While there are still a lot of questions about DC’s live-action movies and series, there is one thing that is still going strong, and that is DC’s animated films. This week fans once again got another solid film added to the animated lineup with Legion of Super-Heroes. Starring Meg Donnelly, Jennifer Hale, Darin De Paul, and Darren Criss; Legion of Super-Heroes is now available in stores and on Digital. Thanks to our friends over at DC and Warner Bros. I was able to get an early look at this new animated film and like always it did not disappoint, well some of it didn’t that is.
LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES
Kara/Supergirl has a rough run – witnessing the destruction of her home planet, battling an armed Solomon Grundy, and generally struggling to fit into life on Earth. But that’s just the start of her adventure in LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES, the latest DC Universe Movie, coming to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital starting February 7, 2023 from Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment.
Welcome to the 31st century and the Legion Academy, where a new generation hones their powers with hopes of joining the Legion of Super-Heroes. Devastated by tragedy, Supergirl struggles to adjust to her new life on Earth. Taking her cousin Superman’s advice, Supergirl leaves their space-time to attend the Academy. There, she quickly makes new friends, as well as a new enemy with old ties: Brainiac 5. But a nefarious plot lurks in the shadows – the mysterious group known as the Dark Circle seeks a powerful weapon held in the Academy’s vault. Find out if the budding heroes can rise to the challenge in this all-new DC Universe Movie!
LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES REVIEW
When I first started watching this film it seemed to start off kind of slow. We are reintroduced to Supergirl’s origins as we watch Krypton being destroyed. Losing everything including her mother, Supergirl escapes and is hurled to earth in an escape pod. There she is having a hard time with “Earth life”, and fitting in even as a Superhero. After a fight with an armed Solomon Grundy, Supergirl realizes that she is out of her element. After a talk with her cousin Superman, They head into the 31st century and that is when the story starts to take off.
Once there we are introduced to The Legion of Super-Heroes where Supergirl decides she wants to stay in the future and train to become a better Superhereo. We are then introduced to a lot of not-so-common Superheroes including one named Brainiac 5. While Supergirl and the rest of the team seem to gel together, she and Brainiac 5 start off on the wrong foot with watch other. I don’t really want to go into much more of this story but Supergirl learns that a great evil power is among them known as the Dark Circle and not everyone is who they seem to be.
Like I said before the film starts out kind of slow. But once it finally starts moving it gets very interesting very fast. Now I will warn you if you were looking to get a huge back story on some of the lesser-known Superheroes you really are not going to get it here. The film does a great job introducing them and showing their powers but that is about it.
This story really focuses on Supergirl and Brainiac 5. A lot of the story also feels rushed, which could be why we didn’t get a lot of backstories. I felt the biggest problem with this story being rushed was if you were not familiar with The Legion story you might feel lost in what was all going on. This was the case for the villains as well, including the master of the Dark Circle. But even with the back stories not as strong the creative team still was able to put together a good story.
The acting in the Legion of Super-Heroes was great. Meg Donnelly (Supergirl) and Harry Shum Jr (Brainiac 5) worked very well together and that is a good thing since they were the focus of the story. From anger to heartbreak, you felt everything that the characters were feeling through these voice actors’ dialogue. Unfountley we really didn’t get a lot from the other characters until the end, but when we were not being rushed through the story the dialogue was fun and entertaining. I really wish we would have had more team interactions and even more from the villains.
Legions Of Super-Heroes Art (The Overall Look)
The art style of this film may be one of the biggest highlights. The characters seem to jump off the screen with amazing details. From the cracks on the ground after someone was thrown down to the smallest facial expression everything was on point. This was very helpful in setting the mood throughout the film. I kind of was like a mixture of a comic book and a regular cartoon you would watch on Saturday morning (god I just dated myself). Also Legion of Super-Heroes used a lot of bright and neutral colors, unlike past animated films that have a very dark look to them.
My Final Thoughts
If you are a DC fan Legion of Super-Heroes is a must-watch. While it may not be the best DC animated film it is not the worst. The Story started off pretty slow but did mage to get more exciting as the movie went on. Also, a lot of things did seem rushed in this film. this caused us to miss out on some crucial character development for both the Superheroes and the villains. The cast was great and worked well together really connecting you with the movie. The art style was one of the best things about this film as it kept you engaged because of the amazing details. Oh yeah, one more thing make sure you watch through the credits, you will get a big Oh Sh!$ moment that will foreshadow things to come.
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