Animated Movie ‘Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths — Part Two’ Arrives for Disc and Digital Purchase April 23

Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment will release the animated movie Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths — Part Two on Blu-ray Disc, as a limited-edition 4K Ultra HD Steelbook, and through digital retailers starting April 23.

The sequel continues the storyline from Part One, which was released last month that adapts Crisis on Infinite Earths, the legendary DC comic book storyline of the same name from the 1980s.

In Part Two, an endless army of Shadow Demons swarms through all the parallel Earths of the multiverse, but a massive team of superheroes led by Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern stands in their way. However, the long-buried secrets of the Monitor and Supergirl could threaten their efforts.

The returning voice cast includes Jensen Ackles as Batman/Bruce Wayne; Darren Criss as Superman & Earth-2 Superman; Meg Donnelly as Supergirl & Harbinger; and Stana Katic as Wonder Woman and Superwoman.

The cast also includes Jonathan Adams as Monitor, Gideon Adlon as Batgirl, Geoffrey Arend as Psycho Pirate/Charles Halstead & Hawkman, Troy Baker as Joker, Zach Callison as Robin, Darin De Paul as Solovar, Ato Essandoh as Mr. Terrific & Anti-Monitor, Keith Ferguson as Dr. Fate & Atomic Knight, Will Friedle as Batman Beyond & Kamandi, Jennifer Hale as Alura & Hippolyta, Aldis Hodge as John Stewart, Jamie Gray Hyder as Hawkgirl, Erika Ishii as Doctor Light/Dr. Hoshi & Huntress, David Kaye as The Question & Satellite, Matt Lanter as Blue Beetle, Liam McIntyre as Aquaman, Lou Diamond Phillips as Spectre, Matt Ryan as Constantine, Keesha Sharp as Vixen, Harry Shum Jr. as Brainiac 5, and Jimmi Simpson as Green Arrow.

Extras include the featurettes “Voices in Crisis” and “The Bat-Family of the Multiverse,” and a sneak peek at the  final part of the trilogy, which will be available later in 2024.

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Animated ‘Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths — Part One’ Available Digitally Jan. 9, on 4K and Blu-ray Jan. 23

Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment will release the animated movie Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths — Part One through digital retailers Jan. 9, followed by Blu-ray and 4K disc releases Jan. 23.

Disc configurations include a Steelbook with a 4K Ultra HD disc and a digital edition code, and a regular Blu-ray Disc with a digital copy.

The latest entry in the ongoing continuity of animated DC superhero movies that began with 2020’s Superman: Man of Tomorrow, and following up Justice League: Warworld from earlier this year, Crisis on Infinite Earths is based on the legendary comic book storyline of the same name from the 1980s, and will feature heroes from across the multiverse converging to confront a threat to all existence.

The returning voice cast includes Darren Criss as Superman & Earth-2 Superman; Stana Katic as Wonder Woman and Superwoman; Jensen Ackles as Batman/Bruce Wayne; Matt Bomer as The Flash/Barry Allen; Meg Donnelly as Supergirl & Harbinger; Jimmi Simpson as Green Arrow; Ike Amadi as J’onn J’onzz/Martian Manhunter, Amazing Man and Ivo; Alastair Duncan as Alfred; Ashleigh LaThrop as Iris West; Geoffrey Arend as Psycho Pirate and Hawkman; Cynthia Hamidi as Dawnstar; Aldis Hodge as John Stewart/Green Lantern and Power Ring; Liam Mcintyre as Aquaman and Johnny Quick; Nolan North as Hal Jordan, Amazo and Homeless Man; Keesha Sharp as Vixen; Harry Shum Jr. as Brainiac 5; Alexandra Daddario as Lois Lane; and Zachary Quinto as Lex Luthor.

The cast also includes Jonathan Adams as Monitor, Zack Callison as Dick Grayson/Robin, Matt Lanter as Blue Beetle and Ultraman, Ato Essandoh as Mr Terrific, Erika Ishii as Doctor Light/Dr. Hoshi and Huntress, David Kaye as The Question, and Lou Diamond Phillips as The Spectre and Owlman.

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The physical and digital versions of the film will include the featurettes “Crisis Prime(r),” in which the filmmakers tour the complex storylines they’ve mapped out; and “The Selfless Speedster,” a look at the Flash’s role in the story.

A clip from Justice League Crisis on Infinite Earths — Part Two will be available as a digital extra.

Part Two and Part Three of Crisis will be available later in 2024.


‘Swan Princess: Far Longer Than Forever’ Animated Movie Available Digitally Sept. 19, on DVD Oct. 24

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release the animated movie The Swan Princess: Far Longer Than Forever through digital retailers Sept. 19, and on DVD Oct. 24.

Far Longer is the 12th film in the franchise that began with the original Swan Princess in 1994, and touted as the final chapter.

Eager to discover the truth about his late father, King Derek and Queen Odette set off on an epic adventure. As newly appointed members of the Council of Crowns, Derek and Odette begin to “smoke out” the true story. But an attempt on their lives drives them undercover, where they pose as the Barrymores, world-famous traveling magicians. With the help of Rogers, Scully, and the animals, Derek and Odette piece the mystery together, only to have it all unravel.

Gay Purr-ee


Street Date 9/5/22;
Warner Archive;
$22.49 Blu-ray;
Not rated.
Voices of Judy Garland, Robert Goulet, Red Buttons, Paul Frees, Hermione Gingold, Mel Blanc, Morey Amsterdam, Thurl Ravencroft.

Some things, like a mother’s faithless disregard to both son and cinema, leave an emotional scar the depths of which endure like a gash across the cheek left by a falcon’s talon. Dad used to joke that the first thing I learned to read was a marquee followed closely by the movie listings in the Friday morning edition of the Chicago Sun-Times. There were at least a dozen single screens the High Ridge YMCA day camp bus would pass while making its rounds picking up campers. Being second on the list, I got to see them all. The Uptown and Granada Theatres, Balaban & Katz northside picture palaces, were separated by a two-mile stretch of Broadway Ave. If lines snaking around the block were anticipated, as was the case with 1962’s Gay Purr-ee, the illustrious 3,000 seaters would play the same movie. The Uptown was in a “bad neighborhood,” a part of town Larry Marks didn’t want to expose his wife and son to. The Sunday matinee at the Granada awaited our arrival. Mom and I hopped a northbound bus, but the packed crowds never materialized, a good thing lest anyone in the audience bear witness to my suffering.

Having just turned 7, my knowledge of Lee de Forest, let alone sound-recording techniques for animation, was as developed as my appetite for szechuan shrimp. Before the house lights dimmed, I asked Babe, “Mom, how does Judy Garland talk like a cartoon cat at both the Granada and the Uptown? Is she on the phone?” “No honey,” she smiled, knowing full well she was lying through her Pall Mall-stained teeth, “After she finishes a show at the Uptown, she takes a cab to the Granada. She’s up in the projection room right now.”  What kind of imbecile did she think she was raising? The kind who spent a good portion of the movie looking over his shoulder everytime the former Mrs. Luft delivered a line hoping that he could catch a glimpse of her through the booth window. Red Buttons, too!

Judy Garland provided the singing and speaking voice of Mewsette, a coy white Angora who wasn’t born to be kept down on the farm. Demure to a fault, catgender Mewsette identifies as a feline whose pronouns are, according to the LGBTA Wiki, nya/nyan or “meow” in Japanese. Eavesdropping on her mistress blathering with her sister about big city living, the feline’s head is filled with tales of Paris. Bored with her rustic surroundings, Mewsette hops the Provence to Paris limited only to be followed by Jaune Tom (Robert Goulet), an incendiary dimwit whose greatest virtues are limited to his undying love for Mewsette, and his confrere Robspierre (Red Buttons), a pocket-sized pussycat who would rather spend his days having fun with Jaune Tom then watching his best buddy flirt with Mewsette. The action commences in 1845 France and between the three leads, there’s not an attempt at an accent in the bunch. Other than the singing, Garland, Goulet and Buttons’ atonally accented vocal contributions are about as French as a Burger King croissant. The closest we come to a Parisian dialect is Paul Frees’ sinister Meowrice, and even that owes more to Pepe LePew than it does the City of Lights.

Written by Dorothy and Chuck Jones — yes, that Chuck Jones — one can’t help but commend the author’s desire to appeal to animation fans of all ages. The film’s director, Abe Levitow, was part of Jones’ animation unit at Termite Terrace. As threadbare as the animation is, the character’s eyes bear the unmistakable stamp of Charles M. Jones. A contemporary animator’s idea of playing to both younger members of the audience and parents with kid’s cravings, would generally lead to fart jokes. Alas, the history of art discussion the Joneses hoped would spark between parents and children on the car ride home never materialized. The first fully-animated feature released by Warner Bros. was also the second and final feature for U.P.A., the stylishly innovative animation house that McBoing-Boing and Magoo built. It was also a commercial flop.

The hues are so intensely vibrant, if you were to run your fingers across your flatscreen the colors would smear. The abstract design aimed at engaging the adults in the crowd left kids cold. The character design was the stuff Saturday morning cartoons were made of, the motion stiff and frequently limited to one part of the body moving at a time.

For a clearer representation of what Jones and Levitow were capable of, I suggest you visit the supplementary features section and check out For Scent-imental Reasons, an early entry in the stinkin’ saga of Pepe LePew. The remastered pressing alone is worth the price of the disc.



‘Batman: Mask of the Phantasm’ Slated for 4K Blu-ray Sept. 12

Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment will release the 1993 animated film Batman: Mask of the Phantasm on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Sept. 12.

A spinoff of “Batman: The Animated Series,” the movie finds Batman reflecting on his decision to take up the cause of fighting crime as a mysterious new criminal begins killing Gotham City’s mob bosses.

Released on Christmas Day in 1993, Mask of the Phantasm received almost no publicity and made just $5.6 million at the domestic box office. It has since gone on to become a favorite among Batman fans and is considered one of the best films to feature the character.

Produced by the team behind “Batman: The Animated Series,” the film was directed by Eric Radomski and Bruce Timm, from a screenplay by Alan Burnett, Paul Dini, Martin Pasko and Michael Reaves.

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The voice cast includes the late Kevin Conroy as Batman, alongside Dana Delany as Bruce Wayne’s former love interest, Andrea Beaumont. Delany would later go on to voice Lois Lane in “Superman: The Animated Series” from the same production team. The film also features Mark Hamill as the Joker, Stacy Keach as Carl Beaumont, Abe Vigoda as Salvatore Valestra, Efrem Zimbalist Jr. as Alfred, Hart Bochner as Arthur Reeves, Bob Hastings as Commissioner Gordon, Robert Costanzo as Detective Bullock, Dick Miller as Chuckie Sol, and John P. Ryan as Buzz Bronski. Additional voices include Pat Musick, Marilu Henner, Neil Ross, Ed Gilbert, Jeff Bennett, Jane Downs, Vernee Watson, Charles Howerton, Thom Pinto and Peter Renaday.

The 4K HDR/SDR remaster of Batman: Mask of the Phantasm was sourced from the 1993 original cut camera negative and was scanned at 4K resolution. Digital restoration was applied to the 4K scans to remove dirt, scratches and additional anomalies, but special care was given to not touch the film grain or the animation cel dirt that was part of the original artwork. This is the first time since its theatrical release that it is presented in its 1.85:1 aspect ratio. The original 2.0 mix and the 5.1 tracks were remastered to remove or improve defects such as pops, ticks, dropouts and distortion.

Extras include the new featurette “Kevin Conroy: I Am the Knight,” a remembrance of the actor who played Batman for 30 years across multiple projects. Also included is a bonus episode of “Justice League: Unlimited” that features a Phantasm appearance.

The standalone 4K disc also comes with a redeemable digital copy code.

Justice League: Warworld


Street Date 7/25/23;
$24.99 Blu-ray, $29.99 UHD BD;
Rated ‘R’ for some bloody violence.
Voices of Jensen Ackles, Darren Criss, Stana Katic, Ike Amadi, Troy Baker, Matt Bomer, Roger R. Cross, Brett Dalton, John DiMaggio, Robin Atkin Downes, Frank Grillo, Rachel Kimsey, Damian O’Hare, Teddy Sears.

The latest DC animated movie strays a bit from the typical superhero formula but should please fans of the classic trinity of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman.

The film begins with a bit of an Elseworlds vibe, thrusting audiences into a Wild West adventure with Wonder Woman as a mysterious stranger riding into town to take on the unscrupulous Jonah Hex (which at first blush raises the question of if the filmmakers were doing “Warworld” or “Westworld”). Then, we are presented with Batman transformed into a Conan the Barbarian-type of character in the middle of a power struggle in a swords-and-sorcery setting. From there, the story shifts to a black-and-white 1950s-style ‘B’ movie about an alien invasion, with Clark Kent, Bruce Wayne and Diana cast as government agents sent to stop it.

The movie seems more invested in these vignettes than whatever story might be suggested by the film’s title. In the comics, War World is an intergalactic gladiatorial arena, a concept that has become something of a cliché in superhero movies by now. The film reimagines War World to suit its needs, but it still takes about an hour before letting the audience in on what might be going on with regards to why these heroes are in the situation they’re in. At nearly 90 minutes, Warworld is still one of the longest standalone movies in the DC animated canon, and it puts that extended time to good use with an action-packed climactic battle. On the other hand, as fun as it is to see many of the characters put into the situations they are in, the film ultimately feels more like a mashup of various ideas the filmmakers were interested in seeing on screen that weren’t a good fit anywhere else, strung together with a plot developed just enough to justify its existence before setting up the next movie with an abrupt cliffhanger ending that literally flies in out of nowhere.

The Blu-ray includes two featurettes that run just under eight minutes each. “Illusions on Warworld” explores the alternate reality scenarios presented in the film, while “The Heroic, the Horrible and the Hideous” focuses on the characters involved.

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‘Babylon 5: The Road Home’ Animated Movie Arriving Digitally and on Disc Aug. 15

Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment will release the animated movie Babylon 5: The Road Home on Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and for digital purchase Aug. 15.

A continuation of the 1993-98 sci-fi TV series, The Road Home finds the inhabitants of the Babylon 5 space station taking a journey through the past to determine the future.

Station commander John Sheridan (voiced by Bruce Boxleitner, reprising his role from the series), unexpectedly finds himself transported through multiple timelines and alternate realities in a quest to find his way back home. Along the way he reunites with some familiar faces, while discovering cosmic new revelations about the history, purpose, and meaning of the universe.

Other returning cast members include Claudia Christian as Susan Ivanova, Peter Jurasik as Londo Mollari, Bill Mumy as Lennier, Tracy Scoggins as Elizabeth Lochley, and Patricia Tallman as Lyta Alexander.

The voice cast also includes Paul Guyet as Zathras and Jeffery Sinclair, Anthony Hansen as Michael Garibaldi, Mara Junot as Reporter and Computer Voice, Phil LaMarr as Dr. Stephen Franklin, Piotr Michael as David Sheridan, Andrew Morgado as G’Kar, and Rebecca Riedy as Delenn.

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Babylon 5: The Road Home was written and executive produced by series creator J. Michael Straczynski. The film was directed by Matt Peters, with Rick Morales as supervising producer and Sam Register as executive producer for Warner Bros. Animation.

Home video extras include the featurette “Babylon 5 Forever” about the making of the movie, and a commentary with Straczynski, Boxleitner and Morales.

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish


Box Office $177.13 million;
$34.99 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray, $49.99 UHD BD;
Rated ‘PG’ for action/violence, rude humor/language and some scary moments.
Voices of Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek Pinault, Harvey Guillén, Florence Pugh, Olivia Colman, Ray Winstone, Samson Kayo, John Mulaney, Wagner Moura, Da’Vine Joy Randolph.

The latest adventure of the swashbuckling feline outlaw Puss in Boots uses bright and colorful animation to tell a tale that conveys the value of living life to the fullest.

The story finds Puss (again voiced by Antonio Banderas) continuing to gallivant as a hero of the people, a roguish cross between Zorro and Robin Hood, living fearlessly on the belief he still has several of his nine lives to live. But when he respawns after dying to protect a village from a giant, he realizes that was his eighth death, and, down to his last life, decides to retire.

However, when he learns of the existence of a map to the wishing star, which lies in the center of a mystical forest and can grant one wish to whomever finds it, he returns to action with a quest to find the star and make a wish to restore his lives.

Joined by old flame Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek Pinault) and new pal Perrito (Harvey Guillén), Puss finds himself in a race to the star, pursued not only by Goldilocks (Florence Pugh) and her bear “crime family,” but also Big Jack Horner (John Mulaney), who wants to wish for the control of all magic so he can prove his worthiness among the denizens of fairy tale land.

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Last Wish continues the “Shrek” franchise tradition of putting a satirical spin on fairy tale tropes, up to and including poking fun at the Disneyfication of the genre. The hilarious screenplay is not afraid to delve into some dark humor, particularly when it comes to Jack Horner’s sadistic pursuit of his goals, balanced by moments of genuine pathos as Puss is forced to confront his mortality for the first time.

The animation is particularly vivid, especially when compared with the 2011 Puss in Boots film, deliberately evoking the feeling of painted storybook backgrounds, while giving the action sequences a heightened style by adjusting the frame rate to lend an almost mosaic-like quality to the proceedings.

The most notable extra of the Puss in Boots: The Last Wish home release is the new animated short The Trident, a four-minute adventure that expands upon the circumstances of Puss’ sixth death.

There’s also an informative audio commentary with several of the filmmakers, which can be found on the Blu-ray and with digital versions at select retailers such as Apple TV.

For the disc versions, the full array of extras can be found on both the 4K disc and the regular Blu-ray editions.

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The other extras range from some behind-the-scenes material to a variety of arts and crafts and cutesy distractions.

For the featurettes, there’s the nine-minute “In the Beginning,” a look at the making of the film and how the Puss in Boots character evolved since appearing in Shrek 2 in 2004, and the 13-minute “A Cast of Characters,” which profiles several of the characters and the actors portraying them.

For extended footage, we get the two-minute “Jack Horner’s Line-O-Rama,” featuring outtakes from Mulaney, and eight minutes of fun deleted sequences in storyboard form.

On the activities side, there’s a three-minute lyric video for Puss’ “Fearless Hero” theme song, 12 minutes of videos showcasing how to draw Puss, Kitty and Perrito, and a seven-minute instructional video on creating a Perrito out of paper.

Rounding out the extras is a screen-saver-esque video of real cats in a play environment, juxtaposed with footage from the film, that runs a whopping 14-and-a-half minutes.


Legion of Super-Heroes


$29.98 Blu-ray, $39.99 UHD BD;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for some violence and language.
Voices of Meg Donnelly, Harry Shum Jr., Darren Criss, Matt Bomer, Jensen Ackles, Cynthia Hamidi, Gideon Adlon, Ely Henry, Robbie Daymond, Yuri Lowenthal, Eric Lopez, Darin De Paul, Ben Diskin, Victoria Grace, Jennifer Hale, Daisy Lightfoot, Zeno Robinson.

Though it takes a few narrative shortcuts to set up its premise, Legion of Super-Heroes ultimately turns out to be a fun but offbeat animated adventure.

The film is a continuation of the movie series that began in 2020 with Superman: Man of Tomorrow and includes Justice Society: World War II, Batman: The Long Halloween and Green Lantern: Beware My Power, and thus builds off some elements established in those movies while adding to the canon.

Comic book fans know the Legion of Super-Heroes as an intergalactic team of superheroes serving the United Planets in the 31st century. That said, Legion of Super-Heroes is kind of a misleading title for this movie, as its primary focus is on Supergirl (voiced by Meg Donnelly), Superman’s cousin who lives in the 21st century.

The film begins with a flashback to the destruction of Krypton, and how the teenaged Kara Zor-El was sent watch over her young cousin, Kal-El, who goes on to become Superman. Only her rocket gets knocked off course and, with Kara in a state of suspended animation, takes decades to arrive at Earth, by which time her cousin is now much older than her. (These are the same basic details fleshed out in other portrayals of the Kryptonian characters, from “Smallville” to the CW “Supergirl” series.)

Having grown up in the futuristic Kryptonian culture, Kara has trouble acclimating to life on Earth, so Superman (Darren Criss) decides to send her into the far future to train at the Legion Academy. (The Legion apparently contacted Superman in between movies, explaining why he just happens to have a time machine in his pocket.)

From there, the movie plays out more like a sci-fi version of X-Men: First Class or a “Harry Potter” adventure, as the Academy is threatened by the Dark Circle, a malevolent conspiracy seen in the present-day scenes being investigated by Batman (Jensen Ackles) and other members of the Justice League.

So, Kara must join forces with her fellow cadets to save the Academy and stop the Dark Circle from carrying out its plans for universal domination.

Though some traditional Legion members are among the students, such as Mon-El and Brainiac 5, most of the classic Legionnaires are missing throughout the film as part of the mystery story. So a more accurate title for the film would be something like Supergirl and the Legion Academy. But marketers gotta market.

The futuristic setting and characters lend themselves to animation that is bright and vivid in high-definition and 4K, while costume designs don’t take too many liberties from their look in the comics. Comic book traditionalists should especially appreciate the look of Supergirl, who is thankfully given a version of her classic red skirt outfit, and not one of the politically correct redesigns that have popped up over the years.

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The Blu-ray of Legion of Super-Heroes includes four solid featurettes about the film and its source material. In the 4K combo pack, the Ultra HD disc contains just the film, with the extras found on the included regular Blu-ray.

The five minute “The Legion Behind the Legion” offers interviews with the filmmakers about the making of the movie, while the eight-minute “Down to Earth: The Story of Supergirl” lets the filmmakers expound upon the backstory of Supergirl and why they choose her to anchor the movie. The nine-minute “Meet the Legionnaires” profiles the other characters in the film, and the eight-minute “Brainiac Attack: The Intellect Behind the Super-Villain” looks at the history of the Brainiacs, from the original Superman villain to his ancestor, the heroic Brainiac 5 who became a Legion member.

The Blu-ray also contains the two-part episode “Little Girl Lost” that introduced Supergirl to “Superman: The Animated Series” back in 1998.

Animated ‘Legion of Super-Heroes’ Movie Arriving Feb. 7 on Blu-ray, 4K and Digital

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Legion of Super-Heroes, the latest animated adventure in the DC Universe franchise, for digital purchase and on Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Feb. 7, 2023.

In the film, Supergirl (voiced by Meg Donnelly) travels to the 31st century to help adjust to life on Earth by attending the Legion Academy, where heroes hone their powers with hopes of joining the Legion of Super-Heroes. Supergirl quickly makes new allies, as the Legion must confront a mysterious group known as the Dark Circle that seeks a powerful weapon stored in the Academy’s vault.

The voice cast also includes Harry Shum Jr. as Brainiac 5, Cynthia Hamidi as Dawnstar, Gideon Adlon as Phantom Girl, Ely Henry as Bouncing Boy, Robbie Daymond as Timber Wolf &and Brainiac 4, Yuri Lowenthal as Mon-El, Eric Lopez as Cosmic Boy and Chemical King, Darin De Paul as Brainiac and Solomon Grundy, Ben Diskin as Arms Fall Off Boy and Brainiac 2, Victoria Grace as Shadow Lass, Jennifer Hale as Alura, Daisy Lightfoot as Triplicate Girl, and Zeno Robinson as Invisible Kid and Brainiac 3.

In addition, Darren Criss, Matt Bomer and Jensen Ackles reprise their roles as Superman, The Flash and Batman, respectively, from previous entries in the ongoing Justice League continuity of movies.

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Extras include the featurettes “The Legion Behind the Legion,” in which the filmmakers discuss the making of the movie; “Meet the Legionnaires,” about the characters; “Brainiac Attack: The Intellect Behind the Super-Villain,” a profile of the lineage of the “Brainiac” character; and “Down to Earth: The Story of Supergirl,” in which the filmmakers discuss why they centered the movie on Superman’s cousin.