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Secret Origins, Part 1 Unknown Tag: 'pic_title'
2001 1.01 1
Warner Bros. Television Animation
 featuring Bruce Wayne/Batman, Clark Kent/Superman, Kal-El, Princess Diana/Wonder Woman, John Stewart/The Green Lantern; more Characters More Cartoon Characters...

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Secret Origins, Part 1 2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed by: Andy12386, June 23, 2002

When I first saw the pilot to this new series, I was impressed. A sort of "New Superfriends meets The War of the Worlds", something I had always thought would be a neat storyline for the Superfriends. But after the newness wore off, I soon became disappointed. This new series hardly measures up to the Superfriends. Not that it's all bad, but it has some pretty major flaws. But in reviewing it, it's only fair to start with its good points.
First, Batman and The Flash are great. Batman seemingly steps right into this series from Batman: The Animated Series, an excellently written and produced cartoon. The Flash, with an impulsive nature, youthful attitude and disregard for authority is a joy to watch, especially given that his recklessness drives the others nuts!
Martian Manhunter, while for some reason called J'onn J'onzz instead of his much better hero identity, and lacking many of the powers he has been given by comic book writers in the past, is nevertheless a very well written character. A wise, patient being who imparts knowledge to the others makes him a valuable member of the JLA. Kudos to the writers and producers for including him in the lineup.
Hawkgirl-a newer member and refreshing change from the always used Hawkman-is brash and headstrong, usually preferring to act rather than think. It is interesting to see her character develop from staunch loner to team player.
With that said, unfortunately we now come to the problems.
First, where is Superman? There is nothing at all "super" about the weakling now wearing Superman's costume. The original from the Superfriends could move planetoids, crash therough mountains and was nearly invulnerable. Even missiles exploding at point-blank range didn't phase him. Some will argue this made him boring. No, it's what him super. This new incarnation can be beaten-usually with minimal effort-by other beings, and is hardly as strong as a circus strongman. The original Superman could lift mountains. I doubt this new version could lift anything over a hundred pounds, if even that. In one episode he couldn't even pull back a fire truck from going over as cliff. Wonder Woman had to do it. He's not Superman, he's Superwimp.
Wonder Woman has become such an arrogant feminist it's hard to understand why the mostly male League tolerates her. I have nothing against feminists, but she acts like all men are inferior to her and her Amazon sisters, and with the exception of Superwimp, they are anything but inferior.
Lastly, why does Green Lantern have a ray gun instead of a Power Ring? He uses his ring like a ray gun, anyway. Part of the appeal of Green Lantern is that he uses his Power Ring to create solid objects, willing them into existence with his willpower. All this new Green Lantern, John Stewart, does is blast things with it. Other than generic force fields he doesn't create anything. He's hardly a suitable replacement for the Hal Jordan Green Lantern of the Superfriends. At least he had an imagination.
All of the reviews I have read for Cartoon Network's Justice League give it high praise, usually trashing the Superfriends series in the process. I am tired of this, especially when the Superfriends was so vastly superior to Justice League. While I agree the original Superfriends series with Wendy, Marvin and Wonder Dog was pointless, boring and stupid, the later series, again with the exception of the Wonder Twins (or more appropraitely named Blunder Twins) and their pet monkey were very imaginative, exciting and fun, particulary "Challenge of the Superfriends" and "The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians". The interaction of the characters was very well done, and they were perfectly depicted: Superman was indeed super; Wonder Woman treated all the men as equals, never once insulting them; Green Lantern used his Power Ring the way it's supposed to be used. TV Guide called it inferior, saying in reference to the new Justice League "This time they got it right". On the contrary, they've really messed it up.
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The Ultra Beam Unknown Tag: 'pic_title'
Hanna-Barbera Studios
 featuring Superman/Clark Kent, Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash, Plastic Man, Wendy Harris, Marvin White; more Characters More Cartoon Characters...

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The Ultra Scam 6 out of 5 stars

Reviewed by: Andy12386, June 17, 2002

I may be mistaken, my memory of this, the earliest series of the Superfriends, is a bit fuzzy, mainly because even as a child I thought this series lacked any redeeming factors whatsoever. But I believe this episode featured a look at Superman's origins. If I recall, the Villain's assistant was a big fan of Superman and admired him as a hero, so when he and his boss had Wendy and marvin as their "guests", big mouth Marvin told him the whole story behind Superman's beginnings, even going so far as to say he was found and adopted by Jonathan and Martha Kent when his ship crashed on Earth! Now, without trying to put too much logic into this, (especially given how inane and pointless this series was, in my humble opinion) one has to wonder first why if the bad guy admired Superman and thought he was such a great hero he allied himself with a villain in the first place, but also what Marvin was thinking?! The Wonder Twins (ie "Blunder" Twins as they would be more appropriately named)were bad enough when they showed up later, but Marvin and his Scooby-Doo ripoff Dog really makes you wonder why the Superfriends would waste their time with him?
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The Death Of Superman Unknown Tag: 'pic_title'
1985 07
Hanna-Barbera Studios
 featuring Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Firestorm, Cyborg, Darkseid

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The Death of Superman 6 out of 5 stars

Reviewed by: Andy12386, June 16, 2002

Superman is dead! The nation is in shock and the Super Powers Team are without their leader and most powerful member. They place his body in a space capsule and fire it into the sun as a tribute since that was the source of his great power. Firestorm is taking it especially hard as he was with Superman when he died and blames himself for it. When Darkseid learns of Superman's passing, he is suspicious of this as a plot to draw him out into the open so he captures Firestorm to learn the truth. Firestorm, under the influence of one of DeSaad's devices, is forced to convey the full story: he and Superman were visiting an alien planet to collect samples Superman was planning to use in an antidote to Kryptonite he was working on. Firestorm left to explore while Superman stayed at a large mountain gathering plants. Suddenly, the rocky exterior of the mountain crumbled away to reveal a large deposit of Kryptonite. Superman radioed Firestorm for help, but he had been ensnared by a living man- eating plant. Using his powers to alter physical matter, Firestorm froze the ground, stunning the plant at its roots. Escaping, he flew overhead, frantically searching for Superman. He finally found him, but the Man of Steel appeared dead, not breathing and without a pulse. Darkseid, knowing the Super Powers Team will be considerably weaker without Superman, realizes his moment for conquest of the Earth is finally at hand and begins to mount an invasion force. Firestorm escapes by splitting into his separate identities of Ronald Raymond and Professor Martin Stein, and then heads off to warn the other members of the Super Powers Team of Darkseid's plans to invade. Meantime, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and Cyborg have traveled to the Fortress of Solitude to put Superman's "house" in order. They are assisted by a robot duplicate of Superman he himself had built, who informs them that it's possible Superman had put himself into a Kryptonian Trance, which slows his metabolic rate and life functions to a near-death state, allowing him to survive Kryptonite exposure for much longer periods of time. They immediately mount a rescue mission to retrive him from the sun, taking with them a rejuvenator device from the Fortress that would help Superman come out of his self-induced trance. Darkseid, having arrived on Earth, captures the other members of the Super Powers Team and takes over the Hall of Justice. His invasion of earth is about to begin in earnest when Superman arrives. Darkseid, shocked at seeing him alive, attempts to stop him with his Omega Beams, but they are no match for the mighty Man of Steel, now fully recovered and at full strength. Realizing he has lost, Darkseid and his minions beat a hasty retreat back to their own world of Apokolips, withdrawing their ships and troops from Earth.
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