Justice League Unlimited

Season 2 Episode 17

Secret Society (1)

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Aired Saturday 10:30 PM Nov 22, 2003 on Cartoon Network
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Gorilla Grodd brings together a powerful team of villains, welding them together into a close-knit group. Meanwhile the League is plagued by its own internal problems and non-cooperation, leaving them vulnerable to attack.

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  • Gorilla Grodd and his organized Secret Society attempt to divide and conquer the Justice League.

    8.5
    Gorilla Grodd and his organized Secret Society attempt to divide and conquer the Justice League. They might be the world’s greatest heroes and fight the forces of evil but that doesn’t mean they get along all the time. “Secret Society” isn’t the best episode of the series but is undoubtedly better than “Injustice for All”. The episode further looks at the characters’ distinctive personalities and dynamic interaction. There is some real resentment and tension among the League’s members. Though the story is rather simple, the interplay and dialogue among the characters are well developed all through this episode. “Secret Society” features such well-known rogues like Gorilla Grodd, Sinestro, Killer Frost, The Shade, Parasite, Giganta and Clayface. The scene where the League arrives to Batman’s aid is a personal favorite. The battle between the League and the Secret Society was very amusing. Ron Perlman (Hellboy), Ted Levine (Monk) and Powers Boothe (Deadwood) return to voice the characters Clayface, Sinestro and Gorilla Grodd.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

Kevin Conroy

Kevin Conroy

Batman/Bruce Wayne

Susan Eisenberg

Susan Eisenberg

Wonder Woman/Diana

Michael Rosenbaum

Michael Rosenbaum

Flash/Wally West

Stephen McHattie

Stephen McHattie

Shade

Guest Star

Brian George

Brian George

Parasite

Guest Star

Powers Boothe

Powers Boothe

Gorilla Grodd

Recurring Role

Ron Perlman

Ron Perlman

Clayface

Recurring Role

Ted Levine

Ted Levine

Sinestro

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • There's some question as to whether electricity affects Clayface, and even the Batman: Animated Series doesn't seem entirely consistent. However, later in the B:TAS Clayface could be electrocuted (see "Holiday Knights") so what appears here seems consistent.

    • Green Lantern says during the warehouse battle they outnumbered the Society 7-to-6, but all seven Society members were present. Grodd is hiding but it should be pretty clear that somebody mind-blasted GL during his battle with Sinestro and none of the visible Society members have mental powers.

    • The Parasite's been shown to keep Superman's powers for hours, if not days, while Superman is powerless. Here he loses Superman's abilities and Superman regains them in a matter of seconds.

  • QUOTES (6)

  • NOTES (12)

    • Character bios: Secret Society of Super Villains, Clayface, Sinestro, Parasite, Killer Frost, Giganta, Gorilla Grodd, The Shade

    • In the comics, the Shade was a member of the original Injustice Society of the World, a group that fought the Justice Society (which were the basis for the Justice Guild in "Legends"). Gorilla Grodd and Sinestro were members of the first incarnation of the Secret Society of Super-Villains, and Killer Frost was a member of a later incarnation formed by the Ultra-Humanite. Parasite and Clayface never were members of a particular multi-villain team, and Giganta only appeared briefly early in Wonder Woman's career and recently revived post-Crisis basically because they were trying to incorporate the Legion of Doom villains into DC's continuity.

    • With the appearance of Giganta here, 11 of the 13 members of the Super Friends' Legion of Doom have now appeared in the Justice League or a previous WB animated series or another - the only ones who have yet to appear are Captain Cold and Black Manta. Justice League introduced Grodd, Cheetah, and Solomon Grundy - the Riddler and Scarecrow appeared in Batman: TAS and Sinestro, Luthor, Brainiac, Toyman, and Bizarro appeared in Superman: The Animated Series.

    • This episode marks Kevin Conroy's 200th performance as the Dark Knight Detective since taking on the role for the original animated series back in 1992.

    • We definitely find out that GL's power ring has no vulnerability to the color yellow, making it similar to the current Kyle Rayner's ring in the comic rather then the traditional Silver Age and SuperFriends power ring.

    • When Cartoon Network premiered this episode, they aired the two episodes back-to-back, without inserting closing credits at the end of part one or opening credits/recap at the beginning of part 2. They still listed the title and writer/director credits, though.

    • The entire League appears in this and the subsequent episode.

    • Stephen McHattie and Powers Boothe reprise their roles as Shade and Grodd from previous Justice League episodes. Ted Levine reprises his role as Sinestro from the Superman: The Animated Series episode "In Brightest Day...". Ron Perlman (Orion in "Twilight") reprises his role as Clayface from Batman: The Animated Series. Brian George takes on the role of the Parasite, played by the late Brion James in the animated Superman series. Killer Frost's actress is and remains officially uncredited by all relevant and official sources, although some claim it is Jennifer Hale in an (uncredited) dual role.

    • This is the first time we've seen Green Lantern definitely make more elaborate constructs with his ring, as does Sinestro.

    • The Secret Society members in this and the next episode: Gorilla Grodd, Killer Frost, Sinestro, Parasite, Giganta, Shade, Clayface.

    • This is the first time we hear Luthor's team officially referred to as "The Injustice Gang." They were never referred by name in either of their actual appearances.

    • Giganta, Sinestro, and Grodd were all members of the Legion of Doom - the group of super-villains who plagued the cartoon Superfriends. Killer Frost was not a member of the Legion but they did have a male ice-based villain - Captain Cold.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Justice League Beyond
      Stan Berkowitz (who wrote for Batman Beyond) and Dan Riba (who directed both Batman Beyond and Zeta Project) seemed to have slipped in several references to Batman Beyond here. The League's training robots look suspiciously like Zeta as he first appeared in Batman Beyond. The Society's escape craft looks like Batman's futuristic Batmobile. Batman using electrical batarangs against a liquid-like opponent who smothers people was his schtick against Inque. And freezing a liquid-like shapeshifter was the other way he defeated Inque.

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