Batman Beyond

Season 3 Episode 7

The Call (1)

Aired Saturday 9:00 AM Nov 11, 2000 on The WB
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Episode Summary

Superman finds proof that one of the Justice League members is trying to kill the others, and brings in Batman as a replacement, hoping they'll be able to sniff out the traitor together.

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  • Batman Beyond meets the JLU, a story that while enjoyable should've been better than it was.

    The Call is a story that seems to get mixed reactions from fans and it's easy to see why. While the story is enjoyable its filled with enough plot holes to sink the titanic. But lets start with part 1.

    It was neat seeing this Batman meet the futuristic Superman for the first time. It was also nice hearing Christopher McDonald voicing Superman as a throwback to Superman TAS and his role as Jor-El.

    Apparently Superman suspects there's a traitor among the JLU and he brought in Terry to see if he can find out who it is. (as a mental note: THIS is the start of where "The Call" falls apart in terms of logic, but I'll cover that later in Part 2.)

    The team consisting of JLU was pretty well put together I thought. Wonder Woman couldn't be used so Barda would replace her (we would see her later in JLU's "The Ties That Bind"), Green Lantern was be an interesting take on the character, Aquagirl proved to be the most likable and most interesting of them all (with the exception of Superman), Warhawk was a neat futuristic take on the Archetype Hawkman (who would later turn out to be "you know who's" son in JLU), there's also Micron who's an archetype of "The Atom". But he barely does anything so no need to worry about him. Terry's interactions with the new team were well thought out IMO, as was Terry's feeling of feeling unwelcome at The Metro Tower.

    It's worth mentioning that the action sequences in the city are absolutely stellar for their time. We wouldn't see Action sequences this beautiful looking until Justice League season 2. Kudos to Adam Van Wyk, for the action sequences here.

    The conclusion to part 1 comes when Warhawk seemingly blows up and his helmet smacks the Batjet's window, but he turns out alright later (which totally doesn't work given the explanation in part 2). Bruce looks at the scene in slow motion and discovers that Superman tried to kill Warhawk, and is the traitor (logically, this is where the story falls apart). At this point, I felt the "Superman gone rogue" had been done too many times in the DCAU, and this story wasn't something made this plot device feel special. The fact that Superman's last story in the DCAU "Legacy" used this same plot device didn't help much either.

    The cliffhanger to this episode was a great one, when Bruce Wayne goes to get the kryptonite for Terry to use on Superman, as part 1 closes with Bruce's line to Terry, "Do whatever it takes, but make sure you stop him." It was a great cliffhanger to setup part 2, which unfortunately falls flat.moreless
  • The Episode Was Okay, but alot was unsaid.

    Why exactly did a mind controlled Superman want another hero in the JLU? Why didn't the brainwashed Superman attack earlier? What happened to Supergirl? Why is there a kid Lantern? Alot was unsaid in this episode and it confussed me. Isn't that Kid too young to be in the League? Static wasn't in the League when he was 14. That kid is only like Ten. They should go back and do a movie to answer the questions you have. Does that kid green Lantern go to school? The episode was a test for the Justice League Unlimtied show that the creative team wanted to do.moreless
  • there's a traitor in the mist of the JLU...

    come on, how could you not like the futuristic JL and the appearance of the Man of Steel? this was a family reunion of sorts and it was nice to see a take on the future of the heroes that wasnt so bleak. it was kinda messed up what happened to micron in part 1, but the story moved along quite nicely without focusing on one or two characters too much and giving all us fanboys(and girls) something to cheer about.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Superman spins Inque around everywhere, there is a goof. It shows Terry step and hold Inque on the ground. When he sees that the innocent bystander is really Superman, it shows them both in a full screen shot, but Inque has somehow vanished from the scene.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Superman: Bruce, how you feeling?
      Bruce: I could use some of that Kryptonian DNA.
      Superman: You'll outlive us all, Bruce. You're too stubborn to die.

  • NOTES (7)

    • Throughout the episode, during Superman's on-screen appearances, one can hear parts of the Superman: The Animated Series theme.

    • This episode won a Annie Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement for Directing in an Animated Television Production.

    • The Warhawk character is later revealed to be the son of Hawkgirl and Green Lantern/John Stewart. This is stated in the JLU episode "Once and Future Thing (2)." Warhawk sees Jon Stewart and calls him Dad.

    • According to Bruce Timm, he said that this episode was a test to see if they could do a Justice League series.

    • We see Aquaman in this episode, while Batman is checking Marina's file, but the design is not the same as the Aquaman from Justice League. Instead, it is the orange-suited Aquaman also seen in Superman: The Animated Series.

    • Warhawk has a "bird-head" image on his chest that most of the Thanagarian/Hawkpeople superheroes have. Warhawk's armor and costume look very similar to the armor that Hawkgirl had on in her Alternate Universe/Justice Lord appearance (seen in the Justice League season 2 episode "A Better World" - the Justice League of that world become the Justice Lords: considered by their world to be the bad guys because they ruled with an iron fist. Their Flash was dead)

    • Christopher McDonald voiced Jor-El (Superman's father) in the first episode of the animated Superman series.