Sunday, March 23, 2008

The Sun Always Shines on T.V.: Justice League Unlimited

This is the show that was made for people who grew up in the 80's with Superfriends. It was their way of apologizing for the Wonder Twins, Wendy & Marvin, and the fact that the Justice League called themselves Superfriends.

The entire DC animated universe started in 1992 with Batman: The Animated Series, after Batman was released. Gone was the campy Batman of the 60's and in came the dark, mysterious, detective we all know and love today. So the show airs for a few years and gets a spin off of sorts with Superman in 1996. Then when it looked like this new universe was done enter The New Batman Adventures, which moved Dick Grayson from Robin to Nightwing (how cool is that?) and introduced a new Robin in Tim Drake. Then Batman Beyond followed showing an old Bruce Wayne recruiting a new Batman. For me, BB was very under-rated and it gave us a great movie in Return of The Joker.

Then enter Justice League, which orginally focused on just 7 members (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Martian Manhunter, Flash, Hawkgirl, and Green Lantern.). Then after 3 seasons it became Justice League Unlimited. I can go on for days on how good the show is. Seriously, during the last season of JLU they were using storylines from the original B:TAS...for you non-math majors that's over 10 years ago. Simply awesome. The themes were more adult oriented not in a rated R sex way, but in a more mature storyline. For example, when Solomon grundy is brought back to life Hawkgirl must kill him after he saved her life before. Good stuff high drama...not for kids.

The best thing I liked about the show was how they really brought the comic characters to "life". Batman doesn't get along with everyone, just like in the comics. In fact one of my favorite moments came in the end of the second season of JLU. The Justice League is going to turn themselves into the U.S. Government and well let's just say Batman doesn't agree. Go to about minute 6 for the scene.

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