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So, we’ve got one Justice League movie that doesn’t seem like it’ll ever get here, and one from George Miller that we know is never coming. Thankfully, we’re getting a truly unique take on the superhero squadron in the form of the direct-to-video feature Justice League: Gods and Monsters, and we now have our first trailer for the limited series that will lead up to it. And it is purely glorious madness. Check it out!
Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles is a Machinima-exclusive series that will air over the next week or so, and it takes an alternate, darker stance on the stories of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. In this universe, they’re not quite the fully revered Golden Age trio we’re used to, and along with different origin stories comes a new approach to how they protect mankind, and the question of whether or not it’s actually protection they’re offering. It may sound strange, but it’s the creation of Bruce Timm, who put together both Batman: The Animated Series and Superman: The Animated Series, so we’re on board with anything he wants to bring us.
Let’s look at these new versions of the characters.
Rather than the virtuous adopted son of the Kents, this Superman is actually the offspring of the evil Kryptonian General Zod, and he’s sent to Earth and raised by a family of Mexican immigrants. Definitely an interesting take on the Man of Steel, but by far the most intriguing part of this is “Superman has a mustache and beard.” Am I right?
Here’s Wonder Woman, who won’t be the Amazonian princess Diana anymore, but Apokolips resident Bekka, the daughter of New God Himon. In the comics, she falls in love with Darkseid’s son Orion, which makes for a crazy turn of events for someone who’s supposed to be one of DC’s greatest heroes.
And then here’s Batman, or is he? Instead of Bruce Wayne, this cowled badass is Kirk Langstrom, the scientist better known to comic fans as the vampiric Man-Bat. Are we finally going to see Batman kill some people by bleeding them dry? That shouldn’t be something to get excited about, but come on!
And hey, why the hell not throw Harley Quinn in the mix, because she’s holding a chainsaw and looking about as amazing as possible. There doesn’t seem to be a major change going on with her, which is how it should be.
Check back to Machinima on June 8 for the premiere of Part 1 of Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles, with Part 2 releasing on June 10, and Part 3 on June 12. (The movie comes out on July 28.) Machinima has already signed on for a second season to debut in 2016, so here’s hoping they’re as awesome as they look.