Who doesn’t know about the Justice League heroes? It’s one of the best games ever to be made. It features multiple playable characters in addition to the 7 main ones. And several villains as well.
This article will serve as an intro to the 7 main characters and mention other playable ones as well. And They fight, against any threat to the Earth’s existence.
We have seen numerous iterations of the League in different media. But for this article, we will cover the iteration in the game Justice League Heroes.
This feature of Justice League Heroes was based on the Justice League (TV Series). A sequel to the series was also produced. The sequel is titled “Justice League: Unlimited” and is in direct continuation of the original series.
This article will give you a brief introduction to the main characters that made up the Justice League heroes in the game. We all know them from this TV series that aired on Cartoon Network in the early 2000s.
This is one of the best superhero games based on the DC characters to be ever produced and all our childhoods awesome. This article will serve as a breath of fresh air from our early days. And making us remember the time when we were just children.
The Superman to be featured in this animated series was the same one as in Superman: The Animated Series. He is referred to as the best version of Kal-el in any live-action series.
This portrayal of Superman was a tribute to both the original Superman and his modern self after his reboot in 1986. As a result, the character exhibited the classic jolly attitude but with a limited scope of powers like the post-reboot version.
This portrayal was more comfortable for Superman’s alter ego Clark as well. The Justice League heroes were united under this version of Superman. He was the de-facto leader of the league. He also had good PR with the public and got the public’s support for the Justice League Heroes.
Every portrayal of the Justice League Heroes is incomplete without Batman and this adaptation is no exception. Batman in this version of the league is in his youth. But he is seasoned enough to make the tough decisions that no one else can.
He gets along with the team as any Batman would. The new thing in this portrayal was the romantic spark between Batman and the Wonder-Woman. The creators wanted to experiment and try something new, instead of Diana’s usual pairing with Superman.
Wonder Woman in this version of the Justice League Heroes is a bit different from other portrayals. She is not introduced as the ambassador of peace. But is referred to as a rookie.
She is shown to have run away from the Amazonian Island, against her Mother’s wishes, to help the humans. She is not battle-hardened but is a worthy champion nonetheless.
This version of Diana is a bit naïve and is not as bloodthirsty as other portrayals adding an interesting dimension to the series. She does not back down from a fight but also thinks of the pen as her friend using diplomacy to solve issues.
This feature of the Justice League Heroes used John Stewart as the Green Lantern instead of the usual recruit Hal Jordan. John Stewart was first debuted in the ’80s as a part-time replacement to Hal Jordan.
Hal objected to his inclusion but the Guardian chided him for his objection and recruited John nonetheless. John was introduced as the first African-American Superhero of DC comics.
He is a very important member of the Justice League and has saved the day countless times.
Justice League heroes featured in this TV series also used Wally West as the Flash. Unlike Barry Allen, Wally West is quite younger and provides comic relief to the team with his funny antics.
He is an exceptional hero providing necessary support to the league when required. Wally West is also the fastest Flash even outpacing Barry Allen. He is also the fastest character to exist in the entire DC multiverse.
West has served as the main Flash after the death of Barry Allen. He continued in this role until the return of Barry Allen in The Flash: Rebirth
Martian Manhunter is one of the 7 superheroes of the original Justice League Heroes. He is the last survivor of Mars and has come to Earth after his entire civilization was wiped out from existence.
He is usually seen in the shape of a human. And takes on the identity of John Jones to hide his real appearance and be more acceptable to humans. He is a very powerful character with shapeshifting abilities.
He also has telepathic powers. This allows him to enter someone else’s mind to extract information and leave their sanity crumbled. He is also a very good detective and respects all other heroes helping them if needed.
Shayera Hol portrayed the character of Hawk-girl in this version of the Justice League heroes. She is from the planet Thanegar. Her romantic chemistry is developed with John Stewart.
She was a very trustworthy member of the League until the episode “Starcrossed”. In this episode, Thanegarians arrive on earth under the guise of being friends. And are welcomed by the League due to Shayera vouching for them.
They ultimately betray the league and attempt to dominate the world. And they even succeed in neutralizing the league for a brief period. But hawk-girl ultimately helps the league and as a result, they are able to defeat the invading Thanegarians.
Other notable Superheroes are as follows:
- Arthur Curry AKA Aquaman
- Bruce Wayne AKA Batman
- Dinah Drake AKA Black Canary
- Wally West AKA The Flash
- Oliver Queen AKA Green Arrow
- Hal Jordan AKA Green Lantern
- John Stewart AKA Green Lantern
- Kyle Rayner AKA Green Lantern
- Shayera Hol AKA Hawkgirl
- Helena Bertinelli AKA Huntress
- J’onn J’onzz AKA Martian Manhunter
- Kara Zor-El AKA Supergirl
- Clark Kent AKA Superman
- Diana Prince AKA Wonder Woman
- Zatanna Zatara
This game also featured multiple villains. And Darkseid was introduced as Superman’s arch-nemesis. It was the first time that Darkseid was portrayed in a live-action game and was very well-received.
Other Villains include:
- Gorilla Grodd
- Killer Frost
- The Key
- Queen Bee
- White Martians
The gameplay consists of several stages. And each stage is playable with two characters of the Justice League. Also, the player can switch between the two characters. As a result, the player had to pass each stage and defeat multiple villains.
The players can also unlock different skills for each superhero. And different difficulty levels can be unlocked as the game progresses. All in all, it was a pretty good gameplay and was received very well by the audiences.
Final Thoughts On Justice League Heroes
DC games were pretty rare back in the day. And the release of this game was hailed as a welcome change from DC’s normal approach. This game’s success also set the development of multiple games based on DC characters.
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