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Warner Home Video’s next animated movie, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths is hitting stores next spring, and the two images that have been released, look pretty damn good.

An original story from award-winning animation/comics writer Dwayne McDuffie (Justice League) rooted in DC Comics’ popular canon of “Crisis” stories.

Bruce Timm (Superman Doomsday, Green Lantern) is executive producer. Lauren Montgomery (Wonder Woman, Green Lantern) and Sam Liu (Superman/Batman: Public Enemies) are co-directors.

In Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, a “good” Lex Luthor arrives from an alternate universe to recruit the Justice League to help save his Earth from the Crime Syndicate, a gang of villainous characters with virtually identical super powers to the Justice League. What ensues is the ultimate battle of good versus evil in a war that threatens both planets and, through a diabolical plan launched by Owlman, puts the balance of all existence in peril.

All-star voice cast led by Mark Harmon (NCIS) as Superman, James Woods (Ghosts of Mississippi) as Owlman, Chris Noth (Sex and the City, Law & Order) as Lex Luthor, William Baldwin (Dirty Sexy Money) as Batman, Gina Torres (Serenity, Firefly) as Super Woman and Bruce Davison (X-Men) as the President.

Check out Owl-man:

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via Ain’t It Cool News

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  1. Navarre
    September 15, 2009 at 1:59 pm — Reply

    Good Lex Luthor is so much better than Superboy Prime. Sounds good!

  2. hermit
    September 15, 2009 at 2:00 pm — Reply

    when will they do crisis on infinite earth?

  3. Navarre
    September 15, 2009 at 2:07 pm — Reply

    They don’t need to, do they? The animated universe isn’t the mess that the printed DCU was.

    Why kill Flash or Supergirl in the animated world? They’re fine as they are.

    Without all of the culling, death, and obliteration of long-standing characters and worlds, I’m not sure CoIE has much of a story to tell.

  4. Kirby
    September 15, 2009 at 2:59 pm — Reply

    I could see Gibbs as Superman sure.

  5. Hey!
    September 15, 2009 at 3:06 pm — Reply

    At least Hal Jordan is in it…

  6. September 15, 2009 at 3:08 pm — Reply

    Is this based on the Grant Morris EARTH-2 story?

    I really was hoping for a good old fashioned Crisis on Earth-2 JLA/JSA story.

  7. Sam Dunham
    September 15, 2009 at 3:24 pm — Reply

    James Woods as Owlman?! Awesome. “Oooh! A piece of candy!”

  8. Rowan
    September 15, 2009 at 3:37 pm — Reply

    Yeah I was gonna say the same thing as Stacy this seems a lot like Morrisons Earth 2 story.

  9. Big Money B.G.
    September 15, 2009 at 3:45 pm — Reply

    I hate when they alter the voice cast so dramatically for these movies…

    Can’t someone just sign Conroy to a lifetime deal, with a clause that states NOBODY must voice Batman but him? Same with Tim Daly as Superman, Clancy Brown as Luthor, etc. It just throws me off and takes me out of the entire movie after so many years of getting used to the same voices…

  10. September 15, 2009 at 4:04 pm — Reply

    I was expecting the classic JLA/JSA team-up, too, but the Crime Syndicate should be cool, too. There was something about them I always enjoyed more than just “evil version of the good guys”.

    As for the voice cast, I’m gonna agree with something Rodrigo said on the podcast when he said that “Batman is about more than just Kevin Conroy, and Kevin Conroy is about more than Batman”. He’s a talented VA, and it would do him a disservice to be pigeon-holed into the role. That goes for Tim Daly, Clancy Brown, and everyone else from JLU – they’re all more talented than just one role.

    Now, who do I have to kill to get an animated Great Darkness Saga?

  11. Damien
    September 15, 2009 at 5:48 pm — Reply

    Where is Hal’s power ring!

  12. Martin
    September 15, 2009 at 6:17 pm — Reply

    Whyyyyyyyy are they using J’onn’s lame World War III look?

  13. Dr. Bolty
    September 15, 2009 at 8:03 pm — Reply

    The graphic novel being adapted is a favorite of mine. Any time I get down on Morrison, I look at Earth 2 and remember how great he can be. Although it sounds like a very loose adaptation, probably removing the “always win on their own world” plot device in favor of a straight action story.

    I do love Owlman’s Quitely-inspired costume. Quitely’s Owlman is one of my all-time favorite character designs.

  14. pezme
    September 15, 2009 at 8:44 pm — Reply

    holy crap why can they not be consistent with the voices? it does not have to be conroy or daly but they are jumping around SO much

  15. oraclebop
    September 16, 2009 at 7:16 am — Reply

    It feels like they had this planned since the original Justice League movie, right? :P

    I can’t wait.

  16. d_Ranged
    September 16, 2009 at 7:23 am — Reply

    Okay. James Woods is cool and all, but why would Owlman and Batman have different voices? Same guy, different dimension. Also, I agree with the sentiment that Conroy is more than just Bats, but he’s been identified with the character longer than any other actor and I think it shows a sense of loyalty on the part of WB Animation.

    • September 16, 2009 at 7:48 am — Reply

      Really? Conroy has been associated with Batman longer than Adam West?

      • d_Ranged
        September 17, 2009 at 9:35 pm — Reply

        allow me to rephrase…he has PLAYED the character longer than anyone.

  17. ross
    September 16, 2009 at 9:51 am — Reply

    What I do not see is a ring on Green Lantern?????

  18. Brad
    September 16, 2009 at 10:04 am — Reply

    i’m looking forward to it, while Warner Bro’s is slow if ever to do super hero movies at least we are getting a lot of good direct to DVD animation.

  19. renfield1969
    September 16, 2009 at 3:41 pm — Reply

    Hal wears his ring on his right hand. Clenched in a fist with his palm towards the screen, we can’t see it.

  20. Navarre
    September 16, 2009 at 5:51 pm — Reply

    Actually, Brad is correct. At first I thought the same thing, that it was angled out of sight since Hal does in fact wear the ring on his right.

    But if you look closely at the hand, what we are seeing includes the portion of the finger where the power ring should be.

    Maybe he was having it cleaned and this event took him off guard?

    Maybe he let his girlfriend wear it and she wrapped it in yarn so it would fit?

    Maybe there is a mistake in this panel?

    • September 16, 2009 at 6:19 pm — Reply

      Maybe there is a mistake in this panel?

      Technically, it’s not a panel, it’s a cel of animation… Could it be something that they’re going to do as a digital effect later?

      • Navarre
        September 16, 2009 at 9:15 pm — Reply

        Technically, you’re right. And, yes, it could be an effect they are adding later. But it looks like a finished frame to me. Still, if there is any sfx to be added after this, it would be the ring.

        (shrugs) dunno

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