Justice League is an American animated television series which premiered on November 17, 2001 on Cartoon Network. The show was produced by Warner Bros. Animation. It is based on the Justice League of America comic series and associated comic book characters from DC Comics. Animator Bruce Timm, who helped adapt both Batman and Superman into successful animated series in the 1990s, took on the challenge of adapting the Justice League comic book and turning it into an animated sequel to his two former animated series. 

This new animated series brought all sorts of new characters. Ignoring the sidekicks, pets, and other elements of the earlier Super Friends series, the line-up of this new JLA adaptation was created with two things in mind: to pay tribute to the original line-up of the Justice League of America while also reflecting racial and cultural diversity. Significantly, the well-known superhero Aquaman was left out of the lineup (although he would become a member of the team in Justice League Unlimited), and was replaced by Hawkgirl, the team's second female (along with Wonder Woman). Additionally, John Stewart -- an African American Green Lantern, who had previously worked with the League in the comics -- was used rather than one of the better-known modern-era Green Lanterns: Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner or Kyle Rayner (even though Rayner had appeared as Green Lantern in the Superman animated series). In addition to his African-American heritage, the producer felt Stewart's original abrasive personality would have more dramatic potential. In the second season, Rayner is described as a Lantern in training under Stewart's old mentor, explaining his absence. Both Rayner and Jordan make brief appearances in Justice League Unlimited.

The show met with significant success, partially due to loyal fans already familiar with these incarnations of the characters, and partially from a new generation of viewers. The two-part nature of most episodes led Cartoon Network to choose to air the episodes back-to-back. 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.

Justice League premiered on Cartoon Network's Toonami block on June 2, 2003.[1]

Plot[edit | edit source]

Forces of evil, chaos, and destruction await. Not even Earth's greatest heroes, Superman and Batman, have a chance alone. But with the help of some old friends and new allies; Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, the Flash, Hawkgirl, and the Martian Manhunter. They form a meta-human force to be reckoned with, known as The Justice League.

Characters[edit | edit source]

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.

Voice Cast[edit | edit source]

Character Voice Actor
Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) George Newbern
Batman (Bruce Wayne) Kevin Conroy
Wonder Woman (Diana of Themyscira / Princess Diana) Susan Eisenberg
Flash (Wally West) Michael Rosenbaum
Martian Manhunter (J'onn J'onzz / John Jones) Carl Lumbly
Green Lantern (John Stewart) Phil LaMarr
Hawkgirl (Shayera Hol) Maria Canals
Alfred Pennyworth Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.
Amazo Robert Picardo
Aquaman Scott Rummell
Brainiac Corey Burton
Clayface Ron Perlman
Copperhead Efrain Figueroa (1st appearance)
Jose Yenque (subsequent appearances)
Darkseid Michael Ironside
Deadshot Michael Rosenbaum
Despero Keith David
Etrigan the Demon Michael T. Weiss
Felix Faust Robert Englund
Forager Corey Burton
Galius Zed Rene Auberjonois
General Wells Kevin Michael Richardson
Giganta Jennifer Hale
Gorilla Grodd Powers Boothe
Harley Quinn Arleen Sorkin
Joker Mark Hamill
Kalibak Michael Dorn
Katma Tui Kim Mai Guest
Killer Frost Jennifer Hale
Kilowog Dennis Haysbert
Lex Luthor Clancy Brown
Lobo Brad Garrett
Lois Lane Dana Delany
Metallo Corey Burton
Metamorpho Tom Sizemore
Mongul Eric Roberts
Morgaine Le Fay Olivia d'Abo
Orion Ron Perlman
Parasite Brian George
Queen Hippolyta Susan Sullivan
Lucas "Snapper" Carr Jason Marsden
The Shade Stephen McHattie
Sinestro Ted Levine
Solomon Grundy Mark Hamill
Star Sapphire Olivia d'Abo
Toyman Corey Burton
Ultra-Humanite Ian Buchanan
Vandal Savage Phil Morris
Weather Wizard Corey Burton

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Episodes[edit | edit source]

Color Season Episodes Season Premiere Season Finale
1 26 November 17, 2001 November 9, 2002
2 26 July 5, 2003 May 29, 2004

All episodes of Justice League have been released on DVD and Blu-Ray by Warner Home Video. Warner Home Video also released a DVD box set titled "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.

Broadcast History[edit | edit source]

Justice League premiered on Cartoon Network in the United States from November 17, 2001 to May 29, 2004, with reruns airing until April 2005. In April 2006, reruns began airing on Cartoon Network's sister channel Boomerang. In Latin America, the series aired on Cartoon Network from 2002 to 2005. In the United Kingdom, the series aired on Cartoon Network, CNX and Toonami UK from 2002 to 2004. In Japan, the series aired on Cartoon Network from 2002 to 2004. In Canada, the series aired on YTV from 2002 to 2004. In Australia, the series aired on Cartoon Network from 2002 to 2005.

  • United States (Cartoon Network) — November 17, 2001[5] - April 2005
  • United States (Boomerang) — April 23, 2006[6] - June 2, 2007
  • Latin America (Cartoon Network) — June 1, 2002[7] - June 2005[8]
  • United Kingdom (Cartoon Network/CNX) — June 2002 - September 7, 2003
  • United Kingdom (Toonami UK) — September 8, 2003[9] - 2004
  • Japan (Cartoon Network) — June 30, 2002[10] - November 2004[11]
  • Canada (YTV) — September 2002[12] - April 2004[13]
  • Australia (Cartoon Network) — November 18, 2002[14] - March 2005[15]

Toonami Broadcast History[edit | edit source]

Reruns of Justice League season 1 aired on the weekday Toonami block from Monday, June 2, 2003[1] to August 29, 2003, replaced in the lineup by SD Gundam. Reruns of season 2 also aired on Toonami, from October 20, 2003[3] to November 4, 2003, after which reruns of the entire series continued until January 1, 2004.[16][4] However, the 3-part series finale, "Starcrossed", was not aired at this time because the 3-parter did not make its premiere until May 29, 2004.[17]

Cartoon Network Flash Games[edit | edit source]

Justice League games created for cartoonnetwork.com from 2002 to 2003 that also appeared on toonami.com:

External Links[edit | edit source]

See Also[edit | edit source]

All series are also part of the DC Animated Universe

References[edit | edit source]

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  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 ""Justice League" Season 2 - Week 1 - Talkback ". toonzone.net. October 20, 2003. https://www.toonzone.net/forums/threads/justice-league-season-2-week-1-talkback-spoilers.3471231/. Retrieved on July 21, 2018. 
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  6. "Boomerang Schedule ". cartoonnetwork.com. April 26, 2006. http://web.archive.org/web/20060426111128/http://schedule.cartoonnetwork.com/servlet/BoomerangServlet?action=selectBMDay. Retrieved on Jul 27, 2016. 
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  8. "CN Schedule ". cartoonnetworkla.com. June 2005. http://web.archive.org/web/20050609083819/http://alt.cartoonnetworkla.com/spanish/schedule. Retrieved on July 27, 2016. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 Ball, Ryan (July 7, 2003). "CNX to Become Toonami ". animationmagazine.net. http://www.animationmagazine.net/tv/cnx-to-become-toonami/. Retrieved on October 4, 2015. 
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  13. "YTV Schedule ". Ytv.com. April 6, 2004. http://web.archive.org/web/20040406022651/http://www.ytv.com/programming/guide/NoFlashguide-EASTERN-9.asp. Retrieved on July 27, 2016. 
  14. "Justice League ". Cartoonnetwork.co.au. November 2002. http://web.archive.org/web/20021201121958/http://www.cartoonnetwork.com.au/asp/tv/default.asp. Retrieved on July 19, 2016. 
  15. "CN Schedule ". Cartoonnetwork.co.au. March 14, 2005. http://web.archive.org/web/20050314014834/http://cartoonnetwork.com.au/asp/tv/schedule.asp. Retrieved on July 19, 2016. 
  16. "Justice League "A Better World" Talkback ". toonzone.net. November 3, 2003. https://www.toonzone.net/forums/threads/justice-league-a-better-world-talkback-spoilers.3481941/. Retrieved on July 21, 2018. 
  17. "Starcrossed and JLU Premiere Dates... Only Toonami ". toonzone.net. May 7, 2004. http://www.toonzone.net/forums/threads/starcrossed-and-jlu-premiere-dates-only-toonami.3621581/. Retrieved on November 14, 2016. 
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