Superman Homepage reviewer Thomas Dreyfuss reviews episodes from the “Justice League Action” Animated Series, airing on Cartoon Network.
WARNING: THE FOLLOWING REVIEW CONTAINS GENERAL DISCUSSION OF PLOT, CHARACTERS, AND STRUCTURE FROM A JUSTICE LEAGUE ACTION EPISODE THAT HAS NOT AIRED YET AND COULD BE CONSIDERED AS MINOR SPOILERS. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
Originally Aired: April 2, 2017 (WonderCon)
Written by Jeremy Adams
Directed by Shaunt Nigoghossian
Kevin Conroy as Bruce Wayne/Batman (voice)
Jason J. Lewis as Clark Kent/Superman (voice)
Rachel Kimsey as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman (voice)
Stephen Tobolowsky as Professor Martin Stein/Firestorm (voice)
P.J. Byrne as Ronald Raymond/Firestorm (voice)
Jon Cryer as Felix Faust (voice)
Rating – 5 (out of 5): After arriving in a vacant Watchtower, Firestorm investigates the disappearance of every Justice Leaguer. Eventually, Firestorm locates Clark Kent, Bruce Wayne, and Diana Prince but discovers none of them possess any memories of being superheroes. With Felix Faust causing havoc in Metropolis, it’s up to Firestorm to rally Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman’s respective alter egos to become the heroes they were meant to be and stop Faust from taking over the city. This episode was hysterical from beginning to end as the memory wiped DC Trinity stumbles their way to super heroism with varying degrees of comedy.
Superman becomes the perfect conduit of physical comedy as his inability to fly becomes a running gag. Diana Prince is struggling to find her inner Wonder Woman and end up making plenty of pratfalls to get there. And you have not lived until you hear Kevin Conroy as a clueless, hapless Bruce Wayne pretending to be the Batman. That alone is worth the five star recommendation and there’s plenty more gags I’m deliberately withholding as they have to be seen to be believed.
And the cherry on top of this farcical sundae is Firestorm. Ronnie Raymond’s fearlessness and upbeat attitude makes Firestorm a fun character. Especially with the disembodied head of Dr. Martin Stein acting as the straight man to Ronnie’s thermonuclear shenanigans. But in this episode, Firestorm acts as the de-facto leader of the Justice League and it’s always good to see Firestorm’s bravado used to demonstrate his true heroism.
My only complaint with “Forget Me Not” is there’s one line of dialogue spoken in an instance where the character is not moving their mouth to speak it. I won’t give away what was spoken or whom spoke it because that might change when the episode airs, but the effect was clearly done in ADR. It’s a distracting flaw, but necessary one added in post to alleviate some dangerous assumptions that the audience would’ve made had it not been spoken out loud. But chances are, you’ll notice it and won’t even care as the whole episode is a laugh riot. The visual and auditory gags are dealt out in such a brilliant and well paced fashion to the point you can overlook its shortcomings.
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