Challenge of the Super Friends: Attack of the Legion of Doom (DVD)
A nostalgic compilation of the classic 1978 TV cartoons. Superman leads a superhero team composed of the greatest DC Comics superheroes against a team of 13 of the most notorious DC Comics supervillians. Episodes include Wanted: Ten Super Friends, Invasion of the Fearians, The World's Deadliest Game, The Time Trap.
Warner Home Video aims to please viewers hungry for vintage Saturday morning animation with this DVD, which compiles the first four episodes of the popular 1978 super hero series. Challenge of the Super Friends
was the third go-round with DC's heroes for producers Hanna-Barbera; the difference here is in the premise, which pits Superman, Batman et al. against their sworn enemies-Lex Luthor, the Riddler, and 11 other villains-who have joined together as the Legion of Doom and are dedicated to defeating the Super Friends. Scripting and animation in each episode is rudimentary by today's standards, which may be off-putting for younger viewers who are familiar with the recent Justice League
series. But purists will appreciate the more serious tone of the episodes, and how closely they hew to the original comics, and fans of all stripes should enjoy the cliffhanger action and the over-the-top machinations of the Legion of Doom. --Paul Gaita