Justice League(of its own)

1 May


With comic book movies dominating the box office lately it’s a good time to take a look back at an old super hero show that stands as a testament to how good writing and animation can go hand in hand. The show in question is the early 2000 classic Justice League.

Justice League is an American animated television series which ran from 2001 to 2004 on Cartoon Network. The show was produced by Warner Bros. Animation, and it’s is based on the Justice League of America and associated comic book characters published by DC Comics.

The premise of the show is that seven prominent characters from DC comics, including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash (Wally West), Green Lantern (John Stewart), Hawkgirl, and the Martian Manhunter, come together to form a team and battle evil on a national and sometimes intergalactic level from their base of operations, a space station known as the “Watch Tower.”

With that said the storylines are usually basic comic book stuff, good versus bad. But a few more of the prominent episodes such as the one featuring a dream demon offer an exhilarating story while also using a clever way to delve into the fears and psyche of each character making them more rounded and relatable.

The show’s hook is that you’re treated to seeing a variety of popular super heroes from comics and television interact with each other and fight different unique and other well-known villains. Every episode, save for a Christmas special, are all split between 2-3 episodes and are written to resemble the comic books from which they were inspired from.

One of the producers for the show is comic book show paragon Bruce Timm who developed Batman: The Animated Series and a similar level of quality shows.

The animation is similar to the simplistic and angular designs drawn by Paul Dini lifted from both batman and superman cartoons but still have a distinctive look that’s unique to the show which make all the characters look like they belong in the same world. The music of the show is fitting, each and every scene with the right sounds, with dynamic orchestrations during fight scenes or softer music to match the emotional impact of more cerebral moments. Most of it being original scores or variations based off of previous super hero themes.

The voice acting, probably the most important thing in animated productions besides the animation itself is top notch. Each voice actor fits their respective roles and the emotions and weight of each and every word never seems out of place or forced.

The series isn’t that old to be honest and is more than just a cartoon. It’s a character study and a great introduction to the expansive DC universe. Fans of comics and movies, solo or team up should definitely give this show a try.

Two Swollen thumbs up.

This has is and always will be my opinion. Thanks and see ya later!

Justice League is now streaming on Netflix.



One Response to “Justice League(of its own)”

  1. daclarkga May 1, 2013 at 11:24 PM #

    great stuff! love it!

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