During the late 90’s there was an influx of superhero shows. They had one of the best incarnations of Spider-Man, X-Men, Batman and many others. An outgrowth of that, in particular Batman: The Animated Series, was Justice League, which shared some continuity with Superman: The Animated Series.
The show went through a name change from Justice League for the fist two seasons to Justice League Unlimited in the next three, ending with a total of 91 episodes. Combined with Batman TAS’ 109 total, including The New Batman Adventures, which is a direct sequel to the previous one, and Superman’s 54, this is a massive universe of animated episodes, with every DC main comic book character you could hope to have.
For this first iteration of the series, the main roster of Justice League members were Batman and Superman of course, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, J’onn J’ones, Hawkgirl and some other lesser known characters. But let’s face it, it’s all about Bats, Supes, Wonder Woman and to a lesser extent Green Lantern, in this case John Stewart.
I have nothing against the other characters but the show was at its best when it focused on Superman and Batman’s relationship. They were often at odds because they had different approaches to how to combat evil. Superman is the ultimate Boy Scout of course, always doing the right thing and protecting the innocent at all costs. Batman is the anti-hero, getting the job done no matter what.
They argued and fans love them together, hence the number of individual films where they team up, including Batman/Superman: Public Enemies and Batman/Superman: Apocalypse. Oh and there’s that live action film, the direct sequel to Man of Steel that will feature DC’s two biggest comic book guns, tentatively called Superman vs. Batman or vice versa.
Yeah, DC gets it. Focus on Batman and Superman and you’ve got a winner. Justice worked well otherwise, when they explored the other characters, in particular Wonder Woman, who has a greater depth than some might realize, but I liked when they all teamed up together and fought.