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Legion of
Superheroes

Legion of Super Heroes is the title of an American animated television series produced by Warner Bros. Animation that debuted on September 23, 2006, based on characters appearing in the DC Comics series. The series centers on the young Superman's adventures in the 31st century, fighting alongside a group of futuristic superheroes known as the "Legion of Super-Heroes". The show is produced by its main designer James Tucker (a co-producer of the JLU series) for the Kids' WB! line on the new CW network.

According to the official press release, the premise of the show is that a group of teenagers from the 31st century travel back in time to recruit Superman in their fight against evil in their time. Unfortunately, they go too far back and land in a time when Superman was younger, just before he went to Metropolis. Taking him back to their future, the young Superman helps the Legion in fighting evil and upholding the laws of the United Planets. It is described as a "fast-paced, character-driven action comedy".


Characters

-Lightning Lad is the eager and hot-headed unofficial leader of the team. Prone to fighting first and thinking later, he can come off as brash at first, but does seem mostly well intentioned. The lightning bolt scar on his right eye sometimes flashes brightly in times of battle.

-Saturn Girl is a level-headed and ethereal character with mental powers. She is composed at all times, but also very physical (she is depicted as more of a hand-to-hand combatant than her comic book predecessors. Glen Murakami is said to have thought of her character as someone who doesn't really understand personal boundaries; always touching people and knowing their deepest thoughts. She also has the ability to cast illusions which is something earlier versions of the character did not do.

-Brainiac 5 is the series' youngest Legionnaire, and yet the smartest one. He can transform his robot body in various ways, much like Inspector Gadget. For the purposes of the show, his character has been altered by making him an outright robot (the comic book version is flesh-and-blood). His deep desire, though, is to be more human, like his teammates. Thus, in a way, he's somewhat like Pinocchio. This version of Brainy is closest to the DnA version in personality combined with the robotic aspects of the character Gear. James Tucker has always thought of him as kind of a "Little Man Tate"-type character; a kid who is so smart he's sent to college when he's only 12. Tucker has said he was definitely inspired by Oliver Coipel's rendition of him when designing him.

-Phantom Girl is, according to James Tucker, "a princess who is kind of spoiled, but ultimately very devoted to being in the Legion. She has a somewhat sarcastic attitude to cover the fact that she really gets a kick out of finally being with other kids like herself."

-Bouncing Boy is a friendly young man who appears in either an overweight humaniod form or in a giant ball shape. He enjoys eating and is sometimes played up as the comedic character. James Tucker considers him the everyman member of the Legion; very down to earth and pragmatic. "In a lot of ways he plays Bones to Brainiac 5's McCoy (Star Trek comparison)." (Note: Tucker should have to said "Spock" instead of "McCoy" to make the proper analogy.)

-Timber Wolf, debuted in the self-titled second episode. Brin Londo, as a result of his father's experiments on him, he was tranformed into a werewolf-like creature with enhanced speed, strength and agility. However, he also lost control over himself, becoming a fierce beast who acted on instinct and impulse. Only with Saturn Girl's help was he able to re-establish some level of control, turning into a much less-wolf-like form. Soon afterward, he joined the Legion and took his codename in honor of past heroes. James Tucker described him as "a loner but longs to be closer to people. His appearance makes him look a bit feral, but his personality is anything but. He's the cool dude who's actually insecure inside."

Legion Members
  • Bouncing Boy
  • Brainiac 5
  • Cosmic Boy
  • Lightning Lad
  • Phantom Girl
  • Saturn Girl
  • Superman Yuri
  • Timber Wolf
  • Triplicate Girl
  • Villians
  • Emerald Empress
  • Mano
  • Persuader
  • Tharok
  • Validus
  • Dr. Mar Londo
  • Alexis Luthor
  • Starfinger
  • Sun-Eater

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