Midway to Bring Justice League to Next-Gen Consoles

Midway Games Inc. is developing an interactive experience based on Cartoon Network’s hit animated superhero series Justice League. This will be the first time the DC Comics characters Batman, Superman, The Flash, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Hawkgirl and Martian Manhunter appear together in a video game. The company plans to ship the title for next-generation platforms in 2004.

In the game, players will take control of their favorite heroes, using each character’s superpowers, skills and special weapons to battle the combined forces of their greatest foes.

The Justice League’s adventures began in 1940 when DC Comics’ All-Star Comics introduced the first-ever group of superheroes in the comic book series Justice Society of America, which ran until 1951. DC Comics revived the concept in March 1960, renaming it Justice League of America. It then became the longest-running television cartoon based on a comic book when Hanna-Barbera Studios produced it as Super Friends in 1973, The All-New Super Friends in 1977, Challenge of the Super Friends in 1978, The World’s Greatest Super Friends in 1979 and The Super Friends Hour in 1980. The series were produced for ABC Television and aired Saturday mornings.

The monthly comic book Justice League of America continues to be one of DC Comics’ best-selling titles, consistently ranking among the top ten in industry sales. The Warner Bros. Animation-produced series Justice League premiered on Cartoon Network on Nov. 17, 2001, and quickly became an audience favorite with children and adults alike, ranking consistently in the network’s top ten performers.