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Injustice

USA 2021
produced by
James Krieg, Damien Michaud, Rick Morales, Ian Rodgers, Sam Register (executive) for Ian Rodgers Productions/DC Comics, Warner Brothers
directed by Matt Peters
starring the voices of Justin Hartley, Anson Mount, Gillian Jacobs, Reid Scott, Laura Bailey, Janet Varney, Anika Noni Rose, Zach Callison, Kevin Pollak, Derek Phillips, Oliver Hudson, Fred Tatasciore, Yuri Lowenthal, Edwin Hodge, Faran Tahir, Brian T. Delaney, Brandon Micheal Hall, Andrew Morgado
screenplay by Ernie Altbacker, Ian Rodgers, based on the video game, on the graphic novel by Tom Taylor, on characters created by Joe Shuster, Jerry Siegel, Bob Kane, Bill Finger, Jerry Robinson, William Moulton Marston for DC Comics

animation
Superman, Batman, Justice League, Robin, Harley Quinn, Green Arrow, Wonder Woman, Catwoman, Joker, Ra's al Ghul, Green Lantern, Plastic Man, Cyborg

review by
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The Joker (voiced by Kevin Pollak) has taken a trip to Metropolis to use some of the Sandman's dream powder to make Superman (Justin Hartley) believe that (pregnant) Lois Lane (Laura Bailey) is a monster, so he flies her out to space where she suffocates. Once Superman realizes his lethal error, he goes wild and kills the Joker. Calmed down again, he has the Justice League convene and proposes for superheroes take over as the world's judge, jury and executioner in one, with killing one's opponents an option. The Justice League quickly disbands, but Wonder Woman (Janet Varney) supports Superman in his plans, while Batman (Anson Mount) sees trouble ahead. That said, at the beginning, Superman does lots of good, like ending dictatorships, forcing peace on warring nations and the like. But often the punishment outdoes the crime, as Superman's views of justice are somewhat archaic. Eventually, he wants to move all the inmates of Arkham Asylum to the Phantom Zone, just to keep them away from humankind forever, but Batman and Nightwing (Derek Phillips) arrive to stop him - but have been betrayed by Robin (Zach Callison), who takes Superman's side now. And then Harley Quinn (Gillian Jacobs), who takes Batman's side in this and has teamed up with Green Arrow (Reid Scott), releases all of Arkham's villains, and a big brawl ensues, during which Robin accidently kills Nightwing, which only leads to more of a rift between the heroes. Soon enough, the American gouvernment realizes they can use Superman to do their bidding, and thus take his father (Kevin Pollak again) hostage. Then they force him to work together with Ra's al Ghul (Faran Tahir), a villainous genius who claims to work for the side of justice now and creates a justice robot that matches Superman in all this strengths - but of course he uses the robot to do evil in the end. Ultimately it takes the powers of Plastic Man, Lois Lane from another dimension, and Nightwing's ghost possessing Robin to put things right again ...

 

Now what's welcome about this movie is that it takes a critical look on superheroism and its effects on the world as such, and what's also welcome is that no character of the DC-stable is really safe, as there are quite a few casualties among its well-established roster of heroes and villains. That also brings us to the first problem of the film, there are just too many superheroes and -villains in there, and if one's not familiar with the comicbooks they come from, one's quick to lose track. The other problem, there are next to no non-super characters, and those who are in there are just in minor roles, as if even superheroism was just a superhero problem. Also, the ending is a little less than stellar, when Superman is just talked out of being his evil self by Lois. That said, this isn't a complete loss, there's plenty of well-staged action in it, some fitting self-irony, it just ultimately falls flat of its premise and what looked like a more differentiated look on superheroism becomes just another superhero movie in the end.

 

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