JUSTICE LEAGUE ANIMATED: Behind the Scenes Part 1

Of the various entries in the DC Tooniverse, among the most-missed is Justice League/Justice League Unlimited. Now, with JL and some variation of JL Dark in development as live action films, focus is being turned back to that show with a multi-part behind the scenes look.

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By EdGross - 1/9/2013
Beginning today, Voices From Krypton.net is launching a twice-weekly feature that will chronicle the entire run of the show, featuring interviews with the primary cast members from Justice League and behind the scenes comments from various writer/producers, including Bruce Timm and James Tucker. What follows is an excerpt from the first installment:

When Batman The Animated Series made its debut in 1991, it was viewed as innovative, ground-breaking and unlike any other animated show to have been aired in the television medium’s history.

Not surprisingly, the show spawned a number of spin-offs (among them The Adventures of Batman and Robin and Gotham Knights), and its success paved the way for Superman The Animated Series and Batman Beyond, which took place 50 years in the future and chronicled the efforts of an elderly Bruce Wayne to train his successor. All told, an impressive track record for everyone involved, among them executive producer Bruce Timm. Ironically, though, it was precisely his previous success in animating DC Comics superheroes that prevented him from initially embracing the notion of a series based on the adventures of the Justice League.



“I kind of dodged the Justice League bullet for years, because I knew how difficult it would be,” he admits. “Just in terms of its scope and the fact that you had seven major players in it. Truthfully, we’d never done a show with that many superheroes in it. All the shows we’d done prior to that were one-character shows that would occasionally have guest stars or sidekicks. But even those shows were a hint of things to come in that every time we had an episode with Batman and Robin or Batgirl, just in staging the action scenes, it was difficult to do.”

That difficulty, he explains, came from the idea of keeping the characters in motion at the same time. In other words, if too much time is spent on Batgirl fighting someone, the audience is asking, “What’s Batman doing?”, so there is a need to then cut to Batman. Naturally at that point the audience is then asking, “What’s Batgirl doing?”

“It’s as simple as that,” Timm says. “It’s an extra problem that makes the storytelling a little more difficult. Suddenly you have to keep seven characters in motion and they all have fantastic powers. Just trying, for example, to come up with a way of staging the Flash so he doesn’t come off looking like a total moron is really difficult, because he can be everywhere at once. We know that really doesn’t work in any kind of filmic medium. Nobody should ever be able to get the drop on the Flash; his reflexes should be so fast that nobody should be able to land a punch on him or shoot him with a ray gun.”

Although interest in the concept of a Justice League series was mounting, Timm resisted – until about the time that production on Batman Beyond was winding down and there was a sense of determination to keep the production team together on a new project. According to Justice League co-producer James Tucker, at that time the Kids WB expressed interest in a new series that would skew to a young audience.

“Development was done on a Batman Anime show that kind of reflects on what Teen Titans became,” he reflects. “And we developed a more youth-oriented version of Justice League. Thank God both of those projects never happened, although there’s a tape out there of a very kiddified Justice League that included Robin and a teenage female version of Cyborg. It was our attempt to try and do something that wasn’t as edgy or as dark as we would normally want to go."

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Alvahnomicron - 1/9/2013, 5:56 PM
Man, Seems like Timm is having a 'cop out' moment, here. I think that Joss Whedon proved, pretty well, that you can throw a bunch of unbelievable spandex heroes together and come out with a certified gem of a film. When I was watching Iron Man, I wasn't itching to see what Thor was doing, I was hooked into the moment.
I think Bryan Singer did a decent job of the same with X1 and X2.
EdGross - 1/9/2013, 5:56 PM
Couldn't agree more. Of all of the animated series that have come and gone, I think that's the one I miss the most.
unknownfacts - 1/9/2013, 5:57 PM
The best super hero team show in history.Every episode was fun and entertaining to watch.There will never be a show like it.
EdGross - 1/9/2013, 5:58 PM
To be fair, this interview with Bruce Timm was not recently conducted - The Avengers was nowhere on the radar at the time.
AUSSYACE - 1/9/2013, 6:01 PM
JLA will topple everything that has come before it in the movie world...

The JLA cartoon should be kicked off again as well with a new season and a lead up into the movie...

Make Mine DC..,
bazinga85 - 1/9/2013, 6:05 PM
Best DC animated shows
1. JL/JLU
2. B:TAS
3. YJ
4. Teen Titans
5. Batman Beyond
6. S:TAS
7. GL:TAS
8. Static Shock
Optimus83 - 1/9/2013, 6:19 PM
¡¡¡Good!!!. ...¡¡¡Voices From Krypton!!!
Banner - 1/9/2013, 6:21 PM
I love all the animated movies based on the Justice League, and I love the animated series too.
HellsHammer - 1/9/2013, 6:22 PM
Justice League Unlimited on blu ray please!
ClarkFarley2012 - 1/9/2013, 6:22 PM
I hope the Man of Steel movie does well so we can get a JL movie.
Darkknight23 - 1/9/2013, 6:34 PM
Awesome show
Shara184 - 1/9/2013, 6:37 PM
I remember me and brother skipping Saturday classes to watch this. I miss this show.... *sigh* When will DC do that JLA movie we've waited so long for
ATrueHero1987 - 1/9/2013, 6:54 PM
I plan on buying season 1 on Blu Ray soon!
DrRockso - 1/9/2013, 7:11 PM
I've got them on DVD and watch them at least every month.
EdGross - 1/9/2013, 7:35 PM
Optimus83, thanks for the excitement about Voices From Krypton. I'm excited, too.
ABLEE337 - 1/9/2013, 7:39 PM
Bruce Timm is my hero, and so are you EdGross. :)
EdGross - 1/9/2013, 7:50 PM
Awwwww......
Emjeed - 1/9/2013, 8:28 PM
Dude.. that opening sequence and the theme song for JL was the best in any medium in my book.I always got chills when they did the little sort of introduce everyone in the opening credits. They better keep that music for the movie
Emjeed - 1/9/2013, 8:31 PM


EPIC OR WHAT???
thalidomide - 1/9/2013, 8:57 PM
I still have all the DVDs.
nikgrid - 1/9/2013, 9:14 PM
LOVE this show I've been re-watching them recently, though Young Justice is a worthy successor in my opinion.
BlueDemon - 1/9/2013, 9:48 PM
Bruce Timm can do no wrong. GIVE HIM THE REINS WARNER BROTHERS!!!
BlueDemon - 1/9/2013, 9:50 PM
DioFoRio - 1/9/2013, 9:55 PM
I'm glad Avengers killed at the Box Office. Now DC sees that 4 color superheroes are a viable commodity. Bruce Timm and Dini at the helm would be INCREDIBLE'! Still watch JL on youtube today.
DioFoRio - 1/9/2013, 9:58 PM
Imagine a third JL movie dealing with DS and the only way to beat him is to recruit more JL recruits. JLU. no need for back stories on the characters ...just a metric fugton of heroes on screen tearing shit up!
Jollem - 1/9/2013, 11:20 PM
Milling - 1/9/2013, 11:31 PM
never really cared for justice league :/ i like the batman, batman tas etc though :P
MasterApoc81 - 1/10/2013, 12:31 AM
since he made it work so well with the dialogue on the cartoon i go ahead and deem him director worthy or at least creative and writer of the jl movie fo sho
MrNiklander - 1/10/2013, 4:02 AM
Ever since I first laid eyes on that epic intro man I knew I was in the ride of my life WB dont fail us and ourselves in 2015
xNightwingBeyondx - 1/10/2013, 4:12 AM
FUAARRRKKKK the theme song....so many memories :)
TheDetectiveComicRises - 1/10/2013, 4:49 AM
I so luv it I got the entire collection!

Some of my favorite DC tv cartoons are:

JL/JLUnlimited
Batman the Animated Series
Superman the Animated Series
Batman Beyond
The Batman
Young Justice
Batman the Brave & Bold
Superfriends-Superpowers mainly Galactic Team
Green Lantern the Animated Series
Static Shock
xXkryptoniteXx - 1/10/2013, 4:50 AM
I hav no clue why Bruce timm wasn't a producer for a live action film or even a writer as well as Dan Didio. Dan Didio did great writing the story for Batman arkham and arkham city. WB has these great guys and had the tools in the beginning but wasn't hungry nor ready to take risk and look what marvel has done with avengers. Personally to me WB has a new formula and a different tone compared to Marvel's live action flick. One day they both well switch approach on how they make there live action movies. One taking the "grounded as possible" and the "avengers live action way". These two companies with there live action flicks need each other to be successful and different with one the other because it keeps it fresh. Audience will not just look it as "just another comic book movie".

My list of animated shows where justice league unlimited and in which the show picked up alot and especially from telling a interweaved story telling. The batman animated show for its ground breaking animation style and story. The gargoyles from which was a great show the is clearly a miss and I wish Disney releases its missing season on DVD. The xmen animated show was another great comic book show and spiderman from the 90's. Batman beyond shook things as well with another great take from Bruce Timmy's comic book universe.
silverdog - 1/10/2013, 5:33 AM
now this is the guy that took batman from the joke he was after super-friends and the adam west tv show, and made him a cool and interesting character again(and made superman a little more tolerable)... Bruce Timm did more for Batman than Burton or Nolan ever could.
gambgel - 1/10/2013, 6:42 AM
havent read the whole article, but....

IS there a new animated show in development or no? :D

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