It was recently revealed that Bruce Timm was returning for a new DC animated film, Justice League: Gods and Monsters, that showcases a darker side of the DC’s Big Three. Warner Bros. and DC have released the first trailer for the movie (via IGN), giving us a glimpse into an alternate universe where “hero” may be more of a gray area:
Here’s the official synopsis:
Journey to a divergent reality where the Justice League protects the planet — but answers to no one but themselves. Employing methods of intimidation and fear, this Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman deal brute force in the name of justice. In this alternate universe, Superman was not raised by the Kents in Smallville, the Caped Crusader is not Bruce Wayne, and Wonder Woman is not an Amazon warrior of Themyscira. When a group of famed scientists experience untimely “accidents,” a government task force follows the trail of clues to the Justice League — but is there a more powerful player operating from the shadows? It’s a high stakes game of intrigue, mystery and action that asks the question: How do you serve justice to those above the law?
The plot is a little similar to the Justice Lords story from the Justice League animated series arc “A Better World,” but given that we also know Superman is the son of General Zod and Batman is a pseudo-vampire, there are enough threads to make these versions more intentionally militant (as seen in the trailer).
The voice cast for Gods and Monsters features some new talent in Benjamin Bratt (Private Practice, Law & Order) as Superman, Michael C. Hall (Dexter) as Batman, and Tamara Taylor (Bones) as Wonder Woman. Veterans Paget Brewster (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns), C. Thomas Howell (Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox), and Jason Isaacs (Star Wars Rebels) round out the cast as Lois Lane, Dr. Will Magnus, and Lex Luthor, respectively.
Are you excited for Bruce Timm’s return to the DCAU? Does an Elseworlds story of a darker league interest you? Let us know what you think in the comments!
Justice League: Gods and Monsters releases on Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital HD on July 28.