Justice League Unlimited

Hereafter (2)

Season 2, Ep 20, Aired 11/29/03
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  • Episode Description
  • Superman finds himself on a devastated future Earth with the man responsible - Vandal Savage.

  • 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 (4)
  • i though i was good.

    By treewood142, Apr 27, 2013

  • The team responsible for Justice League work their magic once again.

    By bfrazier, Mar 08, 2009

  • The Best Episode of Justice League

    By SpikeTbear, Feb 05, 2009

  • This was the worst episode ever!

    By JLUmember1, Aug 20, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (8)

    • Superman: What happens to you? Vandal Savage: Redemption if I'm lucky...don't worry about me. Go back to your friends. Do what you do best. What you were born to do - save the world...

    • Vandal Savage: Your funeral was lovely. It was on all the networks...I used to have the DVD...

    • Wonder Woman: I love the beard. Keeping it? Superman: Not a chance.

    • Superman: Self-help books? You don't seem the type. Vandal Savage: I read whatever I can find. Anyway, I've got issues, what with my destroying the Earth and all.

    • Superman: You're insane. Vandal Savage: True, but that doesn’t mean I'm not good company. Say, you wanna come over to my house? (Superman stares) Like you've got something better to do.

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    Notes (5)

    • Phil Morris reprises his role as Vandal Savage.

    • The second half of "Hereafter" is based upon the classic Superman story "Under a Red Son". Episode writer Dwayne McDuffie wanted to adapt it to Superman: The Animated Series, but the opportunity never presented itself.

    • The entire League appear in this episode.

    • Just like in the comics, Lobo is rejected for membership by the Justice League because of his attitude.

    • The scientist Vandal Savage steals the White Dwarf device from is Ray Palmer - in the comics Ray Palmer is the Atom, and the device is the source of his shrinking power. In Season 3 the Atom becomes a Justice League member.

    Trivia (5)

    • Trivia: Superman has Flash-endorsed energy bars in his trunk.

    • Trivia: We learn that Superman's user code is 02.

    • Superman has his "S" logo intact when he is first seen at the end of the first part, while lying partially under a slab. This logo now appears ripped at the start of the second half; presumably the missing part is the portion that Batman picks up in the first installment.

    • According to Savage, the reason why he couldn't go back in time to stop himself is that he can't go back to a time when he already exists. However, in "The Savage Time," the Martian Manhunter was able to travel to World War II, despite the fact that, at the time, he was still alive on Mars. (editor's note: there seems to be some misconception concerning Savage Time - the "present" Savage did not travel into the past. Rather, he sent technical knowledge back to his past self but never went there himself.)

    • Superman can shave whether he has super-powers or not. If he's got his invulnerability he shaves with a mirror and heat-vision. If he doesn't, he can use a blade, and he obviously has no trouble making blades - he crafts a katana! So if he doesn't like the beard so much, why doesn't he just make a knife or something in the future and shave it off? Heck, Savage looks like he keeps his goatee pretty trim - can't Superman borrow a razor from him?

    Allusions (6)

    • Visual: A book by Plato among Savage's collection
      In Savage's bookshelf, we can see one book by Plato, one of the most influential classical Greek philosophers, which supports the idea of Savage's redemption -- he is now an intellectual, rather than a megalomaniac.

    • Bugs:
      The big bugs/hive motif is pretty common in sci/fi, but these bugs strongly resemble the "infantry" Bug aliens of Starship Trooper (especially in the legs and gait). One might also draw comparisons between this ep and the anime Blue Gender where a cryo-tube guy wakes up to a giant bug infested earth.

    • Superman with a Hammer Superman wielding a hammer, wearing a beard, and having a red cape gives him more then a passing resemblance to Thor, the Norse god of Thunder and superhero over at Marvel Comics. Coincidentally or not, Avengers/JLA #3 came out the week before this episode aired, and the cover of Avengers/JLA #4 also has Superman wielding Thor's hammer.

    • Superman: On your feet, Mr. Wizard.
      Referencing the popular cult TV show, first aired in 1951 and run on various U.S. and Canadian channels in various incarnations.

    • Spaceship:
      Savage's spaceship project looks suspiciously like the spaceship and the launching pad as seen in the 1951 movie When Worlds Collide.

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