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.

 

Part Two of Animated Crossover ‘Justice League x RWBY’ Headed for Digital and Blu-ray Release in October

The crossover between the heroes of DC’s Justice League and Rooster Teeth Animation’s RWBY continues in the animated movie Justice League x RWBY: Super Heroes & Huntsmen, Part Two, available through digital retailers Oct. 17, and on Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Oct. 31 from Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment.

On the heels of successfully escaping a deadly digital trap, the members of the Justice League emerge in their own world to discover ! In order to defeat the monsters, they must call on their new friends – Team RWBY – for help!

In the feature crossover, part of the DC Animated Movie line, after visiting the RWBY world in the first film, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Cyborg, Green Lantern and Vixen return home to discover that Grimm, ravenous creatures from Remnant, have overtaken Earth. To defeat the monsters, they call upon their new friends on Team RWBY (Ruby, Weiss, Blake and Yang) for help.

Joining the voice cast are Jamie Chung as Black Canary, David Dastmalchian as The Flash, Laura Bailey as Wonder Woman, Troy Baker as Batman, and Travis Willingham as Superman. Returning from Part One are Ozioma Akagha as Vixen, Jeannie Tirado as Green Lantern, Tru Valentino as Cyborg, Lindsay Jones ​​as Ruby, Kara Eberle as Weiss, Arryn Zech ​as Blake, and Barbara Dunkelman as Yang.​​

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Extras include the featurettes “You look … Different: RWBY on Earth,” about the differences between Team RWBY’s home of Remnant and Earth; and “I’ve Got Your Back,” about the emotional journey of the characters joining forces once again.

Disc configurations include a regular Blu-ray with digital copy, or a 4K disc with digital copy.

Animated Movie ‘Justice League: Warworld’ Available on Home Media July 25

Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment will release the animated superhero movie Justice League: Warworld on Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and for digital purchase July 25.

In the film, Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman find themselves experience a series of alternate reality scenarios on Warworld, an immense planetary weapon controlled by the villain Mongul. To survive, they must rediscover their true identities and fight Mongul’s armies to gain control of the planet.

Reprising their roles as DC’s “trinity” are Jensen Ackles as Batman and Officer Wayne, Darren Criss as Superman and Agent Kent, and Stana Katic as Wonder Woman and Diana Prince. Also featured in the voice cast are Ike Amadi as Martian Manhunter/J’onn J’onzz, Troy Baker as Jonah Hex, Matt Bomer as Old Man, Roger R. Cross as Machiste, Brett Dalton as Bat Lash, John DiMaggio as Lobo, Robin Atkin Downes as Mongul, Frank Grillo as Agent Faraday, Rachel Kimsey as Mariah Romanova, Damian O’Hare as Deimos, and Teddy Sears as Warlord. Additional voices include Trevor Devall, David Lodge and Kari Wahlgren.

Extras include the featurettes “Illusions on Warworld,” a behind-the-scenes look at the process of designing and creating three distinct genres for the Justice League to inhabit on Warworld, and “The Heroic, the Horrible and the Hideous,” a deep dive into the origins and histories of the key players on Warworld and how the filmmakers brought them to life.

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Animated Crossover ‘Justice League x RWBY’ Headed for Disc and Digital Release April 25

The heroes of DC’s Justice League and Rooster Teeth Animation’s RWBY join forces in the animated movie Justice League x RWBY: Super Heroes & Huntsmen, Part One, available on Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and through digital retailers April 25 from Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment.

The feature crossover, part of the DC Animated Movie line, finds Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Cyborg, Green Lantern and Vixen transported to RWBY’s world, where they are transformed into teenagers and presented in Rooster Teeth’s anime-influenced animation. To survive, they must partner with the heroes of Remnant (Ruby, Weiss, Blake and Yang) to battle a mysterious, superpowered creature before it destroys everything they know.

The voice cast includes Natalie Alyn Lind as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince, Chandler Riggs as Superman/Clark Kent, and Nat Wolff as Batman/Bruce Wayne, alongside RWBY’s long-running cast of Lindsay Jones as Ruby, Kara Eberle as Weiss, Arryn Zech as Blake, and Barbara Dunkelman as Yang.

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Extras include the featurettes “Justice Comes to Remnant,” in which the filmmakers behind the film explore the world of Remnant, the Huntsmen that fight for it and how Earth’s mightiest heroes are forced to adapt; and “You Look … Different,” about redesigning the Justice League to be teens in a new animation style.

Also included are two cartoons from the DC Vault: the “Justice League Unlimited” episode “Kid Stuff,” and the “Justice League Action” episode “Plastic Man Saves the World.”

‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’ Dominates Disc Sales

Zack Snyder’s Justice League easily took the top spot on both the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended Sept. 11.

The four-hour director’s cut of the 2017 superhero team-up Justice League, distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, outsold the No. 2 title by a 5-to-1 margin.

Snyder’s re-edited and extended version of the DC Comics adaptation, which he couldn’t finish in 2017, serves as the sequel to his 2013 film Man of Steel and its 2016 follow-up Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and was first released on the HBO Max streaming service in March.

Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 75% of Zack Snyder’s Justice League first-week unit sales, with 38% of its total tally coming specifically from 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray (meaning 37% was regular Blu-ray and 25% was DVD).

A trilogy collection of all three of Snyder’s DC films was No. 14 on the Blu-ray Disc chart.

The previous week’s top overall disc seller, Warner’s The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, dropped to No. 2 on the overall chart. The third “Conjuring” movie was down one spot on the Blu-ray Disc chart to No. 4.

Lionsgate’s Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard was the No. 3 overall disc seller and the No. 2 Blu-ray.

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The No. 2 Blu-ray was Universal Pictures’ 1982 sci-fi horror movie The Thing, from director John Carpenter, which got a boost from a new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition. It was the No. 10 overall disc seller, with 95% of its total unit sales coming from the new 4K edition (3% of its total was from the regular Blu-ray).

The No. 4 overall disc, and No. 6 Blu-ray, was DreamWorks Animation’s Spirit Untamed, from Universal Pictures.

Sony Pictures’ Peter Rabbit 2 was No. 2 on the overall disc chart, and No. 7 on the Blu-ray chart.

The No. 5 Blu-ray Disc seller was Warner’s direct-to-video animated movie Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms, which had been the top Blu-ray the previous week. It dropped five spots to No. 11 overall.

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The Media Play News rental chart the week ended Sept. 12 had Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard at No. 1 for the fourth straight week, with Peter Rabbit 2 repeating at No. 2, and Conjuring 3 holding at No. 3.

The No. 4 and No. 5 rentals were a pair of newly released crime thrillers, Lionsgate’s The Gateway and Quiver’s The Girl Who Got Away, respectively.

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Justice Society: World War II

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Street Date 5/11/21;
Warner;
Animated;
$29.98 Blu-ray, $39.99 UHD BD;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for violence and some bloody images.
Voices of Stana Katic, Matt Bomer, Omid Abtahi, Geoffrey Arend, Chris Diamantopoulos, Matthew Mercer, Liam McIntyre, Elysia Rotaru, Armen Taylor, Darren Criss.

The plot mechanics that presumably served as the jumping off point for Justice Society: World War II ultimately cause the latest DC Universe animated movie to struggle to become a satisfying standalone adventure.

The film starts off in modern times, with Barry Allen (Matt Bomer) interrupting a picnic with his girlfriend to become the Flash and help Superman hold off an attempt by Brainiac to invade Metropolis. The battle ends up opening a rift that sends the Flash to World War II, where he encounters the Justice Society of America, the team of the greatest superheroes of that era (known in comic book lingo as the Golden Age).

They are led by the ageless Wonder Woman (Stana Katic, effectively laying on her best Gal Gadot accent). But the team also includes the Golden Age version of the Flash, Jay Garrick (Armen Taylor), allowing the iconic speedsters of two eras to meet each other.

As Barry works to figure out how to get home, he agrees to help the JSA on their mission, which involves stopping Hitler from collecting mystical artifacts (a nice nod to Indiana Jones), and leads them to uncover a Nazi plot involving the undersea kingdom of Atlantis, ruled by Aquaman (Liam McIntyre).

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The film is loaded with some great animated action sequences, nice character dynamics and some intriguing plot twists. But what could have been a good period piece about Golden Age comic book characters during WWII gets sidetracked by the question of why the future Flash had to be involved for the story to work.

Turns out there are a couple of reasons for it, and it has more to do with franchise building and comic book history than servicing the story (or, at the very least, the story that they appear to be telling).

Based on a half-hour roundtable with the filmmakers included on the Blu-ray, the genesis for the film seems to be adapting the classic 1961 comic book story called “Flash of Two Worlds,” which is generally credited with establishing the idea of a comic book multiverse. That story, by Flash creator Gardner Fox, was a fun, meta examination of the nature of comic book storytelling. A number of characters from the Golden Age (roughly the 1940s through the mid 1950s) had been either retired or redesigned heading into the Silver Age (mid-1950s through the 1960s). The Flash was one of the ones redesigned for a new audience, switching from the maskless, helmeted Jay Garrick to the red-suited Barry Allen we still know today. “Flash of Two Worlds” saw Barry Allen’s Flash cross into the dimension where Garrick had been the Flash 20 years earlier, putting the two on an adventure together. The multiverse was significant in that it freed writers from adhering to established continuity when it no longer made sense due to the passage of time (e.g., Superman and Batman supposedly being the same age in the 1960s as they were when they were created in the 1930s), while allowing them to honor the legacies of characters from the eras in which they were introduced.

So, building a version of “Flash of Two Worlds” into a movie then begins with the concept of sending Barry Allen into Jay Garrick’s time. Which then requires the filmmakers to develop Garrick and his era.

The other factor that seems to have influenced this movie is that it’s apparently set in the same continuity as 2020’s Superman: Man of Tomorrow. The animation styles are similar and Darren Criss voices Superman in both movies. So, that makes the two films an early attempt to establish a new DC shared animated universe, and uses the story of Barry Allen meeting the JSA to inspire him to help build the team of modern heroes that will be known as the Justice League for future movies.

Otherwise, the Golden Age trappings are just a great excuse to either revisit characters that don’t get as much screentime anymore, or look at familiar characters through a different lens.

This just leads back to the idea of the JSA fighting Nazis being a strong enough premise on its own without the Flash framing device pulling focus from it. Of course, time will tell if future movies pay off some of the story threads introduced here in a way that reframes how this particular movie ends up being perceived.

The filmmaker roundtable is a fun watch and a nice departure from the usual talking-heads featurettes usually included with the DC animation Blu-rays. The format provides for a fun conversation about exploring different superheroes and bringing their stories to life through animation in a way that both satisfies the curiosities of the writer and entertains the audience.

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The Blu-ray also includes the two-part “Legends” episode of the “Justice League” animated series which tells the same basic story — the Flash and some other Justice League team members are sent to an alternate dimension where they encounter another superhero team that is eerily similar to yet slightly different from their own.

The other notable inclusion on the Blu-ray is the 18-minute animated short film Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth. This is a fun adventure set in an apocalyptic future that begins with some clever nods to Planet of the Apes. Kamandi is a teenager trying to survive in a world in which humans are gone and animals have evolved into walking, talking tribes. A clan of apes captures Kamandi and some of this friends and subjects them to a series of tests, hoping to find the reincarnation of the great warrior who shaped the world after the fall of society. Kamandi’s backstory (created by the legendary Jack Kirby) and the world of humanoid animals give the short the feeling of a classic 1980s Saturday morning cartoon.

Rounding out the extras are previews for other DC animated movies, including the upcoming Batman: The Long Halloween.

Warner Bros.’ ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’ Available Worldwide in All Markets on March 18

WarnerMedia Feb. 19 announced that Warner Bros. Pictures’ pending release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League will be available globally in all markets concurrently with its U.S. March 18 debut on HBO Max.

The feature film will be available in each market via one of the following distribution options: PVOD, PEST, EST, SVOD, TVOD, HBO linear and on HBO Go (in HBO Europe and HBO Asia territories), or via a local TV provider.

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The movie features a team of well-known DC superheroes: Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and The Flash (Ezra Miller) inspired by Superman (Henry Cavill) and his ally, Diana Prince (Gadot), to fight a new global threat. The 2017 movie, which was finished by director Joss Whedon after Snyder dropped out due to his daughter’s reported suicide, generated $657 million at the global box office.

HBO Max Bows ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’ Trailer

HBO Max Feb. 13 unveiled the official trailer for Warner Bros.’ pending (March 18) release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League DC superhero movie. The movie features a team of well-known DC superheroes: Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and The Flash (Ezra Miller), inspired by Superman (Henry Cavill), to fight a new global threat. The movie, which was originally finished by director Joss Whedon after Snyder dropped out due to his daughter’s suicide, generated $657 million at the global box office.

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Cult fans of the franchise contended Whedon’s take on the movie was different than the tone established by Snyder in precursor films Man of Steel (2013) and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016). With fans clamoring to see Snyder’s intended version of the film, WarnerMedia jumped at the marketing opportunity.

WarnerMedia also bowed a dedicated microsite with the latest news, trailers and activities around the movie.

Director Zack Snyder’s ‘Justice League’ Movie Cut Streaming on HBO Max March 18

HBO Max will stream director Zack Snyder’s highly-anticipated personal cut of 2017 DC Comics superhero movie Justice League beginning March 18, according to WarnerMedia, which announced the release date Jan. 29.

Justice League features a team of well-known DC superheroes: Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and The Flash (Ezra Miller) inspired by Superman (Henry Cavill) and his ally, Diana Prince (Gadot), to fight a new global threat. The movie, which was finished by Joss Whedon after Snyder dropped out due to his daughter’s reported suicide, generated $657 million at the global box office.

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Cult fans of the franchise contended Whedon’s take on the superhero ensemble was different in tone than Snyder’s original. When speculation of a “Snyder Cut” of the movie emerged, WarnerMedia jumped at the marketing opportunity.

“I just was kind of done with [the movie],” Snyder told CinemaBlend. “I was in this place of [knowing] my family needs me more than this bullshit, and I just need to honor them and do the best I can to heal that world. I had no energy to fight [the studio], and fight for [the movie]. Literally, zero energy for that.”

Dubbed Zack Snyder’s Justice League, the new cut will be rated ‘R’ and run as a four-hour movie. When announced last year Snyder originally said it would be presented in four hourlong installments.

Concurrently with the premiere on Max in the U.S., the movie will be available on HBO services in Europe across the Nordics, Central Europe, Spain, and Portugal as well as on the HBO GO service in Asia. In Latin America, the title will premiere exclusively on HBO Max when the service launches in the region later this year.