DC has always been a leader in animation. Its animated universe has produced multiple shows and movies that have been comic book accurate. One of DC’s popular shows resurfaced recently at an event when its cast reunited.
The event was Denver Comic Con and it was a treat for fans that got to witness a live read of one of the most crucial episodes from this show.
Cast of Justice League show’s live read
Screen Rant reported that the cast of Justice League animated series reunited for a live read at the Comic Con. The reuniting cast consisted of Kevin Conroy as Batman, George Newbern as Superman, Susan Eisenberg as Wonder Woman, Michael Rosenbaum as Flash, Maria Canals-Barrera as Hawkgirl and Phil LaMarr as Green Lantern.
Unfortunately, Carl Lumbly who voiced Martian Manhunter was not present so Khary Payton stepped in to do the voice. The cast chose to do a live read for the episode titled Starcrossed. This epic season finale was a three-part episode.
It saw Thanagarian forces invade Earth. Hawkgirl, who herself was a Thanagarian, was torn between her loyalty to her people and the team. She chose the invaders’ side, which did not please the team. Batman still tried to use this as an opportunity to know more about the invaders and defeat them.
After the invaders were defeated, the team held a discussion about Hawkgirl’s future with the League. But before they could decide her fate, she volunteered to quit the team.
About Justice League animated series
The show featured Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Martian Manhunter, Green Lantern and Hawkgirl who came together to form the league. The show is considered extremely accurate to the comic books and has garnered fans all around the globe.
Even today it is considered one of the best superhero shows ever made. Some even believe that the show’s success was the reason why a live-action movie’s discussion began at the first place. Additionally, it also had the perfect combination of humor, action, and mystery.
It ran for a total of five seasons including a new rebooted version that featured a much bigger team.
Sequel series Justice League Unlimited
Justice League Unlimited was the show that followed. It introduced all possible heroes present in the DC universe. In it, heroes like Green Arrow, Black Canary, Supergirl, Shazam, Dr. Fate, Atom, Green Lantern Corps and many others made their presence felt.
It also portrayed all these heroes living at the watchtower made by Batman and being assigned different missions by a senior superhero like Manhunter or Superman.
The unique thing about it was that each episode used to feature a new team. These teams would feature a new combination of heroes, which would give each one of them an opportunity to work with others. But the show always kept the original seven founding members at the center of it.
Another advantage of the show was that it presented an opportunity to introduce a massive army of DC villains as well. Popular villains like Darkseid, Steppenwolf, Sinestro, Solomon Grundy, Gorilla Grodd, Deadshot, Hades and Mongul were seen in it.
The fights that took place between the DC superhero team and the supervillains are cleverly designed. The battle with Darkseid on the show would especially prove to be useful since a live-action movie is releasing this year.
Justice League live-action movie
WB/DC had started planning a live-action Justice League movie about a decade back. The show’s popularity was enough to prove to the studio that a live-action movie would work as well. Actors were cast and a story was set.
The whole team was also ready to film. George Miller was to helm this version but because of writer’s strike, it kept on getting delayed and eventually got cancelled. But when DCEU launched in 2013, a new hope rose that Justice League could still be made into a live-action movie.
A new cast was hired and the movie is finally releasing this year. It features Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller and Ray Fisher as Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Flash and Cyborg respectively.
Plot and premiere date
Work on Justice League animated series began after the successful runs of Batman and Superman animated series. Animator Bruce Timm served as an executive producer on the show, which aimed to move focus to the superhero team.
It ran for two seasons before the unlimited version took over. The Justice League Unlimited series served as a sequel and furthermore expanded the team drastically. Justice League animated series ran from 2001 to 2004 and the live-action movie will release this year on Nov. 17.
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