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JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time
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DVD cover
Directed byGiancarlo Volpe
Screenplay byMichael Ryan
Based on
Justice League
Produced byGiancarlo Volpe
StarringDiedrich Bader
Laura Bailey
Dante Basco
Corey Burton
Grey DeLisle-Griffin
Peter Jessop
Fred Tatasciore
Jack DeSena
Travis Willingham
Jason Spisak
Liam O'Brien
Avery Waddell
Michael Donovan
Kevin Michael Richardson
Edited byBruce A. King
Music byFrederik Wiedmann
Distributed byWarner Home Video
Release date
  • January 21, 2014 (2014-01-21)
Running time
52 minutes
CountryUnited States

JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time is a 2014 American animated superhero film featuring the Justice League of America. It was first released on January 21, 2014 on DVD, and features Diedrich Bader, Travis Willingham, and Kevin Michael Richardson, reprising their roles as Batman, Gorilla Grodd, and Black Manta respectively.[1]


In the present day, Lex Luthor and his Legion of Doom try to use cryogenic rays from orbital satellites to expand the Earth's polar ice caps in the Arctic Ocean, causing a massive drop in sea levels and creating new islands they intend to rule. Superman and the Justice League confront the Legion, ultimately destroying the satellites. Refusing to accept defeat, Captain Cold overloads the remaining satellite, which falls to Earth and entombs Luthor in ice. The League is triumphant and believes Luthor to be dead.

In the utopian future of the 31st century, teenage superheroes-in-training Dawnstar and Karate Kid are visiting a museum dedicated to the League's exploits. They find that Luthor has been in suspended animation for nearly a millennium after being discovered and excavated in the 29th century and placed on display. Karate Kid accidentally releases Luthor from the ice, who explores the museum, discovers Superman's secret identity and locates an ancient item called the Eternity Glass, which can manipulate the fabric of time and space. Taking Captain Cold's weapon, he freezes Dawnstar and Karate Kid. He then uses the Eternity Glass to unleash Time Trapper as his servant, allowing him to travel to the point when he last fought the League. Vengeful, Luthor plans to return and destroy Superman. The young heroes break free and follow.

Resuming control of the Legion, Luthor instructs Time Trapper to send his forces back in time to prevent the Kent family from adopting Kal-El in Smallville. The young heroes enlist the League to stop them, and travel to the Hall of Justice in Washington, D.C. After a misunderstanding, they explain their story and verify its validity through Wonder Woman's Lasso of Truth. The Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg travel into the past to prevent Bizarro, Toyman, Cheetah, and Solomon Grundy from sending the baby Kal-El back into space, while Superman and the rest of the League attempt to stall Luthor's Legion in the present.

Despite the League's efforts, the Legion sends Kal-El's ship away from Earth. Without Superman, there is nobody left in the past to inspire individuals with extraordinary abilities to become superheroes, creating a temporal paradox that erases the present League. In the League's absence, the Legion pillages the world, robbing banks and depositories and leaving Washington D.C. in ruins. Unwilling to risk being erased from existence, Dawnstar and Karate Kid retreat, realizing that they can induce their own paradox by ensuring Lex Luthor's past counterpart never traveled to the 31st century so he could not steal the Eternity Glass and return to the past. They free past Luthor from ice, but Time Trapper is immune to the paradox because he exists outside the timeline, and with Luthor freed, he can now do as he pleases because he is no longer his master.

The Time Trapper banishes the future Luthor from existence and tries to remake the current world in his image. Superman and the League, who exist again because of the latter's absence, confront the villain. Time Trapper is too powerful for the League to fight. Karate Kid discovers that Time Trapper is composed entirely of dark matter, and realizes that only Dawnstar's light-based powers can defeat Time Trapper. Dawnstar charges Time Trapper and the League defeat him, reverting the Eternity Glass, which imprisons Time Trapper once more. The League thanks the young heroes and offers them the opportunity to stay. Karate Kid and Dawnstar decline, stating they must return to their time. They use the Eternity Glass to return to the 31st century. Superman recovers Luthor and sends him to Blackgate Prison. Gorilla Grodd assumes control of the Legion of Doom. Returning to their own time, Karate Kid and Dawnstar discover that a statue of Luthor has replaced a statue of Superman. Believing they have altered history in some unforeseen fashion, they immediately return to the 21st century to help the League once more.



The film was first released on DVD exclusively at Target stores on January 21, 2014.[1] The DVD, and digital download, was later available generally on May 20 the same year.[2]


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Chris Sims of wrote, "Trapped In Time might not have the pedigree of being inspired by a best-selling comic, but it’s exactly the kind of project DC’s animated movies should be focusing on".[3] Cliff Wheatley from IGN gave the film 8/10, saying "JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time is a call back to the glory days of DC’s animated offerings. It might not have the refined animation of the Bruce Timm era, but it’s certainly a ton of fun despite its flaws".[4]


  1. ^ a b "Target-Exclusive "JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time" Movie Hitting DVD January 21st, 2014". World's Finest. January 15, 2014. Retrieved October 6, 2014.
  2. ^ Harvey, Jim (May 20, 2014). ""JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time" Now Available To Own, New Video Clip". World's Finest.
  3. ^ "Review: 'JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time'". Comics Alliance. Archived from the original on January 24, 2014. Retrieved October 6, 2014.
  4. ^ "JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time Review". IGN. Retrieved October 6, 2014.