The epic scale of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy helped artist Rafa Sandoval navigate the audacious premise of “Death of the Justice League.”
The dramatic scale of the Justice League’s final battle in “Death of the Justice League” was inspired by one of fantasy’s most famous epics.
To capture the breadth of the book’s premise, artist Rafa Sandoval drew inspiration from some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters. Talk to Weekly entertainment, the artist explained that Peter Jackson the Lord of the Rings the trilogy helped him understand how to best frame the action of the story. “The Lord of the Rings helped me plan shots and how I could show the battle, as well as how to move from the battle to the most critical moment, the death of the Justice League.” Specifically, Sandoval said he juxtaposes distant shots with close-ups to immerse readers in the emotions of the script.
DC’s ‘Death of the Justice League’ is set in Justice League #75, an oversized number written by Joshua Williamson and drawn by Sandoval. The story coincides with the 30th anniversary of Superman #75, who killed the Man of Steel. Like “Death of Superman” before it, Williamson says the Justice League’s untimely demise will have profound consequences for the rest of the DC Universe. “We want people to understand, this is serious and it’s going to have a major impact on the future of the DCU.”
“Death of the Justice League” is expected to kill nine of the ten members of the titular team. Some of DC’s best are on the chopping block, including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern (John Stewart), Martian Manhunter, Hawkgirl, Aquaman, Green Arrow, Black Canary, and Zatanna. Following the death of these heroes, Justice League will go on an indefinite hiatus, further reinforcing the importance of hero absences.
Williamson says the impending doom of the Justice League is the culmination of plot points that began in infinite border #0, who established the unseen cosmic threat of the Dark Army. Now the military is ready to strike, and the Justice League is about to find that they are not up to the task of defending the multiverse on their own. “Last year there was a lot of fun and games, but when this story begins, it’s the start of the third act. We’re going to see things get darker before dawn.”
With League predictions looking bleak, the group is currently going up against the champions of tomorrow in Justice League vs. Legion of Super-Heroes. The storyline, written by Brian Michael Bendis and drawn by Scott Godlewski, sees the two teams take on the Great Darkness, a cosmic threat that spans multiple eras of the DC Universe.
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