10 Reasons Why The Justice League Cartoon Is Better Than The Film

Wait, you're telling me this Batman DOESN'T use guns? How absurd!

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2017 might have heralded the live-action debut of the Justice League, but the group's earlier, more animated appearances are something every fan should cherish.

Released as a part of the DC Animated Universe and as a follow-up to both Batman: The Animated Series and its Superman counterpart, Justice League (later Justice League Unlimited), was the comic book adaptation fans had always wanted. Spearheaded by the likes of Bruce Timm, Dwayne McDuffie and Paul Dini, the show reiterated that mature storytelling - much like BTAS - could be a staple on kid's television. It was smart, dark, entertaining, and provided the defining image of DC's premier team a decade before Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot would take to the screens as Batman and Wonder Woman respectively.

And yet, it's been largely overlooked since.

Cancelled in 2006 and never heard from again, the series has developed a major cult following and one that's managed to mobilise itself within the past week as talk of a potential film reunion has hotted up. Indeed, it's a testament to the series' timelessness that it still endears people today, and while yes, there are plenty of people out there content with the DCEU, it's equally fair to say that Justice League - the 2001 version at least - is a superior product.

Also, Kevin Conroy is a better Batman. Just saying.