Justice League: Gods and Monsters trailer

What do you get when you bring together a vampire, the son of General Zod, and a New God? The Trinity of the upcoming Justice League: Gods and Monsters, that’s what. Coming this summer, prepare for a brand new Justice League, as Bruce Timm helms the standalone film.

Taking place outside of the current scope of films, Gods and Monsters will feature a darker take on the heroes of the DC Universe, with histories far different than their mainstream counterparts. Along with the Trinity, Darkseid, Lex Luthor, and Victor Fries will also be appearing in the film, though the details of their inclusion are unknown as of now.

Gods and Monsters sets itself apart from recent releases such as Throne of Atlantis in a number of ways. The most interesting being a three-part miniseries developed by Machinima. A surprising move to say the least. While Gods and Monsters will offer fans versions of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman among others, these are clearly not the versions DC wants at the forefront of their animated universe.

Still, the move could mean more going down the line. As a standalone film, it doesn’t have the hype (or perhaps stigma could be a more appropriate term,) coming from the other films DC has released since Justice League: War. It’s possible that this could grow into a common trend for DC animated movies moving forward.


Given the somewhat mixed reaction to the new DC Animated Universe, it will be interesting to see how the latest entry into the library of DC animated stories is received. The last standalone produced, Batman: Assault on Arkham (which featured more Suicide Squad than Batman) was a critical and financial success. Could Gods and Monsters have similar luck?

Having the iconic Bruce Timm on board (known for his work with the original Justice League and Justice League Unlimited) will likely draw in fans who have grown skeptical of DC’s animated offerings as of late. Likewise with his inclusion on the upcoming miniseries.

Time will tell what Justice League: Gods and Monsters will bring to the table, it’s certainly going to deliver a fresh take on an old favorite. Whether that’s good or bad is yet to be seen.

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