Monday, January 10, 2011

Justice League Review

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, Justice League was a cartoon series based on DC Comic characters. It ran for two seasons spanning from 2001 to 2004.

Justice League was a great series to me for a lot of reasons. I enjoyed the amount of character interaction, I also enjoy how well the continuity of all the superheroes blends. It doesn't feel like the characters were plucked out of their environment and thrust into a storyline of which they had no interest. Of the seven heroes, the writers picked some of the very best. While Batman and Superman are pretty obligatory choices, John Stewart (AKA The Green Lantern) was a choice that I rather enjoyed, him being my favorite GL and all. John Jonzz and Hawk Girl were also very interesting choices to me, as they are on the more obscure side of the DC comics.

Characters aside, the animation is just fantastic. Not to say it doesn't have it's small blips, but for what little cheesiness, there is so much more good.

It really is done quite well, the character interactions are written in so well, a lot of play back and forth between superheroes as well as supervillains with just the right amount of comedy. The scenarios are presented in a pretty realistic terms (or about as realistic as comics about super-powered metahumans can be) that give a reason for the characters to bother with each other. Then again, you can always just give a bit of fan service to the audience.

No expense is paid when it comes to the bad guys either. You want Luthor, you got him; you want Darkseid, you got him, Braniac, Savage, and even The Joker. I even enjoyed seeing Gorilla Grodd make an appearance, way cool.

While this show was very well done, it did have some drawbacks (to me at least). One of the things I didn't enjoy was the episode style. Justice League seemed more like a compilation of seperate story, as just about every single story was a two(or three)-parter, with the exception of the christmas episode. Another thing I didn't enjoy were some of the story ends. Characters like Amazo and Aquaman never really got legitmate endings to their storyline arcs, either because no one could defeat them, or because no one could give them what they need, seemed like a cop out to me.

For what it's worth, Justice League was a really really good show, and if you enjoy comics as much as I do, you might really enjoy this series!


  1. Yeah, Braniac makes an appearance, and it's all in continuity, so he's the same Braniac from the Superman TAS series, pretty cool in my oppinion.

  2. Huh. I guess it was good after all. Never fancied cross over stuff before. But this sounds pretty interesting!

  3. There was a Justice League movie that was really bad mostly about The Flash having a superhero inferiority complex and alien invaders or something.