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Justice League x RWBY: Super Heroes & Huntsmen, Part One | An Anime Action Packed Adventure

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The heroes of DC’s Justice League and Rooster Teeth Animation’s RWBY join forces in “Justice League x RWBY: Super heroes and Huntsmen Part One” an all new Anime-Action Packed adventure that sees our heroes transported to Remnant. It’s a visually vibrant story about teamwork, strength, and belonging. The all-new, feature-length DC Animated Movie finds Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Cyborg, Green Lantern and Vixen in new iterations – transformed into teenagers while in transport to RWBY’s world, and presented in Rooster Teeth’s anime-influenced animation – and partnering with the heroes of Remnant (Ruby, Weiss, Blake and Yang) to battle a mysterious, superpowered creature before it destroys everything they know.

“Justice League x RWBY: Super Heroes and Huntsmen Part One” is an adaptation of the seven-issue comic crossover that came out in 2021 and was written by Marguerite Bennett with artists Aneke and Mirka Andolfo. The miniseries introduced fans of manga and superheroes to Bruce Wayne, Clark Kent, and Diana Prince of Remant, fighting with team RWBY. The creative team have truly got the best of both worlds with DC and RWBY, crossovers can be risky business but I’m here to say that both these worlds truly blend together seamlessly creating such a fun colourful world of adventure.

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Director Kerry Shawcross and his team do justice to both sets of characters by introducing DC characters to RWBY and vice versa. The film does function more like an instalment of RWBY than a standalone so if you are not familiar with this world you’ll miss out on the easter eggs and quirks, however, for me, it served as an introduction and has made me a fan of this world. I love how they’ve incorporated fandoms whilst also visually reimagining the Justice League to suit the world of Remnant, transforming the members into teenagers was truly an act of genius from writer Meghan Fitzmartin. Taking well-established, experienced characters who are in their prime have been taken back to their youth which provides teenaged angst, goofiness, awkwardness, and a new perspective for the League. Seeing each member get their Semblance was such fun as the two worlds collided Superman’s semblance is solar-powered and comes from the sun whilst Batman’s allows him to scan his surroundings akin to x-ray or infrared vision, and now as a bat Fanus, Bruce is able to use wings to fly. Here in Remnant, his crime-fighting detective knowledge is turned into a superpower but ultimately it’s Bruce who feels at home in this world gaining an understanding of what it’s like to be Superman.

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Each member goes through a change whether it’s Wonder Woman who now has the ability to conjure and summon her weapons as the RWBY Dust enables her to use the Lasso of truth, The Flash who still retains his powers of speed from his original world, Cyborg has more electricity abilities and Vixen becomes a Fanus but ultimately the film is about overcoming and imposter syndrome as Jessica Cruz aka Green Lantern since her arrival on Remnant is unable to use the powers of the Green Lantern. Jessica’s arc is so vital to the story showcasing that in this world she doesn’t feel that she can stand with her peers without the ring, throughout with the help of Juane she must learn to have confidence in herself. It’s fun to put both teams in these situations as they have to all come together and in the process learn from each other.  

The voice cast throughout is in top form. Chandler Riggs voices the teenaged version of Superman managing to carry the sense of authority that comes from the Man of Steel but tempered with the awkwardness of youth. Natalie Alyn Lind, treads a similar path to Riggs with her portrayal of Wonder Woman, as indeed, does Nat Wolff as Bruce Wayne/Batman and all the JL cast members. Alongside them are Team RWBY’s long-running cast Lindsay Jones (Camp Camp) as Ruby, Kara Eberle (RWBY: Ice Queendom) as Weiss, Arryn Zech (The Detective is Already Dead) as Blake, and Barbara Dunkelman (Blood Fest) as Yang. 

Also featured in the cast is Ozioma Akagha (Teen Titans Go!) as Vixen, Jen Brown (Red vs. Blue) as Pyrrha, Tiana Camacho (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure) as Glynda, Aaron Dismuke (Fullmetal Alchemist) as Oscar, Jason Douglas (The Walking Dead) as Jacques, David Errigo Jr. (Ridley Jones) as The Flash/Barry Allen and Rolf, Samantha Ireland (Red vs. Blue) as Nora, Miles Luna (Camp Camp) as Jaune, Shannon McCormick (Get Backers, Day 5) as Professor Ozpin, Neath Oum (RWBY: Chibi) as Lie Ren, Tara Platt (Aggretsuko, Naruto: Shippuden) as Kali, Jeannie Tirado (Soul, Saints Row) as Green Lantern, and Tru Valentino (The Rookie, The Cuphead Show!) as Cyborg.

The animation this time around was handled by Rooster Teeth which employs a different visual style than most WB DC releases. It preserves the 2D/3D hybrid world of RWBY much similar to the previous 3D CGI feature Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons Review Here. the visuals are energetic with anime influences and references. the action is enough to keep the film exciting as the Grimm are imposing creatures that feel very Kaiju inspired. One thing that truly ignited the film was its score, David Levy has created such a heavy metal operatic symphony that felt energetic and electrifying. 

Final Thoughts

“Justice League x RWBY: Super Heroes and Huntsmen Part One” was a lot of fun and worked even for someone like me who was completely unfamiliar with the RWBY franchise, it serves as the perfect introduction to Ruby, Weiss, Blake and Yang whilst also being a great anime-inspired action adventure for the Justice League as we’ve never seen them before. It’s a visually vibrant story that focuses on teamwork, and building strength in yourself and others, whilst also showcasing a tale of belonging, self-discovery and adorable teenage angst. the appetite is well and truly ready for Part 2!

Justice League x RWBY: Super Heroes & Huntsmen, Part One is produced and directed by Kerry Shawcross (RWBY franchise) and written by screenwriter Meghan Fitzmartin (Supernatural, Justice Society: World War II). Producers are Ethan Spaulding (Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge), Jim Krieg (Batman: Gotham by Gaslight) and Kimberly S. Moreau (Legion of Super-Heroes). Laura Yates (Boyhood, RWBY, Red vs. Blue) is Supervising Producer. Executive Producer is Michael Uslan. Sam Register is Executive Producer.

Justice League x RWBY: Super Heroes & Huntsmen, Part One is now available to purchase on Blu-ray and on Digital Download.

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‘Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths Part Two’ Review | Unleashes The Power of the DC Multiverse

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“Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths—Part Two” continues the epic journey of the DC Multiverse, facing its most severe threat in this gripping trilogy. As the Anti-Monitor unleashes chaos by destroying various Earths, the Monitor assembles many heroes, including Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, to combat the endless swarm of shadow demons threatening existence. The film delves into dark secrets and intricate character dynamics, heightening the stakes and delivering a thrilling narrative.

The Anti-Monitor (the Monitor’s evil counterpart) is released into the DC Multiverse and begins to destroy the different Earths that compose it. The Monitor attempts to recruit heroes from across the Multiverse/Tomorrowverse to fight back. The only thing opposing them is the mightiest team of metahumans ever assembled. But not even the combined power of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and all their fellow superheroes can slow down the onslaught of this invincible horde. What mysterious force is driving them? And how do the long-buried secrets of the Monitor and Supergirl threaten to crush their last defence?

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With ample room to explore the intricate storyline, the film navigates the interconnected web of characters and universes with skilful pacing and engaging storytelling. Building on the foundation laid by the previous instalment, “Part Two” dives straight into the action, immersing viewers in a high-stakes battle for survival. Director Jeff Wamester and the talented cast bring depth and emotion to their respective roles, enhancing the overall impact of the narrative.

While the first part of the trilogy suffered from a fractured narrative and an abundance of characters, “Part Two” manages to streamline the story and focus on the core conflict at hand. Effectively bypassing much of the foundational work established in its predecessor, swiftly immersing viewers in high-octane action. Beginning shortly after the climax of Part One, we witness the aftermath of The Flash’s demise as the surviving heroes, hailing from diverse universes, collaborate to deploy tuning fork towers in a collective effort to phase the Earth and evade the impending cataclysmic energy wave. Nevertheless, introducing previously unseen characters adds a new layer of intrigue to the unfolding narrative. Introducing key players like Psycho Pirate sets the stage for an explosive finale in the upcoming third instalment. 

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One of the strengths of this film is its ability to establish a personal connection with the characters, Part Two particularly focuses more on Psycho Pirate and Supergirl, The exploration of their motivations and backstories adds depth to the overall narrative, making the impending confrontation with the Anti-Monitor even more compelling. The depiction of Psycho Pirate in the film provides valuable insights into his character and abilities. The origin story offers a compelling introduction for viewers unfamiliar with him, albeit with a darker tone. While the film may embellish his background from the comic series, this interpretation adds complexity to the character. Additionally, Meg Donnelly’s depiction of Supergirl embodies a resilient survivor granted a fresh start by the Monitor after escaping her decimated home world of Krypton. One notable aspect of the film adaptation is the attention to detail in establishing and engendering empathy for each character.

The exceptional voice acting displayed throughout the film exemplified unparalleled skill and artistry, with each actor expertly embodying their characters with a genuine and distinctive interpretation. Particularly noteworthy were the performances of Meg Donnelly as Supergirl and Geoffrey Arend as Psycho Pirate, whose ability to infuse emotion into their characters deeply resonated with me, eliciting genuine empathy and connection. We also see Jensen Ackles’ portrayal of Batman showcases a solitary figure navigating various realms where he reluctantly allows others to join his noble mission alongside the Bat family from a different world. Meanwhile, Darren Criss’ interpretation of Superman grapples with establishing his role as the world’s ultimate guardian.

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Several supporting characters exhibit acts of leadership as they assist the Justice League in safeguarding the numerous alternate Earths. Solovar intervenes to rescue a fellow hero and strives to earn his trust despite initial scepticism. Wonder Woman and Robin also demonstrate instances of aiding their teammates throughout the mission. During times of crisis, familiar individuals joining the effort undoubtedly contribute significantly to the overall strategic objectives.

Throughout Part Two, we witness intense conflict, as heroes and villains engage in epic battles amidst the darkness. The tomorrowverse/DCAU animation style seamlessly complements the dynamic action sequences, creating a visually captivating experience. As does Kevin Riepl’s masterful score enhances the emotional depth of these scenes, illustrating the intensity and complexity of the characters’ struggles.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Overall, “Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths – Part Two” sets the stage for an epic conclusion to the trilogy, building anticipation for the showdown between our heroes and their formidable adversary. With its blend of action, emotion, and intricate storytelling, this instalment keeps viewers engaged and eager to see how the epic saga will unfold in the thrilling finale.

“Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths-Part Two” Is now available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and Digital HD via Warner Bros.

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Joker: Folie à Deux | Official Teaser – In Theaters October 4, 2024

Sequel to the film “Joker” from 2019.

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Genre:

Crime, Drama, Musical

Release Date:

October 4, 2024

Director:

Todd Phillips

Cast:

Joaquin Phoenix, Lady Gaga

Plot Summary:

Sequel to the film “Joker” from 2019.

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The Penguin | Official Teaser — HBO Max

Following the events of ‘The Batman,’ Oswald Cobblepot, aka The Penguin, makes a play to grab the reigns of the crime world in Gotham.

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Crime, Drama, Fantasy

Release Date:

2024

Director:

Craig Zobel

Cast:

Colin Farrell, Cristin Milioti, Rhenzy Feliz

Plot Summary:

Following the events of ‘The Batman,’ Oswald Cobblepot, aka The Penguin, makes a play to grab the reigns of the crime world in Gotham.

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