The Origins Of The 1997 ‘Justice League Of America’ Pilot

The Origins Of The 1997 ‘Justice League Of America’ Pilot

Once the network wasn’t allowed to use Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman on the show, this pilot hit a road bump. The cast for the show showed some promise. Gossip Girl celebrity Matthew Settle suited up as Green Lantern, and M*A*S*H celebrity David Allen Ogden Stiers returned into the network to depict Martian Manhunter.

In 2017, the popular DC Comics superhero team Justice League made its way to theatres worldwide. They were glad to see them teaming up against the bad guys while fans were blended on the last product. But did you know that in the’90s, the team made their debut prior to the movie, to results?
While filming in Vancouver, the manufacturers knew the pilot was not what they wanted. They contacted movie director Lewis Teague to help make things work. Teague was not able to polish up the project for CBS. He tried his best, but he politely asked to not be credited for the last product.

CBS wanted a TV series based on the popular comic book characters. Comic book fans were automatically on board, upon hearing the news. The network spent the’70s bringing Wonder Woman, The Incredible Hulk, and Spider-Man with their series to life. This was their opportunity to get back into the comic book world.
The Justice League of America pilot aired on CBS on December 28, 1997. The reviews for the TV movie did not sit well with fans and critics alike. While Fire wears a mask in the comic books, they picked for the pilot for generic mascara. Another flaw involved the overall presentation of with the pilot. It borrowed heavily from MTV’s the actual World, which was popular with adolescents in the’90s. The pilot would cut into pre-taped interviews.

So Many Changes Made

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As expected, the show did not get picked up by the network, and the pilot never aired again on U.S. television. Surprisingly enough, it did make its way abroad.
CBS might’ve deleted this experiment but the movie can be viewed online. In 2015, the pilot was uploaded by Dailymotion consumer Kryptofreak into the video service. After years of screenshots floating around online, this is the place to watch it in its complete form. It is in German, although A good chunk of the pilot is on YouTube. With the power of the world wide web, this part of comic book history will live on. It was not all bad, though–The Justice League of America pilot walked Smallville and the Arrowverse could operate.

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Extremely Limited Airings

To a lot of characters, some large changes were made for the pilot. Was an American meteorologist instead of a Norse princess. Instead of having natural ice capabilities, the character gained her powers. Weather Wizard was renamed The Weather Man for the show. While he was a criminal in the comic books, the villain was a meteorologist and Ice’s rival. Fortunately, the members, such as Green Lantern and Atom, had backstories very similar to their comic book counterparts.

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