Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles First Season Released


By Karen Valenzuela, @VictoriaNoir89

Machinima and DC Animated Universe front man Bruce Timm had the entire first season of the animated series “Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles” released online for free viewing earlier this week. It features Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman in three separate episodes as a precursor to the upcoming movie that will take place in the same universe.

This universe brings us new versions of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman. Bruce Wayne does not star, nor does Kal-El/Clark Kent, and Wonder Woman is definitely not an Amazonian warrior princess. The premise is an interesting one. And this take on the Justice League is much darker than anything I’ve seen DC do so far. These superheroes deal out justice to the world’s bad guys without restraint, and they safeguard the earth’s people in their own way, without having to answer to anyone for their actions, good or bad. A group of top scientists end up dead and all clues point to our DC trio being the cause, but is there a more powerful evil force being all of this? We’ll have to wait and see.

Each character has a completely new look from the previous versions of the three iconic DC superheroes. Batman looks to be modeled after an albino bat this time, with the amount of white on his costume. His eyes have a vampiric red glow to them, which is fitting and you’ll see why. Superman is not Kal-El/Clark Kent in this universe, however. He is the Son of Zod, which means he dresses like Shaft, complete with the whole facial hair, blue turtleneck, and black trench coat look. And Wonder Woman looks like a redheaded version of She-Ra. Fitting, because in this universe she is a New God of New Genesis.

Batman’s episode is called “Twisted”, and without spoiling anything, I’m just going to say the title fits. Batman (voiced by “Dexter” star Michael C. Hall) enters a warehouse full of corpses, dismembered body parts, and a nightmarishly deranged Harley Quinn. Just wait until she gets her hands on a buzz saw, okay? It’s not pretty. Not even slightly.

The next episode is “Bomb”, in which Shaft…erm, I mean Superman (voiced by Miss Congeniality’s Benjamin Bratt) must stop Brainiac from setting off a massive bomb that will kill millions of people. It is certainly less twisted than “Twisted,” and has much more heart. I got a little misty-eyed. I admit it.

The last episode they released, “Big”, is about Wonder Woman (voiced by Tamara Taylor of “Bones” fame), who is not Diana Prince, but the New God Bekka. It is my favorite of the three, to the surprise of no one. Not just because Wonder Woman looks like She-Ra and the combination of WW and She-Ra has potential side effects that include dizziness, brain explosion, et cetera. It is also my favorite because Wonder Woman gets to fight a very different version of Giganta. But wait, there’s more. Because Wonder Woman’s appetite for kicking ass is nearly matched by her appetite for Steve Trevor’s body. I’m not kidding. Watch it:

“Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles” is a lead up to the animated film titled Justice League: Gods and Monsters, which is set to be released July 28, 2015 on Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital HD. You can pre-order it now.

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