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Justice League: New Frontier Commemorative Blu-ray Coming

One of the best DC animated movies (ahem, I mean DC Universe Original Movie) is getting a deluxe re-release. Justice League: The New Frontier was an adaptation of the comic by the brilliant and much-missed Darwyn Cooke, and it tells the story of how the Justice League formed in the days following the Korean War. It’s a wonderful take on DC superheroes, and its period setting is really fitting. The comic is one of the greatest things DC has published in my lifetime, and if you haven’t read it yet, you really should. It should be held in the same kind of esteem as Watchmen or Dark Knight Returns.

The animated adaptation condenses the story a little, but it’s still excellent, and features an incredible cast including Jeremy Sisto as Batman, David Boreanz as Hal Jordan, Neil Patrick Harris (yes) as The Flash, Lucy Lawless (yes!) as Wonder Woman and Kyle MacLachlan as Superman. Only the second installment in the series of DC Universe Original Movies, Justice League: The New Frontier was a tremendous improvement over the first, the lackluster Superman: Doomsday. We’ve written in detail about all of them here, if you’re interested.

Justice League: The New Frontier – Commemorative Edition arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Steelbook and DVD October 3rd, with a ton of special features (see below), including a new mini-documentary about Darwyn Cooke.

Check out the special features, too! This release is loaded…

  • Featurette – “Retro Action Cool: The Story of Darwyn Cooke” – A revealing look into the life and times of one of comics’ most brilliant figures, the late Darwyn Cooke.

  • Featurette – “Super Heroes United! The Complete Justice League History” – A comprehensive look at nearly a half-century of Justice League chronology from the inception in the comics to vivid animated renditions in the late 2000s. The story is told with a myriad of interviews tracing the early days of DC Super Hero team ups during the Golden Age to the Silver Age rendition where the established heroes emerged and beyond. Interviews include such notables as Dan DiDio, Michael Uslan, Paul Levitz, Mark Waid, Denny O’Neil, Stan Lee and Marv Wolfman.

  • Featurette – “The Legion of Doom: The Pathology of the DC Super Villain” – This 10-minute piece examines the early mythological archetypes of nemesis characters from a historical perspective and reveals how the tenants of this rich history were adapted and woven into the Justice League stories.

  • Featurette – “Comic Book Commentary: Homage to the New Frontier” – This mini-documentary is a nod to the fans of the New Frontier comics, further expanding the themes contained in the source material and how these elements were truncated or evolved for inclusion in the film. It features vivid imagery culled from the pages of DC: The New Frontier, mixed with the commentary of Darwyn Cooke. This featurette is a treat for both fans and scholars of the medium.

  • Sneak Peak: Gotham by Gaslight – A behind-the-scenes look at the next DC Universe Original Movie, inspired by the 1989 Elseworlds tale of Batman – at the turn of the 20th century – as first created as a graphic novel by Brian Augustyn and Mike Mignola, with inks by P. Craig Russell.

  • Audio Commentary I/The Filmmakers – Featuring Justice League: The New Frontier filmmakers Bruce Timm, Michael Goguen, David Bullock, Stan Berkowitz, Andrea Romano and Gregory Noveck.

  • Audio Commentary II/Darwyn Cooke – Featuring award-winning writer/artist Darwyn Cooke

Read and download the full Den of Geek Special Edition magazine here!

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