“Gods and Monsters” Electrifying Departure from DC Universe

Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment take us to another world with “Justice League: Gods and Monsters.” The Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman we witness in the newest entry in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies are a darker shade of gray than we’re used to. “Batman: The Animated Series” veteran’s Bruce Timm and Alan Burnett return to navigate Director Sam Liu through yet another well-produced story that not only holds tons of fantastic action, but drama and mystery as well.

In an alternate universe, the Justice League uses brutal force to maintain order on Earth. When scientists begin dying, the world's governments challenge the team's dominance in “Justice League: Gods and Monsters.”

One thing you can always count on when it comes to the Blu-rays DC and Warner release is the ample amount of bonus material you’ll get. They seem to always have everything so well planned out. “Justice League: Gods and Monsters” includes three featurettes entitled "Alternate Realities: Infinite Possibilities," "Calculated Risk: The Making of 'Gods and Monsters,'" and "The New Gods." Each one takes around 20 minutes to explore the concepts and workings behind the scenes of the movie.

We also get two episodes from the DC Comics Vault which come from “Legion of Super Heroes” and “Superman: The Animated Series.” A sneak peek at the upcoming “Batman: Bad Blood” film is found as well.

The movie is rated PG-13 for violence throughout and suggestive content including nudity. I’m not entirely sure what they’re talking about when it comes to the use of the word nudity. Wonder Woman’s costume shows off her cleavage, but what’s new about that. The female Metal (Wo)Man doesn’t have clothing on, but it’s not like there’s any detail to her body. The violence is amped up higher than usual and there’s definitely more gore. This is not for younger audiences.

“Justice League: Gods and Monsters” is an exciting departure from the normal DC Universe. Delving into an alternate world always leaves the door open to explore avenues rarely taken in regular canon. Bruce Timm and Alan Burnett do an incredible job establishing new versions of characters we think we know but really don’t in the realm they’ve created. Each personality is a reflection of their alternate selves but tweaked to keep things interesting and new.

“Justice League: Gods and Monsters” is available now in Blu-ray, DVD, and as a Digital Download.