Justice League vs. the Fatal Five Sets Up a Green Lantern Sequel

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Justice League vs. the Fatal Five.

Warner Bros. Animation's Justice League vs. the Fatal Five centers on the Green Lantern Jessica Cruz as she takes lead against the villainous Fatal Five, who travel back through time from the 31st century  to free Emerald Empress.

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With the League's heavy-hitters rendered useless, Jessica and the time-displaced Star Boy, from the Legion of Super-Heroes, ave the day. However, this isn't a one-and-done story, because the start of Jessica's heroic journey paves the way for a sequel starring the Green Lantern Corps.

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Batman, Jessica and Miss Martian think Star Boy is a madman, as opposed to being a superhero from the future. Eventually, they realize he's telling the truth, and when they probe the Legionnaire's mind, they peer into the Legion's Hall and see all of the Justice League members the teenagers from the future view as their idols.

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But when Jessica observes her senior Green Lanterns (John Stewart, Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner and Kyle Rayner), she learns they went missing during a mysterious investigation. They were eventually considered dead, which led to the collapse of the Green Lantern Corps in the future. With this knowledge, Jessica is already equipped to attempt to prevent the same thing from happening in the present. Sadly, however, the wheels are already turning.


The Fatal Five (Tharok, Persuader, Validus and Mano) come to the past because the Legion sent Emerald Empress there to be held in Oa's prison cells. After the villains break Emerald Empress free, they destroy the Central Power Battery by taking all of its energy, and then try to blow up the sun. They fail, though, because Star Boy sacrifices himself to keep the sun's core intact.

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But Oa's Battery isn't repaired. It's still badly damaged, which opens the door for Jessica to help to rebuild not just the Battery, but the prison itself. That is the best way for her to establish more of a presence on Oa, not to mention that she's officially inducted into the Justice League at the end of the film. And so, with two predicaments in hand, Jessica as the focal point offers a very dramatic sequel.


Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz

In this film, the senior Lanterns were already off on a dangerous mission on the outskirts of Rann. From the comics, we know Rann and Thanagar have engaged in brutal wars, so it stands to reason they went to broker peace. Now, in addition to trying to repair Oa, Jessica is already been set up to go save these Earth-born Lanterns from their doom.

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She's already moved up the chain, as Kilowog and Salaak died fighting the Fatal Five, which means she needs to bring her superiors back, and fast. Also, Oa being in this weakened state hints she's already seeing the chain of events that bring about the fall of the Green Lanterns by the 31st century. Such a sequel integrates Jessica with her superiors, could see Simon Baz recruited into a depleted Corps and, most importantly, it would help to shake off her rookie tag as she tries to avoid a cataclysmic future.

Directed by Sam Liu, with a script by Eric Carrasco, Jim Krieg and Alan Burnett based on an original story by Carrasco, Justice League vs. The Fatal Five stars George Newbern, Kevin Conroy, Susan Eisenberg, Elyes Gabel, Diane Guerrero, Daniela Bobadilla, Kevin Michael Richardson, Noel Fisher, Tara Strong, Peter Jessop, Matthew Yang, Sumalee Montano, Philip Anthony Rodriguez, and Tom Kenny. The movie will is now available digitally and will be available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD release from April 16.

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