Justice League is an American animated television series which ran from 2001 to 2004 on Cartoon Network. It is part of the DC animated universe. The show was produced by Warner Bros. Animation. It is based on the Justice League of America and associated comic book characters published by DC Comics. After the second season, the series was replaced by Justice League Unlimited, a successor series which aired for three seasons.
Animator Bruce Timm, who co-produced Batman: The Animated Series and Superman: The Animated Series in the 1990s, became executive producer on an animated series focusing on the Justice League. The roster consisted of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern (John Stewart), The Flash (Wally West), Martian Manhunter (J'onn J'onzz), and Hawkgirl.
According to audio commentary on the DVD release of Season 2, the second season finale "Starcrossed" was expected to be the final episode of the series. However, in February 2004, Cartoon Network announced a follow-up series, Justice League Unlimited, which premiered on July 31, 2004 and featured a larger roster of characters.
Kevin Conroy reprised his voice role as Batman from Batman: The Animated Series (1992–1995), The New Batman Adventures (1997–1999), and Batman Beyond (1999–2001). Batman's costume was redesigned, but this time, his costume was a combination of his last three costumes. The same costume from The New Batman Adventures is retained, but with the blue highlights from the Batman: The Animated Series costume and the long-ears from the Batman Beyond costume are added to the costume. Tim Daly, who voiced Superman in Superman: The Animated Series (1996–2000) was initially involved but was unable to continue his role due to involvement with The Fugitive (a short-lived remake of the original 1963 TV series), and was replaced by George Newbern. Superman was initially redesigned to have a bit of a squint to his eyes and slight wrinkles that was also meant to make him look older, in addition to having a noticeable shining streak to his hair; he was redesigned to appear larger in physical girth than in the previous series. Fans did not like the older appearance and in the second season the streak was toned down to the point of almost disappearing and the squint was removed, in essence reverting Superman to his earlier animated look. As an in-joke, Superman's season one facial designs are used for an older Jor-El in the Justice League Unlimited episode "For the Man Who Has Everything".
Most of the characters retained their general comic book origins and continuity, with Wonder Woman being the notable exception. In the Justice League series continuity, the premiere story arc "Secret Origins" revises the plot of Diana's competition against her fellow Amazons to be the ambassador of peace to man's world, and she is referred to as a "rookie" superhero during her first encounter with the League. (Subsequent episodes touched on her attempts to adjust to her new world). In an interview segment on the Season One DVD, Bruce Timm stated that he initially ran into some legal issues in using the Wonder Woman character, but was adamant that she be used in the series. Additionally, the character of The Flash was portrayed as somewhat younger and significantly more brash than his comic book counterpart, taking on a number of personality traits of Plastic Man, who provides a similar comic relief function in the JLA comics. Major changes were also made to the Hawkgirl character. The character of Hawkgirl became romantically involved with the John Stewart Green Lantern as the series progressed. A romantic relationship between Batman and Wonder Woman was also "shown" (hinted at but never "official" unlike Hawkgirl/Green Lantern) by the show's creators, who disliked pairing Wonder Woman with Superman despite fan requests. Robin is not paired with Batman in this animated series like he was on Super Friends. Although the series itself is animated in traditional 2-dimensional style, the opening credits are rendered in 3D with toon shading. The intro is a "stock" intro used throughout the series until Justice League Unlimited premieres.
Brian George –Guardian, Parasite, Mr. President, Morgan Edge
Peri Gilpin – Volcana
Michael Gough – Professor Henry Moss
Richard Green – Orm
Pam Grier – My'ria'h
Julianne Grossman – Phillipus
Kim Mai Guest – Katma Tui
Nicholas Guest –Luminus
Jennifer Hale – Giganta, Killer Frost, Sroya Bashir, Inza
Mark Hamill – Solomon Grundy, Joker
Neil Patrick Harris – Ray Thompson
Dennis Haysbert – Kilowog
Grant Heslov – Doctor Patel
Michael Ironside – Darkseid
Robert Ito – Mr. Hama
Jeffrey Jones – Sir Swami
William Katt – Green Guardsman
David Kaufman – Jimmy Olsen
Udo Kier – Music Master
Ted Levine – Sinestro, Bulldozer
Virginia Madsen – Sarah Corwin
Jason Marsden – Snapper Carr
Karen Maruyama – Tsukuri
Bruce McGill – General McCormick
Ted McGinley – Tom Turbine, Burns
Stephen McHattie – Shade
Michael McKean – Sportsman, Sergeant O'Shaughnessey
Danica McKellar – Sapphire Stagg
Scott Menville – King
Alfred Molina – Gustav
Richard Moll – Java
Garrett Morris – Al McGee
Phil Morris – Vandal Savage, Gorilla City General
David Naughton – The Streak
Rob Paulsen – Lightray
Khary Payton – Ten
Elizabeth Peña – Paran Dull
Ron Perlman – Clayface, Orion
Diane Pershing – Poison Ivy
Robert Picardo – Blackhawk, Amazo
Jan Rabson – Professor Erlich
James Remar – Manhunter
John Rhys-Davies – Hades
Kevin Michael Richardson – General Wells, Imperium
Victor Rivers – Hro Talak
Eric Roberts – Mongul
Mark Rolston – Firefly
Stephen Root – Cat Man
Scott Rummell – Aquaman
Mitchell Ryan – Highfather
Pepe Serna – Shifflet
W. Morgan Sheppard – Merlin
Tom Sizemore – Metamorpho
William Smith – Draaga
Arleen Sorkin – Harley Quinn
David Ogden Stiers – Solovar
Tara Strong – Sera, Queen
Susan Sullivan – Hippolyta
Dave Thomas – Harv Hickman, Ernst
Lauren Tom – Chung
Hynden Walch – Ace
Tracey Walter – Mophir
Michael T. Weiss – Etrigan the Demon/Jason Blood
Maggie Wheeler – Antiope
Michael Jai White – Doomsday
Jose Yenque – Copperhead (2nd Voice)
Keone Young – Dr. Chin
Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. – Alfred Pennyworth
Rob Zombie – Icthultu
March 21, 2006
Contains a set of 4 DVDs with all of the episodes from the first season as well as audio commentaries, interviews, and other special features.
August 19, 2008
Season One has been re-mastered and re-issued as a set of 3 Blu-ray Discs (in full 1080p and with Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound) with everything included on the prior release.
June 20, 2006
Contains a set of 4 DVDs with all of the episodes from the second season as well as audio commentaries and a panel discussion involving the production team of the series (although the set packaging indicates a featurette hosted by voice actor Phil LaMarr, it is misprinted, the featurette is on Disc One instead of Disc Four). Despite the show having been produced in a widescreen format this release lacks anamorphic encoding.
July 26, 2011
Warner Home Video released Season Two on a two-disc (50GB each) Blu-ray set.
Warner Home Video also released another DVD title Justice League The Complete Animated Series. It contained all 91 episodes of Justice League and Justice League Unlimited on a 15 disc set with the 15th disc containing a bonus documentary.
April 23, 2002
Contains all three parts of "Secret Origins". A mini-DVD version of this disc has also been released.
Justice on Trial
April 22, 2003
Contains "In Blackest Night" and "The Enemy Below".
July 22, 2003
Contains "Paradise Lost" and "War World".
The Justice League Collection
April 13, 2004
Contains previous "Secret Origins," "Paradise Lost," and "Justice on Trial" DVDs in a three-pack with a slipcase.
Starcrossed The Movie
July 13, 2004
Contains "Starcrossed" in both widescreen and fullscreen. A mini-DVD version of this disc has also been released with only fullscreen.
The Brave and the Bold
October 19, 2004
Contains episodes "The Brave and the Bold" and "Injustice For All".
Challenge of the Super Friends to Justice League:
April 13, 2004
Contains the previously released "Justice League" (Secret Origins) DVD along with two Super Friends discs in a slip-case.
Justice League: 3-Pack Fun
July 19, 2011
Contains "The Brave and the Bold" and "Injustice For All", as well as the Justice League Unlimited episodes "For The Man Who Has Everything," "The Return," and "The Greatest Story Never Told," and the Young Justice episodes "Independence Day," "Fireworks," "Welcome To Happy Harbor," and "Drop Zone".
A 4-disc soundtrack of musical highlights from both seasons of Justice League was released by La-La Land Records in July 2016. It is a limited edition of 3000 units and can be ordered at the La-La Land Records website. The set includes tracks from fan-favorite episodes like A Better World, Hereafter, Wild Cards and Starcrossed.
La-La Land are hoping to release a soundtrack for Justice League Unlimited as well, provided that sales of the Justice League soundtrack improve significantly and that there is sufficient demand from fans. A second Justice League volume may also follow if fans support the existing release.
The show was aired in the Republic of Ireland on TG4 from 2002 to 2007.
In January 2009, IGN named Justice League Unlimited as the 20th best animated television series of all time.
Circa 2004, Bruce Timm announced that a direct-to-video Justice League feature film was in the works. The film was intended to make a bridge between the second season of Justice League to the first season of Justice League Unlimited. The film was planned to reveal how Wonder Woman acquired her Invisible-Jet, and also planned to feature the Crime Syndicate as the main antagonists, an idea that was originally conceived for the two-part episode "A Better World", until the Syndicate was replaced by the Justice Lords. Dwayne McDuffie wrote the script and Andrea Romano assembled the cast, but Warner Bros. finally scrapped the project. However, in 2010, the film's plot was used for the non-DCAU film Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, but removing all references to the continuity of the DC animated universe, and replacing John Stewart with Hal Jordan as the Justice League's Green Lantern.