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Justice League: The New Frontier

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JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE NEW FRONTIER (2008, US) is a direct-to-video animated film adapted from the DC Comics series. It was written by Justice League writer Stan Berkowitz, and The New Frontier writer and artist Darwyn Cooke.

The story is set from 1953 at the end of the Korean War to 1960 during the term of President John F. Kennedy. It was the time when the US government is distrustful of superheroes and the Justice Society has disbanded, Superman still has high hopes and optimism, Batman is hiding as a fugitive vigilante, Wonder Woman is in Vietnam rescuing oppressed women from the rebels and The Flash is still helping people in his own way. The story focuses more on Hal Jordan (and how he became Green Lantern) and J’onn J’onzz (how he arrived on Earth and became Martian Manhunter). The images are reminiscent of The Superfriends era. However, due to a mysterious cult and sightings surrounding “The Center” and “Dinosaur Island”, all superheroes need to unite to defeat “The Center”.

“I see I have your attention,” said Superman. “We face a threat big enough to wipe us off the Earth. And still we bicker about a mask or a uniform. My best friend (wounded Wonder Woman) is lying upstairs right now. She would have given her life for this country and I could hardly look her in the eye. America was founded on the notion that a person should be free to follow his or her own destiny. But we can’t do that if we’re living in fear of our own government. We need to reclaim this country for free men and women everywhere.” And with the encouraging words from King Faraday, “All of you remember today, there are no Democrats, no Republicans, no hawks, no doves. Just the naked simplicity of an absolute: Mankind’s survival. Good luck to us all,” they fought together.

Voice over talents from famous celebrities like David Boreanaz as Hal Jordan/Green Lantern, Neil Patrick Harris as Barry Allen/The Flash, Lucy Lawless as Diana/Wonder Woman, and Brooke Shields as Carol Ferris also made the film interesting.

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