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Da'Mon Guy reviews the latest DC Universe Animated Original Movie, Justice League: Gods and Monsters.

In a little less than a decade DC Comics has nearly 24 animated films under their belt, with each of these features having helped set the bar for this aspect of entertainment. Much like its chief rival, Marvel Comics, has done with its dominance in the transition of comic based films to the silver screen, DC has no equal when it comes to the small screen animated superhero movies. The comic mogul has found the key to finding a great balance to make these features universally enjoyable amongst all ages. Almost every DC release features the perfect convergence of comic, movie, and great voice acting, and their latest feature continues to further their domination of this medium.

Justice League: Gods and Monsters is a bold, hardcore extravaganza that implements an alternate perspective on DC Comics holy trinity of heroes, and it's a release that may well be DC's most audacious and most distinctive animated movie to date. This animated marvel institutes an unparalleled level of realism that really accentuates the film. It's easily the most adult themed film that DC has created to date, as there is obscenities, sexual innuendo, and an unmatched level of lethal violence.

The movie utilizes the voice talents of Benjamin Bratt (Snitch), Michael C. Hall (Gamer), Tamara Taylor (Serenity), Padget Brewster (Man of the House), C. Thomas Howell (The Amazing Spiderman), Jason Isaacs (Fury), and Carl Lumbly (Men of Honor).

Justice League: Gods and Monsters is a pragmatic, adult themed interpretation on the origins of the trio of superheroes that bookend the DC Comic universe. This film revolves around an alternative perspective of the origins of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. The son of Zod becomes Superman, Kurt Connors (Man-Bat) becomes Batman, and Bekka (the New Gods) becomes Wonder Woman. It’s a bold move that really pays off and makes for a great alternative perspective on the well-known origins of these characters. In addition to the DC trinity, “Gods and Monsters” also does a fantastic job at incorporating a number of supporting characters into the film from the DC universe. Victor Freise (Mr. Freeze), Ray Palmer (The Atom), Lois Lane, Steve Trevor, Lex Luthor, Pete Ross, Silas and Victor Stone (Cyborg), Darksied and the New Gods all are filtered throughout this narrative to help to make this a more well-rounded story.

Justice League: Gods and Monsters continues DC Comics domination of this aspect of comic book translation. Just like the many before it, “Gods” does not disappoint. The film is everything you could possibly want from one of these animated features, and even dares to go where other films of this nature haven’t. DC continue to show how they have really “figured out” the right formula when it comes to these features.

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this one, I had a lot of doubts about it but I will readily admit, I was wrong. “Gods and Monsters” is a must see for all comics fans and a near must see for any and everyone who knows the origins of the DC trinity of heroes.

Da’Mon is a writer and artist, a graduate of Coppin State University and an avid, life-long lover of film. Da'Mon has been actively writing movie reviews since 2011. Check out more of his work at Examiner.com, where he has published over 400 reviews. Visit his Blog and follow him on Twitter.  

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