Justice League: Season 2 (DC Comics Classic Collection)
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In this action-packed animated series, the World's Greatest Super Heroes, including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Hawkgirl and Martian Manhunter, join forces as the Justice League to battle powerful villains, supernatural creatures and evil entities determined to take over the world and destroy the League. Highlights of season two include League founder J'onn J'onzz fighting an android, League members confronting their deepest fears in a dream world, and a race through Las Vegas to deactivate all of The Joker's planted bombs, among other wild adventures.]]>
Better characterization and epic storylines combined with the usual topnotch voice talent make Justice League's second season even better than the first. Some of the more intriguing story lines involve the League forming an unlikely partnership with Darkseid against Brainiac ("Twilight"); an alternate-dimension Justice League establishing a martial state in order to keep the peace ("A Better World"), which raises an interesting moral question that came up later in DC's Identity Crisis comic series; the death of Superman ("Hereafter"); and the League teaming up with Doctor Fate, Aquaman, and Solomon Grundy ("The Terror Beyond"). Other villains include the Secret Society and the Joker's Royal Flush Gang; Amazo, the android who can absorb the heroes' powers; Vandal Savage; and Eclipso. Most story lines are given two episodes (except the holiday-themed single episode "Comfort and Joy" and the three-part season finale "Starcrossed") and involve some combination of the seven Justice Leaguers: Batman (voiced by Kevin Conroy, continuing his work from Batman: The Animated Series), Superman (George Newbern), Wonder Woman (Susan Eisenberg), J'onn J'onzz (Carl Lumbly), Hawkgirl (Maria Canals), Green Lantern (Phil Lamarr), and the Flash (Michael Rosenbaum). One of the themes developed was an emerging relationship between Hawkgirl and another Leaguer, but it threatens to come apart in the monumental "Starcrossed," when her fellow Thanagarians arrive on Earth to protect humanity from a Gordanian invasion and it turns out Hawkgirl has been keeping a secret from her teammates. Producer Bruce Timm, casting director Andrea Romano, and others also worked on the highly regarded Batman and Superman animated series, and the result is one of the best animated series on television, satisfying for adults and sometimes too intense for kids.
DVD features include commentary by producers Timm and James Tucker, director Butch Lukic or writer Stan Berkowitz, and story editor Dwayne McDuffie on three episodes (why they love Hawkgirl: "If she loves you, she loves you with all her heart. If she hates you, she's gonna hit you with that big honkin' mace."), and featurettes on the voice talent and the second season. The series is shown in the widescreen format it adopted for this season, but it's not anamorphically enhanced for widescreen televisions, which is unusual for 2006, especially considering Starcrossed was released in anamorphic widescreen as a stand-alone DVD in 2004. --David Horiuchi
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In summer 2008, we got JL1 Justice League, season 1, on 3 blu ray discs. 26 episodes. It was 4:3, but it was HD and awesome!
July 2011, we get JL2 Justice League, season 2, on 2 blu ray discs! 26 episodes. This time, in FULL HD 16x9 glory! (JL2 dvd was a 4:3 video with the episodes in 16x9 within the 4:3) It is amazing to see JL2 in full 16x9 and 1080p HD! As many know, JL2 episodes, story, action, were a huge improvement to JL1. JL2 is totally awesome, beautiful, must own for DCAU fans.
Now, is it going to take another 3 years for JLU1-3 to come home on blu-ray? I hope not! But I think JLU1-3 should come in one package with 3 discs, and the entire JusticeLeague series on bluray is a beautiful thing!! Amazon digital video has JLU1-3 in HD streaming, not sure if you want to go that route. The bluray gives you the full bitrate of HD video.
The fact that the episodes of JL2 are 2 discs where JL1 was 3 discs might suggest a lower bitrate, but in watching JL2 episodes, it looks super! I can't tell a difference, though there might be a small one, technically speaking.
The menus, as mentioned by others, are not impressive. It would be nice to have that better, but the main thing is having JL2 episodes in 1080p and that's golden!!
This series tends to go in short 2-3 episode story arcs, allowing the writers to go deeper into the story, and develop the characters more fully. The stories feature a variety of classic comic book villains and heroes, all represented in stunning HD in this Blu-ray set. I really can't recommend it highly enough.
This series was two seasons long, and was followed by Justice League Unlimited, which expanded the team roster into a gigantic team of coordinated super heroes. Sadly, Justice League Unlimited was never released on Blu-ray. It is, however, available on DVD.
This Blu-Ray does have the individual chapters, that's exactly what I wanted, so that's why I could recommend upgrading to blu-ray.
Plus, it looks good in HD, and it has the exact same special features.
I give it 5 out of 5 stars.
I remember at the time this season was airing, Superman Returns came out and disappointed everybody. I kept urging people - "there are amazing and emotional and original Superman stories happening right now! Watch Justice League!" but nobody cared, not even a self professed "Superman fan" I met at a party who had no interest in the cartoon.
With episodes like "Hereafter", I really think Bruce Timm and co. achieved new artistic heights. That isn't an action/adventure superhero show, it's poetic and meaningful. Everything about season 2 is improved over season 1 (and including past Timm shows), the humor, the dialogue, the plots and plot twists, the animation and fight sequences, the voice acting, ven the color palette is more subtle and richer.
This is a perfectly executed season of television. Possibly only topped by the next 2 seasons of Justice League Unlimited.
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