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The star power of 'Justice League Action' may outshine the heroes

Cartoon Network’s series “Justice League Action,” about a group of DC Comics superheroes that includes Superman and Batman, has episodes that last only 11 minutes, but the series has attracted an impressive number of stars to voice heroic and villainous roles. Starting with the return to TV of...

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