Director: Jeff Wamester
Cast: Stana Katic, Matt Bomer, Geoffrey Arend (VOICES)
Release Date: May 11, 2021
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 8/10
Disc Rating: 8/10
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.
Please Note: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Post. The opinions I share are my own.
‘Justice Society: World War II’ accompanies a modern day Barry Allen who in the middle of helping Superman in a fight finds himself mysteriously transported back in time and thrown into the midst of World War II. There he joins forces with the Justice Society members including Wonder Woman, another Flash and more that have been tasked with helping in the great fight. Now, Barry must put his trust in with these unfamiliar heroes and work together in order to help save the day (or even the world) once again, while also trying to find a way to get back to his own timeline where his true love Iris awaits.
‘Justice Society: World War II’ is a fun, fast paced and consistently exciting journey into the past that showcases some of our favorite and more familiar DC heroes such as Wonder Woman, The Flash/Barry Allen and Superman, while at the same time utilizing the time period to give some of the lesser known heroes a chance to shine such as The Golden Age Flash/ Jay Garrick, Hourman and more which paired with the World War II setting allows for a perfect hybrid of old and new, as well as heroes with a stake in both eras. It also seems to continue from some of the other recent DC Animated Movies such as ‘Superman: Man of Tomorrow’ both in animation style and storyline and while some elements of the new style take a bit of getting used to, it’s a refreshing change that also helps to differentiate it from the other previously interlocked DC Animated features that came before and concluded with ‘Justice League Dark: Apokolips War’.
Directed by Jeff Wamester and nicely complimented by a notable voice cast that includes Stana Katic, Matt Bomer, Geoffrey Arend, Armen Taylor, Elysia Rotaru, Liam McIntyre and Chris Diamantopoulos along with many more, this latest DC Animated Movie quickly proves itself to be another rewarding and worthy entry in the world of animated DC Comics feature films with plenty of action, humor and heart to keep things from ever becoming the slightest bit dull. Fans of the DC Animated Movie universe (and of course DC fanatics in general) are encouraged to give ‘Justice Society: World War II’ a shot whenever it might be convenient. It’s a fun, exciting and at times even quite emotional adventure into the heart of an unforgettable war that’s definitely worth checking out.
Overall, ‘Justice Society: World War II’ is a solid and heartfelt new adventure through time with Barry Allen (aka The Flash) that continues the animation style and storyline elements from a couple of other recent DC Animated Movies such as ‘Superman: Man of Tomorrow’ and it takes advantage of the multiple time periods to offer up some fun and character exploration for a few of the more familiar DC heroes as well as some of the less frequently used ones who all have their own charms. ‘Justice Society: World War II’ is definitely recommended for DC fans along with anyone who usually enjoys the DC Animated Movies. For those hesitant to drop the money on a blind purchase, I would suggest renting the film or at the very least catching it on HBO Max or wherever it ends up streaming down the line.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Justice Society: World War II’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation with the film’s original 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks pretty great altogether and provides a smooth, relatively clean and vibrantly colorful presentation from start to finish that never suffers from any unexpected issues or problems throughout. It holds up quite admirably even during the numerous fast paced and/or darkly lit sequences and never allows anything occurring onscreen to become negatively affected or rendered indiscernible. Overall, this is a solid high definition video presentation that should easily please fans of the DC Animated Movies who tend to be consistently satisfied with their Blu-ray releases.
The Blu-ray release features a 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. This multichannel soundtrack is quite the treat and delivers a clean, crisp and quite aggressive audio presentation throughout. It constantly takes advantage of all five available channels in order to send action/war effects, along with vehicle activity, characters and a great deal more whipping throughout the various speakers, and never causing any dialogue or other simultaneously occurring audio elements to clash or become distorted along the way. Overall, this is a wonderful 5.1 DTS-HD MA soundtrack that contributes plenty of extra fun to the overall viewing experience and sounds great every step of the way.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Justice Society: World War II’ includes a handful of entertaining extras for the fans. Included on the release is the new ‘DC Showcase Short: Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth’ (running approximately 18 minutes in length), along with ‘A Sneak Peek at the Next Animated DC Universe Movie Batman: The Long Halloween Part 1’ (running approximately 10 minutes). We are also treated to the Roundtable Discussion/Featurette ‘Adventures in Storytelling: Justice Society: World War II’ (approximately 30 minutes) and Archival Previews for ‘Justice League vs Teen Titans’ (11 minutes) and ‘Wonder Woman: Bloodlines’ (10 minutes). Also included are 2 Bonus Cartoons ‘From the DC Vault’; “Justice League”: ‘Legends’ part 1 and 2 (running approximately 22 minutes each).
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Film Rating: 8/10
Disc Rating: 8/10
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