Next up in the 2017 PopCult Gift Guide is an animated treasure that’s perfect for the superhero fan on your holiday shopping list. This inexpensive two-disc set contains the first 26 episodes of the excellent Justice League Action cartoon, which Cartoon Network has inexplicably buried in a very-early Saturday morning timeslot. Each episode is eleven minutes long and stars a gigantic roster of DC Comics’s greatest heroes, with quite a few obscure surprises thrown in along the way.
Justice League Action takes an approach similar to Batman: The Brave and the Bold, which is a more light-hearted and enjoyable presentation of the DC Universe. It’s fast-paced and exciting, filled with humor and it features an all-star cast.
Mark Hamill returns as The Joker, pitted against Kevin Conroy’s Batman. Hamill also voices Swamp Thing. James Woods is on hand. Patton Oswalt voices Space Cabbie. Carl Reiner is the Wizard, Shazam. Other voice actors include Sean Astin, Jerry O’Connell, Gary Cole, Jon Cryer, Cloris Leachman, Dana Snyder, Jon Lovitz and dozens of others.
The series is more cartoony than the classic Justice League Unlimited series, but it’s loads of fun and much of the production team is made up of veterans of the classic DC Animated Universe series, including Paul Dini, who is credited as a writer on eleven episodes.
Justice League Action is one of those series that could very well be a major hit if only Cartoon Network would show it on weekdays after school instead of burying it in a weekend death slot. The DVD collects the first half of the first season, and I believe that Warner Brothers is committed to producing at least two full seasons, so this is a great way to get in on the ground floor, and it’s a terrific gift for the fan of the DC Animated Universe who may not even know that the show exists. You can order it from Amazon.