Justice League Unlimited

Season 1 Episode 16

Legends (1)

Aired Saturday 10:30 PM Apr 21, 2002 on Cartoon Network
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Episode Summary

An explosion throws four Leaguers into an alternate dimension where they meet Green Lantern's childhood comic book heroes...the Justice Guild!

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  • Get outta here

    What a bunch of twiddle. The worst episode ive ever seen and ive seen those ones with wild cat, Black Canary and Green Arrow. I think what annoyed me the most was the villains especially SportsMan and the Music Guy wat a joke. Oh and catman i mean did he really even do anything. Not much else to say really apart from the ugly boy with the psychic abilities. Ill give them some ratings for drawing the characters correctly. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -moreless
  • The Justice League meet the Justice Guild of America, a team of old fashioned comic book heroes.

    The Justice League meet the Justice Guild of America, a team of old fashioned comic book heroes. “Legends” is one of the funniest episodes of the series. It’s a humorous tribute to the Golden Age DC Comics. “Legends” starts out promising with the League battling Lex Luthor’s destructive giant robot and four of its members transported to an alternate universe. The Justice League has some trouble adjusting to the fact that they are trapped in a comic book. For Green Lantern, meeting his childhood heroes brought back wholesome feelings that probably led to his decision of becoming a hero himself. There is a great element of humor in “Legends”. All the silly dialogue, clichéd characters and obvious campiness from those classic comics and cartoons are well presented in this episode. The League’s reaction to the corny role call routine and the decoder rings was very amusing. Hawkgirl demoted to household duties was priceless. The episode ends with one of the season’s best cliffhangers.moreless
  • Whether you are new to the whole comic book super hero thing or an old timer who remembers the golden age, this is one episode you will cherish. I find myself wanting to watch this one over and over again.moreless

    Having a chance to look back at all the episodes of both Justice League and Justice League unlimited, this one stands out as one of the best overall. First off, it touches on the concept that all heroes have role models even if they are only comic book characters. Secondly, ths episode does a wonderful job of demonstrating how much comic book super hero charterization has changed over the years. No matter how corny it may be, you can not help but be moved by idealistic innocence of the Justice Guild. Compared to them, modern day heroes appear somewhat cynical and jaded. However, the respect and admiration for a bygone era still shines through.

    Like many JL or JLU episodes, the circumstances that bring the League and the GUild together employ the often overutilized "alternate reality" scheme. However, the action dialog and heartwarming nature of this episode make that easy to overlook. Only a few other episodes in the whole series compare to this one. Once again, I feel obligated to thank the show's creator for a job well done.moreless
  • one of the better episodes and a pays good respect to golden age heroes.

    this episode and the one following it are some of the better episodes of the series. it follows some of the members in the justice league to another reality where they meet the justice guild another group of superheroes that were once comic heros in the real world. while this story would be entertaining in its self the characters in the justice society are based on characters from the golden age of comic books. the most classic and favorite of them being the green guardsman and the streak. green guardsman was based on allan scott the original green lantern and streak was based on jay garrick the original flash. even though i wish the justice society could really appear but this is a touching tribute to the golden age of comics.moreless
  • Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, and Hawkgirl get transported to a differnt dimension. There, they meet the Justice Guild, that dimension's superheros. They team up with them to help bring some of their villans to justice.moreless

    The episode starts off with the Justice League fighting a giant robot. Just before the robot is about to fall on Green Lantern , Martian Manhunter and Hawkgirl, Flah zooms around them in circles. His speed, combined with the electricity of the robot sends the four of them to a differnt reality.

    Once there, they meet up with that dimension's superheros, who call themselves the Justice Guild. Green Lantern finds this strange, because the Justice Guild are characters from a comic book that he read as a kid.

    The Justice League teams up with the Justice Guild to help them fight off some of their own villans.

    Meanwhile, Tom Turbine, a Guild member, is trying to open up a portal back to the Justice League's dimension.

    The episode ends in suspense when Hawkgirl falls into a cemetery, after chasing a villan. She discovers the graves of all of the members of the Justice Guild. It turns out that they had died years ago.moreless
George Newbern

George Newbern

Superman/Clark Kent/Kal-El

Maria Canals

Maria Canals

Hawkgirl/Shayera Hol

Carl Lumbly

Carl Lumbly

Martian Manhunter/J'onn J'onzz

Michael Rosenbaum

Michael Rosenbaum

Flash/Wally West

Phil LaMarr

Phil LaMarr

Green Lantern/John Stewart

Corey Burton

Corey Burton

Dr. Blizzard

Guest Star

David Naughton

David Naughton

The Streak

Guest Star

William Katt

William Katt

Green Guardsman

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Allowing that this episode takes place after "Injustice For All" as intended, where is Lex getting all the money to build a super-giant-robot? And when has he had this kind of smarts? In the Superman Animated Series he was basically a rich businessman, albeit one with a good high-scientific knowledge. But he hired people to build stuff like this - he wasn't an inventor and didn't do it himself. Here he's on his own and somehow building these kinds of super-scientific creations.

  • QUOTES (10)

  • NOTES (7)

    • The Justice Guild's HQ uses the same mansion (with a difference in the paint job and some minor details) as the Joker's mansion in BTAS "Jokers Millions".

    • This is Luthor's first appearance (albeit somewhat masked) in the animated continuity since the Superman series-finale "Legacy."

    • This isn't the first time that William Katt played a superhero. He is, of course, best known for his role as the hapless man-in-tights in The Greatest American Hero.

    • There are many parallels between this episode and the original Justice League/Justice Society team-up in the comics. In both, the League and the Society paired off to fight a single villain from a team of bad guys, and the "parallel dimensions" explanation Tom Turbine gives is an almost word-for-word match for the one used in the comics.

    • Superman and Batman are only seen briefly, Batman has no dialogue, and Wonder Woman is not present in this episode.

    • A promo version of this episode was made and given to the media. It is the second Justice League episode, after "Secret Origins," released in video form.

    • "Ray Thompson" seems to be a play on DC writer Roy Thomas, who is credited with a great deal of work on '40s and '50s-style DC Comics like Justice League and All-Star Squadron.


    • Lex Luthor
      Yes, that's him in the green-and-purple power suit he never wore in the Superman The Animated Series. This episode, like "Fury," was supposed to air after we had seen the revamped Lex Luthor in "Injustice for All" with his new powersuit. See "Injustice for All (1)" for more information.

    • Green Guardsman: My power ring is useless against aluminum!
      The Golden Age Green Lantern, on whom Green Guardsman is based, had a power ring that wouldn't work on wood. Yes, they managed to find something even sillier for his ring not to work on for the Green Guardsman version.

    • Romantic Relationship
      In the recent JLA: Year One miniseries, the modern Black Canary's mother, who was the original Black Canary, reveals that she had an affair with Wildcat, another member of the original Justice Society of America. Just before the Justice Guild sacrifice themselves, Black Siren and Catman, who were originally supposed to be Black Canary and Wildcat, have a brief embrace...

    • The Streak: You're a credit to your poeple.
      The Streak is referring to Green Lantern's skin color - the comment is a veiled comment to the racism of Green Lantern's childhood if he grew up in the late 50's to the early 60's - this was when rascism was very high. So The Streak was making a compliment due to the time the comic was issued.

    • The Justice Guild
      The Justice Guild are a thinly disguised version of the Golden Age heroes The Justice Society. The series' producers asked for permission to use the JSA but DC declined. Green Guardsman = Golden Age Green Lantern; Tom Turbine = Golden Age Atom (and some of Superman, Starman, the Star-Spangled Kid, and Captain Marvel tossed in); Streak = Golden Age Flash; Black Siren = Black Canary; Cat Man = Wildcat and Batman.

    • The Injustice Guild
      The Injustice Guild are a just-as-thinly disguised version of the Injustice Society, the rivals of the Justice Society in the comics. The Music Master = The Fiddler; The Sportsman = The Sportsmaster; Dr. Blizzard = The Icicle; Sir Swami = The Wizard, with a little bit of Sargon the Sorcerer thrown in.

    • Giant Robot
      The robot destroying the city looked very similar to the Prototype-03 in the very popular Neon Genesis Evangelion series, which originated in Japan. it was almost an exact copy except for the robot's waist size.

    • J'onn: It seems we are not in Metropolis anymore.
      This alludes to the movie The Wizard of Oz that seems to be done in every single show at some point. As in this case, the person saying it has suddenly come to the realization that they are not where they are supposed to be. It was made famous by Judy Garland (as Dorothy) when she lands in Oz after the tornado storm lifts her house away.

    • Ray: Holy hijacking, Catman!
      This is a poke at the 1960's Batman. Note that the Justice Guild also has a red phone to be reached by the Police just like in the series.