ComingSoon Senior Editor Spencer Legacy spoke with Legion of Tremendous-Heroes director Jeff Wamester in regards to the upcoming animated DC movie. The director mentioned having Supergirl as a fundamental character and his dream film. Legion of Tremendous-Heroesarrives on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and digital on February 7, 2023.
“Welcome to the 31st century and the Legion Academy, where a new generation hones their powers with hopes of joining the Legion of Super-Heroes,” reads the movie’s synopsis. “Devastated by tragedy, Supergirl struggles to adjust to her new life on Earth. Taking her cousin Superman’s advice, Supergirl leaves their space-time to attend the Academy. There, she quickly makes new friends, as well as a new enemy with old ties: Brainiac 5. But a nefarious plot lurks in the shadows — the mysterious group known as the Dark Circle seeks a powerful weapon held in the Academy’s vault.”
Spencer Legacy: You’ve directed three totally different DC films within the final three years, every one based mostly on completely totally different characters. How have these experiences differed?
Jeff Wamester: I believe every of their damages and their traumas and the challenges that they should undergo are totally different. As a filmmaker, that’s at all times one thing you wish to do. You wish to have that new problem of what’s this specific character’s challenges that they should do and the way do they get by way of it and did they or didn’t they modify?
The Legion of Tremendous-Heroes is likely one of the lesser-known groups to common audiences. What actually drew you to the thought of engaged on a undertaking about them?
On this case, I got here to it as a result of me and Butch [Lukic, supervising producer] have been engaged on a collection of flicks. A part of it’s that I form of fell into it, but in addition on the identical time, for me, at all times doing interpretations of characters that we don’t see that a lot or haven’t seen on display screen … one of many extra enjoyable elements of doing that is saying, “How do we interpret that on screen? How do we make them interesting? How do we treat them? How do they move? How do they think? What are the pieces that put them together? What would you be like if you had this particular power or that particular problem?”
So it at all times is enjoyable as a result of the Legion is sort of a complete totally different setting, an entire totally different world, and likewise an entire totally different set of characters that we don’t see in the principle world of DC characters.
Had been there any particular comedian runs or cartoon episodes involving the Legion that you just regarded to when making the film?
No. Often, once we do these films, they’re standalone. We would pull items which are from totally different ones, nevertheless it’s often a really standalone interpretation. So we’re at all times firstly on the lookout for what’s the throughline on the story earlier than we begin going, “Oh, we want to grab something from that and grab something from that.” It’s important to inform a narrative first. If we are able to squeeze little homages to items, we attempt to put these in there.