Justice League Unlimited

Season 1 Episode 19

Injustice For All (2)

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Aired Saturday 10:30 PM Sep 13, 2002 on Cartoon Network
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Batman is captured by the villains, who plan on destroying the Watchtower and finding a cure for Lex.

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  • An improvement over Part 1

    9.0
    Surprisingly, this part is better than the first, which is a little rare. As always there are a few glitches in the rush to end the episode. But Mark Hamill as the Joker livens things up as always - there's nothing really new here from his portrayal in the Batman animated series, but he keeps things moving as you can easily tell by comparing this to part 1, which tended to plod in the early parts.



    Clancy Brown gets to grow a bit which now looks to be a continuing arc for the character running on through season 2 (where the character begins to tie in to the comic book continuity, i.e., "President Luthor.") Brown perfectly voices Lex's growing frustration, pain, and relief at his final cure. Not to minimize the contributions of the other actors; the voicework overall is excellent, although not everyone gets much to do here. The Joker kinda takes center stage here and overshadows everyone but Lex.



    The hints of a Cheetah/Batman romance are interesting even if it's Batman putting on a show - it's rare we see the Batman try to (literally and romantically) seduce a female opponent and you'd think he'd do it a bit more often. This is a guy who uses all his wiles to take down the bad guys, so a fake romantic interest doesn't seem beyond the question.



    As to the League, Batman is in control as always and he's the centerpiece of the episode. His final speech to the Joker makes this clear (and explains why he was so easily captured in part 1), and watching him play off the villains against each other is fun. Superman finally gets to kick some butt rather than be everyone's whipping boy, but it's also amusing to watch his own reputation used against him by Copperhead, who knows the Big Blue Boy Scout can't do much against him.



    The other heroes get their moments as well although not as much. J'onn seems downright dumb sometimes, unfortunately, although it's more that the writers don't seem to know how to handle him without his overpowering everyone. Still, given how well the writers balanced out the large groups of characters here, they shouldn't be afraid to do it more often in the future. It's fun watching the entire League pound on a team of opponents, even if the logistics for the writers and animators are no doubt a nightmare.



    Overall there are some slow spots here and a few logic gaps (why is almost everyone standing around watching Superman interrogate Copperhead?) but this episode neatly mixes pathos, comedy, and good ole action adventure and starts off what looks to be a major Lex Luthor story arc running through the show for at least another year.moreless
  • Villains vs. Batman...guess who wins?

    8.2
    In the conclusion of this two part story, the tale is told mostly from the villain's perspective as they focus on the next stage of their plan to destroy the Justice League. Lex Luthor orders some of the hired villains to watch the bound and immobilized Batman while the rest of the villains set out to blow up the league's headquarters with a bomb ( you'd think someone would have suggested that they use more than one bomb to make sure the job gets gone but I digress...).



    Batman, who is left free to talk to whoever comes near me, starts to plant seeds of doubt in the villains that come within earshot. In no time at all, the villains are fighting among themselves and quickly set themselves up for an inevitable defeat at the hands of the League.



    All in all, a pretty good episode for one to watch. The dialogue between Luthor and Ultra Humanite really sparkles at times and the Joker's machinations ( which mainly involve his arch nemesis Batman) prove to be a nice sub story as well.



    Recommended for those who like to see big fights...and Batman at his finest....moreless
Kevin Conroy

Kevin Conroy

Batman/Bruce Wayne

Maria Canals

Maria Canals

Hawkgirl/Shayera Hol

Susan Eisenberg

Susan Eisenberg

Wonder Woman/Diana

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

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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (11)

    • In one shot of Batman tied up in the stasis field you can see him with his utility belt on, even though Lex took it from him earlier.

    • It's very considerate of Lex not to gag Batman, but just tells Cheetah to gag him "if he causes any more trouble." He already caused trouble once - why give him a second chance? In fact, Batman gets to later negotiate with the traitor because Lex doesn't gag him - whoops.

    • Why do they let Copperhead wear his costume in prison, particularly when we saw Lex and Ultra-Humanite in prison uniforms last week?

    • Why on Earth do the Leaguers let "the boy scout" interrogate Copperhead - wouldn't Hawkgirl or Green Lantern have had better luck?

    • When Superman interrogates Copperhead, you can see his reflection in the one-way mirror behind him. Superman thrusts his head into Copperhead's face, but his image in the mirror doesn't move.

    • It takes five Justice Leaguers to go to the prison interrogate Copperhead? Only Flash and Superman actually talk to him. They only have one shuttle, but Green Lantern can fly and Batman must have got off the satellite earlier somehow. And even if they only have one shuttle, why not leave two people on the station? Or three?

    • After failing to destroy the Watchtower, Lex throws his chair into the TV screen; but later, when he's reviewing the security tape, the screen is fixed.

    • Why doesn't J'onn stay intangible aboard the satellite when he goes to investigate? Instead he stays solid and sure enough gets punched out by Grundy.

    • So what was the plan Luthor had for when the Justice League was lured to his headquarters? He says, "If we can lure them here, I have a plan", and Batman brings the JL there, but basically it's just another slugfest which ends up with the Gang defeated. After his treatment Luthor says he has a plan to handle the League but again he never displays any such plan.

    • At the end of the episode, we see both Copperhead and Cheetah in the paddywagon with the other members of the Injustice Gang, even though Copperhead was already arrested and in jail while Cheetah was presumed dead.

    • At the end, Ultra-Humanite is watching what is definitely Madame Butterfly. The implication is definitely that he's watching the last scene where the female singer finishes her song and just...stands there. But in the opera, Cio-Cio-San (Butterfly) kills herself and dies in Lt. Pinkerton's arms as he cries her name.

  • QUOTES (11)

  • NOTES (5)

    • All members of the League appear in this episode.

    • We get a clearer shot of the Zan and Jayna statues this episode, right before Hawkgirl gets knocked out.

    • Note the scene where Grundy interrupts the Joker and they have a brief conversation. In this scene basically Mark Hamill is talking to himself: he voices both characters.

    • Originally the part where Grundy captured and took Cheetah offscreen was supposed to be her last appearance (implying that she died). Due to her appearance at the end, the fact that she died has changed.

    • Further echoes of the Rock of Ages storyline from JLA #10-15 (and released in trade paperback), with Batman bribing someone within the Gang to betray them.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Lex Luthor: Et tu, Humanite?
      Lex is paraphrasing one of the most famous lines in history, "et tu, Brute?" which means "You too, Brutus?" which were the words spoken by Julius Caesar when he realized one of the assassins about to kill him was his best friend Brutus.

    • The Joker: You're despiccable!
      'You're despiccable' is Daffy Duck's famous quote - DD is also a Warner Brothers' production.

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