2001 TV News Archives
August 4, 2001: Animated Injustice Gang InformationComics2Film reporter Xum Yukinori continued his extensive coverage of the Justice League presentation from the recent Comic-Con in San Diego, with some information on the Injustice Gang.
Much of the slide show presentation was devoted to an upcoming episode that will feature the Injustice Gang, which is formed by Lex Luthor. "Once you start doing the show with the JLA," Producer Bruce Timm began, "there are just certain givens that you have to do." The Injustice Gang is obviously one of them.
Timm described the concept of the Injustice Gang as "cool but kinda uncool."
"They are kinda corny," Timm explained, "and we tried not to lighten the corniness of it. This is the one show where literally all of the super-villains team up and fight all of the super-guys. It's a really fun episode, and the story is actually a really good story."
Members of the Injustice Gang include:
The Cheetah: Not much was said about this charcter, but her design reflects the current comic book feral, were-cat appearance.
Ultra Humanite: Timm stated that producer James Tucker specifically requested to have the Ultra Humanite in this episode. Tucker, a self-confessed "DC geek" who traded X-Men #99 for an issue of Superman Family, commented, "I really love DC and any chance I get to use a really weird looking villain, I'm gonna fight for it."
Ultra Humanite has a long history that goes back to the Golden Age of Superman comics. "He's a mad genius who just sticks his brain anywhere he wants to," Tucker explained. "He was a woman, he stuck his head in an ape. You gotta love it. And I really love drawing big goofy apes with giant brains." Tucker cited that Timm actually enlarged the head in the Ultra Humanite design. "Chicks dig big brain." Timm added.
The Ultra Humanite is voiced by Ian Buchanan (Dr. Cuvier in the Batman Beyond episode "Splicers"). Personality-wise, Tucker describes the Ultra Humanite as "Kelsey Grammer in a gorilla suit." Timm added that the Humanite is essentially a "suave, quiet villain with this big gorilla body."
"He's very urbane," Tucker agreed.
Copperhead: Said Timm: "He's one of those weird secondary DC villains who James Tucker just loves."
Tucker chimes in, "I lo-o-o-o-o-ve Copperhead."
Timm quips back, "And that's pretty much it. (audience laughs) Next?"
The Shade: Like in the comics, the Shade controls darkness, which is emitted from his walking cane. Timm stated that The Shade will be portrayed as a "creepy character." Tucker mentioned how easily the character could be imagined as a Goth, which inspired the Shade's animated design.
Star Sapphire: "One of the interesting things about (the Injustice Gang) episode is that, although we have eight super-villains, it's really Luthor's story more than anything else," Timm said. "We really don't have time to go into the origin stories as much as we would normally do. So we don't really explain anything about Star Sapphire. (In the episode) she's just this gal who has this special power."
Timm did mention that there is a developed backstory to this character, which reflects her history in the Green Lantern comics. "She's actually Carol Ferris, who was Hal Jordan's boss, and she has this psychotic breakdown and (develops) a secondary personality." Producer Rich Fogel added that Ferris is the epitome of "the woman scorned."
Olivia D'Abo will portray Sapphire. "We just love her English accent and she's never had a chance to use it," Timm said, referring to the time when she was the voice of Ten in Batman Beyond. "So (Sapphire's) secondary personality will have an English accent. It just sounds nice."
Solomon Grundy: Timm mentioned that the producers wanted to use this character on the Superman show, but they just never got around to it. "I love Grundy," Timm said with glee. Like Sapphire and the other villains, "we don't really explain what he is, he's just this big hulking... critter. We all know his backstory but we don't really get into it."
Grundy is actually played by Mark Hammil. Timm explained that Hamill, who is playing the Joker in the same episode, was asked to try a voice for Grundy, "and he sounded great."
The Joker: "He's still alive, despite what we did to him in the Return of the Joker," Timm exclaimed. "So this (episode) obviously pre-dates that." Timm affirmed that we can expect the Joker to act the same as in the previous Batman series. "He's the Joker. Say no more."
Lex Luthor: Timm stated that Luthor will be portrayed differently than he was in the Superman series. "We thought we've done enough stories with Luthor being the corporate tycoon, and that was fine in the 90's," Timm said. "We (used the concept) again in Batman Beyond with Derek Powers, so we needed to have a new take on Luthor."
This "new take" reflected Tucker's notion of being true to the wild DC Comics roots. "You either love it or you don't," Timm said. "We kinda love it." So the show will bring Luthor back to the basic "mad scientist/super-villain Luthor" he was in the Silver Age of DC Comics. "In fact, he wears the 'Super Powers'-era power suit, slightly modified," Timm said, adding that there is a reason in the story as to why he has to wear the suit.
Another slide revealed that Luthor will also appear in a modified version of his classic purple-and-green outfit (which actually induced a lot of applause from the audience). And the Luthor fashion ensemble doesn't stop there. "There's even a part in the story where he's in prison and will be wearing the old Curt Swan prison garb," Timm exclaimed.
Despite the "new" character concept, Luthor will still be voiced by Clancy Brown.
Although the producers have a love for some of the classic Justice League villains from the 60s, they admitted that a lot of them were just a little bit too silly for a modern audience. "Every villain had an 'O' at the end of their names," Timm explained. "Amazo, Eclipso, Despero, Starro, Kanjar Ro..."
However, the producers managed to find a plausible way to use such classic-yet-silly villains in the new show. "Whenever we have a story where the main Justice League villain needs a hench-villain -- the odd-job type -- we will try to pick out another character of the DC Universe, especially from the JLA comics, to fill in that part so we can integrate him into the show."
The first of these villains will be Kanjar Ro, who appears as a henchman in the Green Lantern/Manhunters episode. "We kinda liked (Kanjar Ro), but he was this goofy bug-faced guy," Timm said, "and he's not really an incredible threat to these gods (referring to the League). So we gave him this interesting secondary villain role."
Read the complete reports by Xum Yukinori at the Comics2Film website.
2001 Television NewsListed below are all the Television News items archived for 2001.
- January 22, 2001: Smallville has its Clark Kent!
- January 22, 2001: A Petition to get Superman Animated Episodes on DVD
- January 24, 2001: Justice League: The Animated Series - Press Release
- January 29, 2001: JLA: The Animated Series - No Tim Daly
- January 30, 2001: Early Show - Superman TV Actor Reunion
- January 31: 2001: Smallville has its Lana Lang
- February 1, 2001: Early Show - Superman TV Actor Reunion Interview Online
- February 1, 2001: Australians Can Enjoy The New Adventures of Superman Again!
- February 6, 2001: Smallville Pilot Script Review
- February 7, 2001: Interview with Smallville Director, David Nutter
- February 14, 2001: Lois & Clark Fanfic Kerth Awards
- February 24, 2001: Justice League: The Animated Series Update
- February 26, 2001: Smallville has its Location
- March 3, 2001: Smallville has its Lex Luthor and Jonathan Kent
- March 7, 2001: Smallville Cast Complete!
- March 9, 2001: On the set of Smallville
- March 16, 2001: Smallville Pilot Episode Script Review
- March 23, 2001: Justice League: The Animated Series Details
- March 26, 2001: Animation Legend William Hanna Dead at 90
- March 26, 2001: Smallville has its Lionel Luthor
- March 27, 2001: Whitney Ellsworth Smallville Tribute Revoked
- April 4, 2001: Smallville News and Interview with Executive Producer
- April 15, 2001: Smallville Spoilers
- April 23, 2001: Justice League Cast Set
- April 24, 2001: Justice League Artwork Displayed in TV Guide Article
- April 25, 2001: Justice League Animated Series - Bruce Timm Interview
- May 8, 2001: Superman Week Ceremony
- May 10, 2001: Tom Welling on Cover of Broadcasting & Cable Magazine
- May 10, 2001: Justice League: The Animated Series - Update!
- May 15, 2001: Justice League Animated Series - Update!
- May 15, 2001: Smallville has its Time Slot
- May 16, 2001: Warner Bros. launches its official Smallville web page
- May 25, 2001: I'm Not Superman! says Tom Welling
- May 31, 2001: Sneak Preview Smallville Trailer
- June 3, 2001: Tom Welling on Entertainment Tonight
- June 7, 2001: Rosenbaum to Re-invent Lex Luthor
- June 18, 2001: Smallville Tid-Bits
- June 19, 2001: Justice League Animated Update!
- June 27, 2001: Smallville Pilot Episode Reviews
- July 5, 2001: Smallville Update
- July 9, 2001: Smallville Video Previews, Picture Gallery and Cast Change
- July 10, 2001: Animated Justice League Premiere Date
- July 11, 2001: Superman Week a Big Success!
- July 16, 2001: Justice League Animated Series Update
- July 17, 2001: Question Time with Smallville Cast & Crew
- July 21, 2001: Smallville Television Commercial
- July 22, 2001: Animated Justice League Update
- July 23, 2001: Justice League Clip Description
- July 23, 2001: Animated Justice League Update
- July 25, 2001: Animated Justice League Images
- July 26, 2001: More Animated Justice League Images
- July 27, 2001: Smallville Supporting Cast Images & Bios
- July 31, 2001: More Animated Justice League News
- August 3, 2001: Three Smallville Trailers on Official Site
- August 4, 2001: Animated Injustice Gang Information
- August 6, 2001: Animated Justice League Wrap-Up
- August 7, 2001: Cynthia Ettinger Cut From Smallville Altogether
- August 8, 2001: Animated Justice League News
- August 8, 2001: Smallville Premiere Date Announced
- August 13, 2001: October is Superman TV Month!
- August 13, 2001: Animated Justice League Promo Clip
- August 17, 2001: Smallville Interviews, Music-Video and Photos
- August 21, 2001: More Smallville Photos and Episode Information
- August 22, 2001: Corey Burton on Justice League Voice Cast
- August 22, 2001: Even More Smallville Photos
- August 24, 2001: Animated Justice League Update
- August 28, 2001: Fan Petition Over Superboy TV Series
- August 28, 2001: John Shea on Lois and Clark Reunion
- August 28, 2001: Smallville Fourth Episode Information
- August 28, 2001: LA Times Superman/Smallville Article
- August 29, 2001: More Smallville Media Attention
- September 1, 2001: Smallville - The Media Hype Begins!
- September 3, 2001: New Animated Justice League Promos
- September 3, 2001: Annette O'Toole TV Guide Interview
- September 3, 2001: Smallville Featured in Entertainment Weekly Fall Preview
- September 5, 2001: Smallville Metamorphosis Episode Photo
- September 7, 2001: Warner Bros. Smallville Premiere Competition!
- September 7, 2001: Smallville Listed in 'Top Ten Shows to Watch'
- September 7, 2001: E! Online Interview Tom Welling
- September 7, 2001: Official Annette O'Toole Smallville Photo
- September 9, 2001: Cinescape Smallville Preview
- September 9, 2001: Teen.com Smallville Interview
- September 11, 2001: Snow in Smallville
- September 13, 2001: Praise for Tom Welling
- September 13, 2001: Smallville Fifth Episode Title & Information
- September 13, 2001: New Smallville Material at Warner Bros. Website
- September 16, 2001: Smallville Poster and News
- September 16, 2001: Adventues of Superman DVD Campaign
- September 20, 2001: Smallville Featured in SFX Magazine
- September 23, 2001: Cool Smallville Episode
- September 24, 2001: No Comics For Smallville Star
- September 25, 2001: Nine New Animated Justice League Images
- September 26, 2001: More Smallville Pilot Episode Photos
- September 26, 2001: Tom Welling Talks Smallville
- September 27, 2001: Smallville Around the World (Update)
- September 27, 2001: Smallville in the News
- September 27, 2001: No JSA in Animated Justice League
- October 2, 2001: Smallville - What happened to Cynthia Ettinger?
- October 2, 2001: Smallville in the News
- October 2, 2001: 1950s Superman Back on TV
- October 2, 2001: Superman... The Weakest Link?
- October 3, 2001: Smallville Episode 7 Spoiler Information
- October 4, 2001: Smallville News
- October 5, 2001: Smallville Media Watch
- October 8, 2001: More Smallville Media Publicity
- October 9, 2001: Smallville Ledger - A Newspaper that's a Website!
- October 9, 2001: Justice League Re-Scheduled and Online!
- October 9, 2001: Thou Shalt Watch Smallville
- October 10, 2001: Smallville Sweepstakes
- October 10, 2001: Michael Rosenbaum on Late Late Show
- October 11, 2001: Justice League November Schedule
- October 13, 2001: New Smallville Episode Photos and News
- October 13, 2001: Chicago Tribune Interview Tom Welling
- October 15, 2001: Smallville Fourth Episode Photos
- October 15, 2001: Counting Down to Smallville
- October 15, 2001: Smallville TV News
- October 15, 2001: Jeph Loeb Talks Smallville
- October 16, 2001: Smallville Airs Tonight!
- October 17, 2001: Media Frenzy Over Smallville's Debut
- October 17, 2001: Animated Superman Coming to DVD
- October 18, 2001: Reactions to Smallville
- October 18, 2001: Smallville's Super Debut - A WB Ratings Bonanza!
- October 18, 2001: Smallville Episode Two - Metamorphosis
- October 19, 2001: Animated Justice League Review and Images
- October 22, 2001: Entertainment Weekly's Super-Teen Article
- October 22, 2001: LA Times Interview John Schneider
- October 22, 2001: Animated Justice League News
- October 24, 2001: Death to the Centurion E-Novel
- October 25, 2001: Smallville Continues Its Excellent Ratings
- October 26, 2001: Smallville to be Repeated!
- October 27, 2001: Smallville's Eric Johnson Interviewed
- October 29, 2001: Justice League Villains
- October 30, 2001: Tonight's Episode of Smallville - Hothead
- October 30, 2001: Tom Welling Live Online Chat!
- October 30, 2001: Episode 6 of Smallville Revealed
- October 30, 2001: Animated Justice League Promotions!
- October 30, 2001: Songs of Smallville
- October 31, 2001: Justice League News and Airing Schedule
- November 1, 2001: Animated Justice League Preview Images
- November 2, 2001: Smallville Ratings and Episode Information
- November 2, 2001: Justice League cToons
- November 5, 2001: Smallville Notice!
- November 5, 2001: A Possible Smallville DVD Release?
- November 5, 2001: More Justice League Preview
- November 6, 2001: Tonight's Episode of Smallville
- November 6, 2001: Smallville in The Trades
- November 6, 2001: Eric Johnson Talks Smallville
- November 6, 2001: Give Thanks for Smallville this Thanksgiving
- November 7, 2001: Cool Smallville Images
- November 8, 2001: TV Guide's December Alex Ross Smallville Issue
- November 8, 2001: A Super Friends Weekend!
- November 8, 2001: Smallville Continues to Rate Well
- November 13, 2001: The Justice League is Coming!
- November 13, 2001: Justice League: Aquaman
- November 15, 2001: Justice League CGI
- November 15, 2001: Justice League International
- November 15, 2001: Comic Genius on the Justice League
- November 16, 2001: Cool Smallville Ratings
- November 16, 2001: Smallville in Canada
- November 16, 2001: Official Michael Rosenbaum Website
- November 17, 2001: Superman Airing Schedule!
- November 17, 2001: Smallville - Hourglass - Episode Information
- November 19, 2001: Smallville Featured in Entertainment Weekly
- November 20, 2001: Justice League in Widescreen
- November 21, 2001: Smallville Comic Book Coming?
- November 22, 2001: Justice League Ratings Record!
- November 23, 2001: Justice League Unspoilt
- November 23, 2001: Kristin Kreuk: New Neutrogena Girl?
- November 23, 2001: Superman: TAS Back on Cartoon Network
- November 24, 2001: Who's Better? Superman or Batman?
- November 24, 2001: Interview with Justice League's Kristopher Carter
- November 24, 2001: Smallville in Canada
- November 25, 2001: Craving for Smallville
- November 26, 2001: Justice League News
- November 28, 2001: Justice League January Schedule
- November 28, 2001: Smallville Around the World
- November 29, 2001: Justice League on DVD?
- December 3, 2001: TV Guide Smallville Issue - Coming Next Week!
- December 3, 2001: Complete Justice League Episode Guide
- December 4, 2001: Lois & Clark Re-Released on Video
- December 4, 2001: New Smallville Episode Information
- December 5, 2001: Bruce Timm Justice League Interview
- December 5, 2001: Official Justice League Website Updated
- December 6, 2001: Michael Rosenbaum's Letter to the Fans
- December 7, 2001: Interview with Smallville Executive Producer Alfred Gough
- December 11, 2001: Kristin Kreuk on EXTRA Tonight!
- December 11, 2001: Another Interview with Al Gough
- December 11, 2001: Wizard Magazine Talks Justice League
- December 11, 2001: Hugh Jackman as Superman!
- December 13, 2001: Smallville in the U.K.
- December 17, 2001: Smallville in Entertainment Weekly
- December 19, 2001: Smallville in Canada
- December 19, 2001: Justice League January Schedule Change
- December 19, 2001: Kristin Kreuk Talks with Zap2It.com
- December 19, 2001: Praise for Michael Rosenbaum
- December 19, 2001: Cartoon Network Delay on Superman: TAS
- December 20, 2001: Bruce Timm Talks Justice League: JGA
- December 20, 2001: Sam Jones III Smallville Interview
- December 20, 2001: Smallville Actors in TV's Men of the Year
- December 21, 2001: Tom Welling - Most Intriguing 2001
- December 22, 2001: Rich Fogel Talks Justice League
- December 24, 2001: Smallville UK and Australia News
- December 25, 2001: DVD Release Dates for Batman/Superman and Justice League
- December 30, 2001: New Smallville Episode
- December 30, 2001: Smallville Around the World
- December 30, 2001: Justice League Schedule
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