Justice League Unlimited

Hereafter (1)

Season 2, Ep 19, Aired 11/29/03
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  • Episode Description
  • After Superman makes the ultimate sacrifice to save his fellow heroes, the Justice League and rest of the grieving planet must learn to live in a world without Superman.

  • Cast & Crew
  • George Newbern

    Superman/Clark Kent/Kal-El

  • Maria Canals

    Hawkgirl/Shayera Hol

  • Carl Lumbly

    Martian Manhunter/J'onn J'onzz

  • Kevin Conroy

    Batman/Bruce Wayne

  • Susan Eisenberg

    Wonder Woman/Diana

  • Fan Reviews (7)
  • After Superman makes the ultimate sacrifice, the entire world mourns his death.

    By logi, Jul 21, 2007

  • One of the best episodes of season 2....

    By green_arrow92, Nov 22, 2006

  • Aw... Batman was being so sincere in this episode that it was adorable!

    By AlwayzBored, Apr 28, 2006

  • Metallo's team of villains fight JL. Superman flies between Toyman's disintegrator ray and his friends. He is obliterated sending the JL into mourning. While Batman investigates Lobo crashes the wake. Without Superman around, villains run rampant so JL an

    By malt_disney, Feb 18, 2006

  • The Death and Funeral for a Friend in a single Half Hour!

    By rabbitkeeper, Feb 14, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (10)

    • Martian Manhunter: Though we gather here today, bound together in sorrow and loss, we share a precious gift. We are all of us privileged to live a life that has been touched by Superman. The Man of Steel possessed many extraordinary gifts, and he shared them with us freely. None of these gifts were more remarkable than his ability to discern what needed to be done and in his unfailing courage in doing it, whatever the personal cost. Let us all strive to accept his gift and pass it along as an ongoing tribute to Kal-El of Krypton, the immigrant from the stars who taught us all how to be heroes.

    • Flash: I used to be able to goof around so much because I knew Superman had my back. Now all I've got is his example. And that's gonna have to be enough.

    • Lobo: Brave talk for a dead man. Kalibak: I'm not dead yet. Lobo: You're right – my watch is about 10 seconds fast.

    • Lobo: Finders keepers on any bounties, right? Hawkgirl: You need to be quiet now.

    • Kalibak: This looks like a job for Superman . . . but I don't think he's coming.

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    Notes (11)

    • Character bios: Lobo, Superman Revenge Squad, Metallo, Livewire, Toyman, Weather Wizard, Deadshot, Kalibak

    • Originally Captain Marvel was to take Superman's place (rather then Lobo), But it turned out the rights weren't available and they went with Lobo.

    • When discussing League membership, Wonder Woman asks Batman if he wants to become a full-time member. This confirms the comment made by Barda in Batman Beyond about the original Batman never making it past part-timer ("The Call, Part 2").

    • This episode features Kal-El's second funeral in the WB Animated DC Universe. The first occurred in the Superman: The Animated Series episode "The Late Mr. Kent", where Clark Kent was presumed dead in a car accident.

    • Whereas Wonder Woman's regular costume features the classic "WW" logo, her formal attire (that she wears to the funeral) appears to sport the logo that appeared on Lynda Carter's WW costume in the late 70s.

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    Trivia (5)

    • During the commentary, when the camera focuses on Hawkgirl, there is a rather large bush behind her. When they zoom in, it's missing.

    • When the League is carrying Superman's casket to the place of burial, between front and rear shots, Green Lantern's "robe" disappears and reappears.

    • Further on Superman as Clark Kent - who invited his adoptive Earth parents? Superman's funeral would be a world-class event, with only limited attendance inside the chapel during the actual service. Not only superheroes but dignitaries, Presidents, etc., from across the world would be present and expect to be among those given the limited seating. Short of revealing that they're Clark's adopted parents, how the heck would the Kents get seated near the front row? And even if Bruce Wayne pulled some strings, wouldn't that raise suspicions that they had some connection to Superman? That, along with Clark's absence (see above) would seem to permanently blow Superman's secret ID.

    • No one noticed that Clark Kent didn't show up for Superman's funeral? Has the whole world just been humoring him about his "secret identity" all this time?

    • Why are the police unable to do anything? We've seen in the past that Metropolis has a Special Crimes division headed by Maggie Sawyer (who we see later at Superman's funeral), with super-powered weapons and all. But they're curiously absent here.

    Allusions (4)

    • Kalibak: This looks like a job for Superman...but I don't think he's coming.
      An ongoing line in the old Superman series.

    • Batman: Perhaps you should get a strap for that?
      Said as he disarms yet another villain wielding a handheld power device - seems to be becoming a habit as he references previous episodes such as "Injustice for All (1)."

    • Green Lantern: Watch out for Iron Giant!
      Referencing the animated movie. This episode premiered on Thanksgiving weekend only a few hours after the annual Cartoon Network marathon of the movie. And Iron Giant itself makes several references to Superman, the focus character of this two-parter.

    • Batman: What did you always call it, Clark... the neverending battle... References the introductory monologue to the 1951 - 1957 The Adventures of Superman television show starring George Reeves: Faster than a speeding bullet. More powerful than a locomotive. Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. Look! Up in the sky. It's a bird. It's a plane. It's Superman! Yes, it's Superman - strange visitor from another planet who came to Earth with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men. Superman - who can change the course of mighty rivers, bend steel in his bare hands, and who disguised as Clark Kent, mild-mannered reporter for a great metropolitan newspaper, fights a neverending battle for Truth, Justice, and the American Way.

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