Doom: the fate of two JL members?

After a not-so-brief hiatus, I return to the geekosphere to find some new info on the upcoming Justice League movie, called Doom. Sounds uplifting. Here are some main points thanks to the almighty Wikipedia:

– Is a loose adaptation of JLA: Tower of Babel, which I can’t tell you anything about since I haven’t read it.

-Dwayne McDuffie adapted and wrote the screenplay before his death.

-Among returning voices are: Tim Daly as Superman, Kevin Conroy as Batman, Susan Eisenberg as Wonder Woman, Nathan Fillion as Green Lantern, Michael Rosenbaum as The Flash, and Carl Lumbly as Martian Manhunter.

For those of you who watch superhero cartoons (and I’m betting that’s most of you), you should notice an almost-reunion there. Every voice actor from the original Justice League show is coming back…..except Phil LaMarr as Green Lantern (John Stewart) and Maria Canals-Barrera as Hawkgirl. Instead, we’ve got Nathan Fillion as Hal Jordan as well as several other members.

Don’t get me wrong. Mr. Fillion is a brilliant actor and a perfect fit for Hal–maybe if he was cast instead of Reynolds the live-action move wouldn’t have sucked.  But now Hal has a live action movie, two animated films, and an upcoming animated series. Why all of a sudden is Hal the only Green Lantern worth seeing?

And when you have a reunion of all the other Justice League actors, why in the world leave out two of the most beloved and well rounded characters?

Green Lantern, John Stewart, was a member of the Marines before being chosen as a Green Lantern. He’s highly strategic and militaristic and is usually focused on developing the team as a cohesive unit. And Hawkgirl, Shayera Hol, is a Thanagarian cop accidentally stranded on Earth. She’s rash, a fighter, sarcastic but fiercely loyal to her team and if you can spot it, she has a soft side.

They had their own relationships with the rest of the team– John and Wally got along oarticularly well, and Shayera and Diana had a oarticular disike for each other after Shayera betrayed the team to the Thanagarians (see the second season finale for more). But perhaps most memorably, the  two had a romantic but also emotional and complicated relationship that developed at the end of the second season and continued to the show’s end. It added a mature and genuine element that is rarely seen in animation.

Neither have been seen since on the big or small screen since. An evil incarnation of Hawkgirl was briefly shown in Crisis; there was no John Stewart in the animated GL film, and a cameo in the live-action one was apparently cut.

After being skipped over in the last Justice League movie,  Crisis on Two Earths, Hawkgirl and John Stewart are overlooked, both individually and together, once again. And how much more so in this film, when the most original JL voice actors will be returning since the cancellation of the show. And when their relationship was very much left unresolved at the end of the series.

Yes, John and Shayera are full characters, and so much more than just their sex or skin colour, but the diversity conversation is also a big part of this. We desperately need better representation of diversity in the animated movies (and is it such a big deal to have two GLs in one JL movie?). We need to see more female superheroes who kick ass, not just Wonder Woman, who remains the only woman with her own movie.

 

But in the end this is about great characters, phenomenal voice actors, who deserve the limelight; an opportunity missed once again. Bruce Timm and the rest of the DC crew, you have a lot to answer for.

So I pose this to you: do you feel the same way? Are GL and Hawkgirl better off ‘untarnished’ in the show? Or do you feel that they are being unjustly overlooked?

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3 thoughts on “Doom: the fate of two JL members?

  1. I agree with you on all aspects here. It would seem that Hawkgirl and John Stewart are being continually overlooked, which I think is a real shame as I loved the complexity of their relationship as well as their interactions with the other characters and the team in general.

    There are probably reasons for this decision, and granted it could be a positive that they aren’t included with possibility of being spoilt. Then again though the show did leave both of them in an odd place and rather incomplete in my own opinion.

    But I too am a little dissapointed that just these two characters are missing. Maybe we’ll see some more of them in the future as well as a little more diversity in the JL, it seems to be reducing of late.

  2. I believe their being unjustly overlooked. I mean c’mon!!! To have a reunion without GL and Hawkgirl is a slap in their face!! To amazing voices that yet again fans won’t here. To this day I refuse to watch movies or episodes if the original 7 aren’t there!!

  3. FINALLY!!!!!! Someone now feels the exact same way I’ve felt since Justice League Unlimited was ended. Don’t get me wrong, I love the DTV animated DC films. But I feel like they are Hal Jordan overkill. I mean, you never see John Stewart. Or any other GL for that matter besides Hal Jordan. I feel that Bruce Timm’s been trying to make it up to all the people and fans who hated that John Stewart was picked as the DCAU’s main Green Lantern over Hal Jordan. Its like hes been trying to make ammends for that decision EVERY since. Theres even a GL:TAS series (that focuses solely upon Hal as the GL) created by Bruce Timm. I REALLY FREAKING HATE thats he’s been doing this and feel he shouldn’t of had too. But what I dislike even more is the fact that he’s allowed two great characters like John and Shayera to go so unused. How could they even dream of doing an assemble reunion film with most of the original cast and not include Phil Lamar and Maria Canals-Barrera. Its a real shame how both their characters haven’t been seen outside of JLU. Especially Hawkgirl/Shayera Hol. To be fair John Stewart has had small cameo appearances on Young Justice. But he once again plays background to Hal Jordan. Which sucks. Nevertheless, I’m going to buy the JL:Doom film. I just wish that Bruce Timm, DC and others will do something about getting John and Shayera back into the world of mainstream animation again using they’re classic voices. R.I.P. Dwayne McDuffie.

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