If Bruce Timm’s name is associated with any DC cartoon or show, I generally snap it up like hotcakes. From Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series, Justice League and the titan that was Justice League: Unlimited, Timm does – bar the occasional misstep – deliver in spades. The Timm-verse, as his unique take on DC’s iconic heroes and stories has been christened, is just as iconic as those heroes and the golden standard in animated superheroics. So when the announcement of Justice League vs. The Fatal Five would be set in his version of the Justice League show, with him executive producing, I couldn’t fast forward time enough!
Well okay, I can’t fast forward time at all, but if I could, I really would have because it would be worth the lost hours for another, out of the ballpark animated Justice League smash.
Part of what makes the aforementioned shows so great is that, despite the perceived kiddy nature of the shows, they deal with some seriously adult themes and Justice League vs. The Fatal Five is no exception to that rule. It’s bright, shiny, delivering the best of what heroes are supposed to be and do, while also showcasing the serious issues that some of them may have to deal with. At a scant one hour and seventeen minutes long, the movie doesn’t delve as deeply into the nature of our protagonists problems as it could have, but it’s rather significant that it showcases mental health issues at all.
It’s bright, shiny, delivering the best of what heroes are supposed to be and do, while also showcasing the serious issues that some of them may have to deal with.
There’s a little heavy handedness about embracing one’s destiny that the movie could have done without.
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30 March 2019
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