In Review: Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths Part 1 (2024)

Death is coming. But what can the combined might of Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, and hundreds of heroes do to save all reality from ARMAGEDDEON?!
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Synopsis: In Crisis on Infinite Earths Death is coming. But what can the combined might of Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, and hundreds of heroes do to save all reality from ARMAGEDDEON?!

 

The Story

When the Anti-Monitor gets released into the DC Multiverse he proceeds to destroy the different Earths that compose it. In a desperate bid to prevent the multiverse from being destroyed, The Monitor attempts to recruit heroes from across the Multiverse but is killed before he can complete the job. Finding themselves in a strange situation it is up to the various heroes to come together and figure out a way to stop the destruction of all the Earths. Playing alongside all of this is the story of Barry Allen aka The Flash who is having a battle of his own as he tries to balance his life with Iris with his superhero duties. Adding more fuel to that fire is that he finds himself looking after a confused A.I. Robot called Amazo, who if left to its own devices could unintentionally destroy the Earth. Barry also seems to be seeing across multiple timelines while he works on trying to fix his own.

 

Voice Acting

All the actors put in-game performances. Matt Bomer is brilliant as The Flash and Barry Allen and sells the emotional beats of the film well. Jensen Ackles is as reliable and stoic as ever in the role of Batman.

David Kaye does a great job as The Question, which is a character we haven’t seen much of in the animated films, which is kind of unfortunate because the brief moments we see in this film depict him as a bit of a compelling character and somewhat of a disrupter. Might he have his own animated series in the future? If so I’d be game for it.

 

The Animation

As is often the case with DC’s animated films. The animation for this is fantastic and gives us some great action beats as well as some quieter and more heartfelt moments, which include a rather sad and tragic death scene toward the close of the movie.

 

Overall

It’s not awful, but it isn’t great either. Just kind of average. The storyline spends a little too much time on the origins of Barry, Iris, and Amazo and not enough time is given to properly explain what is happening with the Monitor and Antimonitor and the destruction of all the Earths. To be blunt. The film very much relies on the fact that it has a fairly strong contingent of built-in DC movie fans that are going to watch anyway, but offers very little narrative explanation about the Multiverse for the few newcomers that may pick up the film. Add to this that I am beginning to feel like they have gone to the Multiverse Well a few to many times as I found myself struggling to stay engaged at times.

Of course, the action was great throughout the film and it was all helped along by a brilliant soundtrack. However, I felt that the writing was a little weak throughout as it relied to heavily on having an already established audience.

Overall. This was just an okay film as far as I am concerned. I think the Elseworlds-style films from DC have been a lot better of late than the films set in the prime DCU.

9.2
Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths Part 1 (2024)
  • Story
    7.0
  • Animation
    10
  • Voice Acting
    9.7
  • Incidental Music
    10

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