Sunday, March 13, 2016

Animated World of DC Comics: For The Man Who Has Everything (Justice League Unlimited, 2004)

If you're a fan of Supergirl, then I'm sure you've seen a recent episode where Kara (Melissa Benoist) was trapped by a Kryptonian dream creature. The episode was a reworking of the following Justice League Unlimited episode, produced more than a decade earlier.

"For The Man Who Has Everything" is, in turn, adapted by J. Marc DeMatteis from the original comic book story by Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons, which appeared in a Superman (1st series) annual a few years prior.

One of the better entries in the series, though this could've been better served as a 2-parter.

Rating: A.


Goldstar said...

In the TV adaptation of this story, Wonder Woman fills in for Robin, who couldn't appear on Justice League Unlimited due to the character being a regular on Teen Titans: The Animated Series that same season. Also, that floating Kryptonian robot curiously resembles H.E.R.B.I.E. the robot from The Fantastic Four.

Steven Dolce said...

I wish CN didn't cancel this great show.

Silverstar said...

Technically, JLU wasn't canceled; it ended because it had run its' course and Bruce Timm and company wanted to do other things. Personally, I'd rather see a show end while it's still relatively good then linger on and on for season after season and eventually become a zombie that refuses to stay dead.

-If it's any consolation, JLU ended in 2006; I doubt it would still be going on now.

hobbyfan said...

@Goldstar: I believe you're referring to Kelex? Showed up in the live-action Supergirl version, too. Having Wonder Woman sub for Robin in this story did 2 things. First, it advanced her storyline with Batman. Second, you had to wonder (pun intended) if Moore & Gibbons had intended for the Trinity to be together in their original story (which I've read). The fact that Robin couldn't be used due to TT was just lame. TT wasn't really part of the DCAU (different animation style used), IMPO. CN & WB fumbled the ball on that point.

CN is bringing back the Justice League, though----in Justice League Action, due next year, and likely on the same watered down track we're used to with Marvel's current TV line of cartoons.

As Silverstar points out, After 5 years of Justice League cartoons, the Unlimited series included, WB decided to move on. It was challenging enough to have JLU running with The Batman airing on Kids' WB!/CW concurrently (2003-6), which illustrates the developing disconnect between Time Warner divisions that exists today.