4-Color to 35-Millimeter: Generation X and Justice League of America


In the 1990s, both Marvel and DC licensed pilots based on popular team books. The FOX network aired a 1996 pilot movie for Generation X which failed to go to series, and CBS produced a 1997 pilot movie for Justice League of America that was so bad they never even aired it in the U.S. Both films try to mix contemporary sitcoms with superhero stories and wind up being lousy sitcoms and lousy superhero stories. The great superhero movie rewatch endures Generation X and Justice League of America.

An excerpt:

Jubilee is also played by the very-much-not-Asian Heather McComb. The whitewashing of Jubilee was one of the loudest complaints about GenX when it first aired 22 years ago, and it’s 100% deserved. It’s not like there’s a plethora of Asian heroes in the first place, so altering one of the few is pretty crummy. (For that matter, while I think it’s cute that they hired the same actor to play Cassidy who voiced him in the 1990s X-Men cartoon, Jeremy Ratchford’s awful fake Irish accent sounds even worse in live-action, and turns him into a caricature.)

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