Secret Animated JLA Movie Has LSH Characters
January 18, 2014

Out Tuesday, January 21, is a “secret” release of a new animated DC movie. According to World’s Finest, JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time is a Target-exclusive DVD-only cartoon feature, running not even an hour (roughly 52 minutes). As they explain,

JLA Adventures DVD

Dubbed a “stealth release,” wherein a home entertainment product is given no promotion and limited availability due to its perceived audience reach, JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time is an all-new original movie featuring the Justice League facing off against the classic Legion of Doom.

The plot reportedly also involves the classic Legion of Super-Heroes foe the Time Trapper, with the Legion of Doom going back in time to try and get rid of Superman (Peter Jessop), Wonder Woman (Grey DeLisle), and Batman (Diedrich Bader) before they became superheroes. Other heroes appearing include Aquaman (Liam O’Brien), Flash (Jason Spisak), Cyborg (no credit given), Karate Kid (Dante Basco), and Dawnstar (Laura Bailey). It’s based off of a classic 1970s Super Friends episode, in case it sounds familiar.

In this interview with director Giancarlo Volpe, he reveals that the usual original DC animated movies were considered too gritty in tone, so Target wanted a kid-friendly toy-tie-in.

If the movie is successful, it may expand to other retail outlets, at which point Warner Bros. Home Entertainment would presumably let customers know it exists. I’m going to be watching the Sunday ad flyers to see what kind of promotion the Target store gives this release. Readers will remember that Target had a wide Justice League-related ad campaign this past summer.

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~chris writes:  

That would be my favorite Super Friends episode, “Secret Origins of the Super Friends” (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0776311/), in which the Legion of Doom goes back in time to try and get rid of Superman, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern before they became superheroes. “If you’re going to steal, steal from the best.” :-) (I hope they give proper credit.)

Johanna writes:  

Oooh, thanks for the details on that! I seem to remember reading the story also in an old comic. Am I making that up?

Thad writes:  

Will have to keep an eye out. Would be nice if someone could get it through WB’s heads that people like superhero cartoons kids can watch.

Nice to have Diedrich Bader back in the Batsuit, too.

Well, *a* Batsuit.

A freakin’ HIDEOUS Batsuit, actually, with all those stupid-looking seams every DC costume apparently has to have now. But still — Diedrich Bader!

~chris writes:  

> I seem to remember reading the story also in an old comic.
If so, I’d sure like to read it!

Thad writes:  

Ah, today was the release. That explains why it wasn’t at Target when I was there yesterday.

They did, however, have Dark Knight Returns and Flashpoint Paradox shelved in the children’s section, so, y’know, there’s that.

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Jim Perreault writes:  

I picked this movie up on Friday (thanks for pointing out the release). It was in the kid’s section ; I don’t recall if the other DC Universe movies were there, but I don’t think so.

It watched very much like an episode of the Super Friends (albeit with better animation) which was not what I was expecting. There were also several chase sequence, very well choreographed, that reminded me of Scooby-Do. Not bad, but definitely geared towards a younger audience.

The character designs looked odd to me, but I presume this is because they were based on the toy line. I did like the costume Wonder Woman was using.

The first act was one long fight scene, which was well done, but did not interest me too much. Once the Time Trapper plot got moving, the story was much more interesting Although, his introduction was very duex-ex-machina.

Character wise, it felt more of a Dawnstar/Karate Kid movie as the focus shifted mostly to them. League wise, Robin felt very out of character, And Batman seemed way too dismissive of him.

For extras, the DVD had 2 Super Friends time travel related shorts, but not the episode that inspired the movie. I was a little disappointed in that, but it was interesting comparing the old animation style with the new.

Johanna writes:  

Thanks very much for reviewing it for us, Jim! I picked up a copy, but I’m not sure when I’ll get a chance to watch it, so I’m glad to know a bit of what to expect.

James Schee writes:  

I just watched it, lots of fun. Certainly designed for a younger audience with as Jim said almost Scooby Dooish chase scenes and bad guys who aren’t scarily evil outside of Time Trapper probably. Plus there were some plot holes, if you got rid of Superman how does Bizarro exist for instance.

It does seem more like a Karate Kid/Dawnstar pilot more than Justice League, but I didn’t mind that really as they were solid. I hope it does well enough for another one, or the ending is going to be odd.

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