Designs for the eponymous superhero team of Justice Society: World War II have been released, and a cast list for the upcoming animated film. The movie will star various members of DC’s original superhero squad, the Justice Society of America, led in this instance by Wonder Woman and The Flash. Justice Society: World War II is planned for release later in 2021.
Although it was the original DC Comics alliance, the Justice Society of America hasn’t been a primary focus for decades. The Justice League has long dominated the space across all media and is easily recognizable in pop culture. Lately, however, that’s been changing. The upcoming Dwayne Johnson-led Black Adam film will feature several Justice Society members, including Hawkman and Cyclone. Those live-action introductions are intended to feed into Shazam! 2 and possible future Justice Society projects. Justice Society: World War II is another way the old-school squad is reestablishing itself in the modern superhero genre.
DC has released a new first-look promo image for the film via The Hollywood Reporter, as well as the official voice cast. Stana Katic and Matt Bomer will star as Wonder Woman and The Flash. The rest of the lineup includes Omid Abtahi as Hawkman, Elysia Rotaru as Black Canary, Chris Diamantopoulos as Steve Trevor, Liam McIntyre as Aquaman, Armen Taylor as Jay Garrick, Matthew Mercer as Hourman, Ashleigh LaThrop as Iris West, Geoffrey Arend as Charles Halstead/Advisor, Keith Ferguson as Dr. Fate and Darin De Paul as Roosevelt. See some of the team assembled below.
Animated films have always been an effective (if more niche) genre for DC, with past installments like Batman: Under the Red Hood, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, and Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay releasing to widespread critical acclaim and positive receptions from fans. It’s a perfect venue to try out and play around with some characters who may not be as viable in bigger-budget live-action outings, and World War II looks like it could be a great story for both fans of the classic team and newcomers alike.
With the subscriber base of HBO Max growing, DC may find it worthwhile to expand their animated offerings in the future. In the past, many such projects have released directly on DVD or video-on-demand services, flying under the radar of many more casual fans. If the company makes a concentrated effort, high-quality animated adaptations like Justice Society: World War II could become a cornerstone of HBO Max’s content offerings.