Justice League Unlimited

Season 4 Episode 12

Divided We Fall

Aired Saturday 10:30 PM Jul 16, 2005 on Cartoon Network
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When most of the Justice League is unavailable, the League's deadliest enemies emerge to take advantage of the chaos.

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  • Lexiac attacks the justice league and tries to destroy the planet.

    The source of lexs super powers are revealed

    A nano virus version of brainiac has been slowly altering lex until it can put it`s self in a new body.

    In a classic case of missdirection

    Brainiacs skull shaped warship attacks the city .

    The league brings it down with a bump.

    And they soon realise brainiac was never in it.

    Lex and brainiac have absorbed the dark heart

    and build a machine to assimilate the whole planet`s information.

    A robotic version of the justice lords are also constructed to defeat the league

    but fortunately the flash has found the speed force

    Not for newbies but a classic bot of tellytainmentmoreless
  • The infamous Cadmus story arc draws to an end with this perfect episode.

    Continuing directly from where the last episode left off, the Justice League finds itself in front of an amalgamated version of Lex Luthor and Brainiac. Brainiac reveals his true plan, and explains how he has managed to survive inside Luthor's body all this years. For those of you who want even more details, you must watch Superman: The Animated Series again (you got to love inter-series continuity).

    "Luthiac" attacks, and tries to digitize them and incorporate their essence, his one true goal in life. But thanks to J'onn they escape. After a battle with Luthiac's spaceship, the League discovers it was only a diversion and figure out where Luthiac is going: to reactivate the Dark Heart.

    An epic battle begins, as Luthiac "re-creates" the Justice Lords to battle the Justice League. But the real threat still is Luthiac, who is too powerful for the League to handle. After defeating six of the seven founding members of the Justice League, only Flash is left. He apparently decides to run away, but he returns from the other part of the world to hit Luthiac. He continues to run around the earth in seconds, continuing to hit Luthiac and breaking his armor. When he stops, he disappears, being called by the Speed Force. The others manage to pull him back out from the Speed Force, and Flash admits that he will never be able to go that fast ever again, without him dying.

    In the end, Superman and the other founding members attend a public meeting, where Superman declares he will decommission the Watchtower and disband the League. Green Arrow manages to make him change his mind, by reminding him that Earth will always need a Justice League. And that the Justice League will always need a Superman.

    A great end to a great story arc, which is definitely worth watching.moreless
  • now, it's up to the original seven to defeat Luthor and Brainiac and their plot to control the world

    this is a ver fitting season finale. without the help of the league, superman, batman, wonder woman, green lantern, falsh, jonn and shayira will have to face the enemy all by themselves. it's nice to see the league fighting against their evil counterparts, the justice lords. one of the highlights of this episode was when flash defeats brainiac/luthor by going very fast. it shows how luthor did kill falsh and paved the way for superman to kill luthor. however, superman didn't succumb to the dark side, and the rise of the justice lords were prevented. nice plots twists and a very good ending.moreless
  • Luthor and Brainiac merge into one superbeing. Crap. The Seven Founders suffer existencial angst and lose badly. Double crap. Flash pwns all. Yay! Then there is much sap and they live happily ever after. Yeah right, in this cartoon?moreless

    What I really love so much about this episode is that it shows the full extent of Flash's growth since the pilot episode of Justice League. He isn't plagued by self-doubt like his teammates are during the fight against their doubles. He is perfectly confident in his place in the League, though he may not have been in the beginning. The ultimate sacrife he almost makes in the end when he tapped into the Speedforce to defeat Luthor/Brainiac is the highest point of the entire series. He reaches his full potential as a speedster and as a superhero in this moment. And when he disappears into the Speedforce it's like a blow to the chest. Your sitting there staring at the screen, thinking "He's gone?! He can't be gone!" Lo-and-behold, he isn't, and it's the biggest relief in the world. If it had been any other superhero who had died and come back you'd be like 'whatever,' but because it's the Flash your reaction is more like 'OMG yay!' Or at least that was my reaction, and I can't think of anybody who wouldn't be upset if Flash kicked the bucket. Fantastic episode. Just fantastic.moreless
  • After a season of building up elements that date back to the Superman Animated cartoon, they finally resolve this, and boy do they do it in a big way!

    As a comic geek, I\'ve loved how the Dini/Timm team have taken some of our favorite comic characters, and given them a new life, and perhaps most importantly, done so in a way that feels like they are saying \"Sure we may go in different directions with characters, but we still respect them, and their history, and respect the fans who enjoy this\"

    In This epsiode, the cliffhanger shocker from the previous episode (That Luthor and Braniac have merged) leads to an inital fight with the Heroes and the new \"Luthiac\" amalgam. But this turns out to be a teaser, which in turn leads to a pivotal climactic confrontation. Knock down, drag out.

    Flash fans, who have been (Like myself) disappointed in \"the world\'s fastest Man\" less than plentiful appearances (possibly due to the rumored time issues that Flash voice actor Micheal Rosenbaum (Lex Luthor from Smallville) had with scheduling) are rewarded with not only Flash providing a few quips, and decent screen time, he turns out to be a most pivotal character in the final battle, and we even get to see a small nod to the Comic Flash\'s power source, the speed force.

    You need to watch the episodes that lead up to this to truley enjoy this masterpiece, but once you get here, you\'ll find its well worth it.moreless
Kevin Conroy

Kevin Conroy

Batman/Bruce Wayne

George Newbern

George Newbern

Superman/Clark Kent/Kal-El

Susan Eisenberg

Susan Eisenberg

Wonder Woman/Diana

Michael Rosenbaum

Michael Rosenbaum

Flash/Wally West

Carl Lumbly

Carl Lumbly

Martian Manhunter/J'onn J'onzz

Phil LaMarr

Phil LaMarr

Green Lantern/John Stewart

Robert Forster

Robert Forster

The President

Guest Star

Clancy Brown (I)

Clancy Brown (I)

Lex Luthor

Recurring Role

Corey Burton

Corey Burton


Recurring Role

CCH Pounder

CCH Pounder

Amanda Waller

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (13)

    • In Luthor's flashback , Brainiac shot a yellow beam at Luthor. But, in the original episode, "Ghost in the Machine," he shot a blue beam.

    • When the tentacles attack Green Lantern, he starts stepping backward and the street behind him is clearly empty for some distance. But he takes a couple of steps backward, there's a change in shot...and suddenly he's backing up to Waller. Where'd she come from?

    • When they're discussing what Brainiac will do next, Wonder Woman is to the left talking with Hawkgirl and you can just see Superman to the right of them. Then they cut to a shot of Superman with J'onn and Flash to his left (audience rigth). But then they cut to a long shot and suddenly the order has changed completely: Flash and J'onn are to Superman's right (our left), Green Lantern is next, and then Hawkgirl, then Wonder Woman, and finally Superman. When Batman says, "You want to bet Brainiac can't?", there's another small jump and Wonder Woman is now on Superman's left (our right).

    • When J'onn calls the Watchtower, Superman is to his left (audience right) and level with him with his head is about at the same height at J'onn's. In the next shot, Superman is behind J'onn and standing, and kneels down to put his head level with J'onn's.

    • When Luthor proposes an alliance with Brainiac, Brainiac says his alliance with Darkseid tells him to mistrust organics, due to the events of the episode "Twilight." But this copy of Brainiac was inside Luthor for years, and never entered into outer space so how did he know what the copy experienced?

    • When the Justice Lord Superman hits the real Superman, he knocks him back into some kind of tank or vat. Superman falls to the ground clear of the tank but there's nothing on him. Then in the next shot for some reason he's crackling with blue electricity that fades away. None of the other counterparts cause electrical sparks when they hit their opponents, so why does it happen here?

    • The third time Flash punches Luthor/Brainiac, the latter rolls over. If you pay attention, you can see that the exact moment he does, his image flips, and the arm without the armor switches from right to left.

    • In the initial pan shot of the crowd, Vibe is standing next to the highly visible red-white Rocket Red. But when the crowd applauds, Rocket Red disappears and Vibe is standing next to Black Canary.

    • In the initial pan shot of the crowd, Fire is near Elongated Man. When the crowd start applauding, she's standing right next to Dr. Mid-Nite several yards to the left (our right) of her previous position.

    • In the initial pan shot of the crowd, Booster Gold is standing right next to Dr. Light and Metamorpho and Crimson Fox are nowhere to be seen. When the crowd start applauding a few seconds later, Dr. Light disappears and he's standing next to Zatanna, Metamorpho, and Crimson Fox, who were nowhere to be seen in the opening pan.

    • During the opening pan shot of the crowd, Dr. Mid-Nite is to Waverider's left (audience right) and in front of him. He's still there in the long shot when Superman disbands the League. But when Green Arrow makes his speech, Dr. Mid-Nite is appreciably behind Waverider. Then as Green Arrow continues speaking, in the next long shot Dr. Mid-Nite jumps in front of Waverider again.

    • During the opening pan shot of the crowd, Zatanna is nowhere to be seen. But in the long shot when Superman says, "While we had the best of intentions..." she can be seen in the foreground in front of and to Atom Smasher's right (audience's left), just behind Dr. Light.

    • During the opening pan shot of the crowd, Mr. Terrific is behind Elongated Man and to his left, and Fire is behind and to EM's right. But when the crowd reacts to Superman saying they're taking down the station, Fire and Mr. Terrific have switched positions.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Flash: Hate to interrupt this special live performance of The Thing With Two Heads, but it's time to go to jail now.
      Amanda Waller: What he said.

    • Amanda Waller: I'll be dipped!

    • Brainiac: No! I was not yet prepared for this battle. (reveals his giant ship) Now I am prepared.

    • Batman: That was too easy.
      Hawkgirl: Easy...? Then I guess I must have gone to the wrong fight.

    • Brainiac: It is extremely unlikely that your inferior human intellect has anything to offer me.
      Luthor: Since we've become so close, I'm going to let that pass.

    • Brainiac: I have learned from my encounter with Darkseid that organic beings cannot be trusted.
      Luthor: I can't argue with that.

    • Brainiac/Luthor: Welcome, Justice League - you are just in time for the end of the world.

    • Shayera: Less talking, more hitting!

    • Robot/Alternate Flash: (punching his counterpart) Slacker, child, clown... we have no place here among the world's greatest heroes.
      The Flash: Says you! I got a seat at the big conference table... I'm going to paint my logo on it!

    • (Green Lantern demolishes the robot Hawkgirl)
      Hawkgirl: You enjoyed that a little too much.
      Green Lantern: Just letting off some steam. She broke my heart, you know.
      Hawkgirl: (demolishing a robot Green Lantern) Likewise, I'm sure.

    • Superman: I'm not the man who killed President Luthor. Right now, I wish to Heaven that I were, but I'm not.

    • Green Arrow: You remember what we did yesterday? We saved the world – again. You don't think that has any value, well think again, pal. The Justice League goes on, with or without you. Look, nobody can question your service or commitment to making things better. If you're quitting because you think you've already done your fair share, fine, we'll throw you a parade. But if you're quitting because it's easier then continuing the fight, then you're not the heroes we all thought you were. The world needs the Justice League and the Justice League needs you, Superman.

    • Batman: You guys can handle this - I've got work back in Gotham. You've got my number.
      Wonder Woman: I think so.

    • Lois: I'm going to cut (Superman) a break. He's only human. You know what I mean.
      Clark: Yeah, I do.

  • NOTES (7)

    • Character bios: Brainiac, Lex Luthor, Amanda Waller, The Justice Lords, Green Arrow

    • On first airing, clips at the end are from "This Little Piggy," Ultimatum," "Fearful Symmetry," "Initiation," "Wake the Dead," "This Little Piggy," "For The Man Who Has Everything," "The Return," "The Ties That Bind," "Kid's Stuff," "The Return," "The Greatest Story Ever Told," "The Cat & The Canary," and "The Return."

    • Clancy Brown, CCH Pounder, Corey Burton, Kin Shriner, Robert Forster, Dana Delany, and Phil LaMarr reprise their roles as Lex Luthor, Amanda Waller, Brainiac, Green Arrow, the President, Lois Lane, and Steel, respectively. Phil LaMarr is uncredited as Steel.

    • Heroes seen but not heard and/or credited and their approximate first appearance in order include: Creeper, Dr. Light, Fire & Ice (aboard the Watchtower), Booster Gold & Vixen (at rescue operations), and then at the crowd scene in close-up after Superman says he's guilty and the camera pans l to r: Hourman, Captain Atom, Gypsy, Steel II, Crimson Avenger, the Atom, Ray, Bwana Beast, Atom Smasher, Starman, Shining Knight, Dr. Light, Dr. Fate, Booster Gold, Vigilante, Huntress, Steel III, Sand, Supergirl, Mr. Terrific, Elongated Man, Fire, Vibe, Rocket Red, Wildcat, Black Canary, Red Tornado, Waverider, Dr. Mid-Nite, Nemesis, Ice, S.T.R.I.P.E., Stargirl, Vixen, and Aztek. Zatanna appears to Atom-Smasher's left a couple of shots later (see Trivia). When the crowd applauds, Metamorpho and Crimson Fix appear next to Booster Gold (see Trivia).

    • Brainiac's new look (on Luthor's stomach) and the "Head" ship are interpretations of 1980s pre-Crisis Brainiac designs, where he was portrayed as a thin metal man with bulbous shoulders and a larger-than-normal head. This large head design is what appears in this episode.

    • Among the reporters who appear at the end are Summer Gleason (from Batman The Animated Series) and Snapper Carr.

    • First aired on YTV June 17, 2005.


    • Flash: Hate to interrupt this special live performance of The Thing With Two Heads, but it's time to go to jail now.
      This is a reference to the movie of the same name from 1972. In the movie. In it one guy gets his head attached to another guy's body. The result was supposed to be like an Odd Couple type pairing as one was "a white bigot" and the other a "soul brother."

    • Green Arrow: Who guards the guardians?
      Batman approaches Green Arrow and says something in Latin. Thankfully, the Green Arrow translates for us. "Who guards the guardians?" is a criticism that Juvenal raised in response to the The Republic, which contained Plato's ideas of a perfect society. Among those ideas was the idea that philosophers and warriors would serve as "Guardians". This could also be seen as a reference to the renowned comic series Watchmen, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. "Quis custodiet ipsos custodes" is used as a tagline for the story.

    • Professor Zoom
      The alternative Flash that the real Flash fights is very similar in look to Professor Zoom, the Reverse Flash from the comics. In the comics he was the Flash's evil counterpart who killed Barry Allen's (2nd Flash) wife Iris before being killed in battle with the Flash. A second Zoom later appeared in the comics to fight Wally West and caused Wally's wife Linda to lose her and Wally's unborn child.