Justice League: The New Frontier is one of DC’s better animated movies primarily because it understands who the members of the League are and what they stand for together, as a team. But, as solid a plot as the movie has, it’s also worth remembering the insane levels of talent contained in the voice cast.
Today, DC announced that a remastered, special edition re-release of the 2008 film is on the way, along with a slow of new bonus content like a short documentary about famed DC artist Darwyn Cooke, whose comic is what The New Frontier is based on. If we had our druthers, though, the new DVD set would also include audio commentary tracks from the film’s cast.
There are a handful of well-known voice actors whose names and voices you get used to seeing and hearing when it comes to DC’s animated projects. For many people, Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill, Susan Eisenberg are Batman, Joker, and Wonder Woman. The New Frontier, though, went in something of a novel direction. The voice cast is still mostly made up with immediately recognizable actors, but they’re nearly all playing parts you wouldn’t immediately associate them with.
Batman? That’s Jeremy Sisto. Flash? Neil Patrick Harris. Superman? That’s Kyle Freakin MacLachlan. There’s nothing inherently weird about hearing Lucy Lawless’ voice coming out of Wonder Woman’s mouth, and yet... there totally is. The New Frontier feels every bit like a solid DC animated movie. The writing is sharp and the action is fun, but you always get the distinct sense that you’re watching something from an alternate reality where David Boreanaz has just always been the voice of Hal Jordan like it’s no big deal.
But it is a big deal. A very big deal.
No official release date for the remastered edition of the movie has been announced yet.