It’s still over a year (or a few days if there’s a surprise footage reveal at San Diego Comic-Con) until DC Comics fans will get their first look at the live-action Justice League movie. Until then, Cartoon Network is angling to give devotees of the DC Universe a regular shot of superhero action with the appropriately-titled Justice League Action.
Justice League Action, for those unfamiliar, is new short-subject animated series that merges the style of the DC Animated Universe of the 1990s and early 2000s with a modern aesthetic and comic-book style tone. Now, the first highlight reel/trailer for the series is here and shows off big action, old favorites and plenty of surprising new characters making their modern animation debut.
In many ways, Bruce Timm and Paul Dini’s DC Animated Universe (which established a decade-plus of cartoon continuity between Batman The Animated Series, Superman, Batman Beyond, Static Shock, Justice League and Justice League Unlimited) is more the foundation of modern DC Comics fandom than the actual comics; launching major new characters like Harley Quinn and influencing the plots and character-focus of the post-Infinite Crisis-era comics to a profound degree. As such, some fans have been reluctant to support various new animated projects based on DC properties – and have thus criticized Action for its more “cartoonish,” anime-inspired character designs and short-subject format.
Whether or not the series will measure up to the storytelling prowess the DCAU was know for remains to be seen – but based on this Comic-Con sizzle reel, fans who prized that era in DC animation (particularly Justice League Unlimited) for its tendency to delve deep into the more obscure realms of the publisher’s dense canon of superhero characters will not be disappointed: Along with plenty of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman (and the return of fan-favorite voice actors Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill), characters like Firestorm, Lobo, Plastic Man, Stargirl, Mr. Freeze and Vixen are all shown leaping back into the animated fray.
The trailer also puts a spotlight on a bevy of obscure favorites, many of whom have never appeared in animation or even outside of the comics. The half-human/half-plant mystic hero Swamp Thing is shown in a cemetery fist-fight with zombie brawler Solomon Grundy, Batman meets up with Dex-Starr (a common house cat who’s also a deceptively-powerful member of the deadly Red Lantern Corps) and even the ultra-obscure pulp hero Space Cabbie – who is exactly what he sounds like. Still more characters like Blue Beetle, Satan Girl and Mister Terrific are also expected to appear on the series.
Justice League Action is expected to arrive in Fall 2016.
Source: Warner Bros TV