Justice League: The New Frontier

2008 animated superhero film by Dave Bullock

Justice League: The New Frontier is a 2008, direct-to-video, animated, superhero film adapted from the DC Comics limited series DC: The New Frontier. The film was written by Stan Berkowitz and the story and visual consultant was Darwyn Cooke.


Batman: [to John Jones] And one other thing, I'm not sure what you are or where you come from. But my instincts tell me you're to be trusted. Make no mistake, I have a $70,000 sliver of a radioactive meteor to stop the one from Metropolis. All I need for you is a penny for a book of matches.

Superman: This is what the government's afraid of, Diana, us acting like vigilantes.
Wonder Woman: I have to do what think is right.
Superman: That's what the others said at first, remember? And now Batman's a fugitive, the Justice Society's retired, and Hourman's dead. No matter how much good we do, deep down, people are always going to be scared of us. Isn't that why you and I signed those loyalty oaths?
Wonder Woman: Take a look around, Kal. Oaths don't mean much around here. All I see is suffering and madness.
Superman: But...
Wonder Woman: There's the door, spaceman.

Abin Sur: I ordered my ring to find you. I had to find a deserving one. A man entirely without fear.
Hal Jordan: A lot of people think I'm a coward because of what happened in the war. Did your ring tell you about that?
Abin Sur: You are no coward, Hal Jordan. To you, all life is precious. And this ring is far too powerful to fall into the hands of someone who doesn't understand that.

J'onn J'onzz: I thought I could make a life for myself here among you humans. I didn't think I had a choice. But there is one now. There's too much hatred here, too much ignorance, too much mindless conformity. I'm leaving.
Batman: Have a nice trip. Some of us don't have that luxury.

King Faraday: All of you remember today, there are no Democrats, no Republicans, no hawks, no doves. Just the naked simplicity of an absolute: Mankind's survival. Good luck to us all.

Lois Lane: America's champion, Superman, went down in defeat several hours ago. An exhaustive search has found no sign of him. Here at the Cape, the greatest minds in the free world, are now working on a plan to stop this monster before it reaches the coast. We cannot panic. We cannot let our sense of loss...
[stops the broadcast and starts crying]

The Flash: Sorry to interrupt. There's something I have to get off my chest. I've always used my power to help people. But now the government's on my tail, hunting me. You just saw what happened to John Wilson. America needs people like him. But where are they going to come from if the government keeps acting this way? As for me, I'm quitting, giving it up. Breaks my heart, but there are people I love. I don't want anything to happen to them. So good night, everybody. And good luck!

King Faraday: Come on, level with me.
J'onn J'onzz: Very well. I have looked into your mind, and by extension, your heart. You honestly believe that there will be a better day when all this won't be necessary. To find that in you, Mr. Faraday, has filled my heart with hope... And I have no place else to go.

Robin: [to Batman, about Superman] Wow, you really do know him!
Superman: You must be Robin. I hear you're quite a detective.
Robin: Well, I try not to brag, but...
Batman: Have you finished your homework yet?
Robin: Uh... Right. [Robin exits]
Superman: Hmm. New look, a sidekick. Do you mind if I ask?
Batman: As a matter of fact, I do. Let's just say I set out to scare criminals, not children.
Superman: Fair enough.

Ace Morgan: Some way to end a war, huh, kid? Nobody wins, nobody loses.
Hal Jordan: Long as it's over, Ace. I got plans.
Ace Morgan: Right. I forgot. You're gonna be a space ranger.
Hal Jordan: The proper term is "test pilot", funny man. I'm gonna see the stars close up.

Hal Jordan: Listen to me! War... over! Finished!

Hal Jordan: A hole in the ground. Isn't that the wrong direction?
Carol Ferris: Sometimes you have to go through hell to get to heaven.

Aquaman: [returns Superman to the surface] I am Arthur of Atlantis. This one has been asking for a woman named Lois.

The Flash: [about the Green Lantern] That guy with the ring, he wasn't a part of the plan. Or wasn't I listening?

Flash: Don't EVER mess with my Iris!

[Batman attempts to rescue a young boy, who recoils at Batman]
John Jones: [to Batman] Back off, you're scaring the boy!

Wonder Woman: All of you, fight on! To the last breath FIGHT ON!

Superman: I see I have your attention. We face a threat big enough to wipe us off the Earth. And still we bicker about a mask or a uniform. My best friend is lying upstairs right now. She would have given her life for this country and I could hardly look her in the eye. America was founded on the notion that a person should be free to follow his or her own destiny. But we can't do that if we're living in fear of our own government. We need to reclaim this country for free men and women everywhere.
The Flash: What about your government friends?
King Faraday: That's a fair question. Superman's right! The persecution and paranoia have to stop. From here on, we work together as free Americans.
[Superman and Faraday shake hands]
Superman: I'm gonna fly now and recon this thing. When I get back, we'll work out a strategy. ARE YOU WITH ME?
[the crowd cheers]

The Centre: You won't be able to do it. It is the CENTRE that holds, not you!
Green Lantern: I can. I can!
The Centre: You do not have the will!
Green Lantern: No? Watch!

Rick Flag: Jordan, listen to me, we have weapons on board!
Hal Jordan: What?
Rick Flag: In case the Martians turned out to be hostile. Nerve gas, germ bombs, even nuclear.
Hal Jordan: Doesn't matter, I can still land this thing. [Flagg flips open a cover to reveal a button] What's that?
Rick Flag: It's a self-destruct switch. I'm sorry, Jordan, but you knew the risks.

Batman: Welcome home, Mr J'onzz.
J'onn J'onzz: Why didn't you backhand me as you did the others?
Batman: That's my secret.

Hal Jordan: We've had an engine failure. I'm gonna glide her back.
King Faraday: Negative! It's too DANGEROUS! Where's Flagg?
Hal Jordan: Don't worry about him... or your WEAPONS! They'll both be okay.
Carol Ferris: Weapons? [Carol slaps Faraday] You son of a bitch!

J'onn J'onzz: The last time I appeared without warning in this form someone died of fright. Perhaps I should take a friendlier appearance.
King Faraday: Suit yourself.
[J'onn takes a Terran form, but retains his Martian appearance]
J'onn J'onzz: Well?
King Faraday: It's okay. But real men wear pants.

The Flash: Hey, Ace, what happened to that buddy of yours?
Ace Morgan: Hal Jordan? If I knew him, he's up there somewhere tear-assing around.

Barry Allen: [to Iris] You know who's going to be there? Superman, Wonder Woman, people like that. I'm just a guy who runs after jewelry thieves and talking gorillas.

Captain Cold: I took precautions in case you'd drop by. If you so much as touch me, you'll trigger six cryogenic bombs I've hidden around the city. And they'll go off in ninety seconds anyway, unless you find them! So, it's your choice now: ME, or the City and everyone in it. 89... 88...

Captain Cold: [about to be speed-punched] WAIT!
[the Flash stops]
The Flash: Make it quick!

[first lines]
The Centre: [narrating] Like all things on this hurtling sphere, I emerged from the molten center of creation. But mine has been a unique path. Isolated, I developed attributes beyond those of lesser beings. Then the sphere was struck by a vast celestial stone. Black chunks of death filled the skies and the world became a chaotic world of doom. Soon the sphere began to nurture new kinds of life. And there was one that stood above the rest. Its fragile shell belied its vicious nature. And in what seemed like a heartbeat, these things proliferated in both number and destructive needs. Now they have harnessed the most destructive force. And I, The Centre, have concluded that the sphere must be cleansed of them.

[last lines]
John F. Kennedy: The pioneers gave up their safety, their comfort, and sometimes their lives to build our new west. They were determined to make the new world strong and free - an example to the world. Some would say that those struggles are all over. That all the horizons have been explored. That all the battles have been won. That there is no longer an American frontier. And we stand today on the edge of a new frontier. The frontier of unknown opportunities and perils. Beyond that frontier are uncharted areas of science. Unsolved problems of peace and war. Unconquered pockets of ignorance and prejudice. I'm asking each of you to be pioneers towards that New Frontier. My call is to the young in heart, regardless of age. Can we carry through in an age where we will witness not only new breakthroughs in weapons of destruction, but also a race for mastery of the sky and the rain, the ocean and the tides, the far side of space, and the inside of men's minds? All mankind waits upon out decision. A whole world waits to see what we shall do. And we cannot fail that trust, and we cannot fail to try.



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