JUSTICE LEAGUE - PARADISE LOST
Justice League - Paradise Lost
Director: Butch Lukic, Dan Riba
Edition Details: Region 2 encoding (Europe, Middle East & Japan
PAL, Animated, Colour,
made in 2001, of a group of
top DC comics superheroes such as Superman,
Batman and the Flash are done in a
graphic style very similar to the recent popular
Batman animated series.
Some geeky notes:
Just plain Justice
League? When I was a kid they were called the Justice League of America,
or JLA for short. I suppose that the distributors probably thought that it sounded too, well, American for the
international non-US. market.
includes Flash, Martian Manhunter, Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Green
Lantern and Hawkgirl. Where's Green Arrow
and, yummy, black stocking-era
Black Canary? (I
suppose the antiauthoritarian Green Arrow who's always going on about cops
being "fascists in blue" probably
won't go down well for a Saturday
morning cartoon by a major media conglomerate, but I kinda missed the guy . . .)
Since when does
Superman need a space suit? That isn't very, uhm, super.
Wonder Woman can
fly!? Where's her invisible jet? OK, I know that jet would have been
difficult to draw, but they're messing with us thirtysomethingers'
childhood memories here.
I hate saying this:
but this Wonder Woman isn't drawn particularly sexy or anything. Not that
I, unlike many of my peer group members, ever had such a hang-up about
her. (My preadolescent fantasies rather always included Thundra of
Fantastic Four late-1970s fame and
Superman's Earth 2 cousin,
Girl, a more pneumatic
alternative to Supergirl. Drool . . .
Green Lantern is,
uhm, Black. With green glowing eyes!
DISC: Okay, so it isn't just kids who watch this stuff, but also their
geeky thirtysomethinger parents. This however isn't a disc for them.
Instead of bringing out Justice League as complete
season-by-season, episode-to-episode box set, this set is aimed squarely at the kids
harassed parents will pick up at their local supermarket bargain bin to appease
the little ones.
The image is presented
and the image and sound is crisp and clear. Animation can look really good
on DVD and the animation here is a whole lot better than the stuff
to endure as kids (come on, be honest here).
However, I'm sure
that they could fit in more than a mere four episodes. Besides, there
aren't any special features.
Comic fans ought to enjoy the episodes here although there is nothing
particularly new on offer. I did like the Jack Kirby feel of the two War
World episodes and some of the post-modern one-liners made me smile
(especially Wonder Woman's remarks on ridiculous outfits and one about
shopping malls being temples for people who worship their credit cards).
Something geeky parents can watch with their kids. Some of these episodes are still
being broadcast as reruns on the Cartoon
Channel so that just might be the cheaper option though . . .