JUSTICE LEAGUE: GODS AND MONSTERS REVIEW
I won't lie to when I tell you that I wasn't at all impressed with this movie, in fact I downright hated hit. The movie did nothing for me except show me some warped out version of the greatest superheroes in the world, kind of like they made a mistake with this movie. Now you might be as dishearted by this as I was but I must tell you that I was really impressed the second time around.
Not only do we get to see an alternate version of the Justice League, namely Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman but the storyline shows us a world where, as the title expresses, leaves us wondering whether our favourite heroes are gods or monsters and perhaps both.
New origin stories, an intriguing change from what we've been used to like Kal-el being Zod's son and then being sent to Earth and being raised by Mexican migrants or Batman being an actual vampire and not the Bruce Wayne we're all used to. Each story, including Wonder woman's story, are filled with emotion, love and pain and we see how these heroes are twisted into what the movie portrays them as. There is good inside them but the Justice League come across as nothing more than a bunch of government hired thugs who have no issue killing people at their leisure.
Any fans of the Justice might need to watch this as it gives you a view into a world that could've been had things turned out differently. The story is honest and filled with betrayal and heartbreak thus moulding each of the characters into harder, more violent version of the ones we've all come to know and love. Definitely worth a look.
Justice League: Gods and Monsters is a 2015 direct-to-video animated superhero film featuring the DC Comics superhero team the Justice League and is part of the DC Universe Animated Original Movies. It was released as a digital download on July 21, 2015 and released on DVD and Blu-ray on July 28, 2015.
JUSTICE LEAGUE GODS AND MONSTERS SYNOPSIS
In an alternate universe, the Justice League is a brutal force that maintains order on Earth. This universe has its own versions of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman:
- This universe's version of Superman is Hernan Guerra. He is the son of General Zod who was rocketed to Earth as a child and raised by a family of honorable and hardworking Mexican migrant farmers. Having to go through the troubles that illegal immigrants have in the United States leads him to become short tempered and withdrawn from humanity.
- Batman is Dr. Kirk Langstrom, a scientist who has inadvertently transformed himself into a form of pseudo-vampire in an attempt to cure his cancer, feeding on criminals to satisfy his hunger after his hunger begins to eat away at his humanity.
- Wonder Woman is Bekka, a New God and the widow of Darkseid's son Orion who fled Apokolips for Earth using a mother box-sword after the New God Highfather killed her husband.
As all suspicion falls on the Justice League, President Amanda Waller asks that they co-operate with the Government's investigation. Wonder Woman speaks to Steve Trevor to learn what the Government knows while Superman invites Lois Lane to the Justice League's HQ, where he tells her of his goals to try to help humanity, and also reveals how little he knows about Krypton or his heritage.
Batman investigates himself and discovers an email on Silas' computer, that was sent to a number of scientists including Will Magnus, Batman's college roommate who helped his transformation. Batman asks Magnus about "Project FairPlay," which involved all the scientists under Lex Luthor's employ, but Magnus tells him nothing. Later Batman locates all the remaining scientists discussing the threat over their heads, when they are attacked by the assassins, who travel via Boom Tube. Despite the other League members intervening, the assassins slaughter the remaining scientists and 'Boom' out, with Magnus the sole survivor.
The Justice League take Magnus to their HQ to recover while Superman flies into orbit to a satellite, where Luthor now resides. Luthor reveals that "Project FairPlay" is a weapons program to destroy the League if necessary, while also revealing that he retained all the remaining information on Krypton from Superman's shuttle, and tells him the truth about Zod. Luthor tells Superman that Waller has the original files, and as Superman leaves, an assassin booms in and the satellite explodes. As Superman looks on in shock, Trevor shows satellite footage of the explosion to Waller, and she retaliates with "Project FairPlay" which consists of troops and vehicles armed with weapons powered by red sunlight radiation.
Superman and Wonder Woman face the army at their door as Batman stays inside the HQ where he activates the League's force field with the idea being that once Magnus recovers, he can clear the League. Suddenly, Batman is attacked by Platinum of the Metal Men who Magnus had disguised as his wife. With Batman restrained by Tin, Platinum revives Magnus with Nanites. He is then revealed to be the true villain of the story. The assassins are in fact the remaining Metal Men who appear with a weapon. Magnus tells Batman that he intends to use a Nanite bomb to brainwash humanity into working as a collective. We also learn that Magnus' madness stems from when he accidentally killed his wife. She and Kirk had a strong emotional bond which caused her to relentlessly push Will to help cure Kirk as they both gave him the serum which turned him into Batman. He struck her one night, and she struck her head on a table and died. Magnus replaced her with Platinum and joined "Project FairPlay" soon after, intending to use its resources to bring humanity together in a collective mind as he feels that his actions prove that humanity does not deserve to continue if even a rational man like himself could do that to his own wife.
As Magnus prepares his weapon, Lex Luthor suddenly teleports into the middle of the battle outside and tells everyone that he has discovered Magnus' plan. Inside, Batman seizes an opportunity to drop the forcefield and the Justice League do battle with Magnus and the Metal Men. Eventually, they succeed and Magnus commits suicide by disintegrating himself with nanites.
A week later, the Justice League have been cleared and the world views them differently. Bekka decides to leave the Justice League to face her past along with Lex Luthor who wants to explore other realities. Upon leaving, Lex Luthor gives Superman all the data on Krypton and tells him to be a 'real hero'. The film ends with Superman and Batman deciding to work through the data immediately to help humanity.
JUSTICE LEAGUE GODS AND MONSTERS TRAILER