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."
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!
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.