If you thought Justice League it was a disaster, it is important to remember that things could have been much, much worse.
In 1997, the same year as Joel Schumacher Batman and Robin Comic film almost in ruins forever, CBS shot a pilot for a TV series based on a handful of characters torn from the pages of DC Comics. But Justice League of America does Batman and Robin It looks like The dark Knight.
The premise is simple. In fact, it’s a bit mashed potato simple. It focuses on Green Lantern (Matthew Settle), The Flash (Kenny Johnston), The Atom (John Kassir) and Fire (Michelle Hurd), all characters who have been associated with the Justice League in the comics. The kicker here is that they are all roommates and normal people with ordinary problems. It’s as if CBS had asked for the DCs Super friends meet NBC Friends. Indeed, it would be shocking if that exact phrase was not uttered during a field meeting.
It’s a strange fusion of an action drama and a sitcom, except that the special effects are embarrassing even by the standards of the 90s and the comedy is definitely painful. There are also extremely embarrassing interview segments with the characters scattered everywhere, giving the whole thing a strange framing device and an almost mockumentary feeling that is more strident than anything else.
Many of the problems stem from mistreating the iconic characters in the center. Green Lantern, who is now a software vendor, is based on Guy Gardner from the comics, but it is unclear why. He dresses more like the version of the character of Kyle Rayner and is boring like Hal Jordan Super friends Cartoon.
Flash is struggling with unemployment despite its super-speed, Atom is a science teacher who can shrink enough to fix an old-school TV, and Fire is an ailing actress who definitely dresses up like a banana for a commercial audition. Although all this may seem a little similar The incredibles, it is not. The writing and performances are so bad that you will hate each of the individual characters in different ways.
Then there is Martian Manhunter, surprisingly played by David Ogden Stiers MIXTURE. Although Stiers is clearly the best actor on the team, he is also the bravest. His face is always covered in what appears to be a discarded version of what Jim Carrey is wearing The maskand Stiers’ overwhelming Halloween costume cannot hide her inevitable gut. However, Martian Manhunter is probably the best part of the show if you can get past the negative.
In the pilot, the team recruits a new member: Ice (Kimberly Oja), who starts out as a meteorologist at the Meteorological Institute in New Metro (yes, that’s the name of the city on the show). After a bizarre laboratory accident he gives her the chance to freeze things, works with the other heroes to take down the evil Weatherman, played by the late Miguel Ferrer. Since the show didn’t pass the pilot, it’s unclear if the plan was to present a new villain in each episode, but Ferrer does his best in one of his bad villain roles.
But the biggest problem with Justice League of America is that it’s not sure if it’s a sitcom or something more serious. While modern shows are popular Arrow, Supergirl, is Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. finding subtle ways to use humor as a balance for the darkest moments, this show goes too far in a family-friendly cheesiness to make anything seem dramatic.
Justice League of America it never hit the air in the United States, although people in places like England, Mexico, Germany, Brazil, India and Uruguay may have caught it. The pilot still lives on thanks to YouTube screenings and bootlegs at comic conventions, but serves primarily as a cautionary tale about the carefree adaptation of beloved comic book characters when you have little or no budget or vision.
Although by Zack Snyder Justice League it did not go very well at the box office and the criticism was not kind, it is a legitimate masterpiece when you compare it to this show. True, we were all in different things two decades ago. But it’s hard to believe anyone would ever get involved in this.