Justice League Unlimited

Season 1 Episode 13

The Brave and the Bold (2)

Aired Saturday 10:30 PM Mar 17, 2002 on Cartoon Network
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Episode Summary

When Gorilla Grodd mentally enslaves a city of humans and prepares to destroy Gorilla City, Green Lantern and Flash try to defeat him while the other Leaguers move to help the ape civilization.

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  • The Justice League must stop the evil genius Gorilla Grodd from exacting revenge on Gorilla City.

    The Justice League must stop the evil genius Gorilla Grodd from exacting revenge on Gorilla City. “The Brave and the Bold” is far from perfect but is one of my favorite episodes of the first season of “Justice League”. The episode nicely spotlights Flash and offers plenty of humor, sharp dialogue and great character development. I liked that the episode also focused attention on the other members of the League. The League works well together and their interaction is refreshing. There is a nice and touching moment where Wonder Woman kisses Batman for being very concerned for her safety. One of the most appealing elements in this episode is the dynamic interaction between Flash and Green Lantern. Flash’s light hearted attitude clashes with Green Lantern’s hardnosed attitude biggest and offers some good moments and amusing banter. Michael Rosebaum and Phil LaMarr are great. The story is pretty straightforward but well paced. Gorilla Grodd proves to be a very charismatic textbook super villain and Powers Boothe really brings out the best in this characters. The ending was interesting. Flash actually uses his brain to save the day.moreless
  • Part 2 of the "required" Planet of the Apes send off.

    As predicted in Part 1, Capital City was not really destroyed. If you didn't see that coming then you should stop watching super hero shows. And as predicted they saved Capital City in a cheesy way … they turned off the shield.

    They Green Lantern, the Flash and Solovar are walking around, the city is empty. Flash points out that this is not right. Apparently, Grodd's mind control works very fast as Grodd’s already got them under mind control and has gathered them together. Of course.

    But wait, the cheese-fest is not over yet. Batman, J'onn, Hawkgilr and Wonder Woman were all captured by the Gorrillas and interrogated. Batman does his magic and they escape and they end up at the shield way, just moments before it comes down. I find that too convenient that they ended up there at just the right moment.

    As for the story, they could have been downtown ape city, noticed the sky change and then flee. Once away they could have noticed the nukes on their way and have saved the day without having to be told what was going on. This would have made the apes even more grateful to our heroes. But they chose to do it the blah way.

    On the plus side, we get our first glimpses of the now new feelings Wonder Woman and Batman apparently have for each other. Of course we know it's doomed to failure since Wonder Woman is almost immortal and Batman is a recluse. But that's ok.

    Overall, a disappointing conclusion to a lack-luster first episode.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

Michael Rosenbaum

Michael Rosenbaum

Flash/Wally West

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (14)

    • Trivia Judging from the Watchtower map, Central City is located somewhere in Indiana.

    • It's never revealed how they did turn off the field around Central City. If Solovar could have shut down the "advanced gorilla technology" early on, he would have the. So who turned it off, and how?

    • There's a mistake in the animation during the scene where Wonder Woman, Hawkgirl and J'onn are flying to vanished Central City. In one shot Wonder Woman's clothes aren't actually visible around the seat harness, which inadvertently gives the impression that both she and Hawkgirl are flying nude... A few moments later an identical shot has her red top suddenly fully visible through the seat harness. Hawkgirl's odd appearance, however, is just an illusion based on most of her outfit being obscured by the harness.

    • When the Leaguers approach the shielded Central City, there is no crater even though it featured prominently at the end of part 1.

    • When the Leaguers approach the shielded Central City, the grass is up to the top of their boots. But after J'onn fails to get into the field, the grass drops about six inches judging from their boots. And why is the grass so high outside Central City, anyway?

    • When the heroes arrive at the plaza, the screen behind Grodd is fairly high, well above his head. However, in the next closeup shot of Grodd, the screen behind him is almost level with his head.

    • When the heroes arrive at the plaza, Grodd is initially wearing his mind control helmet. However, when he raises his arms in the next shot, the helmet is gone.

    • If Grodd can control minds, why does he give a crowd of humans a propaganda speech, which even includes strong anti-human sentiment? Maybe he's vain.

    • The location in Africa where Batman located Gorilla City and the location where Grodd targets Gorilla City are different.

    • The Javelin-7 sustained visible scraping and furrowing on one thruster when it skimmed the force field around Central City, but the damage was gone when it landed outside the Gorilla City force field.

    • Solovar's estimate of his weight does appear to be off. Although there seems to be no official listing for Solovar, Grodd is listed as weighing about 600 pounds in most official DC sources and Solovar appears to be at least that big. Average gorillas do weigh about 350-450 pounds, however.

    • When Green Lantern leaves the city shield and goes after the missiles, you can see the base behind him, even though the whole point is that you can't see anything inside the shield from the outside.

    • Batman is kneeling next to the rubble, trying to dig Wonder Woman out. She frees herself and in the next shot, a few seconds later, Batman and the others are standing calmly in a row.

    • J'onn is a telepath, so why is he surprised that Wonder Woman is alive? He seems just as surprised as Batman.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Flash: What'd I miss?
      Green Lantern: That "dumb ole gorilla" got away.
      Flash: Go ahead, rub it in.

    • Flash: But usually when a city looks this empty, flesh-eating zombies are involved.
      Green Lantern: You watch too many movies.
      Solovar: Shh. Listen.
      Flash: Maybe you don't watch enough.

    • Grodd: Humans are slow, ugly, immoral, and have an unpleasant body odor.
      Flash: Hey, who you calling "slow"?
      Green Lantern: Flash, don't heckle the super-villain.

    • Girls: Destroy! Destroy!
      Solovar: Stay back!
      Flash: Hey, girls, remember me? I saved your lives this morning.
      Girls: Destroy! (they throw rocks)
      Flash: Ow! That's gratitude for you!

    • Wonder Woman: Maybe we can help.
      General: You? What could you possibly do to save us?
      Hawkgirl: Just watch.

    • Flash: C'mon, gorilla of my dreams, take off the helmet.
      Grodd: You're a bigger fool than I thought.
      Flash: Oh yeah? Well, you're... naked!
      Grodd: The world will miss your sparkling intellect.

    • Dr. Corwin: How could you? You've destroyed the greatest mind on Earth!
      Flash: You'll be okay, now that you're free from his mind control.
      Dr. Cowin: What are you talking about? He never used that on me. I loved him
      Flash: Internet romances, huh? Go figure.

    • Flash: Not bad, huh? I outsmarted a super-genius.
      Green Lantern: Guess you're not as dumb as you look.
      Flash: Yeah, and I…hey! I resent that! No one makes a monkey out of me!

  • NOTES (1)

    • According to Bruce Timm on the DVD commentary, the kiss on the cheek was indicated to show Wonder Woman being grateful for Batman saving her life. Nothing romantic was intended.


    • Flash: Hey, Monkey Boy! Why don't you go climb a skyscraper?
      Referencing the 1933 movie King Kong. In the climactic final scene, the giant ape climbs the Empire State Building while holding Ann Darrow (Fay Wray), while biplanes fire on him.