Today: May 28, 2024

Legion Of Super-Heroes

RATING: 4/5.

Format: Blu-ray, DVD  & Digital Download.

Blu-ray Subtitles: English, Spanish.

Running Time: 83 minutes.

Certificate: 12.

It may still be winter, but January just got a little brighter with the latest release from the DC animated universe. 

Welcome to the 31st century and the Legion Academy, where a new generation of supers hone their powers with hopes of joining the Legion of Super-Heroes. Devastated by tragedy, Supergirl takes her cousin Superman’s advice, and leaves present-day Earth to attend the Academy. There, she quickly makes new friends, but when a mysterious group known as the Dark Circle begin looking for a powerful weapon held in the Academy’s vault, those friends must band together to become real heroes.

Running at 83 minutes, this all-new feature-length film offers plenty here to amuse and thrill. It’s not, perhaps, one of DC’s most engaging storylines of late—and a boy-mad teen Supergirl may irritate some—but it’s hard not to enjoy the talents onboard for this tale of 31st Century super-hero shenanigans.

Meg Donnelly (American Housewife) and Harry Shum Jr. (Crazy Rich Asians) lead s the voices of Supergirl/Kara and Brainiac 5. While Darren Criss (Glee, The Assassination of Gianni Versace), Matt Bomer (Doom Patrol, White Collar) and the ever pitch-perfect Jensen Ackles (Supernatural, The Boys) reprise their roles in this ongoing Justice League continuity as Superman, The Flash and Batman, respectively.

Legion Of Super-Heroes – Special Features for Blu-ray and Digital Download

The Legion Behind The Legion (New Featurette) – It took a heroic effort from a legion of writers, artists, animators and filmmakers to bring Legion of Super-Heroes to life. In this featurette, filmmakers and stars give us a deep dive into the making of the movie, from the original story idea through character development and final animation.

Meet the Legionnaires (New Featurette) – There are dozens and dozens of Legion members, many of whom are featured in Legion of Super-Heroes. Who made the cut, and why? Lucky for us, the filmmakers are here to introduce us to each one – and give us some background on who they are, and why they’re important to the movie.

Brainiac Attack: The Intellect Behind the Super-Villain (New Featurette) – In Legion of Super-Heroes, Brainiac 5 proves himself to be the pinnacle of all Brainiac iterations, but how did he become that way? In this featurette, filmmakers explain what we should we know about the 4 Brainiacs who came before him, and how – and why – Brainiac 5 chose his own path.

Down to Earth: The Story of Supergirl (New Featurette) – Supergirl’s narrow escape from Krypton and her arrival on Earth is just the beginning of our story (literally). In this featurette, filmmakers explain why they chose to centre Legion of Super-Heroes on Supergirl, what the backstory is between her and Superman at the start of the movie, and what exactly is going on between her and Brainiac 5.

 

Paula Hammond - Features Editor

Paula Hammond is a full-time, freelance journalist. She regularly writes for more magazines than is healthy and has over 25 books to her credit. When not frantically scribbling, she can be found indulging her passions for film, theatre, cult TV, sci-fi and real ale. If you should spot her in the pub, after five rounds rapid, she’ll be the one in the corner mumbling Ghostbusters quotes and waiting for the transporter to lock on to her signal… Email: writerpaula@icloud.com

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