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Legion of Super-Heroes          review by Bobby Blakey

Warner and DC Entertainment continue to have a strong game with their animated feature films. They have been bringing some iconic stories to life including The Killing Joke, The Dark Knight Returns, Batman: Soul of the Dragon and more recently Batman and Superman: Battle Of The Super Sons. The latest film Legion of Super-heroes looks steer away from the DC trinity for something new, but does it live up to the previous films in their filmography or will it not be worth traveling to the future for? 

Legion of Super-Heroes follows Supergirl, devastated by tragedy, who struggles to adjust to her new life on Earth. Taking her cousin Superman’s advice, Supergirl leaves their space-time to the the 31st century and attend the Legion Academy where a new generation hones their powers with hopes of joining the Legion of Super-Heroes. There, she quickly makes new friends, as well as a new enemy with old ties: Brainiac 5. But a nefarious plot lurks in the shadows – the mysterious group known as the Dark Circle seeks a powerful weapon held in the Academy’s vault.

This is another that uses a similar art style to the previous films Superman: Man of Tomorrow and Green Lantern: Beware My Power which I was not initially a fan of but it has grown on me. I have also never been that big a fan of the Legion of Super-heroes so kept my expectations low going in and while it isn’t one of my favorites of their filmography it manages to entertain.

I always love getting to spend time with different characters and getting to take this journey with Supergirl made it stand out more than it might have otherwise. Have no fear you get a taste of some of the classic Justice League briefly, but this film is firmly planted in the 31st Century which allows it to focus on so many others that rarely get this

kind of spotlight. Most of the film focuses on Supergirl and Brainiac making for an interesting duo, but they make sure to get the rest of the Legion in on the fun.

The story isn’t anything we haven’t seen a thousand times over in this kind of comic arc, but for those fans of the characters I am sure they will have a great time. I would have liked to see more of the team as a whole get to get in on the action given the name of the film which should have been Supergirl and the Legion of Super-heroes. There is plenty of action as expected in these films and a path of destruction like only these characters can deliver.

In addition to the film this release offers up bonus content including featurettes and two bonus cartoons from the DC Vault. Grab your copy of Legion of Super-heroes when it hits 4K, Blu-ray and DVD on February 7th from Warner Bros Home Entertainment.

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