is in flux right now following the lukewarm reception that Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice received, but diehard fans have always known that DC’s animation department is the best place to go for quality adaptations of their favorite stories.
The company have made a name for themselves in recent years through impressive direct-to-video versions of DC’s biggest story lines, such as Superman: Doomsday and Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox. If the studio’s new trailer is anything to go by, could be their best yet, but older fans still hold fond memories of the Justice League cartoon from the early 2000s.
News that Cartoon Network are reviving the Justice League series has been met with a mixed reaction so far. While Kevin Conroy’s return as the voice of Batman is inarguably a good thing, especially as he’ll be joined once again by Mark Hamill in the role of the Joker, some fans have objected to the new art direction that Justice League Action has taken.
The simplistic, child-friendly animation released so far indicated that than old fans would like, but new promotional art unveiled ready for the show’s Comic-Con panel this summer suggests that tweaks have already been made, perhaps in response to the internet’s mixed critique.
It’s hard to deny that the art direction of Justice League Action has been changed substantially prior to the show’s debut, using more realistic proportions and bolder lines to create a style that more closely resembles the comics. The DCEU is renowned for it’s darker take on the superhero mythos, so it’s possible that Justice League Action may be heading in that direction to create some consistency in the studio’s overall style.
Whether the first set of art was just a work in progress or whether the show runners have actually changed their intended demographic this late in the game, fans should still remain hopeful about the final product, as the studio’s track record has always been impressive in this regard.
If you’re still in need of reassurance, check out this leaked slide which shows that Justice League Action will extend the cast beyond the usual trinity of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, including fan favorites such as Harley Quinn and Dr Fate.
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Here’s the official description of Justice League Action from Warner Bros:
Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman lead the DC Comics Super Heroes against their most infamous foes in adventures packed with relentless thrills, fun and action. No need to wait for the good stuff to start, each eleven-minute episode jumps in with lightning-paced action and heroics. Whether defending the Earth, facing invaders from space, or battling the bizarre forces of magic, the always-rotating team of Justice League heroes, are up to any challenge.
Justice League Action will air on Cartoon Network in the fall, but if you can’t wait that long, check out more animated DC goodness in the that just aired in June.
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