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Equal 'Justice'?

Cartoon Network Tries to Continue the ‘Super Friends’ Legacy with ‘Justice League’

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Meanwhile, at the Hall of Justice…Although it’s hard to believe such a super idea eluded them for so long, the Cartoon Network has finally reassembled Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and other DC Comics heroes for Justice League (premieres Nov. 17 at 7 p.m.). How does their new entry stack up against the time-tested 1973-86 Saturday-morning staple The Super Friends? Holy comparison chart, Batman!

[JUSTICE LEAGUE]

SAMPLE PLOT The super-sleuths must thwart madman Lex Luthor and his nefarious superposse when he exacts revenge on the Man of Steel. HEADQUARTERS Super-powwows go down in a tricked-out space station. SUPERBABE Caw! Caw! That Hawkgirl sure can work a hammer. SUPERSTUD The extra-buff Superman will no doubt be fighting off the ladies. SUPERDUD Telepathic superfreak Martian Manhunter (a.k.a. J’Onn J’Onzz) should really rethink that shorts-and-cape combo. MIA Batman seems less interesting without his Boy Wonder sidekick, Robin. Relegating a gray-haired Aquaman to guest-star status, meanwhile, is just plain wrong. CLASS CLOWN Turns out The Flash is pretty quick with the sass, too. BEST COSTUME Magic-jewelry-wielding Green Lantern’s olive and charcoal ensemble rings our bell. TYPICAL VILLAIN Mongul, an otherworldly slave trader who forces Superman to compete in gladiator games. UNSOLVED MYSTERIES Where the heck is Wonder Woman’s invisible jet?

[THE SUPERFRIENDS]

SAMPLE PLOT The super-sleuths must thwart madman Lex Luthor and his nefarious superposse after he discovers an all-powerful evil energy source. HEADQUARTERS Trouble alerts are directed to the gang’s Gotham City-based Hall of Justice. SUPERBABE Wonder Woman. A magic lasso? ‘Nuff said. SUPERSTUD Even though he accessorized with green tights and a seahorse, floppy-haired blond Aquaman is still pretty slick. SUPERDUD Supersize stereotype Apache Chief still makes us cringe. MIA Martian Manhunter, but we would have loved to see lame lightning-flinger Black Vulcan disappear. CLASS CLOWN Wonder Twin power puffs Zan and Jayna (and their pet space monkey, Gleek), activate! Form of a yeti! Shape of a snowball! BEST COSTUME Obscure tsunami-man Samurai’s sensible genie outfit. TYPICAL VILLAIN Scarecrow, the hayseed henchman from Lex Luthor’s Legion of Doom. UNSOLVED MYSTERIES What the heck is a space monkey anyway?

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