Warner Bros. has announced plans to release a Commemorative Edition of Justice League: The New Frontier, the DC Universe Original Movie that images the Justice League and other DC Comics characters at the height of the Cold War. Check out the new trailer above.
For the new Commemorative Edition of the 2008 PG-13 animated film, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has produced an all-new featurette spotlighting the late Darwyn Cooke. The comic book author and artist’s seminal work, DC: The New Frontier, received an Eisner, Harvey and Shuster Award. That six-issue comic book limited series was adapted into Justice League: The New Frontier. The Commemorative Edition also uses some of Cooke’s original DC: The New Frontier artwork for the packaging.
“Justice League: The New Frontier – Commemorative Edition gives fans the opportunity to savor the unique genius of such a legendary comic talent as Darwyn Cooke in a thrilling, animated adaptation of a modern classic,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Vice President, Family & Animation Marketing in a statement. “The addition of an all-new Darwyn Cooke mini-documentary adds to the special celebration of his work. And his story serves as a keen reminder of the history of these cherished DC Super Heroes, in perfect timing with the theatrical release of the Justice League film.”
Justice League: The New Frontier features Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter and The Flash banding together to form the Justice League. Strangers at first, these very different heroes must overcome fear and suspicion to forge an alliance against a monster so formidable, even the mighty Superman cannot stop it alone. If they fail, the entire planet will be "cleansed" of humanity.
Justice League: The New Frontier – Commemorative Edition is produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, and directed by David Bullock from a script by Stan Berkowitz. Sander Schwartz and Bruce Timm are Executive Producers. Michael Goguen is Supervising Producer.
Justice League: The New Frontier – Commemorative Edition features an impressive roll call of celebrity voice performances, including Golden Globe Award winner Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks) as Superman, Jeremy Sisto (Law & Order) as Batman, Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess) as Wonder Woman, Emmy and Tony Award winner Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) as Barry Allen/The Flash, David Boreanaz (Bones) as Hal Jordan/Green Lantern, Brooke Shields (Suddenly Susan) as Carol Ferris, Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer) as Lois Lane, Phil Morris (Seinfeld) as King Faraday, and the late Miguel Ferrer (NCIS: Los Angeles) as Martian Manhunter. The cast also boasts the voices of Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds), Keith David (Platoon), Vicki Lewis (NewsRadio) and the late John Heard (Big).
Justice League: The New Frontier - Commemorative Edition release Oct. 3, 2017. A complete least of special features follows.
Justice League: The New Frontier - Commemorative Edition Special Features
- 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
About Darwyn Cooke
Darwyn Cooke is best known to superhero fans as the writer and artist of DC: The New Frontier. He also published four adaptations of Richard Stark’s Parker novels at IDW Publishing.
Cooke won the Eisner Award for Best Single Issue for his work on Solo #5 in 2005. He helped revitalize the character of Catwoman with his 2002 graphic novel Selina’s Big Score and modernized costume design, which remains the basis for Catwoman's look today.
His other work includes illustrating the four-issue Vertigo Comics miniseries The Twilight Children, written by Gilbert Hernandez, and writing The Spirit for DC Comics, including a crossover between the Spirit and Batman.
Cooke also worked in animation on shows including Batman: The Animated Series and Superman: The Animated Series. He animated the opening titles sequence for Batman Beyond. He also co-wrote and served as art director on Justice League: The New Frontier.
Cooke passed away in May 2016.