Sunday, January 27, 2008

FanBoyWonder Video: Justice League: The New Frontier—Sneak Peek

The latest round of classic comic book stories to come to life hits the video screen next month with the direct-to-DVD release of Justice League: The New Frontier.

The live action Justice League America movie may be stalled indefinitely due to the writer’s strike (Thank Rao for small favors!) but Justice League: The New Frontier—set for release on February 26—is the second offering by DC Comics and Warner Home Video to present animated adventures of classic comic book characters for an audience of older kids and grown-ups.

Here’s the Upshot From Warner Home Video: Based on the graphic novel by Darwyn Cooke and produced by Michael Goguen and animation legend, Bruce Timm, Justice League: The New Frontier is the epic tale of the founding of the Justice League.

The New Frontier takes viewers on an action-packed adventure, exploring the origins of the Justice League. DC Comics legends Superman (Kyle Maclachlan), Batman (Jeremy Sisto) and Wonder Woman (Lucy Lawless) are all featured in the film as well as Green Lantern (David Boreanaz), Martian Manhunter (Miguel Ferrer) and The Flash (Neil Patrick Harris)–as they band together to form the legendary super team.

Strangers at first, these very different heroes must overcome fear and suspicion to forge an alliance against a monster so formidable, even the mighty Superman cannot stop it alone. If they fail, the entire planet will be “cleansed” of humanity.

FanBoyWonder never read the original New Frontier graphic novel but we’ve heard good things about the story so we look forward to watching the movie with a fresh set of eyes even as we are heartened that writer/artist Darwyn Cooke is heavily involved in adapting his story to the video screen.

We are also quite pleased with the heavy hitter acting talent recruited to voice these beloved DC Comics characters. In addition to the aforementioned voice talent above, The New Frontier features also Kyra Sedgwick as Lois Lane, Brooke Shields as Carol Ferris and Phil Morris as King Faraday—the resident spook of the DC Universe.

Warner Brothers has put up a website as well as a MySpace page for your pre-viewing pleasure.

The DVD (the two-disk special edition version) also reportedly features additional bonus features including a documentary about the pathology of the super villain and three bonus episodes from the Justice League animated series selected by Bruce Timm.

If it’s anything like the special features for Superman: Doomsday, it would be worth the rental and/or purchase just for that.

Justice League: The New Frontier—February 26.


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