In this show, Superman leads a superhero team comprising of the greatest DC Comics superheroes against a team of 13 of the most notorious DC Comics supervillians called the Legion of Doom, led by Lex Luthor in a war that has the fate of Earth in the balance. Written by
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Alex Toth had submitted a different roster for the Legion of Doom that included villains from the rogues galleries of both Batman and Captain Marvel, assuming the latter would be in the show. In the original proposal the Legion Of Doom consisted of: Dr. Sivanna, Abra-Kadabra, Captain Cold, Cheetah, Gorilla Grodd, Heatwave, The Joker, Mr. Atom, Oggar, The Penguin, Poison Ivy, Sinestro, and Beautia Sivanna (the Dr's daughter). Filmation Associates held the rights to Captain Marvel and related characters (featured in "Shazam!" (1974)) and most of the Batman villains were being used on The New Adventures of Batman (1977) (although HB and Filmation shared rights to Batman and Robin), so the group had to be retooled. The Captain Marvel villains were dropped and the Batman villains replaced, as were most of the Flash villains. See more »
Apache Chief and Giganta can both grow to 50 feet in height. However, in the opening credits, they are seen to be taller than skyscrapers that are much larger than 50 feet tall. See more »
Banded together from remote galaxies are thirteen of the most sinister villains of all time, The Legion of Doom, dedicated to a single objective: the conquest of the universe. Only one group dares to challenge this intergalactic threat: The SuperFriends! The Justice League of America versus The Legion of Doom! This is the Challenge of the SuperFriends!
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The Justice League of America vs the Legion of Doom
This was the Superbowl of Saturday Morning. We have the JLA, or Super Friends, as they had to be called; and the Legion Of Doom, a name so good it was borrowed for a pro wrestling tag-team. It sure beats the Injustice Gang or Secret Society of Super Villains (try saying that one three times fast).
Each week we were treated to another nefarious scheme by those no-goodnik Legionnaires, but they always forgot that one immutable truth: the good guys always win. Oh, sure, the Legion would always escape at the end (until Standards and Practices started to raise a stink) but they were losers, despite that cool hideout.
My only beef is that Giganta was a Wonder Woman villain, and not Apache Chief's. She was an ape transmuted into human form, and not the 50 FT Woman. Originally, there were plans to include Mr Atom and Dr Sivana, from the Captain Marvel/Shazam comics; but as the Big Red Cheese was on another network (and at another studio), changes were made. Catwoman was also considered, but rejected.
This as a great series that deserves a life on DVD. If they ever do produce the DVD, they have to include the "bumpers" from the Cartoon Network, where they spoof the show.... "Look, all I want is a decent pair of pants! Solomon Grundy want pants, too!" Great stuff.
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