On Blu-ray: Justice League Unlimited
Coming home in full HD are the remaining episodes in the popular “Justice League Unlimited” series…and the league has never looked better!
When Batman: The Animated Series debuted in syndication it brought with it all the gravitas of the 1990 Tim Burton feature film, and it single-handedly elevated the animated series to a new level. The story arcs were darker, plenty more sophisticated and the artwork — though stylishly simple — set the tone perfectly. Bruce Timm and Paul Dini had created a phenomenon.
It wasn’t long before audiences wanted to explore more beyond the streets of Gotham and the production team introduced the proper spin-off Superman: The Animated Series which brought the Man of Steel into the animated continuity. After several Emmy® Winning seasons of both series, it was time for the roster to expand, and Justice League was introduced into primetime.
Loosely basing its origins on the more contemporary team of heroes that included both Batman and Superman, as well as properly rounding out the pantheon with the inclusion of Wonder Woman, the “modern day” Flash (Wally West), the aliens Martian Manhunter and Hawkgirl who all operated out of an orbiting Watchtower. The series in this incarnation had a very healthy run.
At the end of the series run, the writers decided to end things with a band and delivered the feature film length “Star-crossed” arc that raised the threat level for our heroes. With the earth on the brink of joining the universal community, the Justice League decide that the time has come to expand their reach.
From a newly designed Watchtower all of earth’s heroes gather and more effectively deploy to deal with any threat that comes their way. No longer dependent on their core group, not with an unlimited membership roster, the final season of the series, renamed Justice League Unlimited took on a more anthology tone with a revolving cast .
Able to incapsulate story arcs to two to three episodes, Unlimited spanned the entirety of the DC Universe and changed animated adventures for an entire generation. What followed were the full-length DC Animated Adventures that continue to adapt graphic novel series as well as present original stories featuring all our favorite characters.
The 3-disc Blu-ray set of Justice League Unlimited: The Complete Series is available now from the DC Comics Shop.