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On Blu-ray: Justice League Unlimited

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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.

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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.

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With the trinity in place all the heroes of the world rally behind the create the Justice League Unlimited available now on Blu-ray.

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.

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The CW’s Heroes United!

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On a spearhead trajectory to their midseason finales “Arrow” and “The Flash” prepare to raise the stakes and introduce some “Legends”.

It’s becoming apparently clear that The CW network will someday eventually relaunch as DC Comics TV! It wouldn’t be the first time that the network execs have had to repel the notion that (yes) right now they bolster the major muscle when it comes to action figures coming alive in primetime. This season alone The Flash has easily overtaken its competition by continuously keeping step (or even outmatching) with its counterparts on ABC (those agents who are battling “inhumans).

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“Legends” assembled for the upcoming series crossover event that will set-up the next DC Comics TV Universe spin-off!

While Tuesday’s undoubtedly belong to the Scarlet Speedster, the Emerald Archer Arrow easily helps audiences get over the hump into the weekend. Now audiences are getting primed for what is shaping up as the “earth-shattering” event of the season when the two heroes pair off for another crossover event — this one will be promising to be the stuff of legends!

For the epic confrontation with new series villain Vandal Savage (Casper Crump) the “Heroes Join Forces” in a 2-part event that will redefine the way that genre fans have been digesting their superhero shows. Till this point we haven’t had a television series in primetime that is easily poised to position for the first time not 1 or 2 but several members of the Justice League — in the flesh!

Fans of Arrow have had four seasons to watch Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) pull his team of urban street fighters together into one of the most cohesive forces to take on crime in the newly christened Star City. That group now is faced with combating the dangerously elusive H.I.V.E. a notoriously paramilitary organization that is set on corruption at the core.

Over at S.T.A.R. Labs Barry Allen (Grunt Gustin) has been nurtured on his path to heroism by the able Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker) and the equally crafty Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes) but both of these science sidekicks spend most of their time manning the consoles at the HQ, and only until recently has Cisco revealed his metahuman ability to “vibe”. Which came in handy when he met Kendra Saunders (Ciara Renée).

The mild-mannered counter girl who works part-time at Jitters, Central City’s most popular coffee shop, is about to learn she has a greater destiny to face — spreading her wings to become none other than Hawkgirl. In Part 1 of the upcoming crossover event entitled “Legends of Today” a person from Kendra’s past returns and he holds the secret to who this mystery woman really is.

Although the immortal madman Vandal Savage has something of an investment in Kendra and will do whatever it takes to stop her or her new super friends (sorry — had to be said). The long-lead trailer for the upcoming event is super and will be eagerly anticipated especially as it prepares to introduce the next DC TV Universe spin-off DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.

Don’t miss the two-part event beginning on Dec. 1 on The Flash followed by Arrow on Dec. 2. Take a look at the extended trailer here: