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TV Links Superman the Animated Series

When I first heard DC and Warner Bros were planning on doing a Green Lantern animated series I was a little skeptical. Especially because of the disappoint I had after seeing the Ryan Reynolds live action blockbuster earlier this summer, however my fears were soon alleviated when I heard who was the man producing the show; Bruce Timm. Bruce Timm is the man who gave us some of the best animation that DC has ever given us; Batman: The Animated series, Superman: The Animated series: Batman Beyond. Justice league and my own favourite Justice League Unlimited. Not to mention having a hand in every straight to DVD DC animated production for the last decade or so.

This is the first two episodes of the 1st season and I understand this is all we’ll get until late January 2012 when the 1st season will carry on from episode 3 just like DC did with Young Justice. The animation is computer generated and although the characterisations of our favourite GLs is good the backgrounds aren’t detailed enough and at times look slightly unfinished. The scenery in space is impressive and the ships are too its just when it come to the backgrounds on the planets they seem minimalist and stark.

This first double episode aired on Cartoon Network in the US and will probably air on Cartoon Network over here in the UK in early 2012. The title of the episode is “Beware My Power” a reference to the Green Lantern oath. The Green Lantern that we focus on in this series is Hal Jordan (thank God its not Guy Gardener) and shortly after the start of the episode he is whisked of to Oa where he meets the Guardians, Kilowog and finds out about a number of Green Lantern’s that have been killed in the “Frontier Space” at the edge of the Galaxy. It is here we find out two Red Lanterns; the conflicted Razer and the evil Zilius Zox in fact murdered a number of the Green Lanterns in “Frontier Space”. This leads into a good story with an appearance from Atrocitus, the leader of the Red Lanterns and a Green Lantern having to make a difficult choice.

The dialogue is snappy and the voice actors bring personality to the characters they portray. The inclusion of the Red Lanterns as the villains is a nice touch especially as in the past all we usually see is Sinestro as the Green Lantern villain. I watched this with my seven-year-old son who is an avid superhero fan and by the end of the episode it had prompted him to get all his GL toys out which is a ringing endorsement. I hope the series carries on down this path of embracing the mythology rather than rehashing the origin because any real DC fan has seen or read that a number of times before. A promising start, at least a seven out of ten.


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