Monday, January 02, 2006

Return of the Animated Legion

Well, rumors persist that the Legion is under development at Warner Brothers Animation for a new dedicated show (a la Superman, Batman, Teen Titans, Justice League Unlimited, etc.). But according to Comics Continuum (which seems to be the original source for various other blogosphere posts):

The Legion of Super-Heroes will be featured along with Supergirl in an upcoming episode of Cartoon Network's Justice League Unlimited.

In the episode, Supergirl is kidnapped to the 31st century for what the history books say was her last adventure. The Fatal Five appears, as do more than 20 Legionaires.

Among the Legion members in the episode are Brainiac 5 and Bouncing Boy.

The Legion's appearance has nothing to do with the Legion show in development at Warner Bros. Animation.

This Supergirl, by the way, is the only survivor from Krypton's sister planet, Argos and her secret identity is Kara Kent. As Superman's "cousin", she has similar powers but wears the white shirt costume we saw in the latter half of Peter David's Supergirl series. She's not one of the several different Supergirls under speculation as the one that joins the Legion post-Infinite Crisis.

Update 1/3/06: Well crap, Legion Clubhouse is reporting that Cartoon Network says the new JLU episodes won't appear til late spring or summer.

While we're on the subject, here's the brief history of the animated Legion we've seen so far:

  • Superman: The Animated Series, episode #43, titled "New Kids in Town", original airdate 10/31/98. In a departure for the series, three members of the "New Legion" travel back in time to visit Clark Kent before he became Superman. The episode guest-starred Saturn Girl, Cosmic Boy, and Chameleon Boy, and flash-forward, Saturn Girl showed Clark the Legion in the 30th century: Ultra Boy, Apparition, Dream Girl, Livewire, Light(ning) Lass, Brainiac 5, Triad, Bouncing Boy (!), Kid Quantum I (!), and Andromeda.

  • Adventures in the DC Universe #10, cover date 1/1999. We see Brainiac 5, Spark, Gates, Invisible Kid, Apparition, Ultra Boy, Live Wire, Ferro, Cosmic Boy, Star Boy, Saturn Girl, Element Lad, XS, Triad, Chameleon, Andromeda, Inferno, Magno, M'Onel, Kinetix, and Sensor. However, as seen in the splash page below, the costumes are different from the TV episode. It has been suggested that since these costumes matched those seen in the then-current series, this might be an in-continuity story and not one from the "Animated Universe" despite the Animated-style artwork.

  • Although not directly featuring the Legion, characters from Daxam appeared in Justice League Adventures issue 3 (3/2002) and from Tharr in issue 12 (12/2002).
  • Justice League Adventures #28, cover date April 2004 (see CBR article). We see Legionnaires Apparition, Brainiac 5, Kid Quantum, and Andromeda in the fight with Kilg%re and C.O.M.P.U.T.O. The costumes are different from the earlier comics appearance but match those of the TV show, suggesting they are from the same Animated Universe continuity.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

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