‘Justice League Action’ is Coming to Cartoon Network
Cartoon network partnering with DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation to release a new cartoon series called Justice League Action. Producers gave San Diego Comic-Con International 2016 attendees a first look at the highly anticipated Warner Bros. Animation series during the Justice League Action Panel on Thursday, July 21.
Check out the highlight reel from SDCC, and continue to read more below about this exciting new series.
Cartoon Network’s new DC animated series Justice League Action will feature two 11-minute standalone adventures per episode. The series will feature Kevin Conroy, reprising his role as the voice of Batman.
Along with Conroy, Cartoon Network have announced that several other beloved DC Animated voice actors will be contributing to the series, including Mark Hamill returning as the voice as the Joker, James Woods as Lex Luthor, and Diedrich Bader as Booster Gold.
Sam Register (Teen Titans Go!) will serve as executive producer with Butch Lukic (Justice League, Batman Beyond), Alan Burnett (Batman: The Animated Series) and Jim Krieg (Green Lantern: The Animated Series) serving as producers.
So far, the series will have 152 DC characters, including 60 different heroes and 40 different villains. This will allow them to include some of the more niche character, such as Plastic Man and Space Cabby, along with the big DC comic names.
When the show producers were asked how they could possibly focus on the different characters with that many characters involved (in an interview with Slash Film at San Diego Comic Con this past weekend), Alan Burnett explained. “We mostly focus on three of them at a time,” he said. “We want to put Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman out front, so they’re featured in most of the stories.”
“Originally we were supposed to be doing a new Batman series but me and Alan [Burnett] got together, and Paul Dini I think,” Butch Lukic added. “Eventually a week later it was suggested we do a Justice League show instead because there was a gap between a new series plus the movie that’s going to come out. So we got the go ahead to do a Justice League series but there’s one catch. It’s going to be 11-minute episodes.”
DC had a lot of input in which characters would appear on Justice League Action; however, they were all the characters the producers already wanted. “They gave us a list at first,” Lukic said. “That was based originally on the [New] 52 comics. The list of characters in there were what they wanted and it was pretty much the ones everyone wants, plus some odd ones. We definitely got most of those in, plus a few that we thought of that would fit.”
Cartoon Network has not set a premiere date for Justice League Action. Although, the producers expect it to premiere either the end of August or middle of September 2016. They have produced 26 half hours, totaling 52 shorts.