In Review: Justice League vs. The Fatal Five

I cried at the end of Justice League vs. The Fatal Five.

Synopsis: Justice League vs. The Fatal Five finds the Earth’s future hanging in the balance when the Justice League faces a powerful new threat—the Fatal Five. Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman seek answers as the time-traveling trio of Mano, Persuader and Tharok terrorize Metropolis in search of budding Green Lantern, Jessica Cruz, whom they need to free remaining Fatal Five members Emerald Empress and Validus in order to carry out their sinister plan.  But the Justice League discover an ally from another time in the peculiar Star Boy—brimming with volatile power, could he be the key to thwarting the Fatal Five? An epic battle against ultimate evil awaits!

Review: I cried at the end of Justice League vs. The Fatal Five. While I’m generally over allegory, this film reminded me that it does serve a potent purpose. Writers Eric Carrasco, Jim Krieg, and Alan Burnett juxtaposed Jessica and Thomas’ stories perfectly. I believed their pain. Elyes Gabel and Diane Guerrero did marvelous jobs conveying how Thomas and Jessica lived with their conditions.

The Fatal Five were less affecting, however, and perhaps they were meant to be. They did what they needed to do — motivated the heroes. I didn’t care about them and couldn’t be bothered to keep all their names straight.

On the flip side, I loved encountering Mr. Terrific and his wonderfully versatile spheres. I also enjoyed meeting Brainiac-5 and Saturn Girl. It really helped me put their live-action CW counterparts in perspective. 

Finally, I have to thank Kevin Conroy, Susan Eisenberg, George Newbern, and Tara Strong for continuing to be awesome with every syllable. In addition, the Arkham Asylum sequence was a delight from start to finish. I hope DC maintains their animated universe with this much love for years to come.

Justice League vs. The Fatal Five is available on DVD, Blu-ray, and V.O.D. now.

Cast: Elyes Gabel, Diane Guerrero, Kevin Conroy, Susan Eisenberg, George Newbern, Peter Jessop, Matthew Yang King, Sumalee Montano, Philip Anthony Rodriguez, Daniela Bobadilla, Kevin Michael Richardson, Noel Fisher, Tara Strong, Tom Kenny

Director: Sam Liu

Producers: Sam Liu, Amy McKenna, Sam Register, Bruce Timm

Writers: Eric Carrasco, Jim Krieg, Alan Burnett

Justice League vs. The Fatal Five
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Raissa Devereux became a life-long genre fan at the age of four when she first saw The Wizard of Oz at a screening at Arizona State University. Years later, she graduated from A.S.U. as an English major, History minor, Whovian, and Trekkie. Now a Florida transplant, she loves the opportunity Sci-Fi Pulse has given her to further explore space travel, time travel, masked heroes, gothic castles, and good yarns.
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