Justice League Unlimited

Season 1 Episode 18

Injustice For All (1)

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Aired Saturday 10:30 PM Sep 06, 2002 on Cartoon Network
9.1
out of 10
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The League captures a dying Luthor, who breaks out of prison and assembles a group of villains to defeat the heroes.

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  • A Villain\'s Episode

    8.0
    This episode starts with a nice touch - neatly wrapping up the Lex Luthor plotline from the Superman Animated Series, which is somewhat of a relief: it's about time he was brought to justice. Watching Lex get away with it episode after episode (and comic book after comic book issue) gets tiresome after a while. Now if they'd just follow up on some stuff from the Batman animated series as much as they do with Superman here (and later in Twilight)



    After that it's Lex's show. One supposes he hid away a lot of money elsewhere (or he's just bluffing the other villains and can't pay them), but each of those villains gets their little moment. If anything, the episode is a little too rushed. All the villains get _are_ little moments. This is probably inevitable, given we've got all of them and the Justice League en masse.



    The Ultra-Humanite fares best (and stuff here foreshadows his final fate in part 2). The Shade is well done, altough he's a pale *heh* shade of his current comic book incarnation as an immortal hero/villain. Solomon Grundy is a big tough brute kinda played for laughs. Cheetah doesn't get much to do here, and Copperhead isn't given much time before he becomes capture-fodder.



    And the last few minutes give Joker. Mark Hamill tends to upstage everyone, unfortunately - a credit to the actor's voice-presence. Only Clancy Brown can really hold his own (he had plenty of practice in the "World's Finest" episode :) ). The Joker captures Bats pretty easily, but we find out why in Part 2.



    While this is mostly a villain episode, we finally get to see the League in action as a full team for the first time since the premiere movie and this is more the kind of thing they should be doing in this reviewer's opinion, rather than these 3- and 4-member team-ups. Hopefully we'll continue to get more full team efforts. While not everyone gets the screen time you'd hope, the writers do a great job of balancing seven heroes and eight villains.moreless
  • More classic DC characters come to animated life

    9.2
    While not the classic "Legion of Doom" (which comes later), Lex Luthor's "Injustice Gang" is a great Season 1 matchup for the fledgling Justice League, and draws on each hero's Rogues' Gallery to create an interesting and challenging threat.



    The guest villains are good, but my favorite "new" voice has to be Stephen McHattie as Shade. Talk about a voice fitting the drawing of a character PERFECTLY.



    Other highlights: the resentment Batman feels about being "protected" by his super-powered teammates that leads him to strike out alone and get trapped by the Joker; Lex Luthor's fall from grace; and some great whole-team battle royales. Character development does not take a back seat to the action, but complements it. It's writing and stories like this that make "Justice League" stand out in the DC animated universe.



    It's great to hear Clancy Brown again. Like other voice actors in these shows, it is his voice I think of when I read Lex Luthor in comics now. Plus, we get the return of Mark Hammill as the Joker...best villain from "Batman: The Animated Series" and a heck of a voice performance! I'm glad he and Kevin Conroy got some scenes in Part 2 to play off of each other like in the old days.



    The show would top this villain team-up later (with "Secret Society" and other episodes), but "Injustice for All" is a great introduction to the supervillain teams that would pop up over the next several seasons of "Justice League."moreless
  • Luthor is a very bitter man...and wants to take it out on the Justice League!

    7.9
    This episode marks an interesting turning point for the series as it starts out with Lex Luthor, who has been trying to portray himself as an honest businessman while hiding his evil doings. After briefly menacing Superman with kryptonite and finding himself unexpectedly trapped by the rest of the Justice League, Luthor tries to flee but passes out before getting far. When he recovers, the master criminal finds himself in prison ( not a surprise ) and has been diagnosed with a blood disease resulting from long term kryptonite exposure that appears to be terminal ( ok, that was a surprise).



    Not content to spend the rest of his days in prison, Luthor escapes with the aide of a fellow inmate, a large ape like man named Ultra Humanite. By the way, the ease that the prisoners escape suggest that the warden should hire new guards or check what is brought into the convicts a little more closely.



    Once free, Luthor quickly brings together a gang of super criminals for the sole purpose of destroying the Justice League. Unfortunately, the criminals he hires fail miserably in their first encounter with the heroes and barely escape with their freedom intact. At this point, the criminals' moaning are interrupted by the arrival of the Joker, Batman's chief foe and ably voiced by Mark Hamill.



    The Joker concocts a plan to capture Batman, who was weakened from the first battle, and succeeds relatively easily to end the episode.



    Overall, this was a fairly good episode with a nifty storyline. The idea of finally ripping away Luthor's businessman disguise was one that this viewer thinks was long overdue. The characters shown in this episode pretty much stay in character though they do try to pump up Batman's value to the League a little too much.



    An episode worth watching more than once.....

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Kevin Conroy

Kevin Conroy

Batman/Bruce Wayne

Maria Canals

Maria Canals

Hawkgirl/Shayera Hol

Phil LaMarr

Phil LaMarr

Green Lantern/John Stewart

Carl Lumbly

Carl Lumbly

Martian Manhunter/J'onn J'onzz

George Newbern

George Newbern

Superman/Clark Kent/Kal-El

Michael Rosenbaum

Michael Rosenbaum

Flash/Wally West

Ian Buchanan

Ian Buchanan

Ultra-Humanite

Guest Star

Sheryl Lee Ralph

Sheryl Lee Ralph

Cheetah

Guest Star

Efrain Figueroa

Efrain Figueroa

Copperhead

Guest Star

Clancy Brown

Clancy Brown

Lex Luthor

Recurring Role

Mark Hamill

Mark Hamill

Joker/Solomon Grundy

Recurring Role

Olivia d'Abo

Olivia d'Abo

Star Sapphire

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (7)

    • In the long shots the prison is on a remote, rocky island surrounded by water (presumably Metropolis Harbor). But after Ultra-Humanite and Lex escape, they jump over a wall and in practically the very next scene, implied to be only a minute or so later at most, they're in an alleyway in Metropolis. Not only that, but Ultra-Humanite is perfectly dry and hsi fur well-groomed. Wet gorilla fur, anyone?

    • When Batman, Flash, and Hawkgirl watch the newscast, "Fedral" is misspelled on the building in the background.

    • Anybody find it odd that despite how this episode plays up Batman as a solo guy trying to prove himself as being able to do things on his own without the JL, he calls them for back-up just to help him with an ordinary tenement fire. What did he do before he joined the JL when he had to deal with fires?

    • In the scene where the father hugs Trina and Superman and Flash come running up, the father has three legs - one right and two left legs.

    • When Batman is lying in the Watchtower's infirmary, the IV drip is attached to his arm through his glove.

    • How did Batman get off the satellite? In the later episode, "A Knight of Shadows (2)," we hear that without the Javelin 7, Batman and the rest are stranded on the satellite without it. Here he says he'll take the shuttle, but if that was the case they could have done it there, too.

    • In the closing credits, Olivia d'Abo's first name is misspelled as "Oliva".

  • QUOTES (12)

  • NOTES (12)

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • Lex Luthor and the Ultra-Humanite
      There's a certain irony in Lex recruiting the Ultra-Humanite. When Lex Luthor first appeared in the comics, he had red hair in a bowlcut. On the other hand, when the Ultra-Humanite first showed up he was a bald supervillain that looked not more then a little like the "bald" Lex Luthor we eventually got (while U-H got a succession of different bodies). Apparently the artists liked the "look" of the Ultra-Humanite more, and grafted it onto Lex Luthor to make him look more impressive. So there's a certain irony in the allusion to Lex recruiting the Ultra-Humanite here.

    • Cheetah Humanoid animal
      Although her origin is not clearly stated, Cheetah appears to possibly be related to "splicers" - human beings with animal genetic material that gives them similar powers. The DC animated series have introduced this concept in Batman Beyond, in the episode "Splicers," although that was set in the future - maybe they're early versions? Ironically, that episode featured Ian Buchanan as the bad guy - Mr. Buchanan also plays the Ultra-Humanite in this episode. (nothing in part 2 and her conversation with Batman contradicts this) Copperhead may also be a splicer - we see he wears a costume in part 2, but he still has fangs and the forked tongue.

    • Lex Luthor Multiple costumes
      The writers and producers pay homage to different incarnations of Lex Luthor. First we get the uber-businessman version created by John Byrne post-Crisis and featured in Superman: The Animated Series. Then we see him in prison greys, which is what he wore in most of his pre-Sixties appearances. Then he dons a variation of his skintight purple-and-green bodysuit that he wore in the 70s (and on Challenge of the Super Friends as part of the Legion of Doom). In "Legends" and part 2 of this episode, we'll also see him wearing the purple-and-green battle armor that he wore during most of the 80s (and in the Super Powers animated series).

    • Audio/Visual: Ultra-Humanite watching Madame Butterfly.
      Ultra-Humanite was watching (and listening to) Giacomo Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly. Set in Japan, it revolves around Madame Butterfly (Cio-Cio-San) and her love interest, the Lieutenant Pinkerton. The opera is based on the book by John Luther Long and the drama by David Belasco and its first production took place in Milan in 1904.

    • Green Lantern: Drop the weapon, Magilla.
      Magilla Gorilla was an old 60s cartoon and the main character's name was Magilla.

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