You’d be hard pressed to find a comics or cinema fan unaware of the highly anticipated Justice League film due this November. What many of these fans might not know, however, is that this is actually the second attempt at adapting DC Comics premiere super team – a feature-length pilot for a CBS Justice League of America TV series pre-dates it by a whole decade!
The reason why most people are oblivious to the Justice League pilot’s existence is simple: it never aired in the United States (although it did see the light of day on some international networks). The rationale behind the CBS executives’ decision to bury the pilot is even simpler: it’s… uh, not very good (like, at all).
Granted, superhero fans today are spoiled when it comes to big budget adaptations of their favorite characters on the big and small screens, but even so, the Justice League pilot is an especially lackluster affair, even by ‘90s network TV standards.
From costume shop-quality costumes through to its bizarre, quasi-mockumentary format (seriously!), it’s almost as if the creative team involved were trying to tick every box on the “awful comic book TV show” checklist.
While the storytelling and technical faux paus on display in this 86-minute atrocity border on limitless, we’ve rounded up the most egregious missteps here in this list of the 15 things the Justice League TV pilot got wrong.