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Thursday, July 21, 2005

Justice for All

To say I’m at fan of Bruce Timm and Paul Dini’s Bat Man the Animated Series is an understatement. I remember just starting community college, wondering what the heck I was going to do with my life. That’s when I first laid eyes on the first season episode of Bat Man “P.O.V.”. It blew my mind that American animation could be that fantastic in art and in drama. That’s when I knew I had to find a way to get into the animation business.

Since then, I’ve diligently followed Bat Man the Animated Series, Super Man and Bat Man Beyond. One would think after 13 years of super hero action in the same style and universe things would get dull of repetitive.

Then a little thing called the Justice League came along….

I don’t know if anyone noticed, but this year of Justice League Unlimited is easily the best American animation on TV. The story revolves around the post Hawk world attack and the military group Cadmus. It weaves new heroes (Captain Atom, Green Arrow, The Question, etc…) and the classics. They’ve broke the mold this season with a huge story arc with a big pay off for long term fans. The multiple episode storyline adds so much weight to each individual show.

Also, I’ve noticed a fairly new director this season named Joaquin De Santos who is absolutely tearing it up in the action department! “The Cat and the Canary” has some of the best combat I’ve seen since the “Over The Edge” episode of Bat Man Gotham Knights (the episode where Bat Girl dies). He also directed some incredible battles in “Divided we Fall”.

Even beyond the big super hero bashing there are real touching quiet moments of characters masterly weaved by writer Dwayne McDuffie. Some of the interaction between Lois and Clark as well as Green Lantern and Hawk Girl are just so darn sincere.

I’ve heard rumors that Justice League Unlimited is being scrapped for Legion of Super Heroes. Judging from JLU’s kick ass presence at the San Diego Comic-Con I doubt it. Personally, I hope they stick to these characters that they’ve honed so well over the years. Lets face it…. Kevin Conroy is freakin Bat Man… and the fans will never get enough!

Lets pray for a DVD box set that honors this show. Cheers to the crew on JLU! Keep kicking super hero ass!Posted by Picasa


Blogger roque said...

I could geek out about this show all day. FINALLY an animated action show from America that gets it right...a cartoon that I can sit all the way through and be frothing at the mouth for more. In my opinion, the drama between the characters is comparable to some live action shows out there. No one is a second string, B-rate character (even if they were portrayed that way in the original comics). Everyone is the cool guy you want defending your planet. And there's enough old school reference to gain respect from the hardcore nerds, as well as updated modern appeal for new fans. Bravo to the crew for showing us how it's done. Outstanding!

12:14 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

But what about the episode where Wonder Woman turns into a pig and is hunted by Animal Man?!? Can't sweep that under the carpet no matter how much you Hoover that Watchtower floor!

To eat my own words though, I did see the aforementioned “The Cat and the Canary” episode and it did blow my face off! Wow!

Also, style points for bringing in obscure charactres like Hawk & Dove and The Question to the screen as well as highlighting such fan faves as Mr. Miracle and Barda!

12:10 PM  
Blogger Super Edco said...

JLU is so keen... The first season of JL was kinda bland, but in the second season I really noticed things kicking into gear. I'll never forget this one scene where Batman was running down a hall avoiding machine-gun fire, and he was just leaning forward and running with his arms down at his sides the whole time, "Now that's style, baby!" The same episode also had some wicked Martain Manhunter shapeshift moves.

They tried to market JLU as a new show but it's basically season 3, and they are running on all cylenders. The stories are really smart, tho suprisingly violent! Superman pretty much can't fight without leveling a town, and hand-to-hand combat between foes (or allies!) is using every possible flash and cut to remain in whatever BS&P is still imposed on the show. Don't even get me started on how cool it is to see the expanded cast. Wildcat? Red Tornado? A whole episode with Booster Gold? Are you kidding me? :-)

6:29 PM  
Blogger Alan said...

Agreed. Wonder Pig was definitely not the "World's Finest" moment from the season.... but the Super Man fight with Shazam or Doomsday makes up for it!

7:03 PM  
Blogger Lord Cheez said...

Damn. I guess I should get a tv?

2:24 PM  
Blogger Brad said...

I agree, this is the best American animation on tv right now. I'm definitely not the biggest superhero fan, but it doesn't even matter. This show is just plain good whether you know much about the Justice League or not.

11:45 AM  

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