fans have a chance to return to that world with Justice League vs The Fatal Five. The new DC Universe animated film brings back some familiar voices for an all-new adventure. Check out the trailer below:
If you’re a DC fan of a certain age, you probably got waves of nostalgic feels watching that trailer and hearing those voices. The trinity of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman are all voiced in Justice League vs The Fatal Five by the voice actors who brought the characters to life in Justice League and Justice League Unlimited. George Newbern as Superman, Susan Eisenberg as Wonder Woman and especially Kevin Conroy as Batman just sounds right.
These three have collaborated on various DC video games together, but as far as I can tell, this is the first time this trinity has reunited for a DC Universe animated movie. A return to Bruce Timm's animated DC universe is an exciting prospect, and this trailer teases a fun new adventure for new fans and those that grew up on the Justice League animated series.
This trailer is exciting because we see some new characters joining the iconic trinity. Star Boy, voiced by Elyes Gabel, arrives from the 31st century with the Fatal Five team of supervillains, created by Jim Shooter, hot on his heels. The Fatal Five seem to be holding Metropolis hostage until the Justice League turns over Green Lantern Jessica Cruz, who is the key to their plan.
This is fun because it gives audiences a chance to see new younger heroes like Star Boy and Jessica Cruz fighting alongside the familiar veterans of the Justice League trinity against different foes than the standard Lex Luthor’s and Joker’s of the universe. The trailer also teases that this story has a healthy bit of mystery to it as the World’s Greatest Detective is trying to suss out the Fatal Five’s plan.
The story looks positively action-packed, and as you would expect from a DC Universe animated film, the animation all looks clean and brilliant, adhering to the classic Justice League style. I also appreciated that little bit of humor from Miss Martian at the end of the trailer. Other characters appearing in the story include Mr. Terrific, Brainiac 5 and Saturn Girl.
Justice League vs The Fatal Five is executive produced by Batman: The Animated Series’ Bruce Timm and is directed by Reign of the Supermen director Sam Liu. There is no official release date yet for the film, but Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is expected to release it on Digital and Blu-ray later this year according to IGN.