In it also aired on Cartoon Network's sister channel Boomerang. The greatest of the DC Comics superheroes work together to fight against evil. Conflicts are often ultimately resolved with the antagonists persuaded to adapt more reasonable methods to achieve their aims with the assistance of the heroes. Natural disasters triggered by human or alien activity were often shown, and environmental themes featured strongly in the program. When animation company Hanna-Barbera acquired rights to the DC Comics characters and adapted the Justice League of America comic book for television it made several changes in the transition, including the change of name to Super Friends. Nevertheless, team members sometimes referred to themselves as the Justice League on the show.
Super Friends is an American animated television series about a team of superheroes , which ran from to on ABC as part of its Saturday-morning cartoon lineup. The name of the program and the Justice League members featured with the Super Friends has been variously represented as Super Friends and Challenge of the Super Friends , for example at different points in its broadcast history. Plot lines for the later series involved many of the familiar DC Comics super-villains that the first incarnation of the Super Friends did not. Instead, like the comic books, they focused on the far-fetched schemes of mad scientists and aliens, who were invariably revealed as being well-intentioned, and simply pursuing their goals through unlawful or disreputable means. The All-New Super Friends Hour departed somewhat from the previous series' formula by featuring villains using more elaborate methods to further their goals; as a rule they could not be reasoned with, requiring the heroes to use direct force to stop them. Beginning with Challenge of the Super Friends , several of the heroes' arch-villains from the comic books such as Lex Luthor and The Riddler began to feature prominently in comic-style stories.
Anyone who grew up watching Saturday-morning cartoons in the s and s should remember well the two teen sidekicks who hung out with Wonder Woman, Batman, Robin, Superman, and Aquaman, helping them to thwart the Legion of Doom, the Joker, Mr. Mxyzptlk, the Penguin, and other nefarious evil-doers. These two heroes-in-training had a lovable pet who also aided the League; they got into as much trouble as they helped to clean up; and they provided what passed for comic relief on Super Friends.
Unlike their predecessors, the Twins and Gleek have superpowers and so are more believably useful to the superheroes: Zan can change into any form of water, and Jayna can change into any animal, but they can activate their powers only by touching first. Gleek has an elastic and prehensile tail. The trio also starred in some segments of the show by themselves, though usually in humorous adventures, or to teach children valuable lessons.