Legion of Super-Heroes Trailer brings together past and future heroes

Cover artwork for Warner Bros. Legion of Super-Heroes.

Cover artwork for Warner Bros. Legion of Super-Heroes.

While Warner Bros. has spent the last decade bringing DC Comics films into some form of live-action coherence, its animated film output has generally remained constant. In the 2010s there were over a dozen films based on or inspired by it new 52 Series of comics and later rebooted in a new series of films beginning in the 2020s Superman: The man of tomorrow and Batman: The Long Halloween. In the coming years Legion of Superheroes continues the now five-film franchise by using Superman and Supergirl to shine the spotlight on one of DC’s B-Tier superhero teams.

The film sees Supergirl (Meg Donnelly) emerge on Earth ready to fight alongside her cousin, albeit with the speed bumps that come with being a hero for the first time. To help her get the hang of it, Superman (Darren Criss) takes her to the 31st century, where Legion Academy is happy to teach her superhero skills. Having Brainiac 5 (Harry Shum Jr.) as a classmate isn’t Great for Kara Zor-El, but something she eventually learns to deal with if it means not razing buildings while fighting crime.

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During her time at the academy, Kara and fellow students like Mon-El (Yuri Lowenthal), Timber Wolf (Robbie Daymond), and Phantom Girl (Gideon Adland) learn that the school is being invaded by a criminal group known as The Dark Circle. With the original heavyweight Legion members missing from the field, it falls to Kara and the rest of the students to stop the Circle and save the school.

Kara working with the Legion is not new territory; even the futuristic team that appears in aside super girl, both Superman (through the Legion of Superheroes 2005 cartoon) and his son Jon (in Brian Michael Bendis and Ryan Sook’s 2019 comic series) spent time in the 31st century. More recently Young Justice: Phantoms also included some members of the team during the run. It will be interesting to see what else lies in the future of the Legion and what steps James Gunn and Peter Safran will take to ensure we see more of these heroes in the future.

Image: Warner Bros./DC Comics

Image: Warner Bros./DC Comics

Legion of Superheroes will be released on February 7, 2023.

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