Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Justice League Unlimited (2004)

Justice League Unlimited (2004)
While the Justice League may have been the best of the best in the DC animated universe at the time, they decided to take it a step further with Justice League Unlimited. JLU took over right where Justice League left off and even though sadly it was the last series in the DC animated universe, Justice League Unlimited pulled out all the stops. This time we got our founding members, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Martian Manhunter, Green Lantern, Hawkgirl and (not near enough) Flash, and they also added just about every DC hero they could, even if at times it was just background shots. With almost 60 heroes total, it was kind of hard to balance the stories.

Here is where some people have a problem with JLU. Originally with seven members, it was fairly easy to give everyone screen time. But with sixty? That’s a whole 'nother story.

We did get some really cool "stunt" voice casting though. Along with the originals I mentioned before we got.... John C. McGinley (Scrubs) as Atom (Dr. Ray Palmer) Jerry O'Connell (Sliders) as Captain Marvel (Billy Batson) Oded Fehr (The Mummy) as Doctor Fate (Kent Nelson/Nabu) Jeremy Piven (Entourage) as Elongated Man (Ralph Dibny) Michael T. Weiss (The Pretender) as Etrigan the Demon (Jason Blood) Jeffrey Combs (The Reanimator) as Question (Charles Victor Szasz/Vic Sage)

In a couple of cool moves we got "The Wonder Years" Kevin and Wayne Arnold (Fred Savage and Jason Hervey) as brothers Hawk and Dove.

And the cast of Firefly was well represented as Nathan Fillion, Morena Baccarin, Gina Torres and Adam Baldwin all showed up on the show at one time or another. In a really cool episode Vigilante (Fillion) was piloting a spaceship as Vixen (Torres) complained about it.

All good things must come to an end and so did Justice League Unlimited. We got two years worth of good shows before it left and took the DC animated universe with it. There were more DC cartoons true, but none were set in that Universe.

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