June 10, 2015

Watch These Creepy New Justice League Cartoons

I’ve said many times that I am a huge fan of the DC Animated Universe (sometimes called the Timm-verse, in honor of Bruce Timm). My personal favorite is Justice League, both regular and Unlimited. (Most people say Batman: The Animated Series is better but they’re wrong.) Now Bruce Timm has returned to his old stomping grounds… sort of. Here’s the scoop:

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Justice League: Gods and Monsters is a full-length animated movie that will be released on Blu-Ray, DVD and digital download on July 28. But you don’t have to wait that long to get a taste of what it will be like. There are three shorts, two available now, one more coming on Friday. The title is Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles. Here are the first two episodes, “Twisted” and “Bomb”. Do NOT watch them with your kids. They are creepy. Seriously. I mean it.

Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles – “Twisted”

OK. See what I mean? Kinda scary, right? Here’s number two.

Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles – “Bomb”

So, like, yeah. It’s not kid-friendly. Which is fine, especially since it isn’t on television. (It’s from Warner Bros. and Machinima; you can watch all of the shorts on their YouTube channel.) The quality is great; it’s so nice to see new superhero animation with those terrific Bruce Timm/DCAU designs. Just be careful — these are not kid-friendly cartoons. Amazon lists the DVD as rated PG-13. (I didn’t know direct-to-DVD movies were rated.) The Batman/Harley Quinn short creeped me out and I won’t be showing it to my kids, although I did enjoy it. If anything it was too short, which I suppose is the point, to whet appetites for the full-length flick.

To sum up:

Justice League: Gods and Monsters – available July 28 on Blu-Ray, DVD and digital download

Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles – three shorts introducing alternate versions of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. Watch them on Machinima’s YouTube channel.

For those who want to know even more, there are a bunch of links below — interviews with Bruce Timm, and writers talking about the fact that this particular animated Justice League is darker than usual.

Avanti! (My version of Stan Lee’s famous sign-off, “Excelsior!” I’m going to keep saying it until it catches on.)

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