Justice League x RWBY: Super Heroes & Huntsmen, Part One Blue-ray Review: When There Is Action, the Film Shines

Justice League x RWBY: Super Heroes & Huntsman, Part One has been released direct-to-video and follows a separate storyline from the comics of the same name. The Justice League (Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Cyborg, Vixen, the Flash, and Green Lantern) find themselves not only transported to the world of Remnant, they have also been transformed into teenagers with slightly altered abilities and powers from the typical DC Universe. Team RWBY (pronounced Ruby) is made up of Ruby Rose, Weiss Schnee, Blake Belladonna, and Yang Xiao Long, all of whom are huntresses on Remnant who both come in contact with the Justice League and a new, more dangerous iteration of the monsters that populate Remnant known as Grimm.

The story is a simple mystery: Why have the Justice League shown up in Remnant and how do they get back to Earth? Also, why is Remnant mysteriously different in small but dangerous ways? When there is action, the film shines. Watching both the Justice League and RWBY find ways to work together and combine their skills are the best moments. Unfortunately, between the battles, RWBY spends an awful lot of dialogue talking about their world, how it should be, and how it is suddenly different (Grimm are able to shoot lasers and are interacting strangely with Dust, an element that has created a technological revolution on Remnant). This may be useful for viewers who are unfamiliar with RWBY, but if you are a fan, you will not be satisfied with all the talking heads. Luckily, the Justice League doesn’t seem to feel any need at all to describe Earth and the sorts of conflict they face there.

The fact that everybody is a teenager doesn’t add a whole lot to the plot except to dampen the powers of some of the super heroes (Superman has nearly no powers while standing in the shade, but gets most of his powers back when stepping out into the sun). For some reason, even though most of the Justice League have been adults for years back on Earth, have memories of being and acting like adults, and should be able to continue that adult mindset even in teenage bodies, they still act like petulant teenagers until there are about 15 minutes remaining in the film. Remnant has a species known as Faunus (characters with animal traits like cat ears, tails, etc.). This leads to the best characterization in the film when Batman shows up with actual, usable bat wings giving him powers of flight that are fun to watch in the fight scenes.

Presented in both 4K UltraHD and Blu-ray, both of which include a digital download code. The extras are a bit slim. There are two long clips from the Justice League animated show that are pretty arbitrarily chosen as they have nothing to do with the presentation. Also included is a short feature on the making of the program which gives a bit of insight into major decisions about how the Justice League would look in Remnant. The artistic style is more in line with RWBY than with Justice League. The colors are vibrant and the fight scenes are well choreographed.

The fact that Part One implies a future Part Two left me wondering, though. The story seems fully wrapped up except for a couple of tacked-on lines at the very end. However, if you are a fan of either, or both, Justice League and RWBY, then you are likely to be a fan of this mostly entertaining crossover.

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Greg Hammond

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