Justice League Unlimited

Season 1 Episode 1

Secret Origins (1)

14
Aired Saturday 10:30 PM Nov 17, 2001 on Cartoon Network
8.7
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Batman investigates a series of mysterious space signals and finds an alien conspiracy, while Superman is overwhelmed by telepathic alien messages as war-machines land and begin attacking Earth.

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  • Batman rocks!

    9.5
    Justice League rocks! I think the writers did a great job introducing all the super heroes and i think they did a wonderful job showing BATMAN as the first super hero shown on the episode! Hehehe! Sorry but i'm a bit partial to batman. Secret Origins has a great plot and the distribution of featured heroes are fair even though i don't like it when they show Batman being knocked out by aliens. Nevertheless batman still stole the show. he was the one who discovered the alien problem anyway and he was the one who solved it as well. Batman rocks!moreless
  • Very nice. Totally entertaining.

    9.1
    First of all it was a very cool way to start off with the Bat and Superman in the first scenes. And then there was this trill in there cause the bad creatures was just too good for both Batman and Superman. They knocked them both out. Then there was J'onn J'onzz he was a great installment to Justice League. It was so cool when Superman went off flying somewhere, i thought he was somehow mad or something, even Batman had a feeling like that when he saw Superman breaking some high military base. But then we come to know of J'onn J'onzz and then the episode continues when J'onn J'onzz tell that he telepathically summoned Superman for help and that he came to earth to warn Humans and that the military captured him...moreless
  • War of the Worlds

    8.0
    A fairly impressive opener, it has to be said. And although we're only introduced to Batman and Superman - DC's biggest icons - and Martian Manhunter at the episode's end, there's a lot of fun to be had seeing such heavyweights align with one another to battle those pesky bad guys.



    The animation is relatively smooth, my only niggle being the oftentimes distracting mouth movement which sometimes doesn't sync up with the stellar voice-work on offer. Like with the Superman TAS and Batman TAS, the animation stays true to both series. Metropolis is given the ring-round while Batman's scenes are sprinkled with the classic style that made that particularly series so cool looking.



    The bad guys - gelatinous villains, with strong whiff's of War of the World's thrown in - really highlight just how ambitious these foes in a show that will play host to some of the best superheroes around will be. The animation with regards to these things looked awesome, in a sense of scale and just downright coolness. Even to this day, it manages to look as good, if not better, than some of the current shows on TV at the moment. ~~~~~



    I actually enjoyed the politics in this episode. With Superman flying around saving the day, why do we need bio-weapons? Of course, this kind of thinking comes back to bite them in the gahonys minutes after its approved. I like Flash's little cameo, too. It's a nice set-up and reason for the league to join together later on - Superman can't be everywhere at once.



    My favoutie part had to be the opening attack on Waynes Corp. There's nothing really exceptional about it, but when the bad guys get up from the explosion and click their disjointed bones back into place, it gives you the first glimpse a show that's not simply for children. There's plenty of that humour throughout the rest of the series, it's part of its appeal.



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    The ending sees Superman and Batman helping out captured Martian, J'onn J'onnz only to be greeted by an army of Aliens. While it's not exactly the best cliff-hanger imaginable, it works, and will certainly keep you interested until the next episode. Overall, a fine mix between action, character and spectacle. While it's by no means a series best, it's a competent start to the show.moreless
  • Aliens attack and various superheroes--Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkgirl, and Martian Manhunter, namely--must band together to defeat them.

    7.9
    Not bad for a beginning, but it would have been annoying had the show continued at this level. The beginning focuses on Superman and Batman, whose personalities and lives seem to be a continuation of their recent shows, and then the focus spreads out to include the other characters. Flash is the teenage sidekick, GL is the former military man, Wonder Woman is the naive rookie, Hawkgirl the hot-headed warrior, and J'onn the alien poster boy for emoness. Nevertheless, it is a worthwhile episode to watch. The action is good, and it is interesting to watch the interactions between the characters.moreless
  • A great TV series with an average starting episode

    5.9
    Not really the best episode but I guess it is alright for a new show. I really like justice league and I am glad that this episode wasn't the first episode I watched as I might not have gotten as into the show as I have. Everything after this episode gets better so if this show is new to you keep watching because it gets better
Kevin Conroy

Kevin Conroy

Batman/Bruce Wayne

Susan Eisenberg

Susan Eisenberg

Wonder Woman/Diana

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

Gary Cole

Gary Cole

J. Allen Carter

Guest Star

Max Brooks

Max Brooks

Howie

Guest Star

Corey Burton

Corey Burton

Bald Tech

Guest Star

Jason Marsden

Jason Marsden

Snapper Carr

Recurring Role

Susan Sullivan

Susan Sullivan

Hippolyta

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • We later find out the invaders are vulnerable to sunlight ... so how did the alien duplicating Carter get by for two years?

    • Why do only four heroes show up to help Superman, J'onn, and Batman? Not only are perviously established heroes from previous WB series such as Supergirl absent (and she'll feature significantly in Season 3), but all of the heroes we'll see in Season 3 are absent too. Earth's being invaded - couldn't they be bothered?

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Carter: (on Mars) Would you look at that? It's a little slice of Heaven.
      Ed: If your idea of Heaven is a barren, lifeless rock.
      Carter: You have the soul of a poet.

    • Superman: I'd like to stay and look into it, but I'm expected back in Metropolis.
      Batman: Another key to the city?
      Superman: Here, it's a signal watch. Call if you need any more help. (flies off)
      Batman: Right.

    • General Wells: With all due respect, Senator, we can't entrust the security of the entire world to one man.
      Superman: I understand your feelings, General. And when Senator Carter first approached me, I was reluctant to get involved. But after meeting with him and his advisers, I became convinced that I could make a difference. I have fought hard over the years to earn your trust, and I solemnly swear, all of you, that I will continue to uphold the ideas of Truth and Justice, not just for America, but all the world.

    • Flash: Hey, the big guy's heart's in the right place. But gimme a break. I'm the fastest man alive, and even I can't be in five places at once.

    • Wonder Woman: Then mankind will have to face it alone.
      Hippolyta: Then mankind will have to face it alone.
      Wonder Woman: How can you say that?
      Hippolyta: Whatever happens beyond these shores is not our concern. Here the gods will protect us.

    • J'onn: I am J'onn J'onzz. (offers his hand to Batman who refuses the gesture)
      Superman: Don't take it personally, J'onn-–he doesn't trust anyone.
      J'onn: A wise policy.

  • NOTES (14)

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Alien Invasion Plot
      All three parts of Secret Origins bears a partial resemblence to the undercover invasion of Earth by "White Martians" in several different Justice League story arcs, written by Mark Waid and Grant Morrison.

    • Nuclear Disarmament
      Superman going before the UN General Assembly and disarming the world bears a number of parallels to the movie Superman IV: The Quest for Peace.

    • Superman: "..I will continue to uphold the ideals of truth and justice, not just for America, but for all the world."
      Referring to the end of the introductory monologue to the 1951 - 1957 series, The Adventures of Superman, starring George Reeves: ...who disguised as Clark Kent, mild-mannered reporter for a great metropolitan newspaper, fights a neverending battle for Truth, Justice, and the American Way.

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