While I was a wee little child, I loved the Superfriends cartoon. The theme song, the battles, the multitude of heroes, all combined into a greatness for our time.
But that was the ancient 1970’s into the early 1980’s. With the revival of Batman in the 1990’s as a toon star, DC turned their attention to the entire Justice League canon for reinvention.
Which brought us this amazing series, prominently featuring our hero Superman, called Justice League!
Having Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman are a natural. Giving us Martian Manhunter is a bonus. Having Green Lantern being John Stewart brings a whole new generation into the DCU. Using Wally West as the Flash is a tip to the current comics. And in a surprise move, Hawkgirl is on the team in all her mace wielding glory. And that is just for starters!
We get Booster Gold saving the world. Superman dying and getting better. An alien invasion. The League racing to Luther’s aid. A massive war of hero versus villain. A look at Superman’s birthday based on a classic story. Captain Marvel and Superman meeting onscreen with massive results. We even had an episode featuring a pig.
Glad you asked! Almost every single character in the DCU pops in. Some in major roles like Green Arrow, Vixen, Captain Marvel, Black Canary, and Supergirl. While others play smaller parts like Mister Terrific, Red Tornado, Shining Knight, Crimson Avenger and Doctor Light. Many, many more are in the background. Naming them all is a great trivia challenge.
I don’t have the entire series on dvd, but hopefully soon. Justice League revitalized and reinvented the DC characters for an entire generation. And that is a wonderful thing.
…is currently reading Superman: The Dailies 1939-1942 by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.
P.S. This post is one of several I hope to do this year to celebrate the 75th Birthday of Superman. Happy Birthday Kal-El! Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.
P.P.S. Superman Man Of Steel opened last Friday, June 14th 2013. For an indepth look at the creation of this landmark movie, check out Jeffrey Taylor’s columns.