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on March 8, 2016
Watching this brought back the nostalgia of growing up reading the comics of the Silver Age. It focuses on the heroes who started the resurgence of comics in the late 50's.It puts modern slants on the origins and first meetings of the characters, but retains the wonder and freshness of that by-gone era. It was nice to see Green Lantern as the main character instead of Batman and Superman. It was fun for this long time comic book fan to spot familiar characters in the crowd scenes.The producers showed their own fan-boy love for long forgotten names and faces that they sprinkled around in background- Unnamed heroes & teams like the Challengers of the Unknown, Metal Men, Doom Patrol & Slam Bradley. The "Easter Eggs" spread throughout this movie won't confuse or alienate any newer viewers because the tip of the hat to the past only enhances an otherwise satisfying story.
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on January 21, 2015
This is the perfect movie to show the origin of the justice league pure and authentic!!! if you watch this now a days you may not understand why superman looks so different along with the other characters...the superman is from the 1940's superman cartoon...

This was the perfect way for the hero's to come together...batman knew about martian manhunter even when he was in his human form and martian manhunter couldnt sense that batman was in the room..awesome to make batman look awesome!!! they really went more into the individual hero's story's untill they came together it was a pure awesome piece of art...if you read comics and love comivs from silverage you'll love this movie.......if you dont read comic books and don't know about these hero's that much then you might not like it and just complain about the artwork...
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on February 1, 2018
I only purchased the commemorative edition because of the new Darwyn Cooke retrospective, as I already owned the DVD version. It was so worth buying the new copy as the feature was excellent. It was also nice having a reason to watch New Frontier again - such a well done story. I miss Darwyn so much. He was so talented, such a terrific storyteller. If you are a fan of Cooke's work, I would highly recommend purchasing this edition, even if you already own an earlier copy.
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on July 8, 2012
New Frontier is an animated adaptation of a comic book limited series of the same name by Darwyn Cooke (which I have not read as of yet). It is set in the 1950s and depicts an atmosphere in which distrust is common and superheroes are treated with suspicion and envy by the public and government alike. Lurking in the background is a force referred to as The Centre, which is coming to the conclusion that humanity is too dangerous to be allowed existence.

All of the Justice League mainstays are involved, but Green Lantern, Flash and Martian Manhunter are the main focus. Their character arcs drive the feature, and are all interesting and reasonably well developed. This is particularly true of Hal Jordan, whose origin as Green Lantern gets center stage.

The look and feel of New Frontier is purposely that of a different time, not only in setting but also style. Golden and Silver Age character designs are used and the story itself focuses on changing attitudes and fears of the 1950s adapted to larger than life heroes and threats. Fans solely of modern comics might find this jarring but those interested in all eras should enjoy it.

The special features for the two-disc version are excellent, primarily the look at how villains evolved in comics through time and their relationships with the heroes they fight. Other features include a discussion of adapting the story from the comic and three episodes from Justice League Unlimited.

There's a lot covered and the movie moves at a quick pace, but I think it's works well and spends time in the right spots to flesh out the story. Overall New Frontier is a nice tribute to a different era and type of comic story and a strong addition to DC's animation library.
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on January 26, 2010
Based on Darwyn Cooke's Elseworlds mini-series, this was the second of the DC Universe line of direct-to-video animated movies based on DC Comics. The movie has no ties to the Justice League/Justice League Unlimited TV series or the Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths movie. In fact, the actual "Justice League" barely appears in the movie except for a quick shot at the end featuring the founding members of this timeline's JLA.

Set in an alternate 1950s, the former Golden Age heroes such as the Justice Society have gone into hiding after being persecuted by McCarthyism. Superman and Wonder Woman are now agents of the American government, and helping to end the Korean War. Elsewhere, the shapechanging Martian, J'onn J'onzz, was accidently brought to Earth, and assumes the identity of Gotham City detective, John Johns. Former Air Force pilot Hal Jordan is recruited by Ferris Industries, which is secretly part of the U.S. military planning a manned flight to Mars after J'onn's initial existence is made known to them. During the flight, Hal realizes the rocket is carrying weapons to Mars as an accident causes it to explode in space, but he is rescued by Superman. However, J'onn is captured by the government. As this is going on, a mysterious force known as The Centre has been influencing criminals and others throughout the world. Aware of the impending threat, a Green Lantern heads to Earth, but is injured when Hal's rocket blew up, so he passes his ring over to him even though Hal has no idea how to use it. The Centre then reveals itself to be a giant flying island that literally has dinosaurs crawling out if it, and attacks Paradise Island. Wonder Woman barely escapes to warn Superman and the others, but Supes himself is taken down by it. This leaves the task up to the remaining heroes, including Flash, Batman, Green Arrow, J'onn, Adam Strange, the Challengers of the Unknown, and the Blackhawks. With the help of Ray Palmer's(the Atom)shrinking tech, and Hal Jordan emerging as the new Green Lantern at the last possible second, they manage to send the dying Centre out into space. Following this, the heroes are exonerated, and a new team is formed under the logo of the Justice League.

This film stands out pretty well as far as a home video release. The animation is above the par of its TV counterparts featuring Bruce Timm's crew, although Darwyn Cooke himself played a large part in the movie's production. Andrea Romano's selection of voice actors stand out too, with David Boreanaz as Hal Jordan, Neil Patrick Harris as Flash, Kyle MacLachlan as Superman, and Lucy Lawless is perfect as the more-Amazonian-than-normal Wonder Woman. For anyone who has a love for the fantasmagorical style of the Silver Age of comics, this one is a must.
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VINE VOICEon September 20, 2009
A strange thing, my ever-growing respect for Justice League: The New Frontier. It was a title I actually preordered before its release in great anticipation. I tore into and viewed it moments after it was released and came away with a shrug. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it well enough but having just completed the final season of The Justice League Unlimited, I fear I went into New Frontier with expectations higher than even Superman's capable of flying.

Now here it is a year and a half after the fact and I'm returning to the film once more. Why the resurgence in interest you ask? Well both Wonder Woman and Green Lantern First Flight contained a commentary featurette about the translation of New Frontier from graphic novel (2004) into animated film (2008). So well assembled was this DVD extra that I actually decided to dig out my Two-Disc Edition set of New Frontier to absorb every little detail once more. Conclusion: this is a far better story than I initially realized. Almost like good cheese or fine wine, it has aged with a certain charm.

The error in my ways the first time through was to enter the film with expectations of an animated feature film of Bruce Timm and company's Justice League. The uniqueness of The New Frontier is found right in Darwyn Cooke's graphic novel on which the film is based in his homage to DC Comics' Silver Age. Yes the characters look different than what we're collectively used to but the beauty contained within runs much deeper than the superficial.

Taking place in the early-mid 1950s, The New Frontier drops its viewer into the Korean War through the eyes of fighter pilot, Hal Jordan. At this point in time, the Justice Society has already been disbanded while the United States itself not only fears but actually fights to contain the spread of communism. Superman, Wonder Woman and Flash are already fighting crime individually (so their back stories are completely omitted in this film save for a bit of retrospective decision making on Wonder Woman's home island).

The backbone of this tale centers on a primordial life form known only as The Center, which is Cook's ingeniously clever way of integrating DC comics' oft-referenced Dinosaur Island. This ancient being is so vast that it acts as a self-contained ecosystem covered with extinct life forms on which to feed. Monitoring the rise of mankind, The Center finally decides that we have become both violent and intelligent-enough (upon discovering nuclear energy) to pose a threat to its existence. Like most beings on our planet struggling for survival, it decides to annihilate the threat of humanity and begins portraying its cryptic plan by possessing the minds of the weak and evil. Indeed some of these scenes are downright creepy both in the novel and in the film.

While the viewer is technically being carried along the meteoric rise of Hal Jordan's transformation into the Green Lantern, the arrival and foundation of J'onn J'onzz (Martian Manhunter) is also a critical part of the story's development. Interestingly, many of the film's supporting cast actually consists of classic DC comic characters in various phases of their lives.

It appears the most common complaint to the animated incarnation is its pacing and indeed the final quarter of the film really does feel rushed. It is obvious that the show's creative team struggled to compress such an epic story into a 75-minute production. Make no mistake, the flow of the story arc and the details presented are 100% complete, it's just that several Leaguers (Green Arrow, Adam Strange, Aqua-man, etc.) appear but do little more than that. It's sad really that such tight time restrictions were placed upon this first-class production as it simply baffles the imagination to envision what this work could have been. It probably could have been an ongoing series the likes of which could compete with the DCAU's Justice League and JL Unlimited.

Casting is, for the most part, stellar as expected from Andrea Romano. Miguel Ferrer as Martian Manhunter, David Boreanaz as Hal Jordan, Neil Patrick Harris as Allen, Kyle MacLachlan as Superman, Lucy Lawless as Wonder Woman, Kyra Sedgwick as Lois Lane, Brooke Shields as Carol Ferris, Vicki Lewis as Iris. I know I'm in the minority on this one, but believe it or not I found Jeremy Sisto's vocal work as Batman to be a bit too deep (picture Vin Diesel with a cold) but serviceable. Perhaps I'm just a bit partial to Kevin Conroy's years of beautiful vocal work in the DCAU in my assessment.

The animation is very similar to past and recent DC Animated Universe efforts, which is to say beautifully done with special consideration to separate the vintage Silver Era uniforms from the contemporary outfits. It takes a little time to get used to the look but (and especially if you compare it to the pages of the graphic novel) this is a first class effort all the way.

For a Warner release, this set comes stacked with special features. Disc 1 breaks down with an excellent documentary called Super Heroes United!: The Complete Justice League History, full audio commentary (2 separate tracks) with the show's creative team and the graphic novel's writer Darwyn Cooke. There's also an interesting look at DC's feature film release: Batman Gotham Knight (which was to follow).

The second disc contains an equal-but-opposite documentary entitled The Legion of Doom: The Pathology of the Super Villain, which in my opinion the two documentaries make the set worth the price of admission by themselves. Additionally, the second disc contains a fun featurette that compares the film directly to the comic book and 3 episodes of the contemporary Justice League (Dark Heart, To Another Shore, and Task Force X).

All in all, this is a very solid interpretation of a spectacular graphic novel. My only complaint is the time restriction that 1 hour & 15 minutes places on the writer's ability to establish the full backstory of the League. The attention to detail is second to none (after all, Bruce Timm and Andrea Romano were involved).

An appreciation for Darwyn Cooke's graphic novel of the same name is helpful but not a prerequisite. I've actually gone about discovering the work backward (film first, graphic novel after) and found many of the themes and grand story arcs to be incredibly brilliant. In going back to take a look at his own personal favorite DC Comics era, Cooke managed to put together a story that ties real world events with the superhero mythos nearly flawlessly. The inspiration that drove him into attempting such an ambitious project is apparent in nearly every panel on every page.

The animated version is a must for any DCAU fan, individuals who enjoyed the excellent graphic novel on which the material is based, and just about anyone who appreciates smart story telling in the animated medium.
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on February 25, 2008
The creative team behind "Superman: Doomsday" and "Justice League Unlimited" explore the origins of the Justice League in the latest animated adventure "Justice League: The New Frontier". Set in the 1950s, the US Government has taken serious actions against superheroes and forcing some to become fugitives. When a powerful entity known as the Center threatens to exterminate all mankind, the world's greatest heroes must put their differences aside and band together against such a powerful enemy. Based on the award-winning graphic novel by comic book writer Darwyn Cooke, "Justice League: The New Frontier" is an amusing 75-minute animated feature that pays tribute to the Silver Age of DC Comics. Its strong and mature storylines are inspiring. The character designs, action sequences and slick animation style are among the animated film's strongest points. "The New Frontier" features the fine voice talents of David Boreanaz, Lucy Lawless, Jeremy Sisto, Neil Patrick Harris, Miguel Ferrer, Brooke Shields, Kyra Sedgwick and Kyle Maclachlan.

"Justice League: The New Frontier" 2-disc Special Edition blows away any previous DC Universe direct-to-video DVD. The animated adventure is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen format. The picture quality is excellent. Its 5.1 Dolby Digital sound is clear with good surround effects. The DVD includes the revealing "Super Heroes United", "The Legion of Doom" and "Comic Book Commentary" documentaries, two in-depth audio commentaries with filmmakers and comic book writer Darwyn Cooke, three bonus "Justice League Unlimited" episodes (The Dark Heart, Task Force X & To Another Shore), trailers and an exclusive sneak peek of the upcoming "Batman - Gotham Knight". Overall, "Justice League: The New Frontier" scores a "B".
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on May 12, 2015
If any stand-alone justice league movie SHOULD have been a whole series, it really should have been this one. It goes a bit quick in places, but if you love Martian Manhunter, Green Lantern & the Flash (it focuses on these three more than the others really) this is the series for you. Amazingly interesting art style and really fun "period" piece. There's also a really great subplot about Batman realizing kids are scared of him and him trying to change his image.

I'm sorry if I misquote but it's the best when batman says "I've got a $700,000 piece of rock to take care of the other alien, but for you I just need a nickel book of matches."
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on September 26, 2017
Probably the best JL animated movie made. Artwork is terrific, great storyline, well adapted from the Darwyn Cook graphic novel.
Great to see the ring on the Flash hiding his costume.
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on February 13, 2017
My era of JLA! Good story.
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