Justice League: The Brave and the Bold

DVD Reviews | Mar 4th, 2005

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Starring A bunch of superheros
Written By: a bunch of writers
Directed By: a bunch of directors
Studio: Warner Home Video
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Pity Hawkgirl. When Jesus was handing out superpowers, she must’ve been taking a crap. Superman’s got super strength and laser eyes, Flash is speedy, Wonder Woman has patriotic boobs, Batman’s got gadgets n’ street smarts, and Green Lantern can do… well, just about anything he damn wants. Hawkgirl can only fly and she’s only got some primitive mallet to whack people. Just isn’t fair. Oh, and there’s also the Martian guy who talks like Spock, but I haven’t figured out his powers yet.

So the Justice League all work together in their base in space, and it is a fun, enjoyable show. Lots of action, lots of characters… basically, you have the whole DC universe – heroes and villains alike – accessible in one show. (And now with Justice League Unlimited, there’s also all the B and C-list heroes few of us care about.)

Of the after-school Cartoon Network shows, this is one I often sit down and watch. I do have issues with it – such as, why do we never see any of the characters’ alter egos go about their business (Clark Kent, Bruce Wayne, etc.), why is the Hall of Justice in outer space, where the hell are the Wonder Twins and Gleeck, and why are DC villains, outside the big ones, so lame? But still, this is a mighty fine show, even if it sometimes suffers from too-many-cooks syndrome (damnit, Flash needs his own show!).

This DVD contains four episodes, two two-parters. The disc didn’t catch in my player, so I wasn’t able to watch anything but the FBI warning, but I think I know which episodes these are: the first two, and the two-parter about Lex Luthor assembling the Legion of Doom. (Going back to what I was saying before, the Joker is cool, but you can’t do better than Ultra-Humanite, Copperhead, Cheetah, Solomon Grundy, and Star Sapphire? Who the hell is Star Sapphire??)

The features are two behind-the-scenes things; on one, the creators discuss the procedure of following an action sequence from storyboard to screen. The other one, I have no idea. It just says “Behind the Brave and the Bold,” so it’s either about the first two episodes or it’s a VH1 exposé, no doubt with a left-out Aquaman spreading rumors and slander.

I like the Justice League series, but I’m bitter about this broken DVD. Add a star to my ratings if your copy works.

Storyboards for Justice Behind the Brave and the Bold

ENGLISH: Dolby Surround Stereo
SPANISH: Dolby Surround Stereo
FRENCH: Dolby Surround Stereo


English, Spanish, French

Favorite Scenes: The FBI warning.
Running Time: 87 minutes
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