Earlier this year, Cartoon Network confirmed what had been rumored for some time — a new Justice League cartoon series was in the works called Justice League Action. Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill, who voiced the characters of Batman and Joker in the animated space for years, return for this new go. While details are still scarce on what fans can expect from this post-Unlimited attempt, some of the characters have been revealed.
Full-color artwork for Action was revealed at Kre8tif Conference 2016 and posted online by Bleeding Cool. Though the snapshot of what was shown is blurry, we can make out many of the characters, including Blue Beetle, Doctor Fate, Shazam, Joker, Firestorm, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Martian Manhunter, Harley Quinn, Hawkman, and Lobo. Some of the others are still hard to make out, but Swamp Thing, Big Barda, and maybe even Lex Luthor (on the lower righthand corner) appear to be rendered in the image.
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Previously announced among the voice cast are James Woods (who voiced Owlman in the animated film Crisis on Two Earths) as Luthor, Diedrich Bader (who voiced the Dark Knight on Batman: The Brave and the Bold) as Booster Gold. We also know from earlier black-and-white sketches that The Flash, Green Arrow, Zatanna, and Plastic Man will appear.
DC has some of the strongest stories among the animated films and TV shows released over the years, and one of the most compelling was Justice League and the adjoining Justice League Unlimited. The two jointly tackled the multi-episode arc of the Thanagarian invasion, a season-long chess-like fight with Cadmus, and the Legion of Doom, among other enticing story arcs. For better or worse, Action has some pretty big shoes to fill.
Here’s the official description of Justice League Action:
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.