Genres: Fantasy

Justice League

As a movie, this sort-a worked out OK. Lots of big action sequences, a team of heroes and heroines, some comedic moments though not much emotion. The “good” guys spent all but an instant wrestling with the morality of resurrection hingeing on the old adage of “the greater good” for example.

Yet as a film, you have to wonder why two of the tribes (Atlanteans and Amazonians) went to extraordinary lengths to “seal” the unity/mother boxes in temples/tombs when the Steppenwolf just teleported into them, and then teleported out again. All seemed a little pointless other than to show off some set design and set pieces. And the box of Man was just buried so nobody could ever find it, yet somebody did (which was not explained) and, even if they hadn’t, these boxes send out a homing signal when they wake up so Steppenwolf would know where they are. Odd that.

We’ve seen the Green Lanterns in other incarnations, so it might have been more prudent to spread the stones far and wide and take a bit longer getting to the big endgame (assimilate earth) than rush to it in a fraction of the time that Marvel did getting to Avengers: Infinity War. Though, if they had restricted it that way there is a lot of similarity between the ideas (megalomaniac seeks multiple power stones/crystals to ensure destruction).

Justice League felt like a collection of pieces that didn’t add up to more than the sum of its parts. It was still a visually good movie, and worth the runtime, but there wasn’t the payoff we have come to expect with the Marvel canon.

Justice League

20172 h 00 min
Overview

Fuelled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne and Diana Prince assemble a team of metahumans consisting of Barry Allen, Arthur Curry and Victor Stone to face the catastrophic threat of Steppenwolf and the Parademons who are on the hunt for three Mother Boxes on Earth.

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Director Zack Snyder
Runtime 2 h 00 min
Release Date 15 November 2017
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Movie Media VoD
Movie Status Loaned
Movie Rating Good
Actors
Starring: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Ciarán Hinds, Amy Adams, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, J.K. Simmons, Billy Crudup, Joe Morton, Amber Heard, Michael McElhatton, Joe Manganiello, Jesse Eisenberg, Robin Wright, David Thewlis, Julian Lewis Jones, Marc McClure, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Holt McCallany, Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson, Gemma Refoufi, Kelly Burke, Paulina Boneva, Alexandra Ford, Eleanor Matsuura, Daniel Stisen, Samantha Jo, Sergi Constance, Doutzen Kroes
Poster for the movie "Black Panther"

Black Panther

This is another good move from the Marvel stable. It may be ‘groundbreaking’ in its casting, but the story felt somewhat formulaic and many characters remained two-dimensional. The story kept good pace (though felt a little long for me). Some backstory was left to voiceover over the opening titles, and didn’t really have a huge impact when it came to leveraging this during the story. But, this is Marvel and not something like the Planet of the Apes trilogy.

Black Panther

Long live the king

20182 h 14 min
Overview

King T'Challa returns home from America to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country's new leader. However, T'Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne by factions within his own country as well as without. Using powers reserved to Wakandan kings, T'Challa assumes the Black Panther mantel to join with girlfriend Nakia, the queen-mother, his princess-kid sister, members of the Dora Milaje (the Wakandan 'special forces') and an American secret agent, to prevent Wakanda from being dragged into a world war.

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Director Ryan Coogler
Runtime 2 h 14 min
Release Date 13 February 2018
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Movie Media VoD
Movie Status Loaned
Movie Rating Good
Actors
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis, John Kani, Sterling K. Brown, Seth Carr, Denzel Whitaker, Florence Kasumba, Isaach De Bankolé, Danny Sapani, Sydelle Noel, Janeshia Adams-Ginyard, Jénel Stevens, Shaunette Renée Wilson, Stan Lee, Sebastian Stan, Bambadjan Bamba, Jeremy Sample, Sope Aluko, Alexis Rhee, Tahseen Ghauri, Danny Chung, David S. Lee, Mark Ashworth, Shad Gaspard, William Cowboy Reed, Alex Hibbert, Lucy Hockings, Ashton Tyler, Atandwa Kani, Connie Chiume, Dorothy Steel, Marija Abney, Maria Hippolyte, Marie Mouroum, Zola Williams, Christine Hollingsworth, Nabiyah Be, Michael David Yuhl, Elizabeth Elkins, Raven Wynn, Amechi Okocha, Tony Sears, Francesca Faridany, Roland Kilumbu, Timothy Carr, Apollo GT, James Siderits, Travis Love, Lidya Jewett, Alona Leoine, Kinley Fleurejuste, Ofu Obekpa, Michael R. Ciminna, John Y Lee, Byron Coolie, William Walker, Joseph Akharoh Jr., Stanley Aughtry, Raenen Golez, Leo De Rivera, Tevin Beech, Tari Omoro, Andrea Antonio Canal, David Dunston, Emelita T. Gonzalez, Josue Louis-Charles, Isaac Phillips, Trevor Noah, Jamel Chambers
Poster for the movie "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

I enjoyed this movie. Despite running similar themes to Episodes V and VI, it managed to diverge sufficiently to add new elements into the Star Wars universe that gave it something fresh. New tech, new characters, new creatures. All good. Storywise, it was relatively predictable in its good vs evil progression with one or two good exceptions (I will say no more).

However, as with the blockbusters, I do find that the principal characters are somehow unassailable and survive explosions that turn everything else around them to cinders without a scratch. For example, Poe gets blown back through a door from the midst of an explosion on a rebel base that trashes the entire room and the people in it, only to bounce off the wall and sit up, dazed, covered in soot then carry on with the story. And Finn and Rose survive the explosion in a First Order hanger where every machine, ship and stormtrooper around is turned to toast and they get up covered in soot. And don’t get me started on Leia’s god-like abilities which seem more like a plot device to marvel at rather than have any consistency in their application. Enough of my grumbling!

Overall, not a great film in terms of mental stimulation, but a good movie in terms of entertainment and taking the Star Wars universe forward.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The Saga Continues

20172 h 32 min
Overview

Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares to do battle with the First Order.

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Director Rian Johnson
Runtime 2 h 32 min
Release Date 13 December 2017
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Movie Media VoD
Movie Status Loaned
Movie Rating Very good
Actors
Starring: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Laura Dern, Oscar Isaac, Kelly Marie Tran, Domhnall Gleeson, Andy Serkis, Amanda Lawrence, Joonas Suotamo, Anthony Daniels, Tim Rose, Mark Lewis Jones, Gwendoline Christie, Billie Lourd, Frank Oz, Dave Chapman, Brian Herring, Ben Schwartz, Bill Hader, Benicio del Toro, Adrian Edmondson, Lupita Nyong'o, Mike Quinn, Peter Mayhew, Jimmy Vee, Veronica Ngo, Justin Theroux, Lily Cole, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Warwick Davis, Gareth Edwards, Gary Barlow, Hermione Corfield, Noah Segan, Jamie Christopher, Griffin Hamill, Nathan Hamill, Chelsea Hamill, Paul Kasey, Kate Dickie, Ralph Ineson, Tom Kane, Kiran Shah, Crystal Clarke, Liang Yang, Bern Collaço, Joe Cornish, Andy Nyman, Navin Chowdhry, Shauna Macdonald, Edgar Wright, James Corden, James Corden, Ellie Goulding, Tom Hardy
Poster for the movie ""

Thor: Ragnarok

Pop comics. Worked in Ant-man, though this felt like it was a parody of Thor et al; a sort-of Thor does Fifth Element.  All the meat of the story glossed over. Pretty, but not much else. Sorry guys.

Thor: Ragnarok

No Hammer. No Problem.

20172 h 10 min
Overview

Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok, the prophecy of destruction to his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization, at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela.

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Director Taika Waititi
Runtime 2 h 10 min
Release Date 25 October 2017
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Movie Media VoD
Movie Status
Movie Rating Not bad
Actors
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Tessa Thompson, Jeff Goldblum, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Hopkins, Tadanobu Asano, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel House, Taika Waititi, Clancy Brown, Stan Lee, Sam Neill, Luke Hemsworth, Matt Damon, Georgia Blizzard, Amali Golden, Charlotte Nicdao, Ashley Ricardo, Shalom Brune-Franklin, Taylor Hemsworth, Cohen Holloway, Alia Seror-O'Neill, Sophia Laryea, Stephen Oliver, Hamish Parkinson, Jasper Bagg, Sky Castanho, Shari Sebbens, Richard Green, Sol Castanho, Jet Tranter, Samantha Hopper, Eloise Winestock, Rob Mayes, Tahlia Jade, Winnie Mzembe, Sean Edward Frazer, Connor Zegenhagen, Tracie Filmer, Tracey Lee Maxwell, Beatrice Ward, Donnie Baxter, Greta Carew-Johns, Adam Green, Mollie McGregor, Sophia McGregor, Scarlett Johansson
Poster for the movie "Warcraft"

Warcraft

Well, started much as a CG cut-scene might in a video game. Then carried on, so I gave up. There wasn’t anything to grab you in this movie unless watching video games is your thing. I may have persevered a few years ago but my films need to show more intelligence and finesse.

Warcraft

Two worlds. One home.

20162 h 03 min
Overview

The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people, and their home.

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Director Duncan Jones
Runtime 2 h 03 min
Release Date 25 May 2016
Details
Movie Media Blu-ray
Movie Status
Movie Rating Very bad
Actors
Starring: Paula Patton, Travis Fimmel, Ben Foster, Robert Kazinsky, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell, Ben Schnetzer, Daniel Wu, Clancy Brown, Ruth Negga, Callum Keith Rennie, Ryan Robbins, Burkley Duffield, Donnie MacNeil, Michael Adamthwaite, Dylan Schombing, Mackenzie Gray, Terry Notary, Anna Galvin, Glenn Close, Dean Redman, Glenn Ennis, Elena Wurlitzer, Anna Van Hooft, Callan Mulvey, Adrian Glynn McMorran, Kyle Rideout, Mike Antonakos, Elisabeth Rosen, Patrick Sabongui, Wesley MacInnes, Mackenzie Gray, Christian Sloan, Valérie Wiseman, Dan Payne, Eugene Lipinski, Christina Jastrzembska, Travis MacDonald, Frank C. Turner, Trevor Mack, Donavon Stinson, Joel Sturrock, Jill Morrison, G. Michael Gray, Raj Lal, Donnie MacNeil, Michael Patric
Poster for the movie "Doctor Strange"

Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange

20161 h 55 min
Overview

After his career is destroyed, a brilliant but arrogant surgeon gets a new lease on life when a sorcerer takes him under his wing and trains him to defend the world against evil.

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Director Scott Derrickson
Runtime 1 h 55 min
Release Date 25 October 2016
Details
Movie Media Blu-ray
Movie Status
Movie Rating Very good
Actors
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Mads Mikkelsen, Tilda Swinton, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benjamin Bratt, Scott Adkins, Zara Phythian, Alaa Safi, Katrina Durden, Topo Wresniwiro, Umit Ulgen, Linda Louise Duan, Mark Anthony Brighton, Meera Syal, Amy Landecker, Adam Pelta-Pauls, Sarah Malin, Eben Young, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Elizabeth Healey, Guillaume Faure, Daniel Dow, Stan Lee, Ezra Khan, Kimberly Van Luin, Pat Kiernan, Alister Albert, Moya Allen, Mairead Armstrong, Raj Awasti, Annarie Boor, Dante Briggins, Jill Buchanan, Alice Chen, Bern Collaco, Anna Elizabeth Eaton, Daniel Eghan, Juani Feliz, Cliff Ferraro, Sian Francis, Ulises Galeano, Martavious Gayles, Chris Hemsworth, Leigh Holland, Mo Idriss, Tamika Katon-Donegal, Faith Logan, Tyrone Love, Pezhmaan Alinia, Kei Miura, Cameron Moon, Shina Shihoko Nagai, Emily Ng, Emeson Nwolie, Jag Patel, Andreas Pliatsikas, Henardo Rodriguez, Samantha Russell, Michelle Santiago, Nancy Ellen Shore, Tina Simmons, Rachel Emma Slack, Clem So, Ruolan Zhang
Poster for the movie "Suicide Squad"

Suicide Squad

Another in the DCEU’s haste to get everybody together to catch up with Marvel. Why these ‘bad guys’ had to endlessly quip about their antics to make light of them, I am not sure. They could have been more serious. I think they are trying to get too close to the “comic” feel and losing the thread of being a good “movie”. Better than expected, if only for the post-credits Bruce Wayne scene linking the threads.

Suicide Squad

20162 h 04 min
Overview

From DC Comics comes the Suicide Squad, an antihero team of incarcerated supervillains who act as deniable assets for the United States government, undertaking high-risk black ops missions in exchange for commuted prison sentences.

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Director David Ayer
Runtime 2 h 04 min
Release Date 2 August 2016
Details
Movie Media Blu-ray
Movie Status
Movie Rating Not bad
Actors
Starring: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Cara Delevingne, Karen Fukuhara, Adam Beach, Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood, Common, David Harbour, Jim Parrack, Alex Meraz, Corina Calderon, Robin Atkin Downes, Shailyn Pierre-Dixon, Matt Baram, Alain Chanoine, Ted Whittall, Michael Murray, Jaime FitzSimons, Ben Affleck, Ezra Miller, Christopher Dyson, Bambadjan Bamba, Robert B. Kennedy, Billy Otis, James McGowan, Derek Perks, Aidan Devine, Andrew Bee, Clive McLean, Frank J. Zupancic, Kent Sheridan, Roger Shank, Dwight Ireland, Amanda Brugel, Peter Tufford Kennedy, Rosemary De Los Santos, Kevin Hanchard, Joel Lacoursiere, Jameson Kraemer, Ho Chow, Birgitte Solem, Kevin Vance, Tyler Grey, Nathan Brown, Kenneth Choi, Nicolas Van Burek, Agueda Cardenas, Daniela Uruena, Nicolas Uruena, Ariane Bellamar, Murray Urquhart, Alyssa Veniece, Tim Ajro, Devlin Anderson, Briana Andrade-Gomes, Raffi Atamian, John Byers, Heather Byrne, Corey Chainey, Shak Chaudhry, James Chilli Chillingworth, Andrew Christie, Alex Chung, Gavin R. Downes, Reid Eastwood, Scott Edgecombe, Brendan Egan, Jeff Ellenberger, Mark Falvo, Tatyana Figueiredo, Gary 'Si-Jo' Foo, Tazito Garcia, Brianna Goldie, Ryan Groves, William Hainsworth, Shawn J. Hamilton, Shane Harbinson, Fatimah Hassan, Dexter Howe, Melanie Hubert, David Ingram, Shane Clinton Jarvis, Actor Sergio Kato, Kevin Kent, Martin Kessler, Melissa Lem, John MacDonald, Stephanie Manchulenko, Matthew Mease, Christopher Meneses, Valiant Michael, Sabine Mondestin, Justin Moses, Drew Moss, Afsheen Olyaie, Dan Petronijevic, Alisha Phillips, Tamina Pollack-Paris, Michael Prather, Dennisha Pratt, Asad Que, Mark Quigley, Darryl Quon, Diezel Ramos, Hugh Scott, Jasmine Sean, Attila Sebesy, Rick Silver, Connor Skific, Jamie Soricelli, Amos Stern, Goran Stjepanovic, Vivienne Taylor, Jasmine Renée Thomas, Alen Toric, Dallas Wade, Joe Warshaw, Tony Watt, James Weicht, Taylor Whittaker, Robert L. Wilson
Poster for the movie "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice"

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

20162 h 31 min
Overview

Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.

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Director Zack Snyder
Runtime 2 h 31 min
Release Date 23 March 2016
Details
Movie Media Blu-ray
Movie Status
Movie Rating Good
Actors
Starring: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, Jeremy Irons, Laurence Fishburne, Holly Hunter, Scoot McNairy, Callan Mulvey, Tao Okamoto, Jena Malone, Brandon Spink, Lauren Cohan, Hugh Maguire, Michael Cassidy, Alan D. Purwin, Dan Amboyer, Rebecca Buller, Harry Lennix, Christina Wren, Jade Chynoweth, Chad Krowchuk, Kevin Costner, Ezra Miller, Patrick Wilson, Michael Shannon, Charlie Rose, Vikram Gandhi, Andrew Sullivan, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Jon Stewart, Soledad O'Brien, Erika R. Erickson, Dana Bash, Nancy Grace, Anderson Cooper, Brooke Baldwin, Carla Gugino, Jason Momoa, Joe Morton, Ray Fisher, Joseph Cranford, Emily Peterson, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Sammi Rotibi, Hanna Dworkin, Tiffany L. Addison, Owais Ahmed, Anish Jethmalani, Tiffany Bedwell, Natalee Arteaga, Keith D. Gallagher, Jeff Dumas, Miriam Lee, Alicia Regan, Stephanie Koenig, Ripley Sobo, Richard Burden, Julius Tennon, Wunmi Mosaku, Dennis North, Kiff VandenHeuvel, Mason Heidger, Ahney Her, Kristine Cabanban, Sebastian Sozzi, Kent Shocknek, Ralph Lister, Sammy A. Publes, Jay R. Adams, David Midura, Jay Towers, Michael Ellison, Kirill Ostapenko, Rashontae Wawrzyniak, Tom Luginbill, Dave Pasch, Danny Mooney, Henry Frost III, Nicole Forester, Debbie Stabenow, Milica Govich, John Lepard, Sandra Love Aldridge, Graham W.J. Beal, Henri Franklin, Jonathan West, T.J. Martinelli, Chris Newman, Lulu Dahl, Sam Logan Khaleghi, Anne Marie Damman, Connie Craig, Henrietta Hermelin, Patrick Leahy, Albert Valladares, David Paris, Abigail Kuklis, Greg Violand, Tiren Jhames, Steve Jasgur, Jonathan Stanley, Jesse Nagy, Duvale Murchison, Thomas J. Fentress, Coburn Goss, Jeff Hanlin, Gary A. Hecker, Robin Atkin Downes, Issac Ryan Brown, Barton Bund, Bailey Chase, Patrick O'Connor Cronin, Sonja Crosby, C.T. Fletcher, Ahman Green, Diana Gaitirira, Jalene Mack, Esodie Geiger, Nene Nwoko, Scott Edward Logan, Marcus Goddard, Cruz Gonzalez-Cadel, Alma Martinez, Sal Lopez, Marcel Shihadeh, Theo Bongani Ndyalvane, Satori Shakoor, Ele Bardha, Inder Kumar, Brandon Bautista, Laura Atwood, Debbie Scaletta, David Leach, Gordon Michaels, Brian Boland, Taras Los, Jason Hughley, Sidi Henderson, Meighan Gerachis, Nicole Santini, Axel Harney, Wayne E. Brown, Dante Briggins, Shannon Garnett, Lynch R. Travis, Carmen Gangale, Joe Cipriano, Will Blagrove, Marcelo Bem, Joe Fishel, Mark Edward Taylor
Poster for the movie "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

I’m on the fence about this one. It feels like a modern version of A New Hope (the first Star Wars film). It contains an almost identical through-line and very similar locations, yet wrapped in a continuity arc from the originals with descendants of the original characters. Some of it feels rushed, some paced just right. No idea why Snoke has to be so big though. And he looks too like Gollum for my liking (OK, same actor but CG folks!)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

20152 h 16 min
Overview

Thirty years after defeating the Galactic Empire, Han Solo and his allies face a new threat from the evil Kylo Ren and his army of Stormtroopers.

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Director J.J. Abrams
Runtime 2 h 16 min
Release Date 15 December 2015
Details
Movie Media Blu-ray
Movie Status
Movie Rating Good
Actors
Starring: Harrison Ford, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Max von Sydow, Mark Hamill, Gwendoline Christie, Joonas Suotamo, Simon Pegg, Kiran Shah, Ken Leung, Greg Grunberg, Billie Lourd, Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Cecep Arif Rahman, Brian Vernel, Tim Rose, Erik Bauersfeld, Mike Quinn, Bill Kipsang Rotich, Warwick Davis, Jessica Henwick, Anna Brewster, Cailey Fleming, Ian Whyte, Dave Chapman, Brian Herring, Bill Hader, Ben Schwartz, Kenny Baker, Jimmy Vee, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Kate Fleetwood, Emun Elliott, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Harriet Walter, Sebastian Armesto, Pip Torrens, Daniel Craig, Michael Giacchino, Nigel Godrich, Ewan McGregor, Frank Oz, Alec Guinness, Mark Stanley, Morgan Dameron, Gerald W. Abrams, Andrew Jack, Crystal Clarke, Pip Andersen, Christina Chong, Miltos Yerolemou, Amybeth Hargreaves, Leanne Best, Judah Friedlander, Kevin Smith, J.J. Abrams, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter, Tom Kane, Catherine Taber, Matthew Wood, Samuel Witwer, Meredith Salenger, James Arnold Taylor, Dave Filoni, Michael Donovan, Devon Libran, Elle Newlands, Terri Douglas, Robert Stambler, Verona Blue, TJ Falls, Michelle Rejwan, Eugene Byrd, Fred Tatasciore, David Collins, Amanda Foreman, Christopher Scarabosio, Patrick Correll, Karen Huie, Orly Schuchmacher, Emily Towers, Jonathan Dixon, Katie Sheridan, Mark Dodson, Christian Simpson, Liang Yang, David Acord, Rocky Marshall, Philicia Saunders, Jeffery Kissoon, Claudia Sermbezis, Jim McGrath, Tosin Cole, James McArdle, Stefan Grube, Dixie Arnold, Hannah John-Kamen, Sasha Frost, Victor McGuire, Saara Forsberg