As had been teased a few months back, Cartoon Network today announced that the Justice League is returning to the airwaves for an ongoing series Called Justice League Action. As if that wasn’t enough, the iconic voice of Batman, Kevin Conroy — who pioneered the role in Batman: The Animated Series — is back to do it again.
JLA, long a GrizzlyBomb and general fan favorite (here are some of our best picks from the last ongoing Justice League Animated series), there is one key difference known about this new show. Rather than the traditional 30-minute block, Justice League Action is going to be aired in the quarter-hour format that’s proven successful with many CN shows, such as Adventure Time and Regular Show.
The announcement alludes to many DC appearances and Easter eggs, referencing “the always-rotating team of Justice League heroes…” Specific references to characters and voice talent aside from Conroy/Batman are Luke Sywalker himself, Mark Hamill, returning as The Joker, as well as James Woods reprising Lex Luthor and Diedrich Bader as Booster Gold. Booster Gold!
In addition to the Big Three of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman, featured in the promotional poster that came with the announcement (see below), a close look reveals Hawkman, Green Arrow, Zatanna, Plastic Man (right), Captain Marvel/Shazam, The Flash, Blue Beetle, Vixen, Felix Faust, Kiler Frost, Darkseid, and Deadshot. There are a few partials we could take educated stabs at too (Is it Harley Quin behind the logo, or are those the horns of Magog?)
The series is slated to air “soon” — when asked for further comment, a CN rep informed us that she did not yet have specific programming schedule, so we’ll keep our super-hearing to the ground in this regard..
Full text of the announcement from Cartoon Network follows:
CARTOON NETWORK ANNOUNCES NEW SERIES
JUSTICE LEAGUE ACTION,
FROM WARNER BROS. ANIMATION AND BASED ON CHARACTERS FROM DC ENTERTAINMENT
Kevin Conroy, the Iconic Voice of Batman (Batman: The Animated Series), Returns to Television in New Animated Series Coming to Cartoon Network
The world’s greatest Super Heroes return to television in Justice League Action, an all-new quarter-hour animated series from Warner Bros. Animation coming soon to Cartoon Network.
Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman lead the DC Comics Super Heroes against their most infamous foes in adventures packed with relentless thrills, fun and action. No need to wait for the good stuff to start, each eleven-minute episode jumps in with lightning-paced action and heroics.
Whether defending the Earth, facing invaders from space, or battling the bizarre forces of magic, the always-rotating team of Justice League heroes, are up to any challenge.
The new series is the first DC Comics-based franchise to launch on Cartoon Network since the highly-successful Teen Titan Go!, which in 2015 ranked as a Top 5 animated series among Kids 2-11, 6-11 and all key Boys. Teen Titans Go! also ranks as Cartoon Network’s #1 property for cross-platform video plays and on VOD.
Justice League Action marks the return of Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series), beloved by fans worldwide as one of the most iconic voices of Batman, to a weekly-animated television series. The series will also deliver an all-star lineup of regular and guest cast voices, including Mark Hamill as Joker, James Woods as Lex Luthor, Diedrich Bader as Booster Gold and many more portraying your favorite DC Comics Super Heroes and Super-Villains. Sam Register (Teen Titans Go!) serves as executive producer with Butch Lukic (Justice League, Batman Beyond), Alan Burnett (Batman: The Animated Series) and Jim Krieg (Green Lantern: The Animated Series) serving as producers.