Justice League Unlimited

Season 2 Episode 12

A Better World (2)

Aired Saturday 10:30 PM Nov 01, 2003 on Cartoon Network
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Episode Summary

The Justice League must escape from their imprisonment at the hands of the Justice Lords and defeat their counterparts with the help of an unlikely ally.

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  • The Justice League go head to head with the Justice Lords.

    This episode embodies what is so great about the original Justice League series. By now all of the characters are well developed, both in personality and in relationships. I like the whole Batman vs. Batman scene in the Batcave, again justifying their reasons for taking over.

    The only thing I didn't like about it was that several questions went unanswered.

    1. What happened to the Justice Lords after their defeat?

    2. What did they think the Justice Leaguers were going to think about their changes? I mean, Batman said that someday you'll thank us for this. Did they think they could convince the League that they were right?

    3. Basically they are the same characters as the League. Why would they kill their own counterparts? They had the same goals, just different means of obtaining them.

    That being said, I still think this was one of the best JL episodes that was made. I also love the way Timm retconned the creation of Cadmus as a result of these episodes.moreless
  • The Justice League escapes from their imprisonment and organize a plan to return to their own dimension and defeat their counterparts.

    The Justice League escapes from their imprisonment and organize a plan to return to their own dimension and defeat their counterparts. “A Better World” is certainly one of the best episodes of the series. The story is very intricate and well structured. The writers have definitely put a lot of effort in this episode. The episode clearly shows the advantages and drawbacks of a society where safety and order are placed well above democracy. Seeing the sunny alternate Arkham and its lobotomized inmates including the Joker and Poison Ivy was quite surprising. The episode features some great dialogue, terrific action, cool twists and an interesting morale dilemma. The characters are used admirably but its Batman, Flash and Superman whom really standout in this episode. The psychological battle between Batman and AU Batman was excellent. Flash uses his quick wit to get the best of AU Batman and AU Superman. Superman reveals that he has the same urges of his counterpart but proves to have these feelings in check by picking up an American flag. The battle between the Justice League and the Justice Lords was very amusing. In order to defeat their counterparts, the Justice League had to cross some lines like offering Lex Luthor a full pardon for his help. The episode ends with the newly pardoned Lex Luthor interested in a career in politics.moreless
  • How a single event can change things.

    A key situation in future justice league unlimited shows. A good episode you can see what would happen if the justice league decided to take over. I think they went a little to far there. Seeing them go up against themselves was awsome. It shows the waht if factor. what if superman and the rest of the justice league resorted to killing. The episode shows how with the loss of 1 character the justice league went rouge excellent to see that superman resorted to using a enemy to stop all of it. They knew that eventually they would have to cross a line.moreless
  • awesome

    this episode is freaking awesome.man i loved it when they kicked everybodys butt.especially when they did that thing with the other thingy.shimity shimity shwing shwing shwing. god i am so bored i am only wiritng this stupid comment so that i can read the freaking summary of this episode cuz it says i have to be at least a level 2 member or something stupid like that.i cant remember.all i know is that this stupid site is forcing me too register and write good stuff sbout this stupid website.man the're dumb.i wish i was a rich girl wa wa wa.okep a hundred words already baby !moreless
  • great episode.

    A great action filled episode of Justice League. It is one of my all time favorite episodes. it gave great character developement on Superman and all the League members. What happened to the Lords? What would happen if the League did go rouge? The episode left you with those questions. The highlight of the episode was when Flash discovered that the reason they went rouge was cause he died. That was one of my favorite parts. Flash and Batman are my favorite heroes. Not every lord went rouge. Batman changed his mind at the end of the episode. One other highlight was the fight and the League and Luthor's partnership. Great episode.moreless
George Newbern

George Newbern

Superman/Clark Kent/Kal-El

Maria Canals

Maria Canals

Hawkgirl/Shayera Hol

Carl Lumbly

Carl Lumbly

Martian Manhunter/J'onn J'onzz

Kevin Conroy

Kevin Conroy

Batman/Bruce Wayne

Susan Eisenberg

Susan Eisenberg

Wonder Woman/Diana

Michael Rosenbaum

Michael Rosenbaum

Flash/Wally West

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (11)

    • When Superman and Flash are walking out of the room in the last couple minutes, they walk towards what, given how perspective works, should be a 2 inch tall flag. However, when Superman arrives at it, it's just as tall as he is.

    • Hawkgirl's wings are what enable her to fly, so does that mean Lorder Hawkgirl, after being shot by the power disruptor, can still fly or have her wings just become useless?

    • When the League needs entrance to the medical room at Arkham, Joker asks for a password. Martian Manhunter reads his mind and telepathically tells Superman the password. Supes says it aloud but the Joker states that Wonder Woman was supposed to say it. Why could Martian Manhunter not pick that up when he was reading the Joker's mind?

    • Where does the alternate-Batman swing down from at Arkham? Judging from the direction he comes from and where the line seems to be positioned, he seems to be swinging in from a point above and in front of the main building and several stories higher...but in the opening shots we see there's nothing there.

    • How does Lex know which J'onn to blast? They've both shape-shifted into roughly the same form, and the J'onn that circles around after Lex blasts GL doesn't look that hostile toward Lex. Yes, they look different but how does Lex know the evil J'onn has particular differences? (Lex might not care too much, but his pardon does hinge on being sure not to hurt the good guys.)

    • So...what happened to the Justice Lords at the end? Did they get their powers back eventually? And what did the Justice League do with them? Imprison them on their Earth, or send them back to the alternate Earth? And if the Lords are back on their own world, what's to stop them from using the portal to just go back and start the whole thing again? (Alternate-Batman might stand on principle and destroy the portal after his comrades are sent back, but alternate-J'onn could telepathically get the information from him to recreate it.)

    • Batman had a lot on his mind, but it seems odd that he didn't make sure that alternate-Batman was securely locked up, or anticipate that his alternate could escape so easily.

    • Does Lex really have much chance as a pardoned super-villain of successfully going into politics, much less becoming President? In the comics it works a little better because the general public doesn't know he's a villainous mastermind but in this animated series he's fought the League publicly on numerous occasions, formed the Injustice Gang, etc.

    • When alternate J'onn loses his shapeshifting powers, shouldn't he revert to his natural Martian form as seen in "Secret Origins" and "Tabula Rasa" rather than his Justice Lord form?

    • Why did the head of the Superman robot say "Thanks" when it was knocked off by Wonder Woman?

    • When Superman breaks out of his cell, he is wearing a metal band around his eyes (presumably to prevent him from using his heat vision), but this band is missing on the viewscreens that Justice Lord Batman was viewing before the breakout.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Superman Robot: You must be stopped.
      Green Lantern: A robot?
      Superman: I built mine to take over for me when I had to be away.
      (more robots walk in)
      Green Lantern: Looks like the other guy had the same idea... in spades!

    • Batman: They'd love it here, don't you think?
      Alternate Batman: Who?
      Batman: Mom and Dad, they'd be so proud of you.
      Alternate Batman: Just drive.

    • Batman: You grabbed power.
      Alternate Batman: And with that power, we created a world where no 8-year-old boy will ever lose his parents... because of some punk with a gun.
      Batman: You win.

    • Superman: Wait here - you're dead, remember?
      Flash: Hey, the costumes'll tip them off anyway...
      Wonder Woman: We'll just say it's a fashion choice.

    • Batman: You've thought of everything.
      Alternate Batman: No - just everything you'll ever think of.

    • Flash: So you're not such a Boy Scout after all.
      Superman: Never even made it to my first merit badge.

    • Flash: Hey, (my alternate) was the conscience of your group, and that means I must be...
      Green Lantern: C'mon, Jiminy.

    • Batman: How else can we stop them?
      Superman: You're the smart one - you figure it out.

    • Batman: I think he likes you.
      Flash: Must be my magnetic personality.

    • Flash: You figured a way out of here?
      Batman: No.
      Flash: Don't you mean 'not yet'?
      Batman: No, I mean not going to.

  • NOTES (3)

    • On Toonami in the UK, this is the finale of season two.

    • At least three Batman villains, the Riddler, Two-Face and the Ventriloquist (with his dummy - note the lobotomy holes) are also present in nonspeaking roles. The one with the mustache may be Deadshot, although he has never been identified without a mask in any animated series.

    • Diane Pershing and Mark Hamill reprise their Batman: The Animated Series roles of Poison Ivy and the Joker.


    • Superman righting the flag
      Referencing Christopher Reeve's character doing the same thing at the end of the second Superman movie.

    • Batcave
      During the Batman vs. Batman scene in the Batcave, the Nightwing, Batgirl, and Robin costumes are all hung up, just like they were in Batman Beyond. In the other DC animated series (editor's note: which may not necessarily be part of the Justice League setting) Nightwing is a solo fighter, Batgirl is Batman's Gotham City partner, and Robin is the leader of the Teen Titans. So in the Justice Lords reality, this could mean one of two things; The Three could be back to working for Batman, or Batman could have forced the three into early retirement as a form of protection.

    • Green Lantern: Come on, Jiminy!
      The Green Lantern calls the Flash 'Jiminy' because he said he must be the conscience of the League. GL was referring to Jiminy Cricket, a cartoon character who originally appeared in the1940 Disney's adaptation of Carlo Collodi's Pinocchio. He acted as Pinocchio's self-appointed conscience and a comic foil who accompanied him on his adventures -- just like the Flash.

    • Batman: 91939 - It's the numbers I use.
      Batman's code numbers appear to be an in-joke reference to the date September 1939 (i.e., 9 - 1939, or 9/1939). That would be the cover date of Detective Comics #28 - the issue where Batman's origin appeared.