After months of reports and speculation, Cartoon Network has officially announced its new Justice League animated series. Titled “Justice League Action,” the show, like the network’s fellow DC Comics-based series “Teen Titans Go!,” will run in installments of 11-minute episodes. Notably, the show features the return of both Kevin Conroy as the voice of Batman and Mark Hamill as the voice of The Joker, roles they made famous in ’90s classic “Batman: The Animated Series.”
Here’s the official description of the series, which doesn’t yet have a premiere date:
“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.
James Woods as Lex Luthor and Diedrich Bader as Booster Gold are also announced for the voice cast. Both have prior experience with DC characters; Woods voiced Owlman in 2010’s “Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths” feature, and Bader starred as Batman for three seasons of “Batman: The Brave and the Bold.”
The announcement is accompanied by the first poster for the series, featuring the latest animated takes on DC icons Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman — who all appear in March’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” live-action film — along with black-and-white sketches of Hawkman, Green Arrow, Zatanna, Shazam, The Flash, Blue Beetle, Plastic Man and more in the background; plus a logo clearly inspired by the team’s classic comics.
There’s been rumblings online of a new Justice League cartoon from Cartoon Network since last year, including a photo surfacing on Reddit showing early promotional art, but today’s news marks the first official announcement. A prior “Justice League” series ran on Cartoon Network from 2001 to 2004.
Warner Bros. Animation President Sam Register is executive producer of “Justice League Action,” with DC-based animation vets Butch Lukic, Alan Burnett and Jim Krieg all on board as producers.