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Justice Society: World War II (4K Ultra HD)
(Stana Katic, Matt Bomer, Omid Abtahi, Geoffrey Arend, Darin De Paul, et al / Blu-ray+Digital / NR / 2021 / Warner Bros.)

Overview: Running faster than he ever thought possible, The Flash breaks through the time space barrier and finds himself in the middle of World War II!

There, he fights alongside Wonder Woman who has assembled a team of Golden Age heroes, The Justice Society.

Blu-ray Verdict: Quite clearly from the off, the art style of this latest chapter might well throw a curve ball to a few diehard fans, as it is clearly made with the intention of a more retro look.

Reminiscent of 50s/60s cartoons with general quality of life changes to make it better suited to modern audiences, I personally found the whole ambiance of the movie to be quite beautiful. I would not want this art style for all future DC animated films, but it seemed well suited to the nature and tone of this film.

Storyline wise there is nothing particularly interesting about it, in all truth, especially given that it is WWII based so it is mostly about Wonder Woman (Stana Katic of Castle, who has also voiced Lois Lane in Superman: Unbound and Talia Al Ghul in Batman Arkham City) punching Nazis and stopping evil, nefarious plans.

I mean, it is simply what the Superhero WWII genre is all about and for that and that alone, that is why Justice Society: World War II works overall for me.

But hey, why do not I let Katic tell you herself: The world that Wonder Woman inhabits is at risk. It is under attack by the Nazis, and the Justice Society is tasked with saving human life in the face of that threat.

The Nazis are looking for any tool possible to order to win the war, and that leads them down this really strange journey of seeking out supernatural or high-tech resources in order to finally win the war.

Wonder Woman is a leader in the company of people that are trying to fight that threat.

We also have The Flash in present day having trouble disengaging from work and trying to have a personal life, and Brainiac attack Metropolis and Superman and The Flash have to team up to take him out, and somehow these two worlds end up colliding, and that is sort of the start of our journey.

What is interesting, or at least refreshing about the movie, is it allows its heroes to be vulnerable, flawed, and even make numerous mistakes.

Yet despite any shortcomings or fears they may have they persist on for it is the inherent part of what makes a hero courageous. Far too many modern heroes, particularly with respect to female heroes, are not allowed to show weakness in any respect.

A hero that shows some measure of vulnerability or is in someway flawed is always more compelling then the always perfect and virtuous hero who can do no wrong.

Anyway, as for the storyline itself, for some reason this movie really needed to be a time-travel story and so that is where the initial jump point is created.

And not to give too much away, as it is in the trailer, were they trying to reference The Flash of Two Worlds? Perhaps? That is the comic in which Barry Allen (Matt Bomer of Doom Patrol) meets the original Flash. Only that story did not take place in the 40s and had nothing to do with World War II, so it does not really make sense if that were to be their thought process here.

Anyway, it is really a missed opportunity as The Justice Society is the first superhero team in comic book history, but we did not really get to know most of these characters in the movie, sadly.

Indeed, and furthermore, if someone completely unfamiliar with these characters is going to sit down to watch it, they will not be able to understand anything, as there is very little backstory provided for these heroes.

Also, why did they not include The Spectre and Sandman? At least Doctor Fate got a little bit of screen time. I can understand not including more famous heroes like Batman or Green Lantern so that they could focus more on the lesser-known characters, but then why include Superman or Wonder Woman?

Though to be fair, this movie is a far better sequel to Wonder Woman than Wonder Woman 1984, in my humble opinion. But do not just take my word for it, here is Katic, one last time, when asked if she would be interested in returning to voice Wonder Woman? Absolutely! This was a hoot, and a real nice antidote from the pandemic!

This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

DC Showcase - Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth! (New Animated Short) - Jack Kirbys beloved DC comic creation features the last civilized teenage boy on a post-apocalyptic Earth ruled by talking animals.
In this short, Kamandi and his friends Prince Tuftan of the Tiger Kingdom and humanoid mutant Ben Boxer are kidnapped by a gorilla cult dedicated to finding the reincarnation of their god, The Mighty One. Golgan, the cult leader, puts Kamandis team through a series of deadly tests to find if any of them know the secret of The Mighty One.
Adventures in Storytelling: Justice Society: World War II (New Featurette) - The films creative minds chat about the methods used to produce the touchstone sequences in Justice Society: World War II.
A Sneak Peek at the next DC Universe Movie - An advance look at the next animated film in the popular DC Universe Movies collection, Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One.
Look Back - Justice League vs. Teen Titans (Featurette) - A behind-the-scenes look at the making of Justice League vs. Teen Titans, a 2016 thriller that follows Damian Waynes induction into the Teen Titans.
Complicating his training is the growing presence of Ravens satanic, world-conquering father Trigon, whose escape plan from his inter-dimensional prison includes spreading his demonic forces across the globe, infiltrating the minds and bodies of the Justice League to do his bidding.
To save the universe and prevent a literal hell on Earth, the Teen Titans must rescue - or defeat - the Justice League, and intern Trigon for all eternity.
Look Back - Wonder Woman: Bloodlines (Featurette) - An intriguing glance into the production behind 2019s Wonder Woman: Bloodlines, which finds Amazon Princess Diana helping a troubled young girl enlisted by a deadly organization known as Villainy, Inc., whose criminal members have their sights set on invading Themyscira. The expansive adventure is packed with brutal battles, mysterious mythology, and endless wonder!
From the DC Vault: Justice League: Legends, Part One
From the DC Vault: Justice League: Legends, Part Two

The Flash speeds into the middle of an epic battle between Golden Age DC Super Heroes and Nazis in Justice Society: World War II, the next entry in the popular series of the DC Universe Movies.

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, the feature-length animated film will be released on Digital starting April 27th, 2021, and on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack and Blu-ray on May 11th, 2021. The film is rated PG-13 for violence and some bloody images.

Justice Society: World War II will be available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack (USA $39.99 SRP; Canada $44.98 SRP) and Blu-ray (USA $29.98 SRP; Canada $39.99 SRP) as well as on Digital.

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc in 4K with HDR, a Blu-ray disc featuring the film in hi-definition, and a digital version of the movie.

The Blu-ray features a Blu-ray disc with the film in hi-definition and a digital version of the movie.

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