The Guardians of Justice

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The Guardians of Justice
Genre
  • Superhero
  • Animation
  • Satire[1]
Created byAdi Shankar
Starring
ComposerOscillian
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes7 [2]
Production
Executive producerAdi Shankar
Production companyBootleg Universe
Release
Original networkNetflix
Original releaseMarch 1, 2022 (2022-03-01)

The Guardians of Justice (a.k.a. Adi Shankar's The Guardians of Justice (Will Save You!)) is a Netflix Original live action/adult animated mixed media superhero television series created, directed, written, and executive produced by Adi Shankar. The series is a Bootleg Universe production and a satire of DC Comics and the Justice League starring WWE Hall of Famer Diamond Dallas Page as Knight Hawk, a parody of an older grizzled Batman.[3][4] The series was released exclusively on Netflix on March 1, 2022, and marketed as "An Adi Shankar Experience."

Plot[edit]

After defeating Robo-Hitler and ending World War III, peace has been maintained on Earth for 40 years thanks to the alien superhero Marvelous Man (Will Yun Lee). In 1987, this peace is thrown into chaos with Marvelous Man's death. Marvelous Man's former lieutenant, Knight Hawk (Diamond Dallas Page), investigates his death with the help of the idealistic hero The Speed (Sharni Vinson) in order to prevent a nuclear war and World War IV from breaking out.

Cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"Chapter 1: It Was Murder, She Said!"Enol JunqueraShawn DeLoacheMarch 1, 2022 (2022-03-01)
After an alien superhero named Marvelous Man stopped World War III, the planet has been at peace under his care. Forty years later, Marvelous Man shocks the world by appearing to commit suicide during his yearly live address. Tensions rise and war looms in his absence, and his lieutenant Knight Hawk rallies the Guardians of Justice to step up. However Knight Hawk suspects that Marvelous Man's death may have been murder, and the culprit could be one of the Guardians themselves.
2"Chapter 2: A Mentally Shattered Megalomaniac"Kenlon ClarkSamuel LaskeyMarch 1, 2022 (2022-03-01)
Knight Hawk begins investigating Marvelous Man's death, starting with the caltronite bullet that killed him. Suspecting one of the Guardians of stealing it, Knight Hawk begins surveilling his teammates. Meanwhile he reaches out to former protege Red Talon, and takes his current ward Little Wing to interrogate Marvelous Man's salacious therapist. Running low on leads, Knight Hawk uses the Cortex, an alien computer system that implicates The Speed and Motion Blur.
3"Chapter 3: Anubis and How I Learned to Love the Nuke"Enol JunqueraSamuel LaskeyMarch 1, 2022 (2022-03-01)
Without Marvelous Man to keep them in check, Anubis terrorists are on the rise and world powers are drifting towards nuclear war. Red Talon sends junior superhero Sepia Spider into Anubis territory, but he's captured and killed. In a highly publicized spectacle, Red Talon attacks Anubis himself, and is also killed. Finally Knight Hawk sends Little Wing, who succeeds in killing the Anubis Queen.
4"Chapter 4: You Can Own the Word 'Justice'"Luis Pelayo JunqueraShawn DeLoacheMarch 1, 2022 (2022-03-01)
Knight Hawk investigations lead him to discover more of the Guardians' buried secrets, including King Tsunami's affair with Marvelous Man's wife, as well as Black Bow and Blue Scream's involvement with a rising street drug. Meanwhile, a romance blossoms between The Speed and Awesome Man.
5"Chapter 5: When Guardians Fall in Love"Enol JunqueraSamuel LaskeyMarch 1, 2022 (2022-03-01)
Awesome Man is forced to save Knight Hawk when a confrontation with Golden Goddess becomes hostile. Awesome Man and The Speed go on a superpowered date. Meanwhile The Speed follows a lead of her own, where she confronts Motion Blur and learns information about Marvelous Man's death.
6"Chapter 6: Shame Is a Lower Vibration than Anger"Kenlon ClarkShawn DeLoacheMarch 1, 2022 (2022-03-01)
Knight Hawk's investigation closes in on Mind Master and Marvelous Man's most closely held secret, that they were in a relationship together. Knight Hawk kills Mind Master rather than let Marvelous Man's sexuality come to light, creating his own narrative instead. Meanwhile The Speed learns about Knight Hawk's fascist agenda and a secret army he's building.
7"Chapter 7: Proximity to Power Corrupts More than Power Itself"Enol JunqueraSamuel LaskeyMarch 1, 2022 (2022-03-01)
Knight Hawk begins using his army to take power. Armed with the truth about Knight Hawk, The Speed and Awesome man plan to unite the other Guardians to take him down. She attacks to pave the way, only to discover that Awesome Man was secretly Little Wing in an alternate form. At Knight Hawk's orders, he kills her "for the greater good."

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On July 29, 2015, HBO was set to develop "Adi Shankar's Gods And Secrets" with Adi Shankar writing, showrunning and directing the tragic superhero satire.[5] On September 27, 2021, the series became “The Guardians of Justice” with Adi Shankar showrunning the hybrid-animation tragic superhero satire.[6][7] On October 13, 2021, Shankar revealed that his vision included the use of multiple mediums and tones.[8]

Casting Process[edit]

On July 29, 2015, Diamond Dallas Page, Jackson Rathbone, Kellan Lutz, Sharni Vinson and Andy Milonakis were cast in the series.[5] On September 27, 2021, Hal Ozsan, Derek Mears, Christopher Judge, Brigitte Nielsen, RJ Mitte, and Zachery Ty Bryan were revealed to be in the series.[6][9]

Believing that most artists have a broader range of performance capability than the professional industry classifies them into, Shankar said he wanted to cast the series with an eclectic mix of actors to capture the feeling of the world coming together. Carmen Aiello was the casting director for the entire series and was later credited by Shankar as the first Inclusivity Advocate on a television series.[10]

Animation[edit]

On September 27, 2021, Graham Hughes was revealed to be lead graphic designer of the series.[7] On October 13, 2021, Shankar revealed the origin of the multiple mediums were used.[8]

Release[edit]

Film Festivals[edit]

On October 12, 2021, the series played in competition at the prestigious Canneseries festival in France.[11]

Reception[edit]

Paste wrote that if a viewer can handle the combination of tongue-in-cheek filmmaking and extreme gore, the show was "worth the watch" to see its mixed commentary on the rise of the superhero genre in popular culture.[12]

Decider recommended the show with a "Stream It" rating, citing the show's "riot of visuals and breathless narrative.[13]

Winteriscoming.net praised the show for its "inventive, creative, and fast-paced" approach.[14]

Gamerant.com called it a "mixed-media experience that must be seen to be believed."[15]

Comicon.com compared the show to early Hip Hop artists, saying "Just as graffiti will appear as vandalism to some and street art to others The Guardians of Justice will be a polarizing series"[16]

SportsKeeda called it "refreshingly unique and made for the present-day audience."[17]

MintLounge said of the show "Shankar has created something highly original out of something all too familiar."[18]

ReadySteadyCut gave it four out of five stars, saying "Any even remotely geek-savvy viewer will delight in picking up every reference"[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Patches, Matt (March 2022). "Adi Shankar broke in, blew up, spiraled, healed, then made Netflix's weirdest show ever". Polygon.
  2. ^ Abouomar, Ali. "The Guardians of Justice: How Adi Shankar Brought Bootlegs to Mainstream". Social Magazine.
  3. ^ Indigo, Xan (6 March 2022). "Every Superhero Parody In Guardians Of Justice - Powers & Who They Rip Off". ScreenRant.
  4. ^ Francisco, Eric. "GUARDIANS OF JUSTICE: HOW ADI SHANKAR WENT FROM YOUTUBE BOOTLEGS TO NETFLIX "FEVER DREAM"". Inverse.
  5. ^ a b Patrick Hipes; Ross A. Lincoln (July 29, 2015). "HBO Lands New Yorker Cartoon Docu 'Very Semi-Serious'; Superhero Drama 'Gods And Secrets' Powers Cast". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 23, 2021.
  6. ^ a b "Short Form Competition: Adi Shankar's The Guardians of Justice (WILL SAVE YOU!)". Canneseries. September 27, 2021. Retrieved December 23, 2021.
  7. ^ a b Outlaw, Kofi (September 28, 2021). "Adi Shankar's Guardians of Justice Netflix Series First Look Released". Comicbook.com. Retrieved December 23, 2021.
  8. ^ a b TechRaptor (October 13, 2021). "Adi Shankar talks Future Projects and Mental Health". YouTube. Retrieved December 16, 2021.
  9. ^ Keene, Allison (November 5, 2021). "Adi Shankar and The Guardians of Justice (Will Save You!) from Normal Television". Paste Magazine. Retrieved December 23, 2021.
  10. ^ Keene, Allison (5 November 2021). "Adi Shankar and The Guardians of Justice (Will Save You!) from Normal Television". Paste Magazine.
  11. ^ "THE GUARDIANS OF JUSTICE - La série racontée par..." YouTube. November 5, 2021. Retrieved December 16, 2021.
  12. ^ Fox, Kevin Jr (March 4, 2022). "The Guardians of Justice (Will Save You): Bizarre, Loud, Fantastical Pulp That Rises to the Moment". Paste.
  13. ^ "'Guardians of Justice' Netflix Review: Stream It or Skip It?". Retrieved 2022-03-09.
  14. ^ "The Guardians of Justice on Netflix is a masterpiece of awesomeness". Winter is Coming. 2022-03-02. Retrieved 2022-03-09.
  15. ^ "Guardians Of Justice Season 1 Review". Game Rant. 2022-03-01. Retrieved 2022-03-09.
  16. ^ James, Tito W. (2022-03-03). "Visual Vandalism– Adi Shankar's 'The Guardians of Justice' Reviewed". COMICON. Retrieved 2022-03-10.
  17. ^ Nath, Nikita. "The Guardians of Justice review: Refreshingly unique take on superhero universe by Adi Shankar". www.sportskeeda.com. Retrieved 2022-03-10.
  18. ^ Sen, Raja (2022-03-11). "Review: The Guardians of Justice deconstructs the superhero myth". Mintlounge. Retrieved 2022-03-13.
  19. ^ Wilson, Jonathan (2022-03-01). "The Guardians of Justice review – a bizarre blend of ideas". Ready Steady Cut. Retrieved 2022-03-18.

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