This weekend we had the opportunity to attend the latest Warner Bros. Home Entertainment premiere of LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes – Justice League: Cosmic Clash. Taking place at The Paley Center for Media, just as our interviews with Yvonne Strahoski (Batwoman) and Sean Maher (Nightwing) of Batman: Bad Blood did, we were able to speak with the great team behind DC’s latest animated venture.
It was a busy morning that saw the Paley Center hall filled with enthusiastic fans of all ages and adorned with cutouts of the various DC Comics heroes, such as The Flash and Cyborg. But a little before 11 am, the talent started to filter in and thus began another fun premiere event that we got to cover.
The first person I spoke with was Mr. James Krieg, the writer of Justice Legaue: Cosmic Clash. Before we began, we shared our mutual excitement for the upcoming Star Trek series, in which Krieg would love to write for. “Nicholas Meyer! Come on! Now I’m just excited to watch.”
But, you’re not here for Star Trek! You’re here for Justice League: Cosmic Clash! A story filled with humor, the Legion of Superheroes and a “silly cheerleader” Supergirl, right?
Steven Biscotti: We’re very excited about Justice League: Cosmic Clash, especially the tone of it. How much freedom do you have to reinterpret the characters for DC when you’re writing for the LEGO medium?
James Krieg: I think that LEGO and DC have been very generous to us and trusting of us to find the right tone. Especially with the DC characters. If it was in-continuity, they’d have to be doing the same thing all the time, but with LEGO you get a little bit of wiggle room where you could push the characters to be a little bit funnier. Our Superman isn’t just good and noble; he’s also a little bit naïve. He just flew out of Mayberry. If anyone understands that reference. Batman isn’t just the perfect crime-fighting machine; he’s also just a little bit paranoid. Just a little bit in The X-Files zone. There’s a little bit of a conspiracy for him. It makes it a little bit more fun, but at the same time we get to have big, dramatic moments. When we had the last of these screenings, there was a dramatic moment where kids went ‘Ooo, awesome,’ and that was just a great moment for us.
SB: It’s exciting because you have characters that are iconic and kids love them, adults love them. What I love about Cosmic Clash is that we’re seeing characters like Brainiac and all of these characters interacting in a way that’s appealing to all ages.
JK: And also we’re introducing those characters to a lot of kids. There are kids of some ages that won’t be able to go see Batman v Superman; it won’t be appropriate. But they need Batman and Superman too. Our job is to get them interested in these characters and hold on to them so they’ll enjoy the DC Universe until they’re old enough to enjoy those movies.
SB: I really like that you did mention Batman v Superman because I feel like DC’s been very smart in their approach to the writing and of how they introduce characters and get audiences ready to see them in a couple of months or years. Were there any characters that DC strongly wanted for Cosmic Clash? I know you have Supergirl and The Flash. Was that a response due to the nature of the shows being so successful? Or was that more organic to your writing?
JK: These take a long time to make and so we did know a Supergirl series was coming out and so we thought it’d be a good idea to put Supergirl in. Also, we wanted to have more female characters and that was a great opportunity to do that. And she’s not Supergirl from the tv show! She’s more like a really silly cheerleader. But all the characters are silly in their own way. DC doesn’t normally come to us and say ‘We have this agenda and we want to push these heroes.’ It’s more like we get an idea for a character and we run it by them and they say that sounds like a great idea. For example, my son is a big Legion fan and when we knew this became a time-travel story, we though ‘Oh, maybe we could put the Legion in.’ We called them and they said to put the Legion in. Like I mentioned before, this will be the first time a lot of kids have heard of these characters so I think it’s an exciting opportunity to keep these characters alive for the next generations.
SB: Well the characters looks great. In conclusion, we’re big fans of the Batman television series and out of your choice of a Batman expression, which one would you pick to describe Justice League: Cosmic Clash?
JK: I think Cosmic Clash is… It’s not a ‘sock’, and I like ‘bam’, but I don’t like the colors. I’d go ‘kapow.’ I’d go full ‘kapow’ for Justice League: Cosmic Clash.
Stay tuned for more of our Justice League: Cosmic Clash coverage.
In LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes – Justice League: Cosmic Clash, the brilliant, hyper-obsessive-compulsive, super-computer Brainiac is combing the universe for new additions to his collection of worlds when he stumbles upon a ripe planet for his taking – Earth. But Brainiac quickly discovers Earth has a “firewall” – the Justice League. When Brainiac cleverly displaces several members of the Justice League to other time periods in Earth’s history, Batman, Flash and Cyborg must build and use the Cosmic Treadmill to race across time to retrieve their comrades – while members of the Legion of Super Heroes attempt to hold off Brainiac’s assault. Only time will tell in this battle for the fate of the Earth and the Justice League!
Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC Entertainment and the LEGO Group, LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes – Justice League: Cosmic Clash is NOW available via Digital HD, and willl be distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on March 1, 2016 on Blu-rayTMCombo Pack and DVD. The Blu-rayTM and DVD releases will include an exclusive Cosmic Boy LEGO® figurine, while supplies last.
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