Review: Justice Society World War II (2021)

Justice Society: World War II will be released on Digital April 27, 2021, and on Blu-ray & DVD on May 10, 2021.

The Flash speeds into the middle of an epic battle between Golden Age DC Super Heroes and Nazis in Justice Society: World War II, the next entry in the popular series of the DC Universe Movies.

PLOT AND STORY 

Justice Society: World War II finds modern-day Barry Allen – prior to the formation of the Justice League – discovering he can run even faster than he imagined, and that milestone results in his first encounter with the Speed Force. The Flash is promptly launched into the midst of a raging battle – primarily between Nazis and a team of Golden Age DC Super Heroes known as The Justice Society of America. Led by Wonder Woman, the group includes Hourman, Black Canary, Hawkman, Steve Trevor and the Golden Age Flash, Jay Garrick. The Flash quickly volunteers to assist his fellow heroes in tipping the scales of war in their favor, while the team tries to figure out how to send him home. But it won’t be easy as complications and emotions run deep in this time-skipping World War II thriller.

The beauty of Flash based stories is they can take place on any world at any time and it can still be classed as cannon. Using the speed force might seem like a cheat but when you have a Multiverse the size of DC Comics then why not explore that to tell fun and interesting stories that you can’t tell in the world today. 

I enjoyed the screenplay by Meghan Fitzmartin (Supernatural, DC Super Hero Girls) and Jeremy Adams (Supernatural, Batman: Soul Of The Dragon) because let’s face it, nobody feels bad for watching people beat up Nazi’s. There is also a nice amount of humour included here with some funny one liners from Flash which breaks up a somewhat serious toned movie.

DIRECTION AND ANIMATION

Jeff Wamester (Guardians of the Galaxy TV series) directs Justice Society: World War II with Producers Jim Krieg (Batman: Gotham by Gaslight) and Kimberly S. Moreau (Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles). Butch Lukic (Superman: Man of Tomorrow, Constantine: City of Demons) is Supervising Producer and Sam Register (Harley Quinn: The Animated Series) is Executive Producer.

Reverting back to an animation style similar to Superman: Man of Tomorrow helps craft out an identity for what appears to be a new animated universe. Although the style did receive some criticism I actually really like it. There was nothing wrong with the old animation style but doing something different helps separate the universe reset. 

CAST

An all star cast of new and returning actors to the world of DC animation. Stana Katic (Castle, Absentia, A Call To Spy) and Matt Bomer (Doom Patrol, White Collar, The Boys in the Band), who made their DC Universe Movies debuts as Lois Lane and Superman in the 2013 film Superman: Unbound, return to the popular animated film series in the lead roles of Wonder Woman and The Flash for Justice Society: World War II. The star-studded cast includes Geoffrey Arend (Madam Secretary, Batman: Hush) as Charles Halstead/Advisor, Armen Taylor (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind) as Jay Garrick, Elysia Rotaru (Arrow) as Black Canary, Liam McIntyre (The Flash, Spartacus, Justice League Dark: Apokolips War) as Aquaman, Omid Abtahi (American Gods, The Mandalorian) as Hawkman, Matthew Mercer (Critical Role, Overwatch) as Hourman, Keith Ferguson (Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, Overwatch) as Dr. Fate, Darin De Paul (Overwatch, Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge) as Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Ashleigh LaThrop (The Handmaid’s Tale, Utopia, The Kominsky Method) as Iris West, and Chris Diamantopoulos (Episodes, Silicon Valley, voice of Mickey Mouse) as Steve Trevor.

FINAL THOUGHTS

This is an enjoyable entry in the world of DC animation. I don’t feel like it will become many peoples favourite movie but that doesn’t mean it’s not an important movie. We are introduced to the new Barry Allen of the animated universe and with our new Superman already established in Man of Tomorrow some solid foundations are being laid for the creation of our next Justice League. Hopefully Batman: The Long Halloween gives us our new Batman and things are looking bright for this exciting new chapter.

I read this via an advance preview physical Blu-Ray copy issued by Warner Bros UK and received no other incentive to review this movie. All images and art work are courtesy of Warner Bros UK and their respective owners.

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