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DC Animation’s “Justice League: War” Review, Part 2: It’s Like “The Avengers,” But Terrible

Welcome back to the review of DC’s latest leaving, “Justice League: War.” Last time, we learned that Darkseid was coming to Earth. Well, a big dude who looked sort of like Darkseid was coming to Earth. Also, there are a bunch of heroes, but mostly they’ve just been beating each other up.

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Spoiler alert: This movie blows.

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DC Animation’s “Justice League: War” Review, Part 1: What’s So Funny About Peace, Love, and Likable Characters?

I remember a simpler time.

I remember a time when “mature storytelling” meant mature characters, and not gratuitous violence and overt sexual references. I remember a time when we were presented with main characters you could root for because you liked them, and not just by default because they were punching worse people. I remember when “the heroes bicker and then they team up” felt like a logical extension of the characters’ personalities in action, and not like the cast of Jerry Springer shoved into a foxhole together. I remember when animated superhero movies were appropriate for children, parents, and literally anybody else.

I remember a time before “Justice League: War” was released on home video.

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In the latest dropping from DC Animation, “Justice League: War,” we get the third animated adaptation of the Justice League’s founding, which presents us with a generic villain, unlikable main characters, and the first use of the word “shit” in a DC animated film. This is not progress.

Spoilers after the jump. Wait, are they technically “spoilers” if the movie is already garbage?

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DC’s Animated “The Flashpoint Paradox” is a Very Faithful Adaptation of a Very Bad Story

I recently watched DC’s latest animated movie: “Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox” (adapted from the DC comic by Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert).

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A bit of background: The Flash is a guy who runs really fast. He’s a member of the Justice League. In most modern portrayals, he’s the funny guy on the team. DC has historically made very good animated movies and TV shows.

Got it? Good. Because those are all the things you should have to know going into a movie like this. This film, however, also assumes you’ve been reading comics for 30+ years, including probably the original Flashpoint comic. This does not feel like something an average person can pick up and enjoy, because (A) most of them won’t have any idea what’s going on, and (B) it’s basically terrible.

Lots of spoilers follow.

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