The 90’s were a sad, sad time for comic book adaptations. With the exception of the Batman and Superman animated series, we swam in a river of low-budget superhero flicks (the previously reviewed Fantastic Four, Captain America) and bad tv shows like Night Man. Many tried to make the cut, but almost none of them did. But there is one legendary pilot that is known for being way too goofy for it’s own sake, and that’s the Justice League Of America pilot. First of all, there is no Superman, Batman or Wonder Woman on this lineup, so don’t get your hopes up. The story involves Flash, Green Lantern (Guy Gardner), The Atom and Fire as they go about their superhero business trying to save the city from the evil Weather Man (really the Weather Wizard, but apparently that’s not realistic enough, right?) and having a new member join the group named Ice, who can create, well, Ice.
The main problem with this film is that it was written for television, so it’s full of really bad humor and the acting never rises from your typical sitcom type of performing. The actors are bland and forgettable, the saddest being Miguel Ferrer (who was in Robocop) who’s a genuinely good actor and is just wasted in this crap.
The only saving grace about this is the costumes, which look cheesy and hilarious. I’m very afraid of what the Green Lantern and Flash movies are going to look like after watching this, since I’m not sure just how convincing you can make them look on film. But nothing will prepare you for when you see the pudgy Martian Manhunter, who looks like he’s made out of hamburger meat. No wonder this thing never got beyond it’s pilot stage: it’s badly written and terribly acted and is nowhere near as cool as the source material it came from. Avoid.