Justice League Unlimited

Season 5 Episode 13

Destroyer (2)

Aired Saturday 10:30 PM May 13, 2006 on Cartoon Network
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Episode Summary

Darkseid is back from the grave and has revenge on his mind with Superman as his target. Darkseid brings the armies of Apokolips to destroy the Earth and all of Earth's super-powered meet the attack. The end looks bleak but the world's salvation comes from an unexpected act of heroism.moreless

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  • The Justice League Unlimited Finale lives up to it's expectations and more. In the final episode Darkseid is back and brings the army of Apokolips to attack Earth. Now it's up to the forces of good to stop him.moreless

    So here's my review of the episode and it will contain spoilers. In the final episode, Darkseid is back thanks to Lex Luthor's negligence and has his sights set on earth, so the Justice League squad gears up for battle against this most devious foe. Basically in the series finale there is one major battle where like every major Justice League/Justice League Unlimited character gets to do something to try and stop the villain. Even Jon who we thought would not appear, helps Wonder Woman fight against the army of Apokolips. The episode also features a drawn out battle with Superman and Batman against Darkseid, although Superman is the one doing most of the fighting. So here are the aspects I liked about the episode, the one thing I really enjoyed was seeing all the Justice League members in a really big battle. I started to become a bit disappointed when they began focusing on characters like the Canary, Hawkeye or Question instead of the Flash (who brought humor into the show). The best part of the episode of course is seeing Superman go full strength against Darkseid and beat him to a pulp until he gets caught in one of Darkseid's traps of course. Then it's a different situation. Now here's the negatives of the episode, Green Lantern and the Flash only get like 2 lines in the finale. They are like the most interesting combo behind Superman and Batman. Also Batman gets a bit of a secondary role. However the ending where Lex Luthor and Darkseid disappear was pretty entertaining. Leaving the possibility of another animated movie in the near future. Overall it was a good end to Justice League, but in my opinion the First 2 seasons were much better then Unlimited.moreless
  • One of the rare comic/cartoon shows that stayed true to the source material and built upon it seamlessly. Without out a doubt the greatest episode. You want a JL movie script? Steal this episode word for word and expand from there!moreless

    This was easily the best episode, best written, big surprises throughout all the way to the very end.

    Although I too have a problem with Supes, "I was pulling punches foo, let me show ya sumthin".

    Dont get me wrong it was the coolest action sequence Ive ever seen from the big S, easily.

    But, did he not give his all when he was fighting Darksied inside Brainiac's asteroid base thing? Or the other times he fought him, like after he recovered from getting brain washed an leading Apokolip's armies? They should have shown the punches from supes to be so much that they ripped large chunks of atmosphere temporarily off the planet, making some of the other superhero's stop their fighting cause they briefly couldnt breath or something like that. So we at least get a believable, tangible reason for Supes holding back all these years. And maybe the reason he can stop holding back now is because it took him this many years to master his powers fully enough to do it without killing everyone around him and on the planet.

    Personally I would have liked if Darkseid would have toss the anti-equation aside laughing that his new powers go far beyond that now, but then supes would break free of the agony matrix thing, crush the kryptonite dagger, get all pissed off and say something like, "warm up's over" with a horrified expression on Darkseid's face. Then show batman a good distance away and suddenly a giant explosion leveling most the city and batman watching a fiery meteor flying with ridiculous speed into space. Then Flash would pop up,"What the heck is/was that?" and Batman would reply,"Unless I miss my guess, thats whats left of Darkseid".

    And to add more credibility to the full power scenario at the end of the episode, Batman an Superman would have a private discussion. Batman would get really pissed at Superman for not using his full power sooner, all those other times the league almost lost. Even question why they need a league if he is that powerful, like "Is this supermans version of the cub scouts? Charity work?" but then Superman would let him know why he didnt use it sooner.moreless
  • Darkseid takes revenge on the Justice League

    This is a nice wrap-up to the series. I would have preferred that it paired my two favorite baddies, Darkseid and Brainiac. (I've always thought Lex Luthor to be one of the least interesting, and most over-used, of the villains in the DC universe.) The display of raw power in the battle between Superman and Darkseid is fantastic, and the story is very well written. The only drawback is that, with so many villains and heroes in the mix and the half hour format, some of the characters barely get any screen-time. I like the fact that things aren't tied up neatly at the end. The adventure goes on....moreless
  • Justice League ends on a rather different note than I had hoped.

    First off, let me say that this was a pretty good episode in and of it's own, but this is the series finale and so I must treat it as such.

    I have to tell you that as a series finale, this really didn't wrap much up at all, in fact it left more loose ends than the original series finale did (Epilogue) which weren't very many at all.

    Okay, bringing Darksied back was pretty well done, but I preferred Brainiac/Lex being the final villain in "Divided We Fall."

    As a matter of fact, the ending wasn't even much of an ending at all. We find that Darksied might still be alive after all that was done. (making the last five minutes of the show almost pointless) There was no reconciliation between John and Shayera whatsoever. And Superman stating that he has to constantly hold back when does anything was okay, but it opened a plethora of plotholes and various "why didn't you do this kind of thing sooner?" kinds of things.

    There were some redeeming elements in this episode (which I will not post, because I don't want to spoil too much) But all in all, I think "Divided We Fall" and "Epilogue" made a better series finale.moreless
George Newbern

George Newbern

Superman/Clark Kent/Kal-El

Susan Eisenberg

Susan Eisenberg

Wonder Woman/Diana

Phil LaMarr

Phil LaMarr

Green Lantern/John Stewart

Michael Rosenbaum

Michael Rosenbaum

Flash/Wally West

Maria Canals

Maria Canals

Hawkgirl/Shayera Hol

Carl Lumbly

Carl Lumbly

Martian Manhunter/J'onn J'onzz

Daniel Dae Kim

Daniel Dae Kim


Guest Star

Michael Beach

Michael Beach

Mr. Terrific

Guest Star

Lex Lang

Lex Lang

Atomic Skull

Guest Star

Jennifer Hale

Jennifer Hale


Recurring Role

Phil LaMarr

Phil LaMarr

Steel (uncredited)

Recurring Role

Clancy Brown (I)

Clancy Brown (I)

Lex Luthor

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Giganta tells the Justice League that Darkseid said he'll come to invade Earth, but Darkseid said that on Apokolips, after he destroyed Luthor's ship.

    • The Shining Knight rescues Star Sapphire before being overwhelmed. But when Wonder Woman comes to his rescue Star Sapphire is nowhere to be seen.

    • At the end of the previous episode, S.T.R.I.P.E. was armored up and confronted the Society villains as they arrive. But here he has disappeared until later when he's in a house with Stargirl where he's suiting up and teleporting out to battle.

    • Where are all of Darkseid's minions? They were fighting among themselves at the end of the previous episode and Darkseid united them. But here, instead of using his elite units trained to fight superheroes, units like Kanto, Granny Goodness, Parasite, and the Female Furies, Darkseid just sends in parademons to fight even more heroes then were present when he invaded Earth in the Superman: The Animated Series episode "Legacy."

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Metron: I warned you that you were dabbling in forces beyond your comprehension.
      Luthor: You'd be surprised what I can comprehend.

    • Lex: Is there a plan here?
      Batman: Keep attacking the small fry until we attract the big things attention.
      Lex: Heh, with all that's happening here, I bet he never notices us. (Lex looks up)
      Batman: You're on.
      Superman: I'll take some of that action.

    • Luthor: You destroyed Brainiac! I'm going to make you pay!
      Darkseid: Unlikely.

    • Metron: I warn you one final time. Only a 12th-level intellect has the slightest hope of surviving what you are about to experience.
      Lex: Then I'm overqualified.

    • Lex: I know a little something about risk myself. Care for an object lesson?

    • Lex: Let's be clear about this. We're not here to help you save the world. You're here to help me get revenge on Darkseid. When this is over, it's back to business as usual.
      Superman: Wouldn't have it any other way.

    • Lex: Problem?
      Batman: I'm out.
      Lex: (holds up his gun) Take my extra.
      Batman: Not my style.
      Lex: Suit yourself. I'm planning to live through this.

    • Darkseid: Impressive. No one has ever avoided my Omega Beam. I wonder if the other one is as agile. (Lex runs) Excellent strategy.

    • Superman: Oh, come on. It's Lex flippin' Luthor! Why should we trust him?

    • Green Lantern: (after catapulting a drill) Doesn't look like it quite made escape velocity.
      Flash: Nope. (drill crashes into enemy ship) Good effort, though!

    • Darkseid: (While pummeling Superman) Your friends have abandoned you, or fallen before my might. (lifts Superman over his head) Super or otherwise, you are merely a man... and I am a god!

    • Superman: (about Batman) That man won't quit as long as he can still draw a breath. None of my teammates will. Me? I've got a different problem. I feel like I live in a world made of cardboard. Always taking constant care not to break something. To break someone. Never allowing myself to lose control even for a moment or someone could die. But you can take it, can't you, big man? What we have here is a rare opportunity for me to cut loose and show you just how powerful I really am.

    • Darkseid: I hope you appreciate, Kal-El, that everything that happens from this point is on your head. The skies will rain fire, the oceans will boil, the streets will run red with the blood of billions. Only then after your last pitiful hope is extinguished will I end your life. (eyes glow red) Let's go.

    • Darkseid: It's called the Agony Matrix. Direct neuro-stimulation of pain receptors... all of them. Imagine the worst pain you have ever felt in your life times a thousand. Now imagine that pain continuing forever. Oh that's right. You don't have to imagine.

    • Darkseid: Still alive. You impress me, Kryptonian. More, your valor has touched my heart. Oh, yes, there is still some small part of me that knows mercy. I will end your pain with something special I've been saving for just this occasion. (draws a kryptonite dagger) I'm going to carve out your heart and put it on a pike in my throne room.
      Luthor: As much as I'd enjoy seeing that, first you have some business with me.

    • Darkseid: You dare challenge me? Insanity.
      Luthor: Oh, I'm not here to challenge you, Darkseid. Quite the contrary. I've got something you want--the only thing you want.

    • Darkseid: (about the Anti-life Equation) It's beautiful, isn't it?
      Lex: Yes. Yes, it is.

    • Atomic Skull: Wait a minute, we helped you guys save the world and we don't even get any consideration?
      Batman: You're right. (villains are surprised) Five minute head start.
      Atomic Skull: Five minutes! Are you kidding?
      Wonder Woman: Four minutes, fifty seconds

    • J'onn: (on the phone) I should be back in time for dinner. I love you too.
      Flash: These are the end times...

    • Superman: (about the Legion) A headstart? You're getting soft in your old age
      Batman: Don't you have a tall building to go leap?

    • (last line of the series)
      Wonder Woman: And the adventure continues...

  • NOTES (6)

    • Heroes who appear without dialogue or uncredited, in order of appearance: Atom-Smasher, Captain Atom, Dr. Fate (entering the Metro tower); Lightray (New Genesis god that comes to the Society's aid); Red Tornado (confronting the Society); Dr. Light II, Green Arrow, Blue Devil, Vixen (at command center); Gypsy, Crimson Fox, Aztek, Booster Gold (in cafeteria); Crimson Avenger (on teleporter pad); Starman, Dr.Mid-Nite, Metamorpho, Vigilante (as Lex warns it'll be back to business-as-usual); Orion (being teleported with Captain Atom right before Batman says "find the best protected mothership"); the Atom (donning costume); Stargirl and S.T.R.I.P.E. (donning costumes); the Question (beamed out of alley); Ice, Fire (powering up at swimming pool); Hawkman (grabbing axe); Steel II (with Hawkgirl in Washington); Shining Knight (at Great Wall of China); Black Canary (in Rome); Hawk & Dove, the Creeper (Metropolis); Steel III (Tokyo); Zatanna (transforming parademons into doves); Johnny Thunder's Thunderbolt (going down stairs ahead of Batman and Superman); B'wana Beast, Hourman, Wildcat, Vibe, Elongated Man (racing down stairs at end)

    • Villains on Lex's team who appear without dialogue or uncredited: Bizarro, Cheetah, Volcana, Killer Frost, Sinestro, Star Sapphire, Evil Star, Heatwave and Toyman.

    • Rather then a brief opening tag, this episode begins with narration by George Newbern over a recap of clips from the previous episode.

    • Clancy Brown, Walter (Lex) Lang, Michael Ironside, Jennifer Hale, and Michael Beech reprise their roles as Lex Luthor, Atomic Skull, Darkseid, Giganta, and Mr. Terrific. Phil LaMarr voices Steel II but as in previous episodes actors do not receive a second credit if they are credited once. The actors voicing Sroya Bashir, Blue Devil, and the elderly Chinese couple are not credited.

    • This episode first aired on YTV in Canada on April 26, 2006.

    • This episode aired on Toonami UK on February 18, 2006.


    • Lex Luthor: We found ourselves dependent on the kindness of strangers.
      Lex paraphrases the famous line "I've always depended on the kindness of strangers" spoken by Blanche DuBois in the stage play and film A Streetcar named Desire, written by Tennessee Williams in 1947.

    • When the Justice League is running down the stairs at the end of the episode, the last hero shown is Batman. This references Batman:The Animated Series, the first show created in the Bruce Timm/DC Universe. So, in a way, the Bruce Timm Universe started with Batman, and ended with Batman as well.

    • Superhero Teams
      When the Justice Leaguers run down the stairs at the end of the episode, they do so in specific groups from the comics:
      a) Bwana Beast and Metamorpho - both created by Bob Haney;
      b) The Question, Captain Atom, The Creeper, Hawk and Dove - all created by writer/artist Steve Ditko;
      c) Stargirl, S.T.R.I.P.E., Crimson Avenger, Vigilante, Shining Knight - The Seven Soldiers of Victory (minus Green Arrow and Speedy);
      d) Hourman, Doctor Mid-Nite, Wildcat, Doctor Fate - members of the Justice Society of America
      e) Vixen, Steel, Vibe, Gypsy - the League in the early '80s "Detroit era"
      f) Booster Gold, Elongated Man, Fire, Ice - the late '80s-early '90s "Justice League International"
      g) Zatanna, Red Tornado, Black Canary, Green Arrow - the "Satellite era'"League
      h) Last, the founding members

    • Ice: When Ice gets suited up for battle by the pool, she encases her body in ice, feet to head, and breaks out of it, now in her costume. This is reminiscent of Iceman's transformations in the cartoon Spiderman and His Amazing Friends. She's also in a scene with Fire, who would be the equivalent of Firestar from the same series.

    • Batman: Don't you have a tall building to leap?
      The TV show The Adventures of Superman described Superman as being able to leap a tall building with a single bound.

    • The Source Wall
      One of the faces shown on the Source Wall is Galactus from Marvel Comics. It's the figure with his arms outstretched. Jack Kirby, who created Darkseid and the New Gods, also created Galactus.

    • Visual: Steel
      The scene where Steel picks up a round shield and throws it is a direct reference to Marvel Comics' hero, Captain America.

    • Superman vs. Darkseid
      The scene where Darkseid lifts Superman up and smashes Superman over his knee is modeled after a scene in the "Knightfall" comics saga where the supervillian Bane broke Batman's back with the same type of attack.