Steady but surely over the years, the Justice League has been carving out its own little collection of movies, with a number of tales both live-action and animated that showcase the exploits of DC Comics’ most famous super group. These films range from high octane adventures to lighter, more easily digestible affairs.
But what are the best films that feature the Justice League? Which films should you be watching, if you really want to dive into the world of the League?
In this post I am taking a look at the five best Justice League movies, to provide a straight-forward guide to the films you should be watching. All of the films listed below are animated offerings, and all are readily available to buy or stream – so accessing them should be fairly straight forward.
OK, let’s take a look at the five best Justice League films, beginning with a fantastic example of the League in action.
Justice League: Doom (2012)
First up is Justice League: Doom, a JL movie where all of the League’s greatest enemies team up to take down the League. And not only do they team up to take down the League, they also get very close to defeating their foes for good!
But it’s not just the bad guys who are key to this plan, Batman also plays a very significant role in the film – one that puts the Caped Crusader at odds with the rest of his team. But will he be able to help out his colleagues, or will it be too late?
*Pauses for dramatic tension*
You’ll simply have to watch the movie to find out. And you must watch the movie as Justice League: Doom is a superb. The film boasts great animation, a strong voice cast, and a well-executed story that keeps your attention from start to finish.
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (2013)
The Flash takes centre stage in this Justice League movie which involves time travel, an alternate reality, and a very different Batman. The story is based upon the comic book storyline of the same name, only with a few differences here and there to better suit the movie.
The Flashpoint Paradox is a strong film, which gives the Flash plenty to do, ensuring a different offering to other JL films. It is also good to see alternate takes on some of DC’s most iconic characters, including Batman and Superman.
JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time (2014)
Now one for a slightly younger audience – JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time, a film whereby Lex Luthor gains the ability to alter time, which of course he uses for nefarious purposes. Travelling back to the moment when baby Kal-El arrives on Earth, Lex removes Superman from the timeline and in turn stops the Justice League from forming!
JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time is a simple tale, which doesn’t try too hard and as a result it is a fun adventure movie. It’s short running time (around 50 minutes) and enjoyable action scenes make it stand out from the crowd, but it is the cast of characters (Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Time Trapper, Toyman, etc) which really help sell it.
Often overlooked, but certainly worth your time, JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time is a great film to share with the family.
Justice League vs. Teen Titans (2016)
With a title like Justice League vs. Teen Titans there are certain expectations from this movie, but don’t worry, those expectations are fulfilled with a fight sequence between the two teams! But it’s not all fighting, there is also a story here which revolves around Titans member, Raven and her relationship with her estranged father, the demonic Trigon.
The Walking Dead/Punisher star, Jon Bernthal voices Trigon, while Taissa Farmiga provides vocal duties for Raven. Jason O’Mara reprises the role of Batman, which he has played many times, alongside Jerry O’Connell as Superman and Rosario Dawson as Wonder Woman.
Justice League vs. the Fatal Five (2019)
And finally, Justice League vs. the Fatal Five is an animated feature that harks back to the Bruce Timm era of Justice League ‘toons. Utilising the same animation style, musical cues and (some) voice actors from the original TV show, this film tells a standalone tale featuring the Legion of Superheroes.
Those who missed the golden age of the Justice League/Justice League Unlimited cartoons are urged to give this film a watch. Not only will it give you nostalgic tingles a-plenty, but it is also a fun tale, with great action, a lot of heart, and a plot involving the destruction of the sun!
Ok, so those were the movies and now here is a quick recap – the five best Justice League movies are:
- Justice League: Doom (2012)
- Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (2013)
- JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time (2014)
- Justice League vs. Teen Titans (2016)
- Justice League vs. The Fatal Five (2019)
And should you want to watch more Justice League movies, then why not check out these three additional recommendations below.
- Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths (2010)
- Justice League (2017)
- Justice League Dark (2017)
That should certainly quench your thirst for JL action. Well, at least for now.
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