Justice League Unlimited

Season 4 Episode 7

Clash

2
Aired Saturday 10:30 PM Jun 11, 2005 on Cartoon Network
9.2
out of 10
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Captain Marvel, the World's Mightiest Mortal, joins the Justice League as Lex Luthor initiates a new plot.

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  • Having never heard of Captain Marvel this is an intresting introduction to him, shame he didn't stay around for long. But some out of character moments made this episode disappointing.

    8.0
    Just to start off - I say Batman's out-of-character, especially in the super-criminal fight with Superman in Metropolis. The idea of Batman saying he likes because he's 'sunny' is wrong on every level, Batman's supposed to be a creature of the night (although less so in the Justice League) and this would have worked if any character other than Batman had said it



    Rant over, I thought the Superman/Captain Marvel battle proved intresting, and showed just how strong they both were, the point of that battle though seems rather unknown to me... "I'm trying to be reasonable so you hit me through a wall" seems rather unlike Superman to me, though I do agree with another review that said Marvel should never have challenged him at all.



    This is another chapter in the CADMUS Storyline, where Hamilton shows his allegance to CADMUS, if a little cryptically. Luthor obviously set up the entire thing, raising suspicions about him.



    Like I said, it's a shame how Captain Marvel quit the League, it would have been interesting to have learned more about him, and his 'share of pretty nasty bad guys'



    All in all though, it was a pretty decent episode, so that's why I give it an 8/10moreless
  • This episode was great, but.... *THIS review contains SPOILERS*

    8.5
    This episode was great, but I was really disappointed with the direction of the writing. Don't get me wrong, it is not my story so I have to accept what is written. That being said, it was nothing wrong with the writing itself, but the direction of the story. Superman had every right to kick Cap'n Marvels [butt]. Superman made a legitimate judgment call and no matter if Marvel agrees with him or not, he doesn't have the right to challenge the Chief of the Justice League. Besides, all he was going to do was dig under that playground and stop a bomb(or at least what actually DID look like a bomb). None of the other damage would have been done if Captain Marvel had any type of discipline and respect for his Boss/Idol. The whole damage was not Superman's fault, not Luther's fault, but it was dumb, arrogant Captain Marvel's fault. AAAAAAAAND, in reality, Marvel is wrong because he just played right into Luthor and Cadmus' hands. Anyway, to shorten this up, I don't agree with the outcome, because Superman should have not been apologetic to Marvel. They should have told him his no-order-following butt was fired and lucky Superman didn't kick his butt worse than he did. one last point: How many times did members of the league disagree with each other on how to handle a situation and NEVER did they erupt into a big fight such as this(Marvel was really taking it full strength at Superman over this). There weren't even any lives at stake. I'm not really that familiar with Captain Marvel, but since he IS a child. He really does THINK like a child. He's far worse than Flash in that sense.



    Anyway, great episode nonetheless. But if I had anything to say about it, Marvel would have been KICKED out before he could even quit!moreless
  • A division of SolarPower & Egyptian magic!

    9.7
    I Must of seen this fight as many times as a human being can blink within a week! I used to have the comic(where is it!?)and i must say that in the comic it was 22 pages or so of nothing but pound after pound!it was delightful,but ''Clash'' didnt have 22 mintues of pounds it was anout maybe a minute and 29 seconds and I was hooked this brawl was so well directed it was delicious!the secret ingredient stirred into this episode made me want to see more!the whole episode so well plotted from beginning to end! very intriging every scene had a twist of climax that left me chatting for another fight! they gotta Dc Direct that fight im sorry but you dont tease me with a minute of geekastic joy and ran off!OVERALL!Supes and Cap fight is to me alot interesting than Doomsday and Supes becuz you can see the balance with that clash but with cap and supes duking it out its by a thin margain.It has always orbited in my mind who could win Supes or Capt? superman is weak against magic! but than yet again supes is older!and more experiened,Caps is young and tangible, but with a arsenal of greek god powers.! hmm what can over come? Powers of the Sun Mixed with Alien DNA? or 5 Greek God Attributes With Human DNA!?..LOL bruce I think we gotta a DC Direct scheme here huh?moreless
  • captain marvel joins the justice league, but he hasn't seen everything yet

    10
    in this episode, we see Luthor is not really the good guy that the league thought he already was. this bald headed evil genius just gets his thing done. because of Superman's continuous suspicion of Luthor's hidden schemes, he ended up fighting one of the greatest superheros of the DC universe, captain marvel. as a consequence, they lose him, and the entire reputation of the justice league falls. however, would commend the fight scene. it was very exciting in the sense that two very powerful beings were battling each other out to the flesh. it's like goku vs vegeta. very entertaining.moreless
  • When power becomes too much power.

    10
    No other score but a 10 can be given to this episode, and, it must be said, to the whole Cadmus plot that is developed in this season 4 of Justice League Unlimited. Along episodes like "Flashpoint", "Panic in the Sky", and "Doomsday Sanction", this "Clash" tells us not only an interesting story, but one that actually matters.



    This episode is special in many, many ways. It's well writen, well developed, well ploted. Good dialogues, a villain with a good plan, and, the best of all, shows a human perspective about those guys we call heroes. Superheroes, in fact. JLU is a cartoon series of superheroes that, believe it or not, questions the role and the place a hero should occupy in the world, and tries to understand the impact guys like that would have in a daily life. If this is not a great show, well, then I've never seen one. Anyway, this episode here is just that: a way of saying that is not the power that makes the hero, but the other way around. It's also and episode where we see how hopes and expectations can be easily broken, and it deals a lot with responsibility. All and all, it's a great moment, and anyone that is a fan of action and big fights will have a great time too. I tell you, I'm a big fan of comics and movies about heroes, and I would still say that this episode of JLU is one of the best approaches I've ever seen of superheroes. I love this cartoon because I'm constantly thinking how it's a show that it's eaqualy fun for kids and adults, and how it's a positive influence on a child. It deals with interesting issues, and makes an effort to show heroes as heroics, but also capable of mistakes and strong emotions. It's very well writen, has good dialogues, and it's action packed. And, best of the best: Batman is always right. You gotta love it.moreless
George Newbern

George Newbern

Superman/Clark Kent/Kal-El

Kevin Conroy

Kevin Conroy

Batman/Bruce Wayne

Carl Lumbly

Carl Lumbly

Martian Manhunter/J'onn J'onzz

Jerry O'Connell

Jerry O'Connell

Captain Marvel

Guest Star

Shane Haboucha

Shane Haboucha

Billy Batson

Guest Star

John C. McGinley

John C. McGinley

The Atom

Guest Star

Clancy Brown

Clancy Brown

Lex Luthor

Recurring Role

Dana Delany

Dana Delany

Lois Lane

Recurring Role

Robert Foxworth

Robert Foxworth

Professor Emil Hamilton

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The core Leaguer's table changes drastically once Captain Marvel leaves the room in the second-last scene. The gap in the chairs vanishes and the order the Leaguers are sitting in is totally different.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Batman: J'onn, we're in trouble!
      J'onn: Are you asking for help?
      Batman: Yes!
      J'onn: You never ask for help.

    • Elongated Man: Don't be modest, kid. I don't even think Superman could have done a better job... (Superman shows up) ...we were just talking about you!

    • Captain Marvel: You're my biggest fan.
      Superman: Excuse me?
      Captain Marvel: I'm--I mean I'm your biggest fan. Sorry, sir--it's uh, it's a little overwhelming meeting you.

    • Batman: You were a little hard on the boy scout, don't you think?
      Superman: I thought I was the boy scout?
      Batman: I did too, 'til I met Captain Marvel.

    • Batman: What do these guys want, anyway?
      Superman: To take over the world... or rob banks. I forget.

    • Superman: Why are you...why is everyone defending (Captain Marvel)?
      Batman: We like him. He's...sunny.

    • Superman: I never knew you had such a sentimental streak, Lex.
      Lex Luthor: Oh, there's so much about me you don't know, Superman.

    • Captain Marvel: My whole life, I've looked up to the League. You were my heroes. Every one of you. (to Superman) And you, you were more than a hero. I idolized you. I wanted to be you. Whenever I was out there, facing down the bad guys, I'd think, "What would Superman do?" Now I know.

    • Captain Marvel: I believe in fair play. I believe in taking people at their word and giving them the benefit of the doubt. Back home, I've come up against my share of pretty nasty bad guys, but I never had to act the way they did to win a fight. I always found another way. I guess I'm saying I like being a hero. A symbol. And that's why I'm... quitting the Justice League. You don't act like heroes anymore.

  • NOTES (8)

    • In the opening teaser, when Superman stops the airplane from crashing, an extended rendition of the Superman: The Animated Series theme plays.

    • This episode was nominated for a Annie Award for Best Directing in an Animated Television Production.

    • One of the buildings destroyed during the Superman/Captain Marvel fight is the Lena Luthor hospital. In the comics Lena is Lex's mother or sister (in different versions). In recent comics, she was also Lex's daughter through Countess Contessa. He gave her up to Brainiac 13 in exchange for the technology behind the B-13 virus.

    • Character bios available: Captain Marvel, The Cadre, Lex Luthor

    • Other heroes that appear without dialogue: Metamorpho, Sand, Wildcat, Stargirl, Captain Atom, Shining Knight, Vigilante, Black Canary, Green Arrow, Fire, Ice, Hawkgirl, Green Lantern, Flash, and Wonder Woman.

    • On first airing, clips at the end are from "Hunter's Moon" and "Question Authority".

    • This episode aired on May 13th, 2005 on YTV in Canada.

    • Clancy Brown, Dana Delany, Robert Foxworth, John C. McGinley, Lisa Edelstein, and Jeremy Piven reprise their roles as Lex Luthor, Lois Lane, Professor Hamilton, the Atom, Mercy, and Elongated Man, respectively. Shane Haboucha previously played a young Superman in "Kid Stuff." The Parasite has no dialogue, although he was previously played by Brian George in "Secret Society (1)." Amanda Waller appears at the very end of the episode, but has no dialogue - she was previously played by CCH Pounder.

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Superman: Fight's over, son.
      The end of the conflict between Captain Marvel and Superman in this episode is similar to their climactic battle in the Kingdom Come comic mini- series by Ross and Waid, with Captain Marvel using his lightning to attack Superman and Superman shoving Marvel into its path and then gagging Billy.

    • Billy Batson: Fleeing Crowds
      The scene where Billy stands in front of a statue as shadows of the fleeing crowd pass over him mirrors a scene in "Terror on the Midway" (8/28/42), a Fleischer Superman cartoon where Clark Kent stands in a circus tent and dons his Superman costume while the crowd flees a fire.

    • C.C. Binder Elementary School The name of Billy Batson's school is a tribute to the two men who were instrumental in creating Captain Marvel - C.C. Beck and Otto Binder.

    • Phil O'Bannon: We're delighted to welcome (Lex Luthor) to The O'Bannon Agenda.
      Clearly, a take on The O'Reilly Factor and confrontation shows like it that have surged in popularity.

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