Friday, August 03, 2007

SDCC 2007: The Legion of Super-Heroes



LOSH enters its second season with double the action as the group adds new members—and a new ally from across the space-time continuum—just in time to face a daunting new villain. Producer James Tucker (Justice League Unlimited), director Brandon Vietti (Superman Doomsday), and story editor/writer Michael Jelenic (The Batman) were joined on the panel by cast members Yuri Lowenthal (Superman on LOSH), Phil Morris (Seinfeld, Smallville), and Alex Polinsky (Charles in Charge).

The crew said they really wanted to "up the ante" in season two. They saw season one as reflecting the Silver Age of the Legion while season two would reflect the Bronze Age (the 70s version of the comics). It's more intense, darker and a little more mature; The plots slightly more adult. The characters have aged about two years since the end of the first season, and their designs have been tweaked to reflect the passage of time. If they were 14-15 before, they are about 16-17 or even 18 now.

The biggests change is the introduction of two Supermen. One is from the future - a clone who has been bred for battle. He's really serious and has only vengeance on his mind. The second Superman is from the past, from his early days as the Man of Steel. One episode will feature THREE Supermen!

The bad big is Imperiex. "In the comics, he kinda sucked," but Tucker & co. hope to instill him with more character and grandeur. They wanted to choose a villain with some heft, that wasn't overused, like Darkseid.

Chameleon Boy is one of the newest Legionaires, voiced by Polinsky. The crew described Cham as "Eddie Haskall as a shape-shifter." The other members partly put up with him since his dad funds the Legion. Some other new Legionaires appearing: Karate Kid, Dawnstar, Nemesis Kid, Invisible Kid (they joked, "He's actually in EVERY episode") and DUO Damsel (begging the question, "Waht happened to Triplicate Girl after season two?"). Expect Starboy to be used more and a whole episode dedicated to Dream Girl.

Villains Appearing: Fatal Five, Grimbor, the Dark Circle, the Legion of Super-Villains and Computo (which may answer that Duo Damsel question...)

4 Comments:

  • At 8:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Yeah, and, just like with Teen Titans, the animators could fickly decide that they're "just not feelin'" the series any more, and just cancel it. I'm not developing any more loyalty to any more WB franchises.

     
  • At 11:56 PM, Blogger Nightwing said…

    The animators don't make that decision, the network does. It's up to Cartoon Network or the CW whether they choose to renew or not.

     
  • At 12:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Well, the point is that somebody at the network just gets "bored" with something, and all the viewers have to suffer. Happy?

     
  • At 8:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Well, I hope to enjoy it while they're all still enthused...

     

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