“I believe that if we stay together as a team, we would be a force that could truly work for the ideals of peace and justice.”
“What, like a bunch of super friends?” “More like a Justice League.”
The Justice League has existed in some form since 1940 when DC Comics' All-Star Comics introduced the first-ever group of super-heroes in a comic book series entitled "Justice Society of America," which ran until 1951. DC Comics revived the concept in March 1960, renaming it the "Justice League of America." The monthly JLA comic book continues to be one of DC Comic's best-selling titles, consistently ranking among the top ten in industry sales. When it comes to television the JLA has been the stars of one of the longest-running television cartoon series based on a comic book via Hanna-Barbera Studios' Super Friends saga. Though the series was cancelled 15 years ago, it continued with singular success in reruns.
In 1996 Cartoon Network began airing the series and in April 2000 it moved to its sister
network, Boomerang where it still continues.If we add to that the success of the critically acclaimed and award-winning series "Batman - The Animated Series" and "Superman - The Animated Series," plus the team-ups in "World's Finest," the emergence of "Justice League: The Animated Series" into a new animated life was sort of predictable. As well as the "Batman" and "Superman" series, "JLA: The Animated Series" is produced by Warner Bros. Animation and directed by Emmy-award winner Bruce Timm.
"We know from our experience of airing Super Friends for years on Cartoon Network here in the U.S. and around the world, that Justice League will have a vast, built-in audience hungry for an exciting new look at these classic characters," said Betty Cohen, president, Cartoon Network Worldwide. "We've built a powerful action-adventure block on Cartoon Network called Toonami that will serve as a showcase for the new series. With Justice League, we're strategically positioning Cartoon Network to attract an even broader audience of tweens, teens and adults who are drawn to the powerful DC Comics brand and are seeking smart, exciting, action-packed animation at its very best."
"I can think of no one more appropriate or qualified to bring the JLA superheroes to life than Bruce Timm," said Jean MacCurdy, president of Warner Bros. Animation. "As he so brilliantly demonstrated with Batman and Superman, he is passionate about creating an entertaining and dynamic series that will thrill the legions of JLA fans everywhere, as well as introduce a whole new generation of fans to these classic characters as they come together in a brand new series."
"After working on the Superman and Batman series for the last several years, Justice League is a great opportunity to develop those characters a step further and bring more of the iconic DC Comics superheroes to life," said Bruce Timm. "I am looking forward to exploring whole new realms of the superhero world."
The series which follows the premise and storyline of DC Comics, kicked-off with a three-parter (originally a 90-minute pilot) entitled "Secret Origins," which in fact was a DC Comic showcasing the origin of of various superheroes. This pilot shows finds Superman disarming the world's nuclear arms like in "Superman IV: The Quest For Peace." It also has Martians coming out of meteors like in H.G. Well's "The War of the Worlds." Snapper Carr who was sort of a "mascot" in the JLA comics makes his debut in this pilot, by the other hand J. Allen Carter is in-joke reference to the secret IDs of three golden age DC Heroes: Jay Garrick (the Flash), Alan Scott (Green Lantern) and Carter Hall (Hawkman). The last name "Carter" may also be a nod of the hat to John Carter of Mars.
When it comes to Wonder Woman, this animated version is by far the best one, right after her cameo in Ruby-Spears "Superman" series. Voiced by Susan Eisenberg, Wonder Woman appears as a young and innocent Princess, fresh from Themyscira. The series develops the character in an interesting way. [For further details see next entry].
Although many actors reprised their voice roles from the shows "Batman: The Animated Series" (1992) and "Superman" (1996), conspicuously absent is Timothy Daly, who voiced Superman. He became unavailable after landing the lead role in the TV series Fugitive, The (2000). The series was nominated for the 2002 Golden Reel Award by the Motion Picture Sound Editors for Best Sound Editing in Television for the episode "In Blackest Night, Part 2."
Featured SUPERFRIENDS: Superman, Bat-man, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter and Hawkgirl. With appearances by Aquaman and The Justice Guild of America.
Featured VILLAINS: Imperiax and the shapeshidters aliens, the Manhunters, Kanjar-Ro, Orm, Felix Faust, Lord Hades, Mongul, Draaga, Grodd - The Gorilla, Aresia, Solomon Grundy, Star Sapphire, Shade, Copperhead, Tsukuri, The Joker, Lex Luthor, Ultra-Humanite, The Cheetah, the Injustice Guild (Sportsman, Dr. Blizzard, Sir Swami, the Music Master), Ray Thompson, Morgaine LeFay, Morded, Metamorpho, Vandal Savage, Darkseid, Amazo, Ra's Al Ghul, Crime Syndicate of Amerika, Eclipso, The Secret Society of Super Villains, the Royal Flush Gang, etc.
Number of Episodes: 52 episodes (two seasons). Broadcast Network: Cartoon Network. Running Time: 30 minutes.
Broadcast History: Premiered on Saturady, November 17, 2001.
Executive Producers: Jean MacCurdy, Sander Schwartz.
Producers: Rich Fogel, Glen Murakami, Bruce Timm, James Tucker.
Associate Producer: Shaun McLaughlin. Series Story Editors: Stan Berkowitz, Rich Fogel.
Series Directors: Butch Lukic, Dan Riba.
Theme: Lolita Ritmanis.
Music: Michael McCuiston.
Voice Direction: Andrea Romano. Casting Directors: Leslie Lamers, Andrea Romano.
Animation Timing Director: Frank Andrina.
Storyboards: Brett Blevins, Dan Riba, Joaquim Dos Santos, James Tucker, Adam Van Wyk.
Character / Prop Design: Robert Fletcher, Art Lee, Glen Murakami, Tommy Tejeda, Bruce Timm, James Tycker, Glenn Wong.
Inbk and Paint Supervisor: Geno DuBois. Color Key: Artin Aghamalian. Mark-up Painter: Eric Nordberg. Lead BG Paint: Dave McBride.
BG Key Design: Ron Catiggay, Maurice Edwards, Robert Haverland, Dave Johnson, Art Lee, Paul Rivoche, George Stokes.
BG Paint: Richard Kim, Craig Robertson.
Animation Checking: Jan Browning, Eleanor Dahlen, Karl Jacobs.
Shipping: Bill Ryan. Director Of Post-Production: Tim Iverson. Film Editor: Joe Gall. Post production Supervisor: Bonnie Buckner. Director Of Technical Operations: Bradford H. Keatts. Post Production Coordinator: Noel Lopez.
Assistant Production Manager Of Technical Operations: John Voralk.
Online Editor: Bradford H. Keatts. Recording Machine Operator: Jeff O. Collins. Dialogue ADR Editor: Kelly Ann Foley. Supervising Dialogue / ADR Editor: Mark A. Keatts. Sound Reading: Carol Iverson, Denise Whitfield. Post production Audio Services: Monterrey West Sound.
Re-recording Engineers: Thomas J. Maydeck, C.S.A.; Robert Hargreaves, M.P.S.E.
Dialogue Engineers: Thomas J. Maydeck, C.A.S., John K. Hedeges.
Foley Mixer: Jackson Schwartz. Foley Artists: Diane Greco, Ray O'Reilly. Music Mixer: Mark Mattson. Animation Services: Koko Enterprises Co. Ltd. Layout Artist: Jammin Shin. Background: Haejung Jung, Joonmin Park. Animation Directors: Kyungchuk Sa, Sungman Huh.
Animation: Mingoo Lee, Sanwoo Kim, Namjung Lee, Namgil Cho.
Final Checker: Youngsoo Ru. Main Title Design: Bruce Timm. Main Title Animation: Cantina Pictures Visual Effects. Assistant Production Manager: MacGregor Middleton. Production Coordinators: Mosa Kaleel, Kathleen Keegan. Assistant To Producers: Nancy French, Kyle P. Feely. Production Accounting: Athena Christianakis, Luisa Guzman, Maria Womack. Recording Administrator: Heather Berrett. Casting Administrator: Liz Carroll.
Production Administrators: Michael Diaz, Marlene Fenton, Chad Mikell, Cheri Phillips, Elicia Richardson-Ellis, Amy E. Wagner.
Production Supervision: Toshi Hiruma, Howard Schwartz. Development and creative Supervision: Linda Steiner, Christopher Keenan. Production Manager: Andy Lewis. Executives In Charge Of Production For Cartoon Network: Linda Simensky, Jay Bastian. Distributors: Warner Bros. Television.
Based on DC Comics characters. Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Batman created by Bob Kane. Wonder Woman created by William Moulston Marston.
Copyright © 2001 byWarner Bros. Television / Cartoon Network.
GEORGE NEWBERN [Kal-El / Clark Kent / Superman]. KEVIN CONROY [Bruce Wyane / Batman].
SUSAN EISENBERG [Princess Diana of Themyscira / Diana Prince / Wonder Woman].
MICHAEL RONSENBAUM [Wally West / The Flash]. PHIL LaMARR [John Stewart / Green Lantern]. CARL LUMBLY [J'onn J'onzz / The Martian Manhunter]. MARIA CANALS [Shayera Hol / Hawkgirl]. SUSAN SULLIVAN [Hippolyta]. GARY COLE [J. Allen Carter]. JASON MARSDEN [Snapper Carr]. KEVIN MICHAEL RICHARDSON [General Wells]. JAMES REMAR [Lead Manhunter]. KURTWOOD SMITH [Prosecutor]. RENE AUBERJONOIS [Kanjar-Ro / Ganthet]. GARRETT MORRIS [Al McGee]. KRISTIN BAUER [Mera]. SCOTT RUMMEL [Aquaman]. RICHARD GREEN [Orm]. XANDER BERKELEY [General Brak]. MICHAEL RONSENBAUM [Deadshot]. ROBERT ENGLUND [Felix Faust]. JOHN RHYS-DAVIES [Lord Hades]. ERIC ROBERTS [Mongul]. WILLIAM SMITH [Draaga]. DAVID OGDEN STIERS [Solovar]. POWERS BOOTHE [Grodd - The Gorilla]. MARK HAMILL [Solomon Grundy / The Joker]. OLIVIA D'ABO [Star Sapphire / Morgaine Le Fay]. JULIE BOWEN [Aresia]. STEPHEN McHATTIE [Shade]. DAVID NAUGHTON [The Streak]. WILLIAM KATT [Green Guardsman]. NEIL PATRICK HARRIS [Ray Thompson]. CLANCY BROWN [Lex Luthor]. IAN BUCHANAN [Ultra Humanite]. MICHAEL T. WEISS [Jason Blood / Etrigan]. PAM GRIER [My'nia'h]. SOREN FULTON [Mordred]. TOM SISEMORE [Rex Maosn / Metamorpho]. EARL BOEN [Simon Stagg]. DANICA McKELLAR [Sapphire Stagg]. PHIL MORRIS [Vandal Savage]. FRED DRYER [Sgt. Rock]. ROBERT PICARDO [Blackhawk]. PATRICK DUFFY [Steve Trevor]. NICK CARTER [Himself]. NEIL PATRICK HARRIS [Super Nick].
SEASON ONE: 2001-2002
SECRET ORIGINS - PART 1: Superman and Batman join forces to fight alien invaders.
SECRET ORIGINS - PART 2: Superman and Batman rescue J'onn J'onzz. Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash and Hawkgirl join forces.
SECRET ORIGINS - PART 3: Green Lantern, Flash, J'onn J'onzz and Wonder Woman travel to rescue Superman and Hawkgirl after Batman falls in battle. Together they defeat the aliens and decide to remain together in the orbital watchtower.
IN BLACKEST NIGHT - PART 1: Green Lantern is taken to Ajuris and put in trial.
IN BLACKEST NIGHT - PART 2: The Justice Leaguers try to help Green Lantern and clean out his name.
THE ENEMY BELOW - PART 1: Aquaman, ruler of Atlantis feels his kingdom is menaced when a nuclear submarine goes down nearby.
THE ENEMY BELOW - PART 2: Orm, Aquaman's half-brother has taken over the kingdom and betrayed his brother. Aquaman fights back with the help of the Leaguers.
PARADISE LOST - PART 1: Wonder Woman returns to Paradise island to fight Felix Faust. [For further details see next entry].
PARADISE LOST - PART 2: The Leaguers try to help Diana and she finds that Lord Hades is behind Felix Faust. [For further details see next entry].
WAR WORLD - PART 1: Superman and J'onn J'onzz are taken to the Mongul planet and forced into a battle-game called "War World."
WAR WORLD - PART 2: Hawkgirl and Green Lantern follow Superman and J'onn J'onzz and try to help them out.
THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD - PART 1: The evil gorilla Grodd escapes from Gorilla City in Africa and The Flash and Green Lantern pursue him.
THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD - PART 2: The leaguers prevent Grodd from destroying Central City with missiles.
FURY - PART 1: Aresia, a renegade Amazon takes over the Injustice Gang. [For further details see next entry].
FURY - PART 2: Wonder Woman and Hawkgirl must team-up to stop Aresia from destroying the world. [For further details see next entry].
LEGENDS 1: During a fight with Lex Luthor, the Justice league is blasted into an alternate reality.
LEGENDS 2: The Leaguers meet the Justice Guild of America, old-fashionec comic books heroes.
INJUSTICE FOR ALL - PART 1: Lex Luthor finds he's dying from blood poisining and seeks revenge summons teh helps of the ultimate villains to battle the Leaguers.
INJUSTICE FOR ALL - PART 2: Batman is captured but the Leaguers find a way to defeat the Injustice Gang.
A KNIGHT OF SHADOWS - PART 1: The Leaguers must confront the mithic Morgaine Le Fey.
A KNIGHT OF SHADOWS - PART 2: The Leaguers defeat Morgaine and Mordred while J'onn J'onzz defeats the Demon.
METAMORPHOSIS - PART 1: Rex Mason, former military partner of Green Lantern, is turned into Metamorpho.
METAMORPHOSIS - PART 2: The Justice League help out Green Lantern to try to defeat Metamorpho.
THE SAVAGE TIME - PART 1: After a mission in space the Justice League return to Earth only to find is has been taking over by sinester dictator Vandal Savage.
THE SAVAGE TIME - PART 2: In order to return the Earth to its normal state the Leaguers travel back in time to teh tiem of WWII.
THE SAVAGE TIME - PART 3: With the aid of War World II heroes, the Justice League defeat Vandal Savage.
SEASON 2: 2002-2003
TWILIGHT - PART 1: Darkseid of Apokolopis shows on scene as the ultimate villain.
TWILIGHT - PART 2: The Leaguers fight back Darkseid's sinester purposes.
TABULA RASA - PART 1: The Leaguers confront Amazo, a robot with the powers of all the Justice League.
TABULA RASA - PART 2: The Leaguers fight back Amazo.
ONLY A DREAM - PART 1: Episode featuring Dr. Destiny.
ONLY A DREAM - PART 2: Episode featuring Dr. Destiny.
MAID OF HONOR - PART 1: Written by Dwayne McDuffie and directed by Dan Riba.
MAID OF HONOR - PART 2: Written by Dwayne McDuffie and directed by Dan Riba.
HEARTS AND MINDS - PART 1: Written by Keith Damron and directed by Butch Lukic.
HEARTS AND MINDS - PART 2: Written by Keith Damron and directed by Butch Lukic.
A BETTER WORLD - PART 1: Apparently this episode features Ra's Al Ghul and the Crime Sindicate of Amerika.
A BETTER WORLD - PART 2: Apparently this episode features Ra's Al Ghul and the Crime Sindicate of Amerika.
THE TERROR BEYOND - PART 1: Written by Dwayne McDuffie and directed by Butch Lukic.
THE TERROR BEYOND - PART 2: Written by Dwayne McDuffie and directed by Butch Lukic.
ECLIPSED - PART 1: Featuring Eclipso a villain who fires light and dark beams from his eyes with the help of a mystic crystal.
ECLIPSED - PART 2: Written by Joseph Kuhr and directed by Dan Riba.
HEREAFTER - PART 1: Written by Dwayne McDuffie and directed by Butch Lukic.
HEREAFTER - PART 2: Written by Dwayne McDuffie and directed by Butch Lukic.
THE SECRET SOCIETY - PART 1: Darkseid brings together The Secret Society of Super Villains.
THE SECRET SOCIETY - PART 2: Written by Stan Berkowitz and directed by Dan Riba.
COMFORT AND JOY: The Legauers go their separate way to celebrate the holidays.
WILD CARD - PART 1: The Justice League confronts the Royal Flush Gang.
WILD CARD - PART 2: Written by Dwayne McDuffie and directed by Stan Berkowitz.
EPISODE 24 - PART 1: Three-part season closer. EPISODE 25 - PART 2: Three-part season closer. EPISODE 26 - PART 3: Three-part season closer.
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