ByTré Roland-Martin, writer at
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Tré Roland-Martin

Every DC Comics fanboy and fangirl in America and all over the world are excited for the upcoming [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice](tag:711870), as well as Justice League Part One, which will be released sometime in 2017. I'm actually excited for those two movies as well (Heck, I'll even turn 20 by the time Justice League Part One comes out!).

However, those two movies aren't on the topic I'm going to discuss. What I'm discussing is about a very infamous made-for-TV movie that also acts as a pilot for a canceled TV show. I'm of course talking about 1997's Justice League of America. At this time, CBS, the network that would also be airing the Supergirl TV show, wanted a live-action television series based off of the Justice League comics, so this movie was the result. The film was directed by Félix Enríquez Alcalá, who became a little notorious because of his work on the film. Anyway, the plot goes like this: a much smaller version of the Justice League, consisting of the Atom, The Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, Fire and Ice (don't expect Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Green Arrow or any of the other JLA members in it!) tries to stop a villain known as the Weather Man (it's not the Flash villain known as the Weather Wizard; it was just a character made for the movie) from destroying the city of New Metro. The main character in the entire film is Ice; I'm not kidding!

Justice League of America is very, very infamous, and was heavily panned by critics for its cheap costumes, out-of-date special effects, and numerous plot holes. Some DC Comics fans also might've sighted the lack of some of the other JLA members as well as its lack of a villain taken from the actual comics.

Dressed for, er, success?
Dressed for, er, success?

If you want to watch the television pilot yourself, or if you want to hear about how bad it is, here is an episode of Emer Prevost's web series Reaction & Review to get you started. Emer is a great reviewer, and he even commented on one of my Moviepilot posts at one point, so me putting his review of the movie in this article is in honor of that.

The movie also comes with faux interview sessions between the JLA members. I also saw only a small portion of Justice League of America, and I saw it on YouTube. Here's the 3-minute clip I just watched.

Justice League of America was never broadcasted in the US, but it is still broadcasted in many different countries all over the world. Like the Star Wars Holiday Special, which never re-aired, you can find bootleg copies of the movie at comic book conventions, or online, practically through YouTube. However, if you hate cheesy superhero films (in this case, don't watch Turkish Spider-Man!), you're not going to get anything good out of justice League of America. Otherwise, it is a cult classic amongst fans of infamous takes on popular franchises.


What are your thoughts on the 1997 Justice League of America movie?


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