By Polly Conway,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Comic crew uses teamwork to fight evil; some violence.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The heroes are fighting evil for the greater good, but there's often violence in their methods. They work together and communicate well.
Positive Role Models
All the Justice League members work together to fight an evil force. Hawkgirl and Wonder Woman are equals to the rest of the team. Green Lantern is the only Black member of the team.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of guns, army tanks shooting the superheroes falling onto concrete, general mayhem and city destruction. Some gore as Superman opens a monster's chest with his bare hands, frequent battles and hand-to-hand combat.
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"Oh my lord," "kicking butts."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Justice League is a 2001 animated series about a group of superheroes fighting against evil aliens. It's very well-done, with a strong story and great characters that work together, but it's pretty violent. There are lots of guns, army tanks shooting the superheroes falling onto concrete, and much mayhem and city destruction. There's also some gore as Superman opens a monster's chest with his bare hands, frequent battles and hand-to-hand combat. No profanity but strong language includes "kicking butts" and "Oh, my lord." If your tweens enjoy superheroes, this is an excellent choice to begin exploring some lesser-known DC Comics characters and its serialized storyline might just get you hooked as well.
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What's the Story?
Justice League begins with Batman and Superman managing city crime as usual, when a mob of powerful, destructive aliens attack and wreak havoc upon the community. Superman starts having hallucinations that lead him to imprisoned superhero Martian Manhunter (aka J'onn J'onzz). He shares some backstory on how these same creatures attacked Mars many years ago, stealing Martians' psychic energy and absorbing their shape-shifting powers. In the end, J'onzz was the only Martian surviving, keeping them paralyzed for 500 years until they escaped from his trap and headed to Earth to attack once again. Together they assemble a crew of superheores to fight these evil invaders, including Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Hawkgirl, and The Flash.
Is It Any Good?
This solid animated series is an excellent entry point into the deeper DC Comics Universe. The writing is excellent, the animation comic-book perfect, and a classic "getting the gang together" story unfolds at just the right pace. Even if viewers aren't deeply versed in Justice League lore and characters (and there are a lot of characters), they'll catch on quickly enough to enjoy this tale of good versus evil. While Superman and Batman still get the most attention, the rest of the team, including Wonder Woman and Hawkgirl, do their share of fighting and coming up with plans to foil the aliens for good. Younger kids may find the action and the invaders too intense, but young tweens will enjoy this overlooked 2001 classic.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about comics. Why do you think their characters are so popular? Have you ever read any of the comic books that your favorite movies and TV shows are based on?
The Justice League uses teamwork and communication to outsmart evil forces. Why do you think these are important character strengths?
- Premiere date: January 1, 2001
- Cast: Phil LaMarr, Kevin Conroy
- Network: Max
- Genre: Action
- Topics: Superheroes
- Character Strengths: Teamwork
- TV rating: TV-PG
- Last updated: May 19, 2023
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