Legion Of Superheroes Volume 1 – DVD Review

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Studio: Warner Bros.
Release Date: August 28, 2007
Number of Discs: 1
Number of Episodes: 4
Running Time: 89 Minutes
MSRP: $14.98

Creators:

Ben Jones

Cast:

Yuri Lowenthal. Superman
Andy Milder. Lightning Lad
Kari Wahlgren. Saturn Girl
Michael Cornacchia. Bouncing Boy
Adam Wylie. Brainiac 5
Heather Hogan. Phantom Girl
Shawn Harrison. Timber Wolf

The show:

Ever since Batman The Animated Series took off in the early 90’s, DC Comics has really gone all out on the animated superhero shows. So it’s no surprise that eventually The Legion Of Superheroes, a superhero team from the 31st century that has been around since the 50’s, would get their own show.

This take on the futuristic heroes is an interesting one. Having trouble dealing with a evil group called the Fatal Five the Legion go back in time to get the help of the legendary Superman. However they go back too far and find themselves with a teenage Clark Kent who doesn’t quite have control of his powers. When they inform him that they can return him to the exact moment that they leave Clark agrees to go to the future and aid them.

So Superman joins Lighting Lad, Saturn Girl, Bouncing Boy, Brainiac 5, Phantom Girl and the others to learn about his powers and help them out for a while. This is a very different take on the younger years of Clark Kent but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. For young kids who might not know too much about the Man of Steel this is a great introduction.

This is a really cute show and is most definitely geared towards children. In fact it’s a perfect show for kids because like Teen Titans, it is a team of superhero kids. For those of us who grew up watching Saturday morning cartoons, the show definitely has a similar feel. The only real confusing thing about this DVD release is why they only included four episodes as a posed to the whole first season.

Episodes:

Man Of Tomorrow

The Legion go back in time to bring a young Clark Kent back to the future to help them fight the Fatal Five. Clark decides to stay on and learn about his superpowers and becomes Superman.

Timber Wolf

The Legion respond to a distress call that turns out not to be all it’s cracked up to be. But they may get a new Legionnaire out of the situation.

Legacy

Superman starts dating a rich socialite but when it starts affecting his work with the Legion who will he choose?

Phantoms

When Superman unwittingly unleashes a villain with powers matching his, he has a lot of questions. But does he want the answers?

The Extras:

We Are Legion: This featurette focuses on the creation of the TV show and how it was decided which Legionaries would be used. It also talks about why Superman was chosen to be the shows main character. However, since this isn’t the complete first season it’s a wonder that there aren’t more extras.

The DVD Lounge’s Ratings for Legion Of Superheroes Vol. 1
CATEGORY
RATING
(OUT OF 10)
THE SHOW

7
THE VIDEO

9
THE AUDIO

9
THE EXTRAS

3
REPLAY VALUE

7
OVERALL
6
(NOT AN AVERAGE)