Issue 247 of Adventure Comics featuring Superboy in 1958 introduced a super hero club for teenagers in the future, The Legion of Super-Heroes. Since that time, the characters have had an astounding fan following, including current President of DC Comics, Paul Levitz.
I’m still scratching my head as to why it took so long to get a cartoon off the ground for this highly animated group, but when it finally arrived, I was happy to see that it captured the energy and enthusiasm of the comics.
Now, it’s coming back for a second year.
Legion of Super-Heroes Season Two Trailer
At the 2007 San Diego Comic Con, a panel of cartoon creators, including producer James Tucker and voice artists Yuri Lowenthal (Superman), Phil Morris (Imperiex), and Alex Polinski (Chameleon Boy) gave the audience a little preview of the upcoming second season.
Taking place a whole year after the recent finale (which saw Superman return to Smallville), the second year promises to raise the stakes and the cast list. New characters will be introduced, including Chameleon Boy, who was described as a shape-shifting trouble maker akin to ‘Eddie Haskell’ of Leave it to Beaver fame.
But Cham will not be alone. In addition, Dreamgirl, Nemesis Kid, Karate Kid, Invisible kid, and Dawnstar will make their first cartoon appearances.
The villain Imperiex will form the basis of the second season’s thread, much the same as the Fatal Five were in season one. The overall feel of the new year is intended to be more ‘Bronze Age’ in comparison to the light and innocent ‘Silver Age’ intentions of the debut season. What this means to non-comic-book fans is that the stories will be edgier with more action and the characters will be more grown up and there will be pairing up between the now older Legionnaires.The most startling addition to the series is a new Superman.
The trailer depicts a Kryptonian duo, and the panel explained that the Legion will be meeting an alternate future Superman who is more aggressive than the well-meaning character we met last year.
Making so many changes so soon into a franchise is a very daring move. Seeing how the characters look older in the trailer got me interested in the new season, but the second Superman gave an added piece of excitement.
The second season of Legion of Super-Heroes is due to premiere on September 22.
Yet another cartoon series that suffered from time slot hell, The Legion of Super-Heroes cartoon was missed by some.
Thankfully, the DVD was invented for just that eventuality.
Legion of Super Heroes Volume 1
Showcase Presents: Legion of Super-Heroes, Vol. 1
Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes, Vol. 3: Strange Visitor From Another Century
Legion of Super-Heroes Archives, Vol. 11 (DC Archive Editions)