List of Justice League episodes

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Promotional image of the Justice League by Bruce Timm

Justice League and Justice League Unlimited are American animated series about a team of superheroes. They ran from 2001 to 2006 on Cartoon Network. The series are based on the Justice League and associated comic book characters published by DC Comics. They follow the adventures of Superman, Batman (Bruce Wayne), Wonder Woman, Green Lantern (John Stewart), The Flash, Hawkgirl, and Martian Manhunter (J'onn J'onzz).

Justice League was composed of two 26-episode seasons. The show was then renamed Justice League Unlimited and ran for three 13-episode seasons. Justice League Unlimited involved a larger cast of characters, and changed from two-part episodes to single-episode stand-alone stories that often intertwined to form long story arcs. Between both series, there are a total of 91 episodes, along with 2 crossover episodes of Static Shock in which the League appears.

The show is the last in a series of animated features that together constitute what is known as the DC animated universe (DCAU).[1]

Series overview[edit]

Justice League
Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 26 November 17, 2001 November 9, 2002
2 26 July 5, 2003 May 29, 2004
Justice League Unlimited
Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 13 July 31, 2004 January 29, 2005
2 13 February 5, 2005 July 23, 2005
3 13 September 17, 2005 May 13, 2006

Justice League episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2001–2002)[edit]

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"Secret Origins"Dan Riba
Butch Lukic
Dan Riba
Rich FogelNovember 17, 2001 (2001-11-17)

As alien invaders who were accidentally awakened on Mars begin to take over the Earth, Superman and Batman rescue Martian Manhunter who telepathically summons Wonder Woman, Hawkgirl, The Flash, and Green Lantern to help stop the invasion. Superman gathers everyone at the newly built Watchtower, funded by Batman, and asks them to be part of a team, which he dubs the Justice League.

Absent in part 1 only: Green Lantern and Hawkgirl.
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"In Blackest Night"Butch LukicStan BerkowitzNovember 19, 2001 (2001-11-19)
November 26, 2001 (2001-11-26)

Green Lantern surrenders himself to robotic Manhunters to stand trial for the destruction of a planet. While Flash acts as Green Lantern's attorney, the rest of the League discovers that Kanjar Ro helped the Manhunters frame Green Lantern.

Absent: Batman and Wonder Woman.
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"The Enemy Below"Dan RibaKevin HoppsDecember 3, 2001 (2001-12-03)
December 10, 2001 (2001-12-10)

A nuclear submarine is attacked in the Atlantic, forcing the League to come face-to-face with Aquaman and his Atlantean army. Aquaman follows Superman's advice to go to Metropolis and take his problems up with the various governments of the world. When a mercenary, Deadshot, attacks Aquaman, the League steps in. Aquaman discovers that Lord Orm, his own brother, was behind the attack. Orm takes Aquaman and his infant son and places them on a cliff over a vein of molten lava, leaving them to die. To save his son, Aquaman sacrifices his own hand.

Absent: Flash and Hawkgirl.
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11
"Paradise Lost"Dan RibaJoseph KuhrJanuary 21, 2002 (2002-01-21)
January 28, 2002 (2002-01-28)

Sorcerer Felix Faust threatens to keep Wonder Woman's home population transformed into stone if she does not gather artifacts for him. He uses the artifacts to release Hades from Tartarus. The League succeeds in banishing Hades and his minions, but Wonder Woman is exiled from Themyscira for allowing the men of the Justice League to help.

Absent: Green Lantern and Hawkgirl.
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"War World"Butch LukicStan BerkowitzFebruary 24, 2002 (2002-02-24)
March 3, 2002 (2002-03-03)

Superman and Martian Manhunter are abducted by extraterrestrial slave traders and sold to the planet War World, whose despotic ruler Mongul pits aliens against each other in mortal combat in an enormous colosseum. Green Lantern and Hawkgirl set out to rescue them.

Absent: Batman, Flash and Wonder Woman.
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"The Brave and the Bold"Dan RibaStory by : Rich Fogel and Paul Dini
Teleplay by : Dwayne McDuffie
March 10, 2002 (2002-03-10)
March 17, 2002 (2002-03-17)

The Flash and Green Lantern uncover a plot by Gorilla Grodd to destroy Gorilla City, a hidden city of hyperintelligent talking gorillas in Africa. Grodd has a device that allows him to control the minds of others, and uses stolen gorilla technology to conquer all of Central City and put its inhabitants under his control. Locked inside the force field-shielded city, Flash and Green Lantern work together with Solovar, Gorilla City's chief of security, to destroy the enemy from within before Grodd carries out his revenge.

Absent in part 1 only: Batman, Hawkgirl, Martian Manhunter and Wonder Woman.

Absent in both parts: Superman.
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"Fury"Butch LukicStory by : Stan Berkowitz
Teleplay by : Dwayne McDuffie
April 7, 2002 (2002-04-07)
April 14, 2002 (2002-04-14)
A rogue Amazonian named Aresia, who was born in the mortal world and raised on Themyscira, gathers several supervillains - Star Sapphire, Shade, Copperhead, Solomon Grundy, and Tsukuri - and sets out to kill the world's male population, whom she holds responsible for the death of her family members in a war.
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"Legends"Dan RibaAndrew KreisbergApril 21, 2002 (2002-04-21)
April 28, 2002 (2002-04-28)

The Justice League is accidentally transported to a parallel world and discovers the Justice Guild of America, who are comic book characters in the Justice League's world. While battling supervillains in this other dimension, they discover that the world is just an elaborate illusion.

Absent: Wonder Woman.

Note: The episode is dedicated to Gardner Fox, a Golden Age writer who co-created both the Justice Society of America (JSA) and the Justice League of America (JSA), the comics on which the Guild are based.[2] Originally, the showrunners wanted to use the JSA, but DC Comics publisher Paul Levitz felt that the story was inappropriate, so they altered the names and designs of the team. However, a teaser was produced for the episode with the JSA.[citation needed]
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"Injustice for All"Butch LukicStan BerkowitzSeptember 6, 2002 (2002-09-06)
September 13, 2002 (2002-09-13)
Exposed as a criminal, sentenced to prison, and terminally ill due to long-term Kryptonite exposure, Lex Luthor escapes and assembles a supervillain team, the Injustice Gang, to take on the Justice League. The gang consists of Cheetah, Star Sapphire, The Shade, Copperhead, Ultra-Humanite, and Solomon Grundy. The Joker also becomes part of the team, on his own initiative. Even with their combined power, the gang proves no match for Batman's guile.
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"A Knight of Shadows"Butch LukicKeith DamronSeptember 20, 2002 (2002-09-20)
September 27, 2002 (2002-09-27)

Jason Blood and his alter-ego Etrigan the Demon seek the assistance of the Justice League in preventing the Philosopher's stone from falling into the hands of his ancient enemy, the sorceress Morgaine le Fey.

Absent: Green Lantern, Hawkgirl and Superman.
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"Metamorphosis"Dan RibaLen Uhley
Story by : Len Uhley
Teleplay by : Dwayne McDuffie
October 4, 2002 (2002-10-04)
October 11, 2002 (2002-10-11)

Green Lantern's old friend Rex Mason, now working for a shady industrialist, suffers an "accident" arranged by his jealous employer and is transformed into the superhero Metamorpho.

Absent: Flash and Wonder Woman.
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26
"The Savage Time"Butch Lukic
Dan Riba
Butch Lukic
Stan BerkowitzNovember 9, 2002 (2002-11-09)

The Justice League returns from a mission in space to find the world transformed; a result of villain Vandal Savage feeding information to his past self in the 1940s, allowing him to help take over the world during World War II. The League travels back in time themselves to stop him, and fight Nazis alongside WWII-era heroes Easy Company, the Blackhawks, and Steve Trevor.

Absent in part 2 only: Batman.

Season 2 (2003–2004)[edit]

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Title Directed by Written by Original Air Date
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28
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2
"Twilight"Dan Riba
Butch Lukic
Rich Fogel and Bruce TimmJuly 5, 2003 (2003-07-05)

The League is tricked into defending Apokolips, Darkseid's homeworld, against the threat of Brainiac. The team solicits the aid of the New Gods, including Orion, Lightray, and Highfather. The resulting destruction of Brainiac's base is thought to be the end of Darkseid.

Absent: Flash and Green Lantern.
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4
"Tabula Rasa"Dan RibaStan BerkowitzOctober 4, 2003 (2003-10-04)
Lex Luthor manipulates a powerful android named Amazo with the ability to copy any superpower, posing as a father figure to it. Meanwhile, Martian Manhunter questions the nature of humans and struggles with the burden of hearing thousands of their minds in his head at once, after performing a psychic sweep of the city of Metropolis in a failed attempt to locate Luthor.
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"Only a Dream"Butch LukicStan BerkowitzOctober 11, 2003 (2003-10-11)

Small time crook John Dee volunteers for an experimental treatment while in prison. While the authorities are distracted by a mass prison break led by Volcana, Luminus, Copperhead, Solomon Grundy and Firefly, John Dee overdoses on the treatment and becomes the dream-controlling Doctor Destiny. Destiny takes telepathic control of most of the League in their sleep, leaving only Batman and Martian Manhunter. The League members become trapped in their dreams and unable to wake up. Martian Manhunter tries to force them awake, while Batman goes to confront Dr. Destiny.

Absent: Wonder Woman.
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8
"Maid of Honor"Dan RibaDwayne McDuffieOctober 18, 2003 (2003-10-18)

Wonder Woman befriends the princess of Kasnia, a jet-setting party girl who is reluctant to end her wild ways to get married. Unfortunately, her fiancé is the immortal Vandal Savage, and he already has plans for both the throne and the Justice League. Wonder Woman and Batman must stop Savage, while Flash, Green Lantern, and Martian Manhunter take out Savage's new Rail Gun satellite.

Absent in part 1 only: Flash, Green Lantern and Martian Manhunter.

Absent in both parts: Hawkgirl and Superman.

Note: This is the first episode of the Justice League series in which Batman appears as Bruce Wayne.
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"Hearts and Minds"Butch LukicKeith DamronOctober 25, 2003 (2003-10-25)

Kilowog crashes to Earth, seeking Green Lantern's help to rescue other members of the Green Lantern Corps from the psychic, would-be conqueror Despero. He also explains that Green Lantern's former mentor and lover, Katma Tui, is one of the captives. After facing Despero and losing, Green Lantern has to retrain himself to use his power ring to help the League end Despero's reign. Flash, Hawkgirl and Martian Manhunter accompany Kilowog to Despero's planet to help Green Lantern stop him.

Absent: Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman.
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"A Better World"Dan RibaStan BerkowitzNovember 1, 2003 (2003-11-01)

In an alternate reality, the Justice League launches an assault on the White House, where Superman kills President Lex Luthor in retaliation for The Flash's murder by Luthor. Two years later, the League, now evil and called the Justice Lords, rule the planet with an iron fist. Justice Lord Batman discovers the dimension where the Justice League lives. The Lords cross over and trap the League in a force field. They then take the League's places, attempting to make this Earth like their own.

Note: The idea of evil counterparts from an alternate reality is loosely based on the Crime Syndicate.[citation needed]
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14
"Eclipsed"Dan RibaJoseph KuhrNovember 8, 2003 (2003-11-08)

An ancient lunar crystal called the Black Heart is discovered. Unbeknownst to the members of the Justice League, it harbors an evil snake spirit with the ability to possess its bearer. The crystal's power contaminates almost all of the League, except for The Flash, who must save the League from a weapon that will destroy both the Sun and the Earth.

Absent in part 1 only: Hawkgirl, Martian Manhunter and Superman.

Absent in both parts: Batman.
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16
"The Terror Beyond"Butch LukicDwayne McDuffieNovember 15, 2003 (2003-11-15)

Doctor Fate and Aquaman rescue Solomon Grundy, intent on using him to help battle an ancient evil. Superman, Hawkgirl and Wonder Woman are conflicted about this goal.

Absent: Batman, Flash, Green Lantern and Martian Manhunter.

Note: The pairing of these heroes is an homage to the Marvel Comics superhero team The Defenders. The plot is based upon H. P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos.[citation needed]
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"Secret Society"Dan RibaStan BerkowitzNovember 22, 2003 (2003-11-22)
While the Justice League are quarreling about the value of mutual trust and teamwork, Grodd organizes a Secret Society composed of Giganta, Killer Frost, Sinestro, Parasite, The Shade and Clayface. The Society captures most of the League, but Martian Manhunter frees the others, and the Society is defeated in front of a crowded stadium.
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"Hereafter"Butch LukicDwayne McDuffieNovember 29, 2003 (2003-11-29)

A band of supervillains, (composed of Metallo, Kalibak, Livewire, Weather Wizard, and Toyman) team up to get revenge on Superman. When they attack Metropolis, Toyman shoots an experimental weapon at Batman and an injured Wonder Woman, but Superman sacrifices himself to save them and is seemingly vaporized. The League attempts to cope with the loss of Superman by defending Metropolis in his absence. Eventually Lobo arrives at the Watchtower and nominates himself as Superman's replacement, but does more harm than good. Superman wakes up 30,000 years in Earth's future, but the sun has turned red, removing his superpowers. He encounters a humbled Vandal Savage, the only human left alive after an attempt at world domination staged a few months after Superman's disappearance. Savage reveals he had been working on a time machine, but he is immortal and he cannot exist at the same time as his previous self as it would cause a paradox. Superman, however, can go back to a time where he doesn't exist, i.e. after his death. With knowledge of past Savage's crime, he goes back in time and reunites with the League. In the future, the desolate wasteland is replaced with people and a city as a thankful Savage disappears from existence.

Note: Writer Dwayne McDuffie wrote on his forum that the episode title "Hereafter" is a subtle pun: Part One shows the apparent death of Superman, which according to most religions would send his soul to some sort of "Hereafter." But as we learn in Part Two, actually, he’d been sent to the future while remaining geographically in the same place (the future ruins of Metropolis), and was thus "here, after."[citation needed]
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"Wild Cards"Butch LukicStan Berkowitz & Dwayne McDuffieDecember 6, 2003 (2003-12-06)

With his Gwynplaine Entertainment Company (a reference to The Man Who Laughs) the Joker takes over TV stations in Las Vegas, announcing that he has placed a series of bombs that will destroy the Strip in 22 minutes and 51 seconds if they are not stopped by the Justice League. With the whole world watching, the League must first get past the Joker's own superteam, the Royal Flush Gang. However, the threat imposed by the Joker is not as simple as it seems, and Batman must track down his location to stop him.

Absent: Martian Manhunter and Wonder Woman.

Note: This episode is notable as a 'hidden crossover' with Teen Titans, as the Royal Flush Gang is voiced by the five principal actors from that series. The gang's designs are also based on the Teen Titans voice actors.[3]
4923"Comfort and Joy"Butch LukicPaul DiniDecember 13, 2003 (2003-12-13)

After saving two worlds, the members of the Justice League decide to take a break to celebrate the holidays. The Flash spends his Christmas Eve with the children of an orphanage, who ask that he find them a special animated toy duck. The popular toy is broken by the Ultra-Humanite, who eventually comes around and helps The Flash. Green Lantern and Hawkgirl show each other how they spend the holidays. Green Lantern engages in a snowball fight with Hawkgirl. Hawkgirl responds by starting an interplanetary barroom brawl. Batman spends Christmas on Watchtower duty. Meanwhile, Superman invites Martian Manhunter over to Smallville for Christmas Eve with his parents. Although Martian Manhunter is initially uncomfortable, he eventually learns to enjoy Christmas.

Absent: Batman and Wonder Woman.

Note: This was the first standalone episode of the series.
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"Starcrossed"Butch Lukic
Dan Riba
Butch Lukic
Rich Fogel
Story by : Rich Fogel
Teleplay by : John Ridley
Rich Fogel & Dwayne McDuffie
May 29, 2004 (2004-05-29)

After Earth is attacked by a Gordanian battleship, the League is aided by an army of Hawkmen from Hawkgirl's home planet of Thanagar. The Thanagarians offer to help Earth build a shield to defend against the Gordanians, but Batman discovers that this is just a ruse. Hawkgirl finds herself torn between her allegiance to Thanagar and her commitment to the Justice League, as well as between her betrothal to the Thanagarian commander Hro Talak and her budding romantic love for Green Lantern.

Note: Hro Talak is an anagram for Katar Hol, Hawkman's given name in the comic series.[citation needed]

Static Shock crossovers[edit]

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S03E06
S03E07
"A League of Their Own"UncreditedErnie Altbacker (Part 1)
Dwayne McDuffie (Part 2)
March 1, 2003 (2003-03-01)
March 8, 2003 (2003-03-08)
When the Watchtower has a sudden power drain, the Justice League recruits Static to jump start their station before it reenters the atmosphere. Unbeknownst to either Static or Gear, the power drain also releases Brainiac from his confinement. Static and Gear manage to bring Brainiac down, but the villain has a loophole left to slip through.
43S04E04"Fallen Hero"Chuck DrostStan BerkowitzFebruary 7, 2004 (2004-02-07)
Static faces off against his idol, Green Lantern (actually Sinestro in disguise), when he causes chaos all over town.

Note: Chronologically, these episodes take place prior to "Starcrossed", as they make use of the original Watchtower.[citation needed]

Justice League Unlimited episodes[edit]

After the first two seasons the show was renamed Justice League Unlimited and the format was changed from two-part episodes to single episodes. These episodes featured an expanded Justice League that includes a wide array of superheroes from the DC Comics universe.

The series ran for three more seasons, from July 2004 to May 2006. These three seasons are available for digital download and on DVD/Blu-ray as two seasons, with the Season 1 boxset containing the original Seasons 1 and 2 episodes[4] and the Season 2 boxset containing the original Season 3 episodes.[5]

Season 1 (2004–2005)[edit]

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Title Directed by Written by Original Air Date
11"Initiation"Joaquim dos SantosStan BerkowitzJuly 31, 2004 (2004-07-31)

The League expands their operations, enlisting new recruits from across the globe. The newest is Green Arrow, who has repeatedly refused to join the League. He is teleported to the rebuilt Watchtower. Deciding again not to join, he hitches a ride back to Earth with Green Lantern, Captain Atom and Supergirl, who have been sent on a mission to stop a giant, uncontrolled, nuclear-powered defense robot in an unnamed Asian country that exists in self-imposed international isolation.

Note: This episode features cameos from over 30 other heroes, many of whom participate in subsequent episodes. Most notably, Green Arrow's eventual decision to join the League is shown to be influenced by catching his first glimpse of Black Canary.
22"For the Man Who Has Everything"Dan RibaJ. M. DeMatteisAugust 7, 2004 (2004-08-07)

Batman and Wonder Woman find Superman held captive by Mongul in the Fortress of Solitude and dreaming of an idyllic life on Krypton, due to the effects of a wish-fulfilling parasitic plant known as the Black Mercy.

Note: This episode is adapted from Superman Annual #11, written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons in 1985. It marks the first appearance by Joe Chill in the DCAU, as Batman dreams of watching his father beat the thug senseless.[citation needed]
33"Kids' Stuff"Joaquim dos SantosHenry GilroyAugust 14, 2004 (2004-08-14)

Morgaine le Fey transforms Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern into children after Mordred uses his magic to remove all adults from Earth.

Note: Based loosely on elements of the DC Comics events JLA: World Without Grown Ups and Young Justice: Sins of Youth.[citation needed]
44"Hawk and Dove"Joaquim dos SantosStory by : Ron Zimmerman
Teleplay by : Robert Goodman
August 21, 2004 (2004-08-21)

Wonder Woman teams up with two super powered brothers, Hawk and Dove, to stop Ares' plans to escalate a European civil war by loosing a war machine called the Annihilator into the fray.

Note: As a nod to their earlier roles as brothers on The Wonder Years, the two brothers were voiced by Fred Savage (Hank/Hawk) and Jason Hervey (Don/Dove), though at the last second Savage and Hervey switched roles.[citation needed]
55"This Little Piggy"Dan RibaPaul DiniAugust 28, 2004 (2004-08-28)

The centuries-old enchantress Circe transforms Wonder Woman into a pig as revenge against Diana's mother. Batman and Zatanna work together to return her to normal, while B'wana Beast attempts to find the "Wonder Pig" before she's butchered at a slaughterhouse.

Note: This episode features the singing of actress/singer Rachel York, who performs Lulu's Back in Town by Al Dubin and Harry Warren.[citation needed]
66"Fearful Symmetry"Joaquim dos SantosStory by : Stan Berkowitz
Teleplay by : Robert Goodman
September 4, 2004 (2004-09-04)

Supergirl, Green Arrow, and The Question investigate Supergirl's disturbing dreams. They discover that Cadmus created a clone of Supergirl named Galatea while she was recovering from her fight against Superman on Earth.

Note: Galatea is based on Power Girl.
77"The Greatest Story Never Told"Dan RibaAndrew KreisbergSeptember 11, 2004 (2004-09-11)
The Justice League battle Mordru in the background, while the narrative follows Booster Gold as he attempts to close a walking black hole while he's supposed to be on "crowd control".
88"The Return"Joaquim dos SantosStory by : Stan Berkowitz
Teleplay by : J. M. DeMatteis
September 18, 2004 (2004-09-18)
The League attempts to keep Ivo's android Amazo from taking revenge against the recently reformed Lex Luthor. Luthor and the Atom attempt to create a weapon to neutralize Amazo's nanotechnology. Their victory is largely assisted by Doctor Fate.
99"Ultimatum"Joaquim dos SantosStory by : Dwayne McDuffie
Teleplay by : J. M. DeMatteis
December 4, 2004 (2004-12-04)

The Justice League meets the Ultimen, a popular group of young heroes. The Ultimen discover they are the results of a government experiment in creating superhumans and only have a short time to live. In frustration and anger, all of them except for Long Shadow strike out against the Justice League.

Note: The Ultimen are pastiches of several superheroes that were created for (and are unique to) the Super Friends animated series. The members were Long Shadow (based upon Apache Chief), Wind Dragon (Samurai), Juice (Black Vulcan), Downpour, and Shifter (Zan and Jayna, the Wonder Twins).[citation needed] Their base of operations is a nod to the Super Friends' Hall of Justice.[citation needed] The Ultimen also parallel the International Ultramarine Corps of the Howard Porter/Grant Morrison JLA run: both teams begin as rival heroes to the Justice League, but discover that they are the results of a secret government project under General Wade Eiling and will die in just a few years' time due to their experimental origins.[citation needed]
1010"Dark Heart"Dan RibaWarren EllisDecember 11, 2004 (2004-12-11)
Most of the League battles powerful alien nanotechnology. They realize that the waves of self-replicating robots cannot be simply destroyed. The Atom shrinks himself to stop the robots from the inside.
1111"Wake the Dead"Joaquim dos SantosStory by : Dwayne McDuffie & Bruce Timm
Teleplay by : Dwayne McDuffie
December 18, 2004 (2004-12-18)
A trio of high school kids accidentally resurrect Solomon Grundy, making him more powerful than ever but with no memories of his past. Doctor Fate, Amazo, Aquaman, and Hawkgirl assist the League in stopping his rampage.
1212"The Once and Future Thing, Part One: Weird Western Tales"Dan RibaDwayne McDuffieJanuary 22, 2005 (2005-01-22)

Batman, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern chase Chronos to the past, where they team up with heroes from the Old West. After defeating stolen future tech in that era, they again follow Chronos to the future. Warhawk from the Batman Beyond era is revealed to be Green Lantern's and Hawkgirl's son.[citation needed]

Guest starring: Bat Lash, Jonah Hex, El Diablo, and Ohiyesa "Pow-Wow" Smith.
1313"The Once and Future Thing, Part Two: Time, Warped"Joaquim dos SantosDwayne McDuffieJanuary 29, 2005 (2005-01-29)

Batman, Green Lantern, and Wonder Woman chase Chronos into the future Gotham City of Batman Beyond, just in time to join that era's Justice League in a battle with a group of Jokerz. The time travelers are taken to the Justice League Unlimited's refuge. An older Bruce Wayne reveals that the street gang they fought against was enhanced by Chronos, who led them to kill the rest of the League of that era. The combined heroes defeat the Jokerz, and Batman traps Chronos in a time loop.

Guest starring: Batman (Terry McGinnis), Warhawk, a 65-year-old Static, and Hal Jordan.

Season 2 (2005)[edit]

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141"The Cat and the Canary"Joaquim dos SantosStory by : Stan Berkowitz
Teleplay by : Robert Goodman
February 5, 2005 (2005-02-05)
Black Canary convinces Green Arrow to help save her mentor, Wildcat, from his involvement in a superpowered underground fight club known as Metabrawl.
152"The Ties That Bind"
"Miracles Happen"
Dan RibaStory by : Jim Steranko
Teleplay by : J. M. DeMatteis
February 12, 2005 (2005-02-12)
Mister Miracle and Big Barda solicit the League's assistance to free Oberon from Apokolips. Martian Manhunter refuses, but Flash decides to help out on his own.
163"The Doomsday Sanction"Dan RibaStory by : Dwayne McDuffie
Teleplay by : Robert Goodman
February 19, 2005 (2005-02-19)
Superman battles Doomsday in the heart of a volcano. Batman probes the Cadmus conspiracy to destroy the Justice League.
174"Task Force X"Joaquim dos SantosStory by : Dwayne McDuffie
Teleplay by : Darwyn Cooke
May 21, 2005 (2005-05-21)
Cadmus has recruited a team of supervillains named Task Force X made up of Deadshot, Plastique, Captain Boomerang, and the Clock King. Their mission is to steal the Annihilator armor from the Watchtower.
185"The Balance"Dan RibaStory by : Stan Berkowitz
Teleplay by : Dwayne McDuffie
May 28, 2005 (2005-05-28)
Felix Faust, imprisoned in a mirror, fools Tala into letting him out. He possesses the Annihilator and casts Hades out of Tartarus. After her armor and lasso's truth-discerning abilities are activated by Queen Hippolyta, Wonder Woman teams up with Hawkgirl to help Hades reclaim his kingdom, at Zeus's command. Meanwhile Wonder Woman and Hawkgirl must deal with their anger towards each other following the events of the three-part Season 2 finale "Starcrossed".
196"Double Date"Joaquim dos SantosGail SimoneJune 4, 2005 (2005-06-04)
Huntress is kicked out of the Justice League for attempting to murder mob boss Steven Mandragora, the man responsible for her parents' death. She recruits The Question to assist her in finishing him off while Green Arrow and Black Canary attempt to thwart their efforts.
207"Clash"Dan RibaStory by : Dwayne McDuffie
Teleplay by : J. M. DeMatteis
June 11, 2005 (2005-06-11)
Lex Luthor's candidacy for president moves forward as Captain Marvel appears to endorse him. Luthor manipulates Superman, tricking him into fighting Captain Marvel. Superman is humiliated after discovering that the bomb he defused turned out to be a generator. At the end, Batman reveals that Superman had been baited by Luthor and Amanda Waller as a plot to discredit the League.
218"Hunter's Moon"
"Mystery in Space"
Joaquim dos SantosStory by : Stan Berkowitz
Teleplay by : Dwayne McDuffie
June 18, 2005 (2005-06-18)
When the Justice League receives a distress call, Hawkgirl, Vigilante, and Vixen investigate. The distress call turns out to be a trap set by the surviving Thanagarian warriors, who blame Hawkgirl for their loss in the Thangar-Gordanian war. Hawkgirl also has to deal with her teammates' resentments for her betrayal of the Justice League, and her own lingering self-doubts.
229"Question Authority"Dan RibaDwayne McDuffieJune 25, 2005 (2005-06-25)
After helping Superman defeat Mantis, Captain Atom's Air Force Reserve commission is reactivated. Meanwhile, The Question discovers the records about the Justice Lords, and Luthor's attempts to discredit the Justice League. The Question is captured, and Superman and Huntress attempt to rescue him. Almost successful, they are confronted by Captain Atom, who has orders to stop them.
2310"Flashpoint"Joaquim dos SantosDwayne McDuffieJuly 2, 2005 (2005-07-02)
Lex Luthor seizes control of the Watchtower's main gun to fire on Cadmus, causing massive collateral damage on the city and falsely implicating the League as responsible. Convinced it is an act of revenge, Amanda Waller commands Galatea to attack the Watchtower with an army of Ultimen clones.
2411"Panic in the Sky"Dan RibaDwayne McDuffieJuly 9, 2005 (2005-07-09)
The founding members of the Justice League, with the exception of Batman, surrender to the government. In the middle of a battle between the rest of the League and the army of Ultimen, Supergirl and Steel battle Galatea to keep her from destroying the Watchtower.
2512"Divided We Fall"Joaquim dos SantosDwayne McDuffieJuly 16, 2005 (2005-07-16)
With most of the League unavailable, the League's founding members battle a fusion between Luthor and Brainiac. The Flash saves the day when he runs around the world numerous times in order to separate and defeat the Luthor-Brainiac fusion.
2613"Epilogue"Dan RibaStory by : Bruce Timm & Dwayne McDuffie
Teleplay by : Dwayne McDuffie
July 23, 2005 (2005-07-23)

In the future of Batman Beyond, Amanda Waller reveals to an older Terry McGinnis that she created the project Batman Beyond to continue Bruce Wayne's work.

Note: According to Stephen Harber, the episode was originally intended to be the series finale for Justice League and the DCAU in general.[6] The decision to end on a Batman-heavy episode was planned as a way of bringing the series full circle, ending as Batman: The Animated Series began.[citation needed]

Season 3 (2005–2006)[edit]

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Title Directed by Written by Original Air Date
271"I Am Legion"Joaquim dos SantosDwayne McDuffieSeptember 17, 2005 (2005-09-17)

After Lex Luthor escapes from prison, Gorilla Grodd baits him into joining the new Secret Society with a piece of Brainiac technology. Luthor, the Key, and Doctor Polaris steal the Spear of Longinus from Blackhawk Island despite the attempts of Flash, Fire, Hawkgirl, and the last surviving Blackhawk to stop them.

Note: This new Secret Society is similar in scale to the Legion of Doom (a supervillain group from the Challenge of the Super Friends animated series), and its base is an updated version of the one used by the Legion of Doom.[citation needed] The title of this episode is a variant on a verse from the Bible (Mark 5:9), specifically the last half of the verse that states 'My name is Legion, for we are many.' This is a reference to the Secret Society being a veritable legion of super villains,[citation needed] as well as the appearance of the headquarters of the Legion of Doom, updated for the 21st century and used as the base for the Society.
282"Shadow of the Hawk"Dan RibaStory by : Dwayne McDuffie
Teleplay by : J. M. DeMatteis
September 17, 2005 (2005-09-17)
Hawkgirl agrees to meet with Carter Hall, an archaeologist who has discovered Thanagarian artifacts from ancient Egypt. With a suspicious Batman eavesdropping, Carter reveals himself to a confused Hawkgirl as her reincarnated lover from the past and Hawkman. The Shadow Thief attempts to steal the artifacts, which results in the destruction of the tomb.
293"Chaos at the Earth's Core"Joaquim dos SantosMatt WayneSeptember 24, 2005 (2005-09-24)
Supergirl, Stargirl, S.T.R.I.P.E., and Green Lantern help Warlord liberate Skartaris (a hidden world inside the Earth's core) from Deimos, a brutal dictator, while protecting a very large piece of Kryptonite from Metallo and Silver Banshee.
304"To Another Shore"Dan RibaDwayne McDuffieSeptember 24, 2005 (2005-09-24)
Wonder Woman protects the body of the Viking Prince from members of the Secret Society who want to reverse engineer invulnerability powers from it. Troubled by his isolation, Martian Manhunter leaves the Justice League to better understand humanity.
315"Flash and Substance"Joaquim dos SantosMatt WayneFebruary 11, 2006 (2006-02-11)

Orion attempts to understand The Flash's antics as Wally and Batman battle four of Flash's rogues who attack the opening of a museum in The Flash's honor.

Note: This episode includes many references to The Flash's comic book and television history, including a guest appearance by Linda Park, and brings back Mark Hamill as the Trickster.[citation needed]
326"Dead Reckoning"Dan RibaDwayne McDuffieFebruary 18, 2006 (2006-02-18)
Deadman convinces Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman to help him retrieve the souls of a mystic order of monks, stolen by the Secret Society. They force the Secret Society to retreat from Gorilla City, ending Grodd's attempt to turn all people on Earth into apes. At a general meeting in the Secret Society's HQ, Lex Luthor states that Grodd's master plan was silly, and shoots him, taking over leadership of the Secret Society.
337"Patriot Act"Joaquim dos SantosMatt WayneFebruary 25, 2006 (2006-02-25)

General Wade Eiling from Cadmus steals the "Captain Nazi" super-soldier serum and injects it into himself to "protect" the world from metahumans. With the more powerful League members busy, Green Arrow leads Stargirl, S.T.R.I.P.E., Shining Knight, Crimson Avenger, Vigilante, and Speedy against him. Eiling only stops short of killing Shining Knight when a civilian points out that the illogic of Eiling's position: his goal was to rid the world of metahumans, but he has superpowers and his opponents do not.

Note: The sub-team in this episode is an homage to the Golden Age Seven Soldiers of Victory.[citation needed]
348"The Great Brain Robbery"Dan RibaStory by : Dwayne McDuffie
Teleplay by : Matt Wayne
March 4, 2006 (2006-03-04)
Magic and science collide, swapping the minds of Lex Luthor and The Flash. The Justice League attempts to contain a super-speed powered Luthor on the Watchtower, while The Flash tries to hide the change from the Secret Society.
359"Grudge Match"Joaquim dos SantosStory by : Matt Wayne
Teleplay by : J. M. DeMatteis
March 11, 2006 (2006-03-11)

Roulette restarts Metabrawl, this time with an all-female fight card called "Glamour Slam", made up of mind-controlled Justice League members. First, the Huntress and Black Canary are set against Vixen and Hawkgirl, and then the four must contend against Wonder Woman.

Note: The story takes place in the city of Blüdhaven.[citation needed]
3610"Far from Home"Dan RibaStory by : Dwayne McDuffie
Teleplay by : Paul Dini
April 15, 2006 (2006-04-15)
Supergirl, Green Lantern and Green Arrow are kidnapped and taken to the 31st Century by Brainiac 5 and Bouncing Boy of the Legion of Super-Heroes. Here Supergirl embarks on her very last mission — a battle against the Fatal Five and the mind-controlled Legion itself.
3711"Ancient History"Joaquim dos SantosStory by : Matt Wayne
Teleplay by : Geoff Johns
April 29, 2006 (2006-04-29)
Shadow Thief captures Green Lantern, Hawkgirl and Hawkman, then forces them to watch a vision of their past selves developing the ancient society of Egypt with Thanagarian technology. Shadow Thief is shown to be a villain created from Carter Hall's mind who was released when he touched the Absorbacron. Hawkman defeats Shadow Thief and leaves. Green Lantern does not re-start his romance with Hawkgirl, staying with Vixen, but does tell Hawkgirl about their future son Rex Stewart/Warhawk. Hawkgirl asks Batman about Warhawk.
3812"Alive!"Dan RibaMatt WayneMay 6, 2006 (2006-05-06)
Luthor and the Secret Society refit their headquarters and fly into deep space in an attempt to reconstitute Brainiac. En route, Tala frees Grodd, who leads other disaffected villains against Luthor and his supporters. Luthor uses his intellect and resourcefulness to counter his various adversaries' powers. Luthor then uses Tala's magic in an attempt to reconstitute Brainiac, but instead resurrects Darkseid (with Brainiac enhancements), who plans to lay waste to Earth. Darkseid returns to Apokolips and stops a war between the two factions of his Elite fighting for power, and reveals to them his plans of an invasion of Earth. Luthor and the surviving Secret Society members turn to the Justice League for help.
3913"Destroyer"Joaquim dos SantosDwayne McDuffieMay 13, 2006 (2006-05-13)
The Justice League teams up with the remnants of the Secret Society to repel Darkseid's full-scale invasion of Earth. As the League and Secret Society members battle the Apokolips fleet on the other side of the planet, Superman, Batman, and Lex Luthor take on Darkseid atop the Daily Planet building.

Other[edit]

The comic series spun off from Justice League (Justice League Adventures and Justice League Unlimited) are loosely set in the same continuity as the series. They occasionally use different characters, such as Blue Beetle, Mary Marvel, Power Girl, Black Lightning and Firestorm and sometimes contradict events already shown, for example Wonder Woman remembering the events from "The Once and Future Thing".[7]

Matt Wayne (who wrote "Chaos At Earth's Core", "Flash & Substance", and "Patriot Act") wrote issues 37 and 38 of the comic. His stories are based on unused episode ideas.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "DC Animated Universe". DC Animated Universe. Retrieved 2019-06-07.
  2. ^ Sava, Oliver (January 2, 2012). "Justice League: "Legends"". The A.V. Club. Retrieved July 24, 2017. Andrew Kreisberg’s script is a tribute to the Golden Age JSA/JLA team-ups originated by Gardner Fox (the episode is dedicated to his memory)
  3. ^ The Avocado.org: Justice League, "Wild Cards" (retrieved October 15, 2019).
  4. ^ "Justice League Unlimited, Season 1". iTunes. Retrieved February 23, 2015.
  5. ^ "Justice League Unlimited, Season 2". iTunes. Retrieved February 23, 2015.
  6. ^ Harber, Stephen (January 18, 2019). "Batman Beyond: The Essential Episodes". Den of Geek!. ProQuest. Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  7. ^ "The Once and Future Thing Part Two: Time, Warped". DC Animated Universe. Retrieved 2019-06-07.
  8. ^ "The World's Finest - Justice League Unlimited". dcanimated.com. Retrieved 2019-06-07.

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