review by Bobby Blakey
Warner Bros and DC have been killing it with their animated features. Coming off the excellence of The Long Halloween the next chapter of the DC Universe getting the treatment is Injustice inspired by Injustice: Gods Among Us, NetherRealm Studios’ popular video game, and the best-selling DC graphic novel based on the video game, Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year One by Tom Taylor with Justice League Dark: Apokolips War director Matt Peters at the helm. Could this be another hit for the DC Animated Universe or will it end up turning on itself?
Injustice follows an alternate world gone mad - where The Joker has duped Superman into killing Lois Lane, sending the Man of Steel on a deadly rampage. Unhinged, Superman decides to take control of the Earth for humanity’s own good. Determined to stop him, Batman creates a team of like-minded, freedom-fighting heroes. But when Super Heroes go to war, can the world survive?
This time around we have Justin Hartley and Anson Mount as Superman and Batman, respectively as well as a who’s who in the DC Universe voiced by Janet Varney as Wonder Woman, Brandon Micheal Hall as Cyborg, Kevin Pollak as Joker & Jonathan Kent, Anika Noni Rose as Catwoman, Reid Scott as Green Arrow & Victor Zsasz, Edwin Hodge as Mr. Terrific & Killer Croc, Gillian Jacobs as Harley Quinn, Oliver Hudson as Plastic Man, Laura Bailey as Lois Lane & Rama Kushna, Faran Tahir as Ra’s al Ghul, Derek Phillips as Nightwing & Aquaman, Yuri Lowenthal as Mirror Master, Flash & Shazam, Zach Callison as Damian & Jimmy Olsen, Brian T. Delaney as Green Lantern, Fred Tatasciore as Captain Atom, and Andrew Morgado as Mirror Master Soldier.
Diving into this one I have read some of the comics, but never played the game. I am full aware that this story isn’t the exact version from either and I am totally ok with that. I always look at all these films like either Elseworlds
type things or in this case one of the other “Earths”. It’s important to know that should you be a hardcore fan so you can watch this film for what it is and for me was a ton of bloody fun.
The story sticks to the ideals of the source material while going off on some new tangents to create its own legacy. The animation and designs are great per usual and the voice work is well done. This film takes on the R rating and fully embraces it as the blood flows freely and no one is safe. If I had to complain about anything is the film needed to be longer to give the varying heroes that are killed some more time to give it a better impact. I am aware they were side characters, but it did make it feel a bit rushed at times.
Unlike some others I had a blat with this one and really dug its direction. I am not overly invested into the source material so it will be interesting to see how it holds up to those willing to let it be its own thing. This whole Injustice franchise of the DC Universe showcases the exact thing Lex Luther warned us about and will force you to choose sides.
This release not only includes the latest feature, but bonus content including selections from the DC Vault and more. Join the alternate world of the DC Universe and grab your copy of Injustice available now on 4K Ultra, Blu-ray and Digital from Warner Bros Home Entertainment.