I sat this weekend and watched the direct to DVD movie, “Justice League: The New Frontier” with my son. I have to say that it was a pleasant surprise.
New Frontier is set in the late 1950s early 1960s and is based on the comic “The New Frontier“. This is pre-JLA, and the government is fresh off McCarthyism where superheroes are outlawed. I don’t want to get into spoilers, so I’ll leave it at that. The film accomplishes getting you into the era. Constant references are made to real historical events (even if they are not accurate), and the look and feel is consistent with the comics of the day.
One of the best tools used to accomplish this are the voices, especially Batman and Superman. Batman sounds like the gruff detective you’d expect from the 40 and 50s, and Superman has a similar ‘feel’ to his voice. Each and every hero conveys there period via tone of voice, and it is absolutely immersing.
The story is excellent, and heartfelt. It chokes you up in a way that almost no live-action movie ever has been able to do. Yes, there are definite cartoon moments, but it is a cartoon. With not much script massaging, this movie could be the best superhero movie ever to grace the screen. This should be the new Justice League movie.
I give “Justice League: The New Frontier” a I have to see it again.