TV Review: Justice League Action – “Shazam Slam” (Cartoon Network)

It doesn’t get any better than your favourite Justice League members and Superman all together in one cartoon! Justice League Action is full of (as the name suggests) action but […]

It doesn’t get any better than your favourite Justice League members and Superman all together in one cartoon!

Justice League Action is full of (as the name suggests) action but also really funny pretty much from the outset with Batman meeting his sardonic equal in the form of an impatient Wizard Shazam who neither wants nor needs a mere mortals help, that is until he does.

 

A full roster of teammates are needed as Black Adam serves up enough Djinn to give even the most hardened of heroes a headache with each member entering the fray with a well-placed quip or joke. Superman is as clean cut as you’d expect him to be with less to say humour wise, favouring lines more in keeping with his heroic stature while even J’onn J’onzz makes some pretty decent attempts at one-liners but then has to check if they were any good!

Even though there are a lot of heroes featured none feel crammed in with each new addition making their presence felt in the fight against the Djinn even if they don’t always realize that that is what they are doing. There are obviously a lot that didn’t make it into this episode (The Flash and Aquaman being some big omissions) I think that it was perfectly balanced and there is plenty of time to introduce them later to keep the story fresh.

Billy/Shazam is a great character after being summoned mid computer game and completely fanboying over the other members he still proved he was as good as them and got the job done when it counted! Wonder woman is completely badass and holds her own single-handed against a Djinn when others struggled and Green Arrows ‘relationship’ with Batman is hilarious to watch.

A good story, strong big name actors and a good balance of action and humour make this a really enjoyable watch that should just get better as each member plays a bigger part.

Justice League Action Premieres on cartoon network WITH A FOUR-PART SPECIAL EVENT, Friday, Dec. 16 at 6:00 p.m. (ET/PT)

About Martin Cameron

A 34 year old manchild from Scotland, bravely fighting the on going war between a love of comics and space to keep them. Boxes are filling and thanks to the digital age we live in so is the harddrive! I love finding a new comic to obsess over and rediscovering old comics to immerse myself in from the very first issue. A healthy mix of the seven dwarves of geekdom all wrapped up in one kilted bundle of amusement