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"Justice League" Episode Guide

Justice League

Season 1

Many thanks to Peter T. McDermott for writing up each summary for this "Justice League" Episode Guide.

Episode Guide

This guide does not list airdates for repeat showings.

Episodes

  1. "Secret Origins" (Part 1 of 3) - Summary
  2. "Secret Origins" (Part 2 of 3) - Summary
  3. "Secret Origins" (Part 3 of 3) - Summary
  4. "In Blackest Night" (Part 1 of 2) - Summary
  5. "In Blackest Night" (Part 2 of 2) - Summary
  6. "The Enemy Below" (Part 1 of 2) - Summary
  7. "The Enemy Below" (Part 2 of 2) - Summary
  8. "Paradise Lost" (Part 1 of 2) - Summary
  9. "Paradise Lost" (Part 2 of 2) - Summary
  10. "War World" (Part 1 of 2) - Summary
  11. "War World" (Part 2 of 2) - Summary
  12. "The Brave and The Bold" (Part 1 of 2) - Summary
  13. "The Brave and The Bold" (Part 2 of 2) - Summary
  14. "Fury" (Part 1 of 2) - Summary
  15. "Fury" (Part 2 of 2) - Summary
  16. "Legends" (Part 1 of 2) - Summary
  17. "Legends" (Part 2 of 2) - Summary
  18. "Injustice For All" (Part 1 of 2) - Summary
  19. "Injustice For All" (Part 2 of 2) - Summary
  20. "A Knight Of Shadows" (Part 1 of 2) - Summary
  21. "A Knight Of Shadows" (Part 2 of 2) - Summary
  22. "Metamorphosis" (Part 1 of 2) - Summary
  23. "Metamorphosis" (Part 2 of 2) - Summary
  24. "The Savage Time" (Part 1 of 3) - Summary
  25. "The Savage Time" (Part 2 of 3) - Summary
  26. "The Savage Time" (Part 3 of 3) - Summary



Summaries

"Secret Origins"

Written By: Rich Fogel
Directed By: Dan Ribs and Butch Lukic
Producers: Rich Fogel, Glen Murakami, Bruce Timm, James Tucker
Aired in the U.S.A.: 11.17.01

Roles & Actors this episode:
Japanese Ambassador: Clyde Kusatsu
Batman: Kevin Conroy
J. Allen Carter: Gary Cole
Snapper Carr: Jason Marsden
Flash: Michael Rosenbaum
Hawkgirl: Maria Canals
Hippolyta: Susan Sullivan
Howie: Max Brooks
Green Lantern: Phil LaMar
Martian Manhunter: Carl Lumbly
Superman: George Newbern
Bald Tech: Cory Burton
Female Tech: Wanda Christine
General Wells: Kevin Michael Richardson
Wonder Woman: Susan Eisenberg

Our Story:
On Mars two astronauts are exploring when one accidentally starts a massive cave-in which sends the them scrambling to reach safety. But one doesn't make it and tumbles headlong down a deep dark tunnel where he looks up and sees two huge doors with unreadable language on them. He uses his rock hammer to pry the lock and the doors swing open wide. Then a look of fear crosses his face as something comes from inside those doors and is upon the astronaut before he can move. Two years pass and now we are outside Metropolis at a Wayne Tech Deep Space antenna sub-station. We see Batman furtively break into the building and secretly observe some lab technicians. Lab technicians who suddenly start speaking in some alien language and can pick large machines up like toys! He follows them to the antenna array where they place an alien device inside the great dish. Batman tries to interfere at this point, but the strange lab techs beat him off with their great strength. Suddenly Superman arrives and offers help as the aliens begin to run and jump from the antenna. But he is suddenly bombarded mentally with strange alien images that stun and knock him out! The antenna array begins to explode from the alien sabotage and Batman swings to the ground carrying Superman's inert form, but the aliens make good their escape in the melee. When he awakens, Superman gives Batman a signal device to call him should he need his help. Later that day, the same astronaut who was on Mars, J. Allen Carter, is now a Senator who proposes a new disarmament plan for all large missiles that involves Superman. When the Senator's plan is made law, Superman starts taking apart long-range missiles at tremendous super-speed. Six months pass and we see Batman has tracked the aliens down to a deserted Star Labs complex in Metropolis. A complex where he's suddenly attacked by a shape-shifting alien guard dog with great strength. He fights for his life as he sets off the signal device to call Superman who arrives in moments. But Superman only finds a battered and unconscious Batman when he arrives. He has no time to ponder this as suddenly a massive meteor bursts from the skies to impact in downtown Metropolis doing tremendous damage to the area. Metropolis's finest and bravest, their Police and Firemen, arrive and quickly hose down the huge meteor and stabilize the area. But then the meteor bursts open and a huge alien tripod war machine emerges, firing lethal blasts everywhere as hundreds run for their lives! Superman leaves Batman to battle the huge machine, but a blast from the alien tripod sends him spinning away helplessly!
Superman is down but recovering when Batman takes up the battle. Screaming through the sky, he flies at the giant tripod in the Batjet firing missiles and scoring direct hits. But the missiles are ineffective against the alien machine! Superman revives and knocks it down momentarily, but a blast sends him flying away once more. Then things get worse. The skies now blaze with more incoming meteors which burst open to reveal more war tripods with weapons blasting. It's a full-scale invasion of our planet! Then Superman is stunned by another mental blast of images that leave him motionless. Batman is still attacking the invaders with missiles when he's shocked to see Superman suddenly fly away from the battle! And now the armed forces arrive with jets filling the skies and tanks and ground troops. But despite their brave assaults, their weapons still have no effect on the giant machines. They tear the city apart and a general retreat is sounded. To contrast all this we suddenly see a young woman and her mother on horseback on a peaceful island that has ancient Greek architecture everywhere. The younger women wonders if "Mankind" will survive this latest challenge to it's survival, and the older one admonishes her that "Here on our island, the gods will protect us". We have no time to ponder this as we see Batman leave the battle for Metropolis and follow Superman to a government lab he left the battle to break into. He meets Superman inside and they explore further until they reach the innermost lab to find a seven-foot tall green alien held captive inside! Superman explains the alien has been the source of the mental calls he's been receiving and he finally got the message right and came to free him. When Batman asks why, the alien stands and answers him in his mind through telepathy telling the two that his name is J'onn J'onzz and he is the last Martian! He sees Batman's skepticism and suddenly morphs into a more human shape complete with blue cape and tights to look more like his liberators. But then army troops arrive and order Batman and Superman to release J'onn to them. When they refuse the soldiers morph like J'onn did to reveal they are really the alien invaders of Earth, and advance on our heroes!
Back on that mysterious island, the young women we saw earlier enters an ancient temple where a tiara, a golden lasso, silver bracelets, and a costume of gold and stars on a field of blue lie before a statue of the Greek goddess Athena. Before the statue of the goddess of wisdom, skills, and warfare, she whispers a quiet apology to her mother and then takes the objects and leaves. Back at the lab the aliens are attacking Superman, Batman, and J'onn who are fleeing from fighter craft the aliens have. They hit the Batjet and Superman sending them both spinning towards the ground, when a green beam suddenly surrounds the jet stopping it's fall. A man above them is projecting the beam from a green ring on his hand and he's wearing a black and green costume with a green lantern on the front. Then suddenly who enters the fray but Hawkwoman, using her electric mace to pummel alien fighters to earth! When she's hit by an alien beam and falls, the women from the island, now garbed in the costume we saw earlier and calling herself Wonder Woman, deflects further blasts from her by using her bracelets to literally ricochet them away! The aliens suddenly are losing the fight due to the reinforcements of the Green Lantern and the others when the Flash runs onto the scene at super-speed to help mop up! J'onn explains he called them all there telepathically to help. It seems the invasion is being staged by aliens that originally laid waste to his people on Mars, and only a last ditch attempt by he and the few Martians left put the invaders in suspended animation until the astronauts revived them. But the cost had been seeing his comrades killed and he truly is the last Martian alive. As he speaks, more meteors land on Earth, but instead of more war tripods, they disgorge huge machines that start to belch dark thick smoke that blacken the skies blotting out the sun. J'onn explains the aliens are nocturnal and need the planet in perpetual darkness to live. The heroes decide to break off in teams and each of them will try to destroy the alien machines. Green Lantern and the Flash go to attack one of them but Flash can't wait and runs ahead only to be trapped by the aliens. When Green Lantern frees him but takes a hit, the Flash must return the favor and save Green Lantern but their target goes undamaged as they flee. The Superman and Hawkgirl team is inside their target machine, with Hawkgirl impressing Superman with her fighting prowess and martial attitude. The duo enters an inner chamber where they are suddenly captured with gas and electrical blasts that stun them. J'onn reports to his team of Batman and Wonder Woman that Superman and Hawkgirl have fallen as he was following them with his telepathy. The trio enters a machine but is suddenly attacked by several aliens who seem to cut them off no matter where they turn. When J'onn is hurt, Batman tells Wonder Woman to fly him away but Batman is caught by the aliens as the two escape. When J'onn revives, he tells Wonder Woman he has lost mental contact with Batman as the aliens have killed him! Just as J'onn assembles the remaining heroes, he tells them he mentally detects the alien's leader, the Imperium, is arriving and time is running out for Earth. They decide to free Superman and Hawkgirl if they are to have a chance and head for Metropolis. This time Green Lantern and Flash use teamwork and manage to disable a tripod while Wonder Woman smashes one into the machine gaining them access. They make it to the chamber where they find Superman and Hawkgirl and are about to free them when gas pours into the room knocking them all out. When they wake up they are captives and are shocked to see Senator Carter there! Then he morphs into one of the aliens and explains that Carter was killed on Mars and an alien disguised as Carter used Superman to disarm the planet before the invasion. The heroes have no time to contemplate this however, as the ship arrives carrying the Imperium!
The Imperium emerges and looks like a giant floating, luminescent jellyfish with tentacles writhing from the gelatinous body. It greets J'onn and pulls him literally inside it's body with its tentacles and J'onn is tortured by shocks from the alien creature. Suddenly the alien leader detects something hidden inside J'onn's mind and demands to know J'onn's secret. With a mental command J'onn says, "Now", and suddenly an explosion rocks the chamber at the heart of the machine. When the smoke clears we see it is Batman who set the explosion! J'onn hid his presence mentally all this time so Batman could plant the bomb. He's reversed the machine's flow with the device, and instead of darkness the machine now is clearing our skies and sunshine breaks through! The Imperium frees J'onn and flees, as do all the aliens. As the sunlight touches them they burst into fire and die! They wanted our planet dark because they cannot survive in direct sunlight! As the tide turns, Batman frees the rest of the heroes and they go on the offensive against the aliens who are burning and evaporating under the withering sun's beams. The Imperium's shuttlecraft tries to fly to the Mothership, but Wonder Woman's golden lasso holds it while Hawkgirl beats at it with her mace. The two actually manage to bring the ship down right into the alien machine with the Imperium's screams signaling it's death. The heroes run from the exploding atmosphere changer just before it explodes and falls to the ground destroyed. The Mothership with the remaining invaders runs away for their lives into space and the team spend the next few days mopping up from the planet-wide battle. Weeks later when a General on TV ponders what will we do if the invaders return, the Batman acts. He uses funding from his Wayne Tech space division to build a huge orbiting tower-like structure to circle the Earth and he and Superman summon the heroes there. Batman calls it the "Watchtower" and he suggests it be used for vigilance against any earthly or extraterrestrial menaces they may find in the future. Superman then tells them he cannot save the planet himself and only with their help and bravery the invasion was turned back. If they permanently form a team and use this satellite as their headquarters, they will never allow the Earth to be threatened again. The seven agree with Batman saying he's "Not a people person", but whenever they need help they can call on him. And when they go forward to fight the good fight, they will call themselves the Justice League!

Read our review of this episode in the "Justice League: Episode Reviews".



"In Blackest Night" - Part 1 of 2

Written By: Stan Berkowitz
Directed By: Butch Lukic
Producers: Rich Fogel, Glen Murakami, Bruce Timm, James Tucker
Aired in the U.S.A.: 11.19.01

Roles & Actors this episode:
Flash: Michael Rosenbaum
Forian: Brian George
Hawkgirl: Maria Canals
Green Lantern: Phil LaMar
Graz: Peter Reneday
Kid: Ricky D'Shon Collins
Lead Manhunter: James Remar
Martian Manhunter (J'onn J'onzz): Carl Lumbly
Al McGee: Garret Morris
Prosecutor: Curtwood Smith
Kanjar Ro: Rene Auberjonois
Superman: George Newbern

Our Story:
Our story opens on the distant planet Ajuris.5 where we see the High Tribunal is in session and the spectators in the courtroom are livid. After restoring order, the Tribunal speaks of a great crime that's been committed and of the guilty still being free at that moment. The Manhunters are summoned by the judges. They are seven-foot tall red robots with silver faceplates that enter the courtroom, and they proclaim their motto as "No man escapes the Manhunters!". They are told to go to Earth where the accused lives and capture him for trial. And the accused criminal is none other then John Stewart the Green Lantern of the Justice League!
John at that moment is reacquainting himself with his old neighborhood as he's been gone for years. Walking through the streets he sees a market being robbed and he uses his ring to catch the thief and return the stolen money. Then he stops at the local barbershop to see an old friend. Meanwhile, on the Justice League Watchtower circling the Earth in orbit, J'onn J'onzz, the Martian Manhunter, Flash, and Hawkgirl suddenly hear an alarm and see three of the Manhunters rocketing into Earth's atmosphere. Following them down they confront them and demand to know their business on Earth. The Manhunters reply by blasting them away with batons they carry. The trio regroups when Superman enters the fray and walking straight into the baton's blast, he crushes it and throws the robot aside. But another robot strikes from behind and it looks like a second round of battle is about to begin when Green Lantern shows up and puts a green energy wall between the combatants and tells them all to stop fighting. He walks up to the lead Manhunter and identifies himself. The Manhunter tells John to surrender his ring and come with them. His response is to meekly hand over his ring, be cuffed, and beamed away into space by the trio of robots. Leaving his comrades standing there in shock at what they've just witnessed!
We next see the Manhunter's ship land on Ajuris.5, and Green Lantern is taken to the court as the crowd screams for his blood. Even the other members of the Green Lantern Corp that are present shun him for what they say he's done as he's lead away. As this occurs the Justice League is searching for John and finds where he's been taken. Following the trail to Ajuris.5 they are attacked as intruders on arrival and fight off the locals with Superman insisting on stopping their attackers and not harming them. They reach the courtroom and it looks like another Manhunter battle for a second until Superman explains that John is their friend and they must know why he's been bought here. The judge tells them to sit in the gallery and the trial starts. A space smuggler named Kanjar Ro testifies he was fleeing with his illegal cargo from Green Lantern when his fellow pirates intervened on his behalf. When Green Lantern's ring beam bounced off one of their shielded ships, it was deflected into a unstable lava flow on the planet Ajuris.4 causing a massive explosion which destroyed the planet and the three billion beings that lived on it. When trial is recessed, the League approaches John and asks what can they do to help. Green Lantern tells them there is nothing they can or should do, as he is guilty as charged!

END OF PART ONE OF TWO.



"In Blackest Night" - Part 2 of 2

Written By: Stan Berkowitz
Directed By: Butch Lukic
Producers: Rich Fogel, Glen Murakami, Bruce Timm, James Tucker
Aired in the U.S.A.: 11.26.01

Roles & Actors this episode:
Flash: Michael Rosenbaum
Forian: Brian George
Hawkgirl: Maria Canals
Green Lantern: Phil LaMar
Graz: Peter Reneday
Killiwog: Dennis Haybert
Lead Manhunter: James Remar
Martian Manhunter (J'onn J'onzz): Carl Lumbly
Prosecutor: Curtwood Smith
Kanjar Ro: Rene Auberjonois
Superman: George Newbern

Our Story:
John Stewart, the Green Lantern of the Justice League, is on trial by the Galactic High Tribunal for accidentally blowing up Ajuris 4 with its 3 billion inhabitants. He shocks the Justice League members who've come to support him by admitting he's guilty of the crime. But Superman is suspicious and he and J'onn J'onzz, the Martian Manhunter, go to the site where Ajuris 4 used to be to investigate. When Flash demands the Tribunal let him defend John, they reply he may do so as long as he shares the verdict and punishment with John if they lose. Hawkgirl confronts members of the Green Lantern Corps and challenges them to combat as they won't come to John's defense. She defeats them in hand-to-hand fighting, convincing Killiwog of the Corps to testify on John's behalf. Hawkgirl then spots the main witness against John, a space smuggler named Kanjar Ro, talking to the head Manhunter. Manhunters are huge robots that are used by the court for the tracking and capture of criminals. Meanwhile Superman and J'onn J'onzz have discovered a massive machine used to project illusions in a fragment of the shattered Ajuris 4. But they have no time to ponder this as Kanjar Ro has arrived and attacks them with his ship's blasters!
The Guardians are 3-foot tall blue humanoids who are the heads of the Green Lantern Corps. They arrive in court to testify as to how they give their Green Lanterns autonomous power to use their rings for good, trusting them to always do the right thing. Back near the former Ajuris 4, Hawkgirl makes a sudden appearance using a flyer she borrowed from Ajuris 5 to defend Superman and J'onn from Kanjar Ro's attack. She shoots Kanjar's ship down with Superman pulling the space pirate to safety just in time. The Manhunters are in a secret meeting where we learn they want revenge against the Green Lantern Corps and their leaders the Guardians. And the plan is working as John Stewart and his defender Flash are both found guilty and sentenced to death by the Tribunal. They are sealed in a dome and then deadly gas pours in!
Suddenly Superman breaks into the trial and frees the pair from certain death. He makes Kanjar Ro explain that John is innocent as Ajuris 4 still exists! Hawkgirl then uses her mace to destroy the illusion machine they found and Ajuris 4 appears in the skies intact! The Guardians explain that the Manhunters were their instruments of justice before they founded the Green Lantern Corps. But faulty programming caused them to be relegated to tracking and capturing criminals and living beings were then used to replace them as Green Lanterns. And the Manhunters at that moment are back on Oa, the home of the Guardians, attacking the citadel where the main power battery of the Green Lantern Corps is kept! John Stewart regains his power ring and joins the League as they rush to Oa's defense. But the head Manhunter has found and entered the main power battery growing huge by absorbing the green energy inside. All appears lost until John steps up to the Manhunter and says, "In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight. Let those who worship evil's might, beware my power Green Lantern's light!" With that sacred oath recited, John's ring recharges using the energy stolen by the Manhunter. He is absorbed into John's ring and then dispersed into fireworks in the skies over Ajuris 5, his menace ended forever. John Stewart tells his fellow Justice League members that he's grateful for their defense of him, and Flash answers for them all with an old and honored phrase, "That's what friends are for". John surrounds the League with a green energy bubble and beams then home to Earth; a team that has grown closer through shared adversity and victory.

END OF PART TWO OF TWO.

Read our review of this episode in the "Justice League: Episode Reviews".



"The Enemy Below" - Part 1 of 2

Written By: Kevin Hopps
Directed By: Dan Riba
Producers: Rich Fogel, Glen Murakami, Bruce Timm, James Tucker
Aired in the U.S.A.: 12.03.01

Roles & Actors this episode:
Aquaman: Scott Rummell
Batman: Kevin Conroy
Captain: Chad Einbinder
General Brak: Xander Berkeley
Deadshot: Michael Rosenbaum
Snapper Carr: Jason Marsden
Green Lantern: Phil LaMar
Assembly Leader: Richard Doyle
Martian Manhunter: Carl Lumbly
Mera: Kristen Bauer
Orm: Richard Green
Superman: George Newbern
Wonder Woman: Susan Eisenberg

Our Story:
A great storm is raging on the ocean, but far below the submarine U.S.S. Defiant cruises calmly through more peaceful waters. A calm that's shattered when their craft is rammed by a huge vessel of unknown origin! They try to restore power but the massive vessel rams them again sending the helpless craft deep towards the ocean floor where it comes to rest. The crew fights to stabilize their situation as we get to see the bridge of the massive attacking craft. And the attackers are Atlanteans and their King, known to the surface world as Aquaman, is leading the attack!
Aboard a Justice League aircraft rocketing to the submarine's call for aid are Superman, Green Lantern, and Wonder Woman. As the amazing vehicle dives beneath the waves, it's suddenly attacked by the same ship that has sunk the sub! They manage to lure it into a rock formation to crash, only to have two more huge craft attack them in tandem! Flying from the ship they damage the attacking vessels by Superman and Wonder Woman ramming them together while Green Lantern slices sections from them with laser precision. Suddenly Aquaman appears with his army demanding to know why Atlantis is being trespassed upon and her ships attacked. Superman responds they only wish to help the sailors aboard the submarine who called for their help. Aquaman allows them to take the crew, but they must leave the sub and they agree and do so. But not before Superman asks Aquaman personally to take his grievances before the World Assembly as a King should. Back in Atlantis, Aquaman's advisor Orm calms down Atlantean General Brak, who after this incident is all for using their superior technology to end the surface dwellers threat once and for all. Aquaman later tells his wife Mera that he worries about the future the world holds for she and his newborn son. And a wary Green Lantern later returns to the site where the submarine rests. He watches as Atlantean troops swim away and enters the sub to find all the plutonium and weapons have been removed! And when he flies to the Watchtower, the earth-orbiting Justice League headquarters, he tells the League that Aquaman must be held accountable for those actions. Suddenly they see on their monitor screens that at that moment, Aquaman is standing before a session of the World Assembly he has broken into. And he's making demands upon the leaders of the surface that threaten world economy and defense. The Justice League shortly arrives and asks for Aquaman's patience and he leaves the building. But as he exits, he is shot from a nearby building's roof by an unseen sniper and falls injured to the ground!
While Aquaman lies injured in the hospital, his advisor Orm is taking control of Atlantis. He rallies General Brak and his men to his cause by swearing his actions are for vengeance for their King, and to stop the surface menace once and for all. Aquaman's condition is worsening, as Doctors are puzzled as how to treat his unique physiognomy. Suddenly, as if from the shadows in the room's corners, appears Batman! He advises that Aquaman be immersed in a huge tank of salt water, as he is literally a fish out of water in his case. Aquaman soon revives, but Green Lantern gives him no respite as he accuses him of fomenting war with the surface world with the removal of the sub's weapons and fuel. The League plans with Aquaman to help him lure the assassin from hiding for information by pretending he's being moved to another hospital. The plan works, as the red-jumpsuit and silver-hooded figure with a bulls-eye glass over his left eye appears and is chased by the League until caught by Superman. They find out that he was paid with gold from Atlantis and go to warn Aquaman. But Aquaman has already returned to Atlantis and he is standing in his court demanding to know what Orm thinks he's doing taking his crown and kingdom. And Orm's answer is to have Aquaman surrounded by troops and arrested for treason against the empire!

PART ONE OF TWO ENDS.



"The Enemy Below" - Part 2 of 2

Written By: Kevin Hopps
Directed By: Dan Riba
Producers: Rich Fogel, Glen Murakami, Bruce Timm, James Tucker
Aired in the U.S.A.: 12.10.01

Roles & Actors this episode:
Aquaman: Scott Rummell
Batman: Kevin Conroy
General Brak: Xander Berkeley
Green Lantern: Phil LaMar
Martian Manhunter: Carl Lumbly
Mera: Kristen Bauer
Orm: Richard Green
Superman: George Newbern
Wonder Woman: Susan Eisenberg

Our Story:
Aquaman, the King of the underwater domed city of Atlantis, finds himself the target of a military coup carried out by his treacherous brother Orm. Storming into his palace, he is surrounded by traitorous Generals from his army and shocked into submission by Orm's use of the trident of Atlantis that symbolizes the King's power. The Justice League attempts to visit Atlantis and Orm has them attacked by Atlantean troops. The League fights their way to within sight of Atlantis when they are blown into unconsciousness by depth charges. They awaken as Orm's prisoners wearing headgear that disrupts their brains synaptic discharges keeping then from using their powers to escape. Orm informs them that he is preparing Atlantis for war against the surface dwellers, and that they are considered enemies of the state and will be executed at once. A glass wall then slides up sealing them inside the room they are shackled in. And suddenly floodgates are opened and the room is filled with millions of gallons of seawater as they begin to drown!
Orm has Aquaman and his baby son chained to the top of a small peak next to an underwater volcano. He then gloats over how killing them both will make him the rightful heir to the throne. Then he uses the trident of Atlantis to blast the peak's top loose with the two captives on it and leaves laughing as it slides down a ravine towards a lava flow and certain scalding death for Aquaman and his son. Back in Atlantis Mera, Aquaman's wife, sneaks up on the guards watching the Justice League breathing it's last. She knocks them out and drains the huge tanks just in time for the League to survive the experience. They throw away their synaptic headgear and prepare to try and stop Atlantis from attacking the surface world. Back at the volcano Aquaman has used his great strength to break one of the chains holding him. But he cannot free his other hand and time is running short as the intense heat of the lava hits the pair. He tears the stylized A buckle from his belt and starts to use its pointed edge on the chain but it's too strong. He realizes he and his son are about to die and looking at his left hand he makes a hard choice and strikes down at it with the A!
The League is meeting with Mera to discuss strategy when Aquaman walks into the room with he and Mera's baby son and his left arm swaddled in bloody bandages. He has chopped off his hand to free he and his son from certain doom. An Atlantean physician operates immediately, and where the King once bore a hand he soon carries a golden harpoon with a razor edge! Aquaman and the League find out that Orm has started a doomsday device that will melt the polar ice caps and flood the world; a last ditch device should final war with the surface ever break out. They rush to the North Pole where the machine is to stop it. Batman and Green Lantern enter the huge device with Batman being protected by the ring while he attempts to manually shutdown the device. As this happens, Orm is finally cornered by Aquaman at the edge of a bottomless pit at the ocean's floor. The pair struggle with Aquaman finally knocking Orm down and now Orm holds on to the cliff's edge begging for mercy. Aquaman's response is to grab the trident of Atlantis from Orm's hand and watch silently as Orm falls screaming into the dark abyss. Meanwhile Batman has succeeded in shutting down the doomsday machine and Aquaman tells them he is sorry for all the misunderstanding between Atlantis and the surface as he ended up finding worse enemies right at home. And looking at his wife and son and the harpoon where he once had a hand, he tells the League that all the sacrifices he made this day were worth the rewards.

PART TWO OF TWO ENDS.

Read our review of this episode in the "Justice League: Episode Reviews".



"Paradise Lost" - Part 1 of 2

Written By: Joseph Kuhr
Directed By: Dan Riba
Producers: Rich Fogel, Glen Murakami, Bruce Timm, James Tucker
Aired in the U.S.A.: 1.21.02

Roles & Actors this episode:
Batman: Kevin Conroy
Cassie: Serena Berman
Cassie's Mom: Lauri Fraser
Snapper Carr: Jason Marsden
Professor Erlich: Jan Rabson
Felix Faust: Robert Englund
Flash: Michael Rosenbaum
Lord Hades: John Rhys-Davies
Hippolyta: Susan Sullivan
Martian Manhunter: Carl Lumbly
Superman: George Newbern
Wonder Woman: Susan Eisenberg

Our Story:
Hurricane Gardner is pummeling Metropolis to the extent where only emergency vehicles are allowed outside. A firetruck on the way to a call is hit by a flying sign and careens to the side of a bridge where it dangles precariously about to fall. Suddenly it does fall with the men inside careening to certain death. But Superman and Wonder Woman appear and with Wonder Woman's golden lasso holding the truck steady, Superman lowers the truck with its brave men inside to safety. When Wonder Woman helps a young girl back to the safety of her Mother's arms, she suddenly realizes she's been gone from her island of Themyscira for eight months! She tells Superman she left without permission of her Mother and now she must return and reconcile that fact. She will return when she has made peace with her Mother and with her heart.
As she pilots one of the Justice League aircraft, called Javelin 7, to the island her anticipation is obvious. But her arrival is a great shock as the island lies in ruins with fire and destruction everywhere! She lands the Javelin and starts to survey the damage when she sees all her Amazon sisters have been transformed into statues of stone! "Mother!", she cries in fear as she flies into Athena's temple in search of her beloved mother. But her heart sinks when she finds her mother Hippolyta a statue just like her other sisters. She tells the frozen image of her mother of her guilt over leaving and not returning sooner. Suddenly her grief is interrupted by a man clothed in long robes and wearing mystical symbols. She attacks him reflexively but he makes a stone appear in his hand which fires mystic bolts at her. Using her Amazon bracelets, she wards off the mystic attack and the man and she realize they are at a standoff. He introduces himself as Felix Faust and swears he came to the island in peace but the Amazon's attacked him and he turned then into stone only in his own defense. He restores Hippolyta to life for only a moment so that Wonder Woman can see he is the only hope for her to save her fellow Amazons. He tells her that a mystical artifact which grants great knowledge has been broken into pieces that only his mystic gems can find. He has found the first part there on the island but the others are scattered around the globe. If she will recover the other pieces for him, Faust will restore her sisters to life, otherwise they'll remain statues forever!
Flying to Metropolis where the mystic gem guides her, she enters the Metropolis Museum and enters a hall where she finds the second piece of the artifact. But a huge bronze statue of a Greek suddenly comes to life and attacks her in defense of the artifact! After a short but violent battle she defeats the guardian, but leaves the wing of the museum in ruins. Superman arrives and demands an explanation. Then the Flash and the Martian Manhunter arrive and also hear her tale and agree to help her. They head for South America and Superman and Wonder Woman search Metropolis for the remaining pieces. Arriving at an ancient Mayan temple, the Flash speeds inside and finds the piece, but a giant firebreathing snake emerges from the Earth attacking them! The fire, which is the Martian Manhunters weakness, hurts Jonn' but the Flash dispatches the huge serpent by winding it into a huge knot with his amazing speed!
Back in Metropolis, Batman follows the case his own way by cornering a local history Professor whom he demands information from about Faust. As this occurs Superman and Wonder Woman find the other shard of the artifact, but it causes them to see each other as huge beasts, and they unwittingly attack each other! Superman sees through the illusion, but Wonder Woman is too intent on saving her fellow Amazons and beats Superman badly. Only when he points to a nearby mirror and she sees it's Superman she's beating does her attack end. And back on Themyscira, we see Faust talking through a flame wall to a creature he calls Lord Hades. And Lord Hades tells Faust to get the artifacts quickly so he may be freed, and once more walk the Earth as its ruler!

PART ONE OF TWO ENDS.



"Paradise Lost" - Part 2 of 2

Written By: Joseph Kuhr
Directed By: Dan Riba
Producers: Rich Fogel, Glen Murakami, Bruce Timm, James Tucker
Aired in the U.S.A.: 1.28.02

Roles & Actors this episode:
Batman: Kevin Conroy
Felix Faust: Robert Englund
Flash: Michael Rosenbaum
Lord Hades: John Rhys-Davies
Hippolyta: Susan Sullivan
Martian Manhunter: Carl Lumbly
Amazon Officer: Andrea Romano
Superman: George Newbern
Wonder Woman: Susan Eisenberg

Our Story:
Magician Felix Faust has frozen all the Amazons to stone on Wonder Woman's island home of Themyscira. The Justice League agrees to help Wonder Woman assemble the parts of an ancient artifact so Faust may gain ultimate knowledge and only then will he free the Amazons from his curse. Batman investigates and explains to the League that Faust is an ex-archeology professor turned magician who was driven in disgrace from the local university. It seems that centuries ago Wonder Woman's mother Queen Hippolyta fell in love with Lord Hades who betrayed Mount Olympus and was cast into the pit of lost souls called Tartarus. There he rules over the dead until the key to the gates of the pit is reformed. It is this key which Faust has had the League reassemble so that Faust may free Lord Hades and then he will rule over all life on Earth. If they don't give Faust the key all the Amazons will remain stone statues forever!
Wonder Woman returns to Themyscira and gives Faust the Key. Faust restores Queen Hippolyta to life and suddenly we see the Justice League attack him as Wonder Woman has bought them to the island despite the ancient ban on any men or visitors being on the island. The League fights bravely but Faust's magic is too much for them and he grabs the Queen and vanishes in a puff of smoke. But before he left, Flash grabbed the stone he used to change the Amazons to statues. The Justice League follows Wonder Woman down an ancient staircase under the temple where we see an entire city in ruins, and at the corridor's end there lies a massive gate which seals Hades in the underworld. Faust binds Queen Hippolyta to a huge stone and places the key into the lock in the door. With a huge grinding the gears of the lock turn and the door to Tartarus swings open. And out of it emerges Lord Hades. He is seven feet tall and dressed in armor in a horned helmet. Faust demands his payment of ultimate knowledge and Hades explains that man ultimately knows only pain and suffering. He touches Faust's forehead and the magician begins to age prematurely into an old man in great pain. The Lord Hades nears Hippolyta telling her he'll enjoy making mankind suffer forever now that he is free!
But Wonder Woman and the Justice League have descended the staircase in search of Faust and at the sight of Lord Hades they attack. Lord Hades is a God of ancient Greece however and his fiery breath holds the League at bay while Wonder Woman frees Hippolyta and they all attack Hades. Suddenly Hades causes dead warriors to rise from the ground and their sheer numbers overwhelm the League. Even Faust now joins in against Lord Hades and attacks him magically. But his reward for helping is to be blasted aside by Hades. Queen Hippolyta realizes the key to the gate must be destroyed if they are to be saved. She and the League hold off the horde of the dead while Wonder Woman grabs the key and breaks it into a thousand pieces. With the spell broken, the doors begin to close with a great wind sucking all into the underworld as it closes. Wonder Woman and her mother the queen are pulled inside but Wonder Woman holds on and drags she and her mother to salvation. But Lord Hades makes a final grab for her. We see Faust crumble into dust and pulled into Tartartus. But Wonder Woman gives Hades a swift kick in the face, and losing his grip he is torn back into the underworld screaming! The doors close and the locks reseal with the menace of Lord Hades finally ended. The League re-ascends to Themyscira where Flash shows he still has Faust's casting stone. It suddenly glows and restores the Amazons to life now that Faust is gone and his will no longer drives the spell which imprisoned the Amazons in stone. All seems well until Queen Hippolyta explains that even though her daughter Diana, Wonder Woman to us, has freed her sisters and saved Themyscira she must exile Diana for bringing outsiders to the island. It is ancient law and she has no choice in the matter. She and Wonder Woman exchange good-byes with heavy hearts and the League departs the island. And as the Queen watches her beloved daughter leave she feels all too well the burden of leadership, as today it has cost her the company of her child perhaps forever.

PART TWO OF TWO ENDS.

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"War World" - Part 1 of 2

Written By: Stan Berkowitz
Directed By: Butch Lukic
Producers: Rich Fogel, Glen Murakami, Bruce Timm, James Tucker
Aired in the U.S.A.: 02.24.02

Roles & Actors this episode:
Chancellor: David Paymer
Draaga: William Smith
First Humanoid: Phil Proctor
Green Lantern: Phil LaMar
J'onn J'onzz/Martian Manhunter: Carl Lumbly
Mongul: Eric Roberts
Superman: George Newbern
Thug: Ian James Corlett
Wonder Woman: Susan Eisenberg

Our Story:
Superman and J'onn J'onzz are deep in space planting explosives on a three and a half mile-wide asteroid that's on a collision course with Earth. Wonder Woman is back in the Watchtower in orbit around Earth monitoring the operation. All appears to be going well until Watchtower instruments indicate there are huge pockets of explosive Hydrogen inside the asteroid. Before Wonder Woman can warn the pair, they observe the detonation much too closely and the resulting explosion is magnitudes larger then expected. The blast knocks both unconscious and the Watchtower monitor loses the picture as Wonder Woman calls to her comrades who are not answering!
As the pair drift in space, suddenly a huge spacecraft appears and pulls them inside its massive structure with a tractor beam. They awaken chained with power feedback cables on their arms that shock them when they try to break free. They are inside a dingy cell aboard the ship with many creatures also held captive with them. A guard approaches and tells them they'll do well as fighters on someplace called War World. We then see an arena on a distant planet that is packed with alien spectators of all shapes and sizes. A huge screen bears the image of Mongul, a nine-foot tall massively muscled and cruel looking yellow humanoid who reigns over this bizarre show. He announces the next battle will be between War World's current champion Draaga, a huge grey battle scarred creature wearing a two-pronged battle helmet and Krolar, a tentacled bio-mechanoid creature. The two are suddenly transported to the War World by a green beam where we see a wasted planet with a red sky that's been ravaged by endless combat. The fight is short, fierce, and ultimately one-sided. With the ferocity that's kept him champion, Draaga handily defeats the creature. When he asks if Krolar is to be spared, Mongul puts on a show of asking the crowd. Despite their protests against Mogul himself, he ignores them and signals Draaga to finish his opponent, which he does.
As all this occurs, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern have teamed up and using Lantern's ring, they are following the ion trail of the spacecraft that abducted Superman and J'onn. But they must hurry as their friends have been delivered to Mongul's domain for combat on War World. When they awaken, Superman has regained some strength and breaks he and a greatly weaker J'onn from their cell. As they seek an escape route from the vast arena complex, Superman battles strange creatures below its depths. When a hole shows sunlight at last, the two fly through and away from the arena area. But when they get a few yards away, suddenly they are struck down by a powerful force field which stuns them, but J'onn's momentum carries him through it. Superman tells him to escape and seek help for them just as guard droids appear and blast Superman mercilessly. J'onn has no choice but to flee!
As the trail weakens in space, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern are forced to stop at a spaceship refueling port where they find a creature who promises to take them to War World. Back in the combat arena the crowd enters for more mayhem, and J'onn sneaks in amongst the horde and talks to a local who tells him that the people have no food or work, and are forced by Mogul to witness the endless combat he stages. When they are seated Superman is bought into the arena and Draaga soon joins him. The pair is transported to War World at Mogul's command and Draaga wastes no time in attacking Superman ruthlessly. Superman tries to get Draaga to stop fighting but Draaga keeps insisting they have no choice and must fight for Mongul. He crushes Superman beneath a massive granite block, but the Man of Steel shatters the block stunning Draaga. When Superman then refuses to finish off Draaga at Mongul's order, the guard droids surround Superman and use their blasters on him. As J'onn and the arena watches in horror, Superman writhes in agony beneath their merciless attack which Mongul orders must end in Superman's death!

PART ONE OF TWO ENDS.



"War World" - Part 2 of 2

Written By: Stan Berkowitz
Directed By: Butch Lukic
Producers: Rich Fogel, Glen Murakami, Bruce Timm, James Tucker
Aired in the U.S.A.: 03.03.02

Roles & Actors this episode:
Chancellor: David Paymer
Draaga: William Smith
First Humanoid: Phil Proctor
Green Lantern: Phil LaMar
Hawkgirl: Maria Canals
J'onn J'onzz/Martian Manhunter: Carl Lumbly
Mongul: Eric Roberts
Superman: George Newbern
Thug: Ian James Corlett
Wonder Woman: Susan Eisenberg

Our Story:
Superman and J'onn Jonzz have been captured and taken to a gladiator planet called War World. Though J'onn has escaped and is hidden in the arena crowd, Superman has just finished defeating the reigning champion Draaga in fair combat. Mongul, the huge tyrant that runs the games, orders Superman to kill Draaga and he refuses. Then killer guard robots converge on Superman and use their blasters on him intent on his death!
Finally the robots cease their attack, and to Mongul's amazement Superman has survived! Before Mogul can order a second attack, J'onn starts a chant of "Superman" which the crowd takes up. Mongul must now spare Superman and he has Superman and Draaga teleported back to the gladiator cells where Superman is given a heroes welcome as he was the first to ever successfully defy Mongul. They offer to smuggle him off-planet on a garbage scow to save him from Mongul, but Superman has them send the still unconscious Draaga instead. Meanwhile, Green Lantern and Hawkgirl are aboard an alien's ship who's promised them passage to War World. But he gasses the pair and strands them on a planet in the middle of space!
Draaga wakens after being dumped from Mogul's garbage scow on the very same planet as Hawkgirl and Green Lantern. He swears vengeance upon Superman for his shameful loss in battle and brands his chest with an "S". Back on Mongul's mad world, even though red "S" symbols are appearing everywhere showing the huge groundswell of support for Superman, Mongul scoffs at any hint of trouble in his regime. Green Lantern and Hawkgirl have awakened and make their way to distant lights which is where the few who live on this planet reside amongst the garbage Mongul dumps there. When they ask the inhabitants if anyone can direct them to War World, Draaga steps forward and tells them he will show them the way!
Green Lantern's amazing ring surrounds the trio in a green force field and they fly through space to War World. Once there, Draaga suddenly runs off leaving the two to try and find their way around the massive planet complex. Mongul tells Superman that he has a guarantee that all his gladiators obey him. It is a massive energy cannon that he aims at their homeworlds and he will use it to blow them to atoms unless they do what they're told. He then tells Superman his next match will be against Mongul himself. And if Superman doesn't purposely lose to Mongul badly, he will use his energy cannon on Draaga's home planet!
The final battle begins with Superman taking a terrific beating at Mongul's hands, but he also gets a few good punches at Mongul. J'onn has gone off to try and sabotage the space cannon before Superman is killed by Mongul. He morphs into Mongul for a few minutes and fools the guards at the cannon. But he cannot maintain the illusion and suddenly turns back into his regular form. The guards attack J'onn and he is being beaten when suddenly Green Lantern and Hawkgirl arrive and the tide of battle turns quickly! They disable the guards but one fires the massive weapon before they can stop him. Hawkgirl bravely blocks the blast at the cannon's mouth using her mace to force the charge back down the barrel of the cannon blowing it to pieces!
Back at the arena, Superman holds off Mongul's attack by burying him under tons of rubble. But he gets no respite as Draaga jumps Superman swearing his death! The pair battle wildly until Superman tells Draaga that he must lose to Mongul or Draaga's planet will die. But J'onn Jonzz, Green Lantern, and Hawkgirl all fly into the arena and tell Superman and Draaga that the cannon has been destroyed and they can fight without fear now. When Mongul rises from the debris, Draaga attacks him in retaliation for the years he's been forced to fight. His rage and honor will not be denied, and he beats Mongul into submission. Draaga offers Superman Mongul's crown to lead the now freed planet. But Superman gives it back to Draaga, telling him he should lead the people here as he is one of them. As Green Lantern surrounds them with a force field and they depart for Earth, the Justice League has ended the menace of War World by leaving behind a free planet with a new leader!

PART TWO OF TWO ENDS.

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"The Brave and The Bold" - Part 1 of 2

Story By: Rich Fogel and Paul Dini
Teleplay By: Dwayne Mcduffie
Directed By: Dan Riba
Producers: Rich Fogel, Glen Murakami, Bruce Timm, James Tucker
Aired in the U.S.A.: 03.10.02

Roles & Actors this episode:
Detective: Bill Duke
Dr. Chin: Keone Young
Dr. Corwin: Virginia Madsen
Dr. Louis: Richard Doyle
Dr. Mary: Catherine Cavadini
Flash: Michael Rosenbaum
Green Lantern: Phil LaMar
Grodd: Powers Boothe
Solovar: David Ogden Stiers
SWAT Officer: Andre Sogliuzzo

Our Story:
Two archeologists on a dig in Africa are examining an odd looking skull they've found when suddenly the mountain behind them shimmers and disappears! In its place stands a huge futuristic city from which one-person flyers come to examine the explorers, but these machines are flown by talking gorillas! The huge intelligent apes fly back to the city once they see its just two humans near their borders. Before either scientist can say a word, the air shimmers again and the city is gone and the mountain once again looms over the land without a trace of what just happened!
Back in Central City, Flash is in a restaurant eating his usual twenty burgers and bragging to two local young ladies about his many exploits. Suddenly a huge truck outside runs a car off the road right into the eatery! The Flash makes a super-speed save of the two young ladies and takes off after the errant driver who is running people off the road non-stop! Flash chases the truck while it's passenger fires a powerful weapon tearing up buildings and roads delaying Flash while he save bystanders from harm.
Finally catching the vehicle on a bridge, the Flash runs the pair down but the truck flips and careens off the bridge. Flash grabs its passengers but the truck plummets towards the river while he does. Suddenly Green Lantern appears and catches the truck with a beam from his ring and sets it safely back on the bridge. It is filled with radioactive isotope and the two that stole it are prominent scientists who work where it was stolen! What's more, the pair have no memory of what they have done!
They return the isotope to the center where scientists work with chimpanzees and gorillas that are kept in cages in their labs. Finding nothing suspicious at the research center, Flash and Green Lantern go to the park where Flash gets ten hot dogs for a quick snack. Suddenly an alarm goes out that a wild gorilla is loose in the park, and Flash speeds off leaving Green Lantern stuck paying his hot dog bill. Things take an odd turn when the gorilla steals a convertible and drives off in it!
Flash chases the car down easily and forces it to crash but the ape is unharmed. Not only that, the massive grey ape tells the Flash how he doesn't like being touched by humans! Suddenly Dr. Corwin from the research center appears on a nearby rooftop and fires an odd looking weapon scoring a direct hit on the Flash! He blacks out and wakens later in a jail cell where he is told he is under arrest for stealing cans of the very isotope he saved this morning. When he tells the police he doesn't remember a thing, they produce videotape showing it was indeed the Flash who stole the material!
Green Lantern bails out the Flash and they return to the park to try and find the gorilla. Using his ring, Green Lantern traces the ape to a tunnel where they find him hiding and he tells the pair not to attack him! He explains his name is Solovar and he is from a race of intelligent apes that evolved as man did but hid themselves from the world in "Gorilla City" in Africa. When one of their race named Grodd developed mind control technology he tried to take over the city. His evil plot was stopped but Grodd escaped to the outside world. As head of security for Gorilla City, Solovar was sent to find Grodd.
Grodd needs the isotope to run his terrible devices, and that explains the recent thefts using mind control over innocent people. Solovar tries to give the pair headbands to protect them from Grodd's mind control, but the Flash runs off too quickly. Donning the protective band, Green Lantern follows him to the research center where Grodd is using Dr. Corwin for his evil ends. And he also uses the now mind-controlled Flash to attack Green Lantern and Solovar!
Green Lantern distracts the Flash enough to stop him, but Grodd escapes after activating a machine he's built. Suddenly a huge energy ball begins to grow in the room and swallows everything as it grows. Green Lantern tries, but it's too powerful for his ring and he and the Flash and the entire building disappear inside the constantly growing mass of power! The massive sphere grows and grows until it envelops all of Central City inside itself. Then in a giant soundless explosion, the entire city vanishes leaving behind only the ground it once stood on!

PART ONE OF TWO ENDS.



"The Brave and The Bold" - Part 2 of 2

Story By: Rich Fogel and Paul Dini
Teleplay By: Dwayne McDuffie
Directed By: Dan Riba
Producers: Rich Fogel, Glen Murakami, Bruce Timm, James Tucker
Aired in the U.S.A.: 03.17.02
Roles & Actors this episode:

Batman: Kevin Conroy
Dr. Corwin: Virginia Madsen
Flash: Michael Rosenbaum
General: Phil Morris
Green Lantern: Phil LaMar
Grodd: Powers Boothe
Hawkgirl: Maria Canals
J'onn J'onzz/Martian Manhunter: Carl Lumbly
Solovar: David Ogden Stiers
SWAT Officer: Andre Sogliuzzo
Wonder Woman: Susan Eisenberg

Our Story:
Flash and Green Lantern have met an intelligent ape named Solovar from Gorilla City in Africa where simians have evolved faster then man and possess advanced science. One named Grodd has escaped intent on conquering the outside world using a mind control helmet and destroying Gorilla City in revenge. When he sets off a device in Central City, the Flash, Green Lantern, and Solovar are trapped as the entire town is surrounded by a force field and disappears!
In the Watchtower alarms sound as Central City has vanished leaving behind a specific energy signature in its place. Flash, Green Lantern and Solovar awaken inside Central City to find it intact. Solovar places a headband around Flash as he did Green Lantern to stop Grodd's helmet from controlling them. They realize that the city has been made invisible by the force shield just as Gorilla City is kept hidden. Green Lantern tries, but his ring isn't powerful enough to shut down the generator running the field. Meanwhile, J'onn J'onzz, Hawkgirl, and Wonder woman are flying aboard the Justice League aircraft, the Javelin, towards the site of Central City. As they approach the spot, suddenly the craft careens off the invisible field now in place. Landing they find the shield is impenetrable despite their powers.
Inside the city, our heroes cannot find any people until they see that Grodd is controlling them all at a park using his helmet. Batman has called the League members outside the city and told them to meet him in Africa where he's found a second energy signature just like the one at Central City. At Grodd's meeting inside, Flash has had enough of Grodd and heckles him from the crowd. But the joke's on him as Grodd tells the crowd to attack and kill Solovar, Green Lantern, and the Flash!
The Green Lantern cuts a ring around the three with his ring while Flash uses his incredible speed to disable weapons fired by mind-controlled police. But the distraction has served its purpose as Grodd has dropped the force field and escaped on his sky cycle to destroy Gorilla City! In Africa, Batman meets J'onn, Hawkgirl, and Wonder Woman where they find the force field hiding the city from view. Suddenly an energy cannon rises from the foliage and knocks the group out. When they wake, they find they are now prisoners of the Gorillas and being held for interrogation. J'onn is questioned first and beaten by the gorillas who don't believe he's there to help. But as they question him, Batman is using hidden picks he carries to open his cuffs.
Grodd and Dr. Corwin have arrived at a nuclear missile base where Grodd uses his helmet to gain access to the control room and he programs four missiles to fire at Gorilla City. Green Lantern's ring traces the exhaust of Grodd's sky cycle to the base but it's too late as the four missiles take off for Africa! Green Lantern tells Flash to take care of Grodd while he goes after the bombs. Back in Gorilla City, Batman has freed himself and then his comrades free each other and overpower their captors. But alarms citywide sound as the force field hiding and protecting the city is dropped remotely by Grodd as his missiles approach! The apes prepare to evacuate when Batman tells them to let the Justice League help them.
Above in the skies Green Lantern has cut open one missile and removed it's firing mechanism and it falls to earth harmlessly. He catches up to and stops the second missile, but it explodes too closely and he falls earthward unconscious! Flash is driving Grodd crazy with his super-speed that the massive ape cannot compete with. Green Lantern awakens just before impact with the ground and flies off after the other two missiles but he is now too far behind them as they approach the city. J'onn J'onnz flies up and phases through one missile removing it's firing mechanism as he passes through it and it falls to the ground as scrap metal. But one missile remains and it's falling to detonation point when Wonder Woman and Hawkgirl fly to intercept it. Using her mace, Hawkgirl shears off the missiles tail and it skids across the ground with Wonder Woman in front of it using her feet to try and stop its forward slide. Finally the huge weapon careens to a halt with Wonder Woman buried beneath it by the deadly momentum. Batman frantically claws at the ground trying to free Wonder Woman, but suddenly the metal grinds and bends as Wonder Woman picks it up off herself and throws it aside! The crowd cheers wildly as they realize they have been saved by the Justice League!
Grodd meanwhile is getting madder and madder as the Flash taunts him with his speed. He even removes his protective headband telling Grodd he can't even beat him without it. Grodd uses his mind control helmet on Flash, but it feedbacks on Grodd as Flash has used his super-speed to cross-wire it even as he sped around the huge ape. Grodd' mind burns out in the feedback and he is placed in a cage in Gorilla City where he'll never threaten anyone again. But as the League departs to the thanks of the city, we see Grodd is only faking his infirmity and the look on his face tells us the League will meet him again!

PART TWO OF TWO ENDS.

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"Fury" - Part 1 of 2

Story By: Stan Berkowitz
Teleplay By: Dwayne McDuffie
Directed By: Butch Lukic
Producers: Rich Fogel, Glen Murakami, Bruce Timm, James Tucker
Aired in the U.S.A.: 04.07.02

Roles & Actors this episode:
Antiope: Maggie Wheeler
Aresia: Julie Bowen
Batman: Kevin Conroy
Copperhead: Jose Yenque
Flash: Michael Rosenbaum
Solomon Grundy: Mark Hamill
Hawkgirl: Maria Canals
Hippolyta: Susan Sullivan
Lipstick Lady: Vanessa Marshall
Green Lantern: Phil LaMar
J'onn J'onzz/Martian Manhunter: Carl Lumbly
Phillipus: Julianne Grossman
Shade: Steven McHattie
Star Sapphire: Olivia D'Abo
Superman: George Newbern
Tsukuri: Karen Maruyama
Wonder Woman: Susan Eisenberg

Our Story:
The Gotham Biotech Company is being broken into by a gang comprised of Copperhead the human snake, Solomon Grundy, Star Sapphire, The Shade, and Tsukuri the woman Samurai. They are led by a huge woman who's wearing a golden tiara. After Solomon Grundy tears the front door down, Tsukuri disables the interior guards. The Shade uses his blackout mist to cover their tracks while they break into a vault and the huge woman takes a mysterious vial they find inside. As they're leaving, suddenly Batman confronts them and actually manages to subdue the gang members individually until the woman grabs him and displaying great strength she knocks Batman out. But Batman grabs her necklace and as the gang leaves they don't realize that he has it, which will provide a vital clue to the strange woman!
Batman contacts Wonder Woman and explains he's determined the necklace is Amazonian. She tells him that Amazons don't leave her native island but Batman points out she's already done so. Back at the gang's hideout, the Amazon is planning a robbery of the Gem Depository which holds 24 million in precious stones. Meanwhile, Hawkgirl flies to Themyscira to reconnoiter the island for strange activity. But an island patrol spots her and after a short battle, Hawkgirl is captured and bought before Wonder Woman's mother, the Queen Hippolyta. Back at the Gem Depository, the huge Amazon breaks the door down and stepping up to a surveillance camera she challenges the Justice League to stop her.
After looting the main vault of all the gems, the Amazon sends the gang back to the hideout but stays behind to steal one huge red gem herself. When Superman flies in to stop her, he finds out he's got a fight on his hands with the Amazon's great strength. Suddenly the Amazon throws a gas grenade which hits Superman and causes him to fall ill immediately! He collapses as Wonder Woman arrives and the Amazon knocks her aside and makes good her escape.
The Flash and Green Lantern arrive and Wonder Woman flies Superman to the Watchtower while the pair search for clues. Green Lantern's ring detects a mysterious red powder but the duo has no idea of its origin. Back on Themyscira, Hippolyta explains the woman leading the gang is indeed a renegade Amazon named Aresia who was not born an Amazon however. She was a child war refugee escaping on a ship that was torpedoed. The child washed ashore on the island and was raised by the Amazons who magically endowed her with Amazonian strength. When they search Aresia's room, they find she has been studying the outside world for sometime. And they also find books concerning germ warfare!
Back at the Watchtower, Superman's condition is worsening despite his great powers and J'onn J'onzz's ministrations. Green Lantern flies in with the Flash who had fallen ill also. Then Green Lantern also collapses from the strange illness right in front of Wonder Woman! Back at the hideout Aresia crushes the huge gem she stole into a vat with a strange brew inside it. When the gang demands to know what she's up to, she gasses them into unconciousness!
Hawkgirl meets Batman and as they fly to the mainland she tells him what she's learned about Aresia. Reports start coming in of people collapsing everywhere with chaos breaking loose. As they fly into the city, Batman sees by the activity below that it's only the men who are falling victim to the rapidly spreading plague!

PART ONE OF TWO ENDS.



"Fury" - Part 2 of 2

Written By: Stan Berkowitz
Directed By: Butch Lukic
Producers: Rich Fogel, Glen Murakami, Bruce Timm, James Tucker
Aired in the U.S.A.: 04.14.02

Roles & Actors this episode:
Aresia: Julie Bowen
Batman: Kevin Conroy
Firefighter: Maggie Wheeler
Flash: Michael Rosenbaum
Hawkgirl: Maria Canals
Hippolyta: Susan Sullivan
J'onn J'onzz/Martian Manhunter: Carl Lumbly
Paramedic: Vanessa Marshall
Star Sapphire: Olivia D'Abo
Tsukuri: Karen Maruyama
Wonder Woman: Susan Eisenberg

Our Story:
A rogue Amazon from Wonder Woman's home island of Themyscira has gathered the latest incarnation of the Injustice League to help her steal supplies she's used to create a virus deadly only to men! And already thousands have fallen, including the Justice League's Flash, Green Lantern, and even Superman! Batman and Hawkgirl return from Themyscira where Hawkgirl has found out that the rogue is named Aresia and she was a war refugee who washed ashore on the mystical island and the Amazons gave the mortal girl Amazonian strength. Now she has turned a long-standing hatred of men into a crusade to destroy them all!
Women firefighters, paramedics, and others do all they can to help those in need as they do everyday. On a nearby rooftop watching all this are what's left of the Injustice League, the woman members. Aresia explains to Tsukuri and Star Sapphire that the world's problems are all the fault of men. So she has created this disease to rid the world of men once and for all and let women reign over what's left. This radical plan frightens Star Sapphire but Tsukuri stays silent.
When a bus driver falls ill behind the wheel, the bus becomes a missile careening through city streets. Batman manages to stop it before it hits firefighters in its path, but when he emerges he collapses in Wonder Woman's arms as the plague's latest victim! Meanwhile Aresia breaks into an airbase with Tsukuri's help to obtain her best hope to spread the plague worldwide, a stealth bomber! Suddenly Wonder Woman's mother, Queen Hippolyta, appears to chastise Aresia and commands her to return to Themyscira. But Tsukuri knocks the queen out and she is taken hostage for Aresia.
Wonder Woman and Hawkgirl team up to save a helicopter that's crashed on a rooftop when it falls over the roof's edge towards the street. Star Sapphire suddenly flies in and catches it and puts it safely on the ground using her amazing gem's power. She explains to the pair what Aresia's plan is and she tells them she wants no part of it. When they follow her to the airbase it turns out she was merely bait to draw them there. Aresia asks the two heroines if they will join her and help to destroy all men. When they refuse, Hawkgirl is attacked by Tsukuri while Star Sapphire goes after Wonder Woman. Hawkgirl uses her formidable mace to down Tsukuri but Aresia hits Hawkgirl from behind stunning her. Star Sapphire finds out Wonder Woman can deflect her gems beams with her bracelets and finally Wonder Woman brings her down only to be hit by Aresia. Before Wonder Woman can resist, Aresia has Hippolyta brought out to show Wonder Woman her hostage knowing she dare not fight with her Mother's life at stake!
Star Sapphire uses her powers to knock the pair unconcious. When they awaken the stealth bomber and Aresia have left to kill every man in the world! Hawkgirl discovers a vial of the toxin and heads for the Watchtower to have J'onn develop an antidote, but when she arrives she finds he has fallen ill too. As Hawkgirl recruits Doctors to work on the serum, Wonder Woman flies off to intercept Aresia and stop her mad plan. She finds the aircraft and uses her great strength to tear into the plane, disabling its hydraulics. While Tsukuri struggles to keep the jet in the air, Hawkgirl shows up with a Justice League jet and shoots at the bomber making it even more unstable. Then she flies out with her mace and smashes all it's bomb-bay doors stopping them from opening and dropping the plague bomb. Inside, Hippolyta has freed herself and she confronts Aresia to tell her shocking news. She didn't just wash ashore on Themyscira by herself, a man bought her there!
The Captain of the ship she had been on saved her when she slipped into the sea and nearly drowned. He kept her alive until they reached the island, and then he died when his weak heart gave out from the effort. He is the only man buried on Themyscira, and he gave his life so that Aresia would live. Because he was a man, she was never told as Amazons are noted for their dislike of men throughout their culture. Aresia throws Hippoltya out from the plane in rage at this news but Hawkgirl catches her. Wonder Woman knocks out Star Sapphire who falls away, but she and Aresia become locked in battle as the aircraft begins a final plunge to earth. Tsukuri decides enough is enough and bails out using a rocketpack to fly away.
Fighting Aresia, Wonder Woman is thrown free of the falling plane and it plunges to earth exploding violently, at last giving Aresia the peace she never found in life. Hawkgirl has found her notes at her headquarters however, and they are used to synthesize a cure for the plague which is distributed to men everywhere who recover rapidly. Before she returns to Themyscira, Hippolyta is confronted by Hawkgirl who tells her the closed society of the Amazons is partly responsible for Aresia's tragedy and the queen agrees. And she also pledges to teach more tolerance towards men and to make the Amazons a better people in the process!

PART TWO OF TWO ENDS.

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"Legends" - Part 1 of 2

Story By: Andrew Kreisberg
Directed By: Dan Riba
Producers: Rich Fogel, Glen Murakami, Bruce Timm, James Tucker
Aired in the U.S.A.: 04.21.02

Roles & Actors this episode:
Black Siren: Jennifer Hale
Cat Man: Stephen Root
Dr. Blizzard: Corey Burton
Flash: Michael Rosenbaum
Green Guardsman: William Katt
Green Lantern: Phil LaMar
Hawkgirl: Maria Canals
J'onn J'onzz/Martian Manhunter: Carl Lumbly
The Music Master: Lido Kier
Ray Thompson: Neil Patrick Harris
Sir Swami: Jeffrey Jones
Sportsman: Michael McKean
The Streak: David Naughton
Superman: George Newbern
Tom Turbine: Ted McGinley

Our Story:
The Justice League is fighting a giant robot piloted by remote control from a boat offshore. We cannot see the robot operator's face, just the fact he's wearing green armor. The robot is holding its own against the League when suddenly Superman tears its back open giving Batman the chance he needs. He throws an explosive Batarang inside which goes off causing a giant power surge in the robot and setting off multiple internal explosions.
The robot reels and begins to fall with wild energy cascading out of it which also causes a feedback to the operator's console shocking him badly and blowing him clear out of the boat into the water. As the robot falls towards the Justice League members, The Flash runs under it creating a giant reverse vortex keeping it from falling on his comrades. But then with a wild burst of energy, the Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkgirl, and J'onn J'onzz suddenly all disappear in a giant burst of light. Batman and Superman can only stare at what's left. A two block long section of Metropolis where our heroes stood is simply gone along with them!
To the four heroes who disappeared, it looks like Superman and Batman have vanished instead of the other way around. They start to look around the area for their teammates when they begin to notice some differences. Suddenly J'onn J'onnz writhes in pain from a mental blast he receives which stuns him badly, but he recovers just as quickly as he was hit. Green Lantern finds a newspaper that has the right date, but its name is the Seaboard City Gazette rather then the Daily Planet.
They have no time to ponder this as an alarm sounds at a nearby Music Center and a character calling himself The Music Master emerges with a stolen priceless violin. He jumps into a garish vehicle shaped like a flute and tears away with Green Lantern giving chase. He yells at Green Lantern that he sees through his disguise and recognizes his old enemy, the Green Guardsman. He lifts an accordion and squeezing it he blasts Green Lantern with sound waves causing him to fall. Before he escapes however, Green Lantern grabs the stolen violin and hands it to the Flash who speeds up to help.
Before they can react, a man calling himself Tom Turbine arrives and turns on a belt which he says gives him super-strength. He tells Flash to drop the stolen instrument and then hits the Flash stunning him. Hawkgirl and J'onn arrive and then a flying man calling himself Green Guardsman flies up and catches Hawkgirl in a cage created by his ring. Green Lantern attacks him with his ring and the fight is on! They spar with ring constructs as a man in red calling himself The Streak arrives and starts fighting the now-revived Flash. When the Flash saves a young boy companion of the heroes named Roy from falling debris, the Streak tells his super-team to stop fighting at once as he realizes the Justice League are heroes like his team.
They take the four to their headquarters where they tell the Justice League members their team is called the Justice Guild of America. And their team consists of the Black Siren, a young lady in tights and black stockings, Cat Man, Green Guardsman, the Streak, Tom Turbine, and Ray Thompson as their team sidekick. Green Lantern tells the Flash that recognizes these heroes as comic book characters from his youth and he remembers reading their books. Their counterparts, The Injustice League, are meeting at that moment with Sir Swami swearing death to all heroes forever, including the recently appeared Justice League members!
Tom Turbine reasons that the heroes each occupy their own dimensional counter-part of Earth. When Flash's speed combined with the robot's energy, it matched the specific vibrational rate of this dimension and broke the barrier in between, throwing our heroes into this world. Tom is working on a prototype device which will allow travel between dimensions, but he hasn't found a sufficiently strong power source yet. Then a message arrives from the Injustice League challenging all the heroes to stop their new crime spree based on the four elements of air, wind, fire, and Earth. They all depart to intercept the villains while Tom stays to work on the trans-dimensional machine.
Sir Swami has stolen the Flames of Rasputin ruby and Green Lantern and The Streak have their hands full with his mystic weapons. While this occurs, Hawkgirl and Green Guardsman battle The Music Master and his sonic weapons after he steals a priceless antique plane and flies away. Black Siren and The Flash find themselves up against Dr. Blizzard at the inaugruration of a new fountain in town. And Cat Man and J'onn J'onzz chase the Sportsman who has stolen the trophy from a Tennis Clay court tournament. As they do so, J'onn has another mental blast attack and for a second he doesn't see Seaboard City in the distance but a blasted and destroyed city that looks to have fallen in a great war!
The Flash is distracted saving civilians and he and Black Siren are frozen by Dr. Blizzard while Music Master's sonics down Hawkgirl in a nearby cemetery. When she awakens she sees that the cemetery is filled with fallen super-heroes, and among the headstones are the graves of the Justice Guild of America!

PART ONE OF TWO ENDS.



"Legends" - Part 2 of 2

Story By: Andrew Kreisberg
Directed By: Dan Riba
Producers: Rich Fogel, Glen Murakami, Bruce Timm, James Tucker
Aired in the U.S.A.: 04.28.02

Roles & Actors this episode:
Black Siren: Jennifer Hale
Cat Man: Stephen Root
Dr. Blizzard: Corey Burton
Flash: Michael Rosenbaum
Green Guardsman: William Katt
Green Lantern: Phil LaMar
Hawkgirl: Maria Canals
J'onn J'onzz/Martian Manhunter: Carl Lumbly
The Music Master: Lido Kier
Ray Thompson: Neil Patrick Harris
Sir Swami: Jeffrey Jones
Sportsman: Michael McKean
The Streak: David Naughton
Superman: George Newbern
Tom Turbine: Ted McGinley

Our Story:
While fighting a mystery foe's robot, Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkgirl, and J'onn J'onzz are all accidentally transported to a world seemingly stuck in the fifties with super-heroes to match. Just as they were in Green Lantern's childhood comic books appear the Justice Guild of America with Black Siren, Cat Man, Green Guardsman, The Streak, and Tom Turbine. The heroes deduce that there are parallel worlds and they have reached another with heroes that were merely comic characters on our world. But all is not well on this Earth as J'onn J'onzz keeps getting mental blasts wherein he sees this world as a shattered, destroyed planet as the result of some terrible disaster. And Hawkgirl has just discovered a graveyard that holds the resting-places of the Justice Guild members they have met!
Hawkgirl returns to the Justice Guild headquarters and tells J'onn and Green Lantern what she's found. Green Lantern flies off in disbelief to find his own proof and Hawkgirl follows him. Dr. Blizzard has returned to the Injustice Guild headquarters with his captives, the Black Siren and the Flash. He tells his fellows criminals of their next heist. The Justice Guild receives word that the Injustice Guild has robbed the Seaboard City mint and escaped in a blimp so they fly off to intercept the villains. Meanwhile Green Lantern has seen the graves for himself and he and Hawkgirl fly to the library to search historical records. As they do, the Injustice Guild is under attack in their blimp from the Justice Guild. But one by one the heroes fall until only Cat Man remains to carry the battle. He roars on his motorcycle into the lobby of a building and onto an elevator to the fifteenth floor where he then climbs the stairs to the roof. Crashing through the door, he turns and drives straight off the roof at the passing blimp. He falls atop the blimp and using a grappling hook he swings through the door knocking out Sir Swami!
Back at the library, Green Lantern and Hawkgirl discover the books are all blank and this is only the facade of a library. They find the archive door but it's a bricked up wall they knock down to find a ravaged subway station. They see the damage is the result of some large blast and then find a forty-year-old newspaper with headlines that say, "Peace Talks break down" and "War is near!" Back on the blimp, Cat Man is taking out the Injustice Guild members one at a time. Though he and Black Siren are tied captive on the blimp's outer wall, the Flash uses his mask's wing tip to puncture its surface and the airship begins to fall to the city streets.
As the stricken aircraft nears the ground, Cat Man throws his beaten foes out before anyone can get hurt. The Flash breaks free and Green Guardsman gives he and Black Siren a lift back to headquarters. Once there, their team mascot, Ray Thompson sings his heroes praises with his usual youthful zest. But his accolades are cut short with the arrival of Green Lantern and Hawkgirl. Green Lantern proclaims these heroes cannot be the Justice Guild, and to prove it he shows them all a newspaper with the terrible headline, "JGA DIES IN BATTLE!"
Suddenly an alarm comes in about a giant robot attacking Main Street, but Green Lantern tells them it's all a trick that Ray Thompson, their mascot, is controlling. J'onn J'onnz steps up to Ray and touching him he makes mental contact with the boy. The child's form shimmers and fades and in its place is a mishapen dwarf with burnt twisted features! The Justice Guild flies off anyway to battle the giant robot, while the Justice League members are left to fight Ray's formidable mental powers!
As the Guild fights the huge robot, Green Guardsman and Tom Turbine begin to doubt their course of action. They fear if they help the Justice League against Ray, that their world will vanish and so will they. They waver for a short time until their heroic ethic overcomes their fear. They return to headquarters where Ray has defeated the Justice League members and is about to kill Green Lantern! They all concentrate on attacking Ray at once and finally with his mental powers overtaxed, the poor creature falls and the world suddenly reverts to its actual appearance of a war blasted planet.
As the Justice League members rise, the Justice Guild team stands together one last time and with a wave, they vanish with the rest of Ray's illusions. Suddenly survivors of the holocaust start coming forward to tell how Ray was mutated by radiation after the war. Wracked with grief over his hero's deaths, he used his mental powers to create the illusion of the world he had lost and forced the survivors to play roles in his dream world. Now they thank the Justice League for their freedom and the chance to begin to rebuild their world. The League finds the blasted headquarters of the Justice Guild and inside is the machine Tom Turbine created to travel in between parallel worlds. Green Lantern uses his ring to power it up, and the team flies through the gate to return to our world.
Once home, Green Lantern tells Hawkgirl of how he mourns for the Justice Guild that was only an illusion. And Hawkgirl agrees with his feelings. She notes how like their real life counterparts; they too willingly died so others could live. And that makes them real heroes in anyone's eyes.

PART TWO OF TWO ENDS.

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"Injustice For All" - Part 1 of 2

Justice League Episode: "Injustice For All"-Part 1 of 2 Written By: Stan Berkowitz
Directed By: Butch Lukic
Producers: Rich Fogel, Glen Murakami, Bruce Timm, James Tucker
Aired in the U.S.A.: 09.06.02

Roles & Actors this episode:
Batman: Kevin Conroy
Cheetah: Sheryl Lee Ralph
Copperhead: Efrain Figueroa
Doctor: Grant Heslov
Flash: Michael Rosenbaum
Green Lantern: Phil LaMar
Hawkgirl: Maria Canals
Joker: Mark Hamill
J'onn J'onzz/Martian Manhunter: Carl Lumbly
Lex Luthor: Clancy Brown
Shade: Steven McHattie
Snapper Carr: Jason Marsden
Star Sapphire: Olivia D'Abo
Superman: George Newbern
Trina: Ashley Edner
Ultra Humanite: Ian Buchanan

Our Story:
Lex Luthor is in his penthouse office standing over Superman killing him slowly with a piece of Kryptonite he's hoarded for years waiting for this very opportunity. Superman through his pain asks Lex how he managed to sneak illegal weapons abroad to terrorists, and Lex gladly tells Superman all the dirty details knowing he'll be dead in minutes. But suddenly Lex gets a terrible surprise when Superman stands up with the Kryptonite no longer affecting him! Then Batman and Green Lantern enter the room just as "Superman" shape-changes into none other then J'onn J'onnz who tells Luthor his days of masquerading as merely a businessman are over. Green Lantern uses his ring to take the Kryptonite from Lex and he gives it to Batman who puts it in a safe container on his utility belt. But Lex doesn't plan on going down that easily and summons an aircraft to the window which blasts the penthouse office to smithereens just as he enters its cockpit. As he flies away debris buries the Justice League members but Green Lantern's ring has sheilded them from harm. The real Superman has waited until Batman secured the Kryptonite and then he chases Lex and his escape craft. Lex sees Superman and fires two missiles which stun the Man of Steel momentarily. As Lex prepares to rocket away he's suddenly stricken by a mysterious seizure which causes him to lose control of his aircraft! It plummets towards the streets of Metropolis and certain disaster. But Superman recovers in time to catch the craft and open its cockpit to see a helpless and ill Lex!
When Lex awakens he's in a hospital bed and Superman and a Doctor are standing over him. Lex starts raving but he's cut off by Superman and the Doctor gives him terrible news. He's contracted a deadly blood poisoning from the Kryptonite he kept all those years and there is no cure, Lex is terminal! Naturally he blames Superman and is taken away to prison for his crimes. While in his cell Lex is bothered by music coming from the cell next to his. He adapts the cable system in his cell to talk to the person next to him who is the Ultra-Humanite, a criminal genius whose brain has been transplanted into a huge white ape's body! He strikes a deal with the Ultra-Humanite to break him out for large amounts of money which the Ultra-Humanite does by shocking two unsuspecting guards into helplessness.
As they make their way through Metropolis, Luthor sets off a bomb in a nearby building to keep their pursuers occupied with the rescue efforts. Batman has heard of the breakout and while trailing Luthor he sees the burning building holds one last victim, a little girl in a top floor window! He races to her but their escape is cut off by falling debris. Hawkgirl swoops in to rescue the pair in the nick of time, while Superman and Flash arrive to help. The question they have is where will Luthor strike next? Next we see an abandoned building in the city where the Cheetah, half-cat and half-woman, enters carefully. Inside she encounters the human snake, Copperhead, who claims he's also there in search of illegal work. They suddenly see Solomon Grundy, who is really a murder victim from the 1800s returned to life as a huge hulking beast of a man with limitless strength who is impossible to harm! He has come there too in response to a summons. The trio squabble, but are cut short by the appearance of the Shade, the dark dressed villain whose darkstick envelops his enemies in total blackness which the Shade can manipulate according to his will. Lastly Star Sapphire, the man-hating weilder of a purple gem which she can project force beams from arrives in answer to the unknown call. Luthor and the Ultra-Humanite enter the room and Lex explains he's bought them there for one purpose, to pay them to destroy Superman and the Justice League! The next day the Justice League sees a bulletin that the Ultra-Humanite has taken hostages at the Metropolis Federal Building and they fly to the rescue. Green Lantern uses his ring to grab the huge man-ape's gun while Superman tackles him. But when Batman goes to help the "hostage", it turns out to be Cheetah who almost takes his face off with a vicious slash of her talons! Inside, Green Lantern is jumped by Solomon Grundy who knocks him out with strong blows. And Copperhead joins Cheetah in her fight with Batman. When the Flash arrives he takes out Copperhead, but then is surrounded with a cloud of darkness courtesy of the Shade who slams him into a wall with it. The deadly trap of the Injustice League has been sprung!
Superman knocks Ultra-Humanite away but Solomon Grundy charges in beating Superman badly with his inhuman power. Luthor gloats over it all as he watches from a balcony. Hawkgirl flies in and knocks Grundy away from Superman, but Star Sapphire and she then battle in the air above the rest of the combatants. The Batman holds off Cheetah but then Wonder Woman arrives to catch the werecat with her golden lasso. Batman manages to stun the Shade and he drops his darkstick. Batman then goes after Lex who pulls a gun on him, but suddenly a stray blast from Star Sapphire's gem hits the balcony stunning Batman and causing Luthor to fall but Ultra-Humanite catches him. When he recovers, Batman rises but doesn't see Copperhead who strikes as his namesake sinking his fangs into Batman sending deadly venom coursing into the Darkknight detective!
Ultra-Humanite tells Luthor the Justice League is too well coordinated as a fighting team and he advises a hasty retreat. The now recovered Shade retrieves his darkstick and envelops the room in total blackness and then he grabs up his evil teammates and they disappear from the bulding like smoke from a window! When the Justice League regroups, they find Copperhead was knocked out and left behind inadverdantly, but they also find Batman dying from his deadly venom! They return to the Watchtower where Batman is given an antidote for the poison and he slowly recovers. Meanwhile, Lex berates his colleagues for their lack of victory in the battle. And who should arrive but the Joker!
At first Lex wants no part of the Joker after their disastrous partnership during the "World's Finest" affair, but when Joker pulls a bat-tracer from Lex's uniform that Batman planted there, Joker convinces him he can catch Batman for him and Lex relents. The evil group sits and waits and soon enough a recovered Batman sneaks into their hideout and spies on them. But the Joker comes from behind and knocks him out with a savage blow from a huge hammer. As the Joker's laughter peals through the air, it seems the Injustice League now has the advantage in this deadly struggle!

PART ONE OF TWO ENDS.



"Injustice For All" - Part 2 of 2

Written By: Stan Berkowitz
Directed By: Butch Lukic
Producers: Rich Fogel, Glen Murakami, Bruce Timm, James Tucker
Aired in the U.S.A.: 09.13.02

Roles & Actors this episode:
Batman: Kevin Conroy
Cheetah: Sheryl Lee Ralph
Copperhead: Efrain Figueroa
Flash: Michael Rosenbaum
Green Lantern: Phil LaMar
Hawkgirl: Maria Canals
Joker: Mark Hamill
J'onn J'onzz/Martian Manhunter: Carl Lumbly
Lex Luthor: Clancy Brown
Shade: Steven McHattie
Solomon Grundy: Mark Hamill
Star Sapphire: Olivia D'Abo
Superman: George Newbern
Ultra Humanite: Ian Buchanan
Wonder Woman: Susan Eisenberg

Our Story:
Lex Luthor has been diagnosed as terminally ill from blood poisoning he contracted from a piece of Kryptonite he kept for years to kill Superman with. He hires a group of super-criminals consisting of Cheetah, Copperhead, the Shade, Solomon Grundy, Star Sapphire, and the Ultra-Humanite to kill Superman and his colleagues in the Justice League. Though the "Injustice League" holds their own in an intial battle against the Justice League, they must retreat before they are beaten. But when Batman spies on the group at their hideout, the Joker suddenly appears and knocks out Batman gaining a hostage in the deadly game!
The Joker tries to convince Lex to kill Batman as he's too dangerous even as a hostage held in titanium bonds in a stasis field preventing him from contacting J'onn J'onzz who possesses telepathic abilities. But Lex feels Batmans value as a hostage outweighs the danger and won't allow him to be harmed. While Lex works on trying to break into Batmans utility belt to gain a key into the Justice Leagues space headquarters the Watchtower, Batman foments distrust in the team and infighting soon breaks out among the criminals that Lex must squelch.
But time starts to become Luthors enemy as the deadly blood poisoning marches him towards certain death and Lex becomes ill more and more. Ultra-Humanite agrees to help Lex with his condition, but only for more money then his comrades in evil are getting. Batman uses his wiles on Cheetah even to the point where Cheetah kisses him! And Lex finally manages to open all the compartments on Batmans belt to obtain the electronic device which will allow his team to enter the Watchtower!
As the Joker taunts Batman with the news that they're planting a bomb to kill his comrades, Star Sapphire transports the Shade, Solomon Grundy, and a suitcase bomb to the Watchtower. Using Batmans stolen electronic key, they enter the Leagues headquarters to the sounds of alarms going off at their entrance. J'onn J'onzz goes to investigate, but the Shade's darkstick blackens the room long enough for Grundy to pummel J'onn into unconciousness and for them to plant the bomb and leave. Back on Earth, the League learns of the alarms and heads to the Watchtower and unknowingly, their doom!
The Justice League enters their headquarters and finds J'onn still knocked out. When they cannot find Batman after searching for him, J'onn finally awakens and tells of the earlier attack. Suddenly a phone call comes in on their secure line warning them of the bomb planted on board. They split up and search for it as back on Earth the Injustice League watches their monitor for the destruction of the Watchtower. But Green Lantern finds the deadly device and Flash throws it into space just before it explodes. Luthor berates his teams' members as incompetents one too many times at this setback, and they all agree they've had enough and decide to quit. But Luthors offer of tripling their pay convinces them to stay for one last attempt at destroying the Justice League.
Batman begs Solomon Grundy for a drink of water which the dullwitted giant gives him, and Batman immediately spits the water into the mechanism creating the stasis feild which shorts out in a flash. While Grundy goes to tell Luthor about what's happened, Batman send a mental call to J'onn J'onzz telling him where he's being held. As the League prepares to assault the hideout of the Injustice League, the Ultra-Humanite seals Lex Luthor in a chest containment device which stablizes his condition, allowing him to live without the disease ravaging him any further. But Lex knows that there is a traitor in the group who alerted the League about the bomb, and surveillance tapes show the kiss that Cheetah gave Batman earlier and has Grundy take charge of the were-cat who claims she is innocent.
When the Justice League arrives, J'onn J'onzz phases into the room where Batman is being held, but the Ultra-Humanite uses a shock-stick to render the last Martian helpless. While the rest of the League attacks and begins to best the evil-doers, Lex Luthor dons armor which channels the Kryptonite in his system into force beams which he uses to blast Superman with so he can finally kill his hated enemy. But suddenly the Ultra-Humanite sneaks up behind Lex and uses the shock-stick to blast Luthor into helplessness! As the Injustice League is lead away in restraints by the authorities, the Ultra-Humanite stops to ask Batman if he'll live up to the secret bargain they made to pay him double the amount Luthor was paying him, and with a wry smile Batman agrees he'll pay off!
Later, back in prison, Luthor is again stuck in a cell next to the Ultra-Humanite who is listening to opera at a high volume driving Luthor to distraction. While Lex swears vengeance on the Ultra-Humanite for his betrayal, we hear the TV announcer saying that the preceding program of opera has been paid for by a grant from the Ultra-Humanite, which he obviously paid for with the money Batman promised him!

PART TWO OF TWO ENDS.

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"A Knight Of Shadows" - Part 1 of 2

Written By: Keith Damron
Directed By: Butch Lukic
Producers: Rich Fogel, Glen Murakami, Bruce Timm, James Tucker
Aired in the U.S.A.: 09.20.02

Roles & Actors this episode:
Batman: Kevin Conroy
Bouncer: Jim Wise
Flash: Michael Rosenbaum
Harv Hickman: Dave Thomas
Jason Blood/Etrigan: Michael T. Weiss
J'onn J'onzz/Martian Manhunter: Carl Lumbly
Knight: Jack Meskimen
Merlin: W. Morgan Sheppard
Mordred: Soren Fulton
Morgaine Le'Fay: Olivia D'Abo
My'Ria'h: Pam Grier
Paramedic: Cam Clark
Professor Henry Moss: Michael Gough
Wonder Woman: Susan Eisenberg

Our Story:
It is the night centuries ago when the fabled crown jewel of England called Camelot fell in fire and invasion! That night as the forces of the witch Morgaine Le Fay pound at Camelot, her child Mordred sits next to her waiting for his new kingdom to play with. Evil trolls beat at the gates but they hold! Then inside, two knights are called away by another trusted Knight named Jason Blood who opens the gates as soon as they leave! The evil troops pour into the castle for the final assault and Morgaine and Mordred are right behind them. As they enter Blood falls to his knees pledging eternal love to Morgaine who rewards him with a poison kiss which starts to kill him immediately! As Jason lays dying, the ancient mage Merlin approaches and curses him to share existence with the demon Etrigan as punishment for his betrayal! Whenever a certain phrase is spoken, Jason Blood will transform into Etrigan until he one day atones for his evil deed!
In our day, an old man is being taken to a waiting ambulance as he raves about a Castle Branek which holds the secret of eternal power. He is ignored as he's taken away, but we see Batman entering the antique store the old man was found in and looking around. Suddenly none other then Jason Blood enters the room and Batman greets him as he's met him and his alter ego Etrigan before. Jason tells Batman that the "old man" that was just taken away was a friend of his that was really only 32 years old! It seems that Morgaine Le Fay and Mordred are in this day and age and she seeks the fabled Philosophers Stone which legend says was the jewel on the hilt of Excalibur which gave the sword its power. If she obtains it she will resurrect Camelot for her son Mordred to rule and then subjugate all of humanity and she must be stopped!
At that moment, Morgaine is draining the life energy of a guard in a castle to use that energy to sustain herself. She has a great green jewel on her chest, and she's wearing an ornate golden mask to hide her face. The guard falls dead and she and Mordred enter a room where Merlins Ark is kept, but when she opens the stone crypt, it's empty! Batman and Jason Blood suddenly enter the room and they discover that Morgaine's been there but still hasn't found the stone. Suddenly the doors fly closed and all the ancient weaponry on the armored suits in the room starts flying towards Batman and Jason courtesy of Morgaine Le Fay's magic! Batman grabs a sword to fend off the mutiple weapons but then the armored suits come to life and attack them also! They're about to be overwhelmed when Jason says aloud, "Gone, gone the form of man! Rise the demon Etrigan!"
His other half is a 500-pound yellow beast with a horned ear face that screams for fire and suddenly fire pours from his outstretched hands to envelop the armored suits and devour them! Batman tells Etrigan that it's time for them to get help. That help arrives when Flash, J'onn J'onnz, and Wonder Woman arrive and hear Jason's history and about the current threat Morgaine poses. J'onn offers to search for Morgaine using his telpathic powers and suceeds in contacting Morgaines mind. But she detects him and sends a mental blast at J'onn which makes him scream in pain, and collapse at his comrades feet!
When J'onn awakens, he finds himself back on his home planet of Mars which is somehow restored to as it was when he lived there. His dead wife My'ria'h greets him and bids him to enter their home. Inside he finds his two children are alive and they run to greet him and beg him to stay and never leave which he swears he will never do. But suddenly his newfound bliss is harshly interrupted by the appearance of Etrigan who curses him for being a weak-minded fool and falling into Morgaines mental trap. He fights with J'onn until suddenly J'onns mind clears and the vision of his family fades. Morgaine had used her power to grant him his fondest wish and in doing so she made him powerless. Etrigan warns Batman not to trust J'onn as he now has fallen to Morgaine once and can't be relied upon again, but Batman refuses to accept Etrigan's appraisal.
Mordred has discovered the Internet and an aticle showing how Castle Branek was moved to the states by Professor Henry Moss and billionaire girly mag mogul, Harv Hickman. Morgaine Le Fay learns this just as Batman discovers the same information. Professor Moss is startled at his home by Etrigan who causes the older man to collapse at seeing the demon. Batman enters the room with J'onn J'onzz who probes Moss' mind and finds he knows nothing about the Stone. Meanwhile Flash and Wonder Woman are trying to get into Harv Hickmans mansion despite the efforts of his bouncers. When one insults Wonder Woman, she tosses him into nearby bushes as a lesson in manners. Harv Hickman gets one look at Wonder Woman and invites she and the Flash inside his palatial home.
Back at Professor Moss's house, Morgaine Le Fay enters with Mordred and she demands that Moss give her the Philosophers Stone but Moss denies knowing anything. Then Mordred shoots a mystic bolt at Moss who transforms into J'onn J'onzz who took Moss' place! Then Etrigan and Batman enter and Etrigan fires more of his demons flame at Morgaine who blocks it with a magical shield. She blasts Etrigan away from her and then blocks a batarang thrown by Batman. She turns to J'onn who suddenly goes blank again with another vision of his dead wife in front of him. And using his distraction, she then blasts Batman into Etrigan blowing them both straight through a wall to collapse in a heap outside! She then flies off with Mordred in tow to get the stone from Hickman, leaving her beaten foes behind. And Etrigan awakens and sees an injured Batman lying there and J'onn helpless again from Morgaine Le Fay. He attacks J'onn swearing it's all his fault that Batman's injured and Morgaine has escaped. J'onn snaps out of the trance and can only stand there as Etrigan raves about his failure!

PART ONE OF TWO ENDS.



"A Knight Of Shadows" - Part 2 of 2

Written By: Keith Damron
Directed By: Butch Lukic
Producers: Rich Fogel, Glen Murakami, Bruce Timm, James Tucker
Aired in the U.S.A.: 09.27.02

Roles & Actors this episode:
Batman: Kevin Conroy
Flash: Michael Rosenbaum
Harv Hickman: Dave Thomas
Jason Blood/Etrigan: Michael T. Weiss
J'onn J'onzz/Martian Manhunter: Carl Lumbly
Mordred: Soren Fulton
Morgaine Le Fay: Olivia D'Abo
My'Ria'h: Pam Grier
Wonder Woman: Susan Eisenberg

Our Story:
Morgaine Le Fay, the ancient witch, and her son Mordred have returned to gain the Philosophers Stone which will give her ultimate power. Her ancient enemy the Demon is helping the Justice League to keep her from gaining the stone. J'onn J'onzz falls victim to Morgaine's magics that promise him his wife, children, and the Mars of old in return for his obedience to her. After recovering, he again falters in battle against Le Fay and Batman is injured because of J'onn's hesitance. As Le Fay speeds away from the scene to obtain the stone, the Demon raves at J'onn for his failure and J'onn cannot deny it's true!
Back at the Watchtower Batman's diagnosed with a couple of cracked ribs and a concussion. J'onn keeps apologizing to Batman for his injuries since the vision of his dead wife My'ria'h calling to him is what distracted J'onn and got Batman hurt. Batman tells J'onn not to worry about it. Then J'onn tells him about how strong and real the vision was and how badly he wants his family back, which Batman can certainly relate to.
Back at the house of girlie magazine mogul Harv Hickman, Wonder Woman has sufficiently impressed Harv enough to get invited to his bedroom, where he shows off the secret of his success, the Philosophers Stone. Wonder Woman marvels at how he simply used the fabled artifact to make himself rich, but she has no more time to ponder as the outer wall suddenly explodes inward! Floating on a cushion of green magic, Morgaine Le Fay enters the room proclaiming the stone is now hers. She pulls it to her through the air, but Wonder Woman quickly snatches the stone before it can reach the golden masked witch!
She starts running from Morgaine's emerald blasts but with a gesture the witch then turns Hickman into a massive slug with a giant mouth filled with razor-sharp teeth. It smashes straight through a wall right into the Flash who's stunned by the huge worm's power. The Demon bursts into the room telling Wonder Woman her job is to escape with the stone, not vie with Morgaine! Though it's against her martial nature, Wonder Woman knows Etrigan is right and flies off to leave the Demon to fight Le Fay.
The Flash reenters the fray just as Morgaine pours deadly blow after blow at the Demon who's about to be killed by the ancient sage! He scoops up Etrigan and runs from the room and quickly away from the deadly witch's wrath. She is so angered that her ancient foe the Demon has escaped her, she screams in rage and then blows Hickman's mansion to pieces in a fiery explosion that rocks the entire area with it's strength. As she leaves, the hapless Hickman reverts back in form to the man he is, and he's lucky to have lived through such a bout of Morgaine's legendary temper.
Back at the Watchtower, the Flash locks the Stone in their vault ensuring its safety. But unknown to his team members, Morgaine continues tempting J'onn with visions of My'ria'h causing him to waver and want to bring the stone to Le Fay to retrieve his dead family and planet. As she does, Wonder Woman and Batman are discussing the Demon's ferocious manner when Etrigan bolts upright warning of attack! The walls shimmer as dozens of Morgaine's battle trolls come right through them to battle the Justice League. The assault is met by the League's teamwork and fighting skills, but even the Demon's hellfire is unable to destroy the inhuman troops!
Etrigan calls to the Flash to create a maelstrom with his great speed. The Flash doesn't know why, but he obeys the Demon and starts to race around the troll group in a circle faster and faster. The Demon then calls on the darkness of hell to freeze their eerie foes. The trolls are all suddenly transformed into statues of ice at Etrigan's unearthly request. The Demon tells Flash he must go faster yet, and the fastest man alive becomes a high-speed blur around the now frozen trolls. Suddenly the Flash's great speed causes a wild vibration to shatter the frozen foes into thousands of harmless pieces of ice! But their victory is short-lived, as when they ask where J'onn was during the battle, the Demon announces that J'onn has left the Watchtower to take the Philosophers Stone to Morgaine Le Fay!
With the Javelin gone, they're trapped on the Watchtower but Batman tells them to get a lock on J'onn with the Javelin's beacon. Through all this, Etrigan rants at the group and proclaims them useless in battle alongside him. Meanwhile Morgaine uses her great magic to transform an entire section of London into an ancient castle complete with a throne for her son Mordred to sit on and rule over England and eventually the world. Then J'onn lands outside the castle to deliver the stone to Morgaine, making her victory complete!
Just as he's walking up with the stone in hand to give to Le Fay, the Justice League and the Demon appear in a flash using J'onn's ship as their landing point for the Watchtower's transporter beams! Both Morgaine and Mordred start shooting green blasts of lethal magic at the team who manages to hold their ground against the evil pair. The Demon is busy fighting J'onn J'onzz who is enthralled by Le Fay and only wants his family and planet back at any cost. He uses his telepathy to attack Etrigan by making him see his initial misdeed as his human half Jason Blood when he opened the gates of Camelot to let Morgaine's forces in and Merlin condemmned him thereafter to live as half-man, and the other half a demonic beast! He collapses under the memories of his sins reverting to his human half of Jason Blood, and J'onn walks over to Morgaine with the Stone in hand.
Suddenly he looks back at Jason suffering under the recollection of his betrayal that night so long ago, and with a strong clench of his fist he shatters the Philosophers Stone into a thousand useless pieces! Morgaine and Mordred back away with a gasp at losing their prize that was so close. Then Morgaine declares this only a minor victory for the League and the Demon. She tells them the war will yet be hers, then she and her evil son vanish in a green cloud to fade from sight! All of London then changes back to its everyday appearance as the evil witch's power leaves with her.
J'onn tells them that he saw the weight of Jason Blood's betrayal crushing him, and decided even a chance at happiness with his family wasn't worth the guilt he'd bear over giving Morgaine the world. Jason Blood tells J'onn his selfless act has saved them all that day from Morgaine's evil plans, but now he must leave to follow her as his sins still need retribution for him to ever escape them and the Demon inside him!

PART TWO OF TWO ENDS.

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"Metamorphosis" - Part 1 of 2

Written By: Len Uhley
Directed By: Dan Riba
Producers: Rich Fogel, Glen Murakami, Bruce Timm, James Tucker
Aired in the U.S.A.: 10.04.02

Roles & Actors this episode:
Batman: Kevin Conroy
Brakeman: John Rubinow
Green Lantern: Phil LaMar
Hawkgirl: Maria Canals
Java: Richard Moll
NTSB Inspector: Michael Bell
Rex Mason/Metamorpho: Tom Sizemore
Sapphire Stagg: Danica McKellar
Secretary: Lisa Long
Simon Stagg: Earl Boen
Superman: George Newbern

Our Story:
The board of Braddock Oil is watching a film of one of their oilrigs working over an old shaft. Suddenly a methane gas pocket is hit and one tiny rock falling provides the spark for a tremendous explosion that destroys the rig with thankfully no loss of life. As the film ends, Simon Stagg starts his spiel to the board about how his company is developing a chemically altered human who'll be able to live in hostile environments such as methane gas and underground without harm. He calls this project "Metamorpho" and tells the board he'll save them millions in labor costs. But the men are skeptical and say no. As he leaves the meeting and enters his limousine, Stagg knows that once and for all he must somehow find a human volunteer for Metamorpho to become real!
A huge man who is Neanderthal in appearance but nonetheless wearing a blue suit and tie gets onto a train carrying a large metal suitcase. Simon Stagg is on the other end of the man's cell phone calling him "Java", and telling him to make sure he gets back to Stagg Enterpises with the illegal mutagens he's got in the case. Another Stagg Enterprises employee onboard is troubleshooter Rex Mason, who's good looks and money are getting him the usual great service. A passing Conductor won't allow Java to keep the luggage with him however and insists that it be placed in storage.
But while speeding around a curve, the metal case falls in the storage car and one of the containers of mutagens breaks open! It seeps straight through the car's floor to completely eat away the hydraulic lines running below. Suddenly the Engineer sees his speed is alarmingly fast and he's not getting any response from his controls! The train roars towards the station at breakneck speed as the passengers inside realize their plight and start to brace for impact. Without warning, the train is suddenly enveloped in a green light as Green Lantern arrives and tries to stop the runaway.
It careens towards the station wall as the emerald warrior struggles to slow it down. But its impetus and mass are too great and it plunges straight through the terminal wall falling on its side as hundreds of commuters flee from its path for their lives! It finally comes to a rest with Green Lantern grateful its over, and the passengers being helped off the wreck. Rex Mason spots Green Lantern and calls to him. It turns out they're old buddies from the Marines, and the two go to Rex's place to swap stories about each other. Since they last met, Rex has worked for Stagg Enterprises and the money's been good. He has a penthouse and all the luxury and perks that money can buy.
Green Lantern reflects on how he doesn't even have an apartment or hardly any clothes with the path he's chosen which surprises Rex who figured super-heroes led privledged lives. Then a beautiful blond who Rex introduces as his fiancee comes into the room. She is Simon Stagg's daughter Sapphire, and the happy couple are marrying soon but without Simon's approval. It seems Rex, or anyone else for that matter, isn't good enough to marry Simon's daughter. Then Batman, who's investigating the train crash, calls Green Lantern and tells him of the Stagg Enterprises illegal mutagens he's discovered that caused the crash. Green Lantern accuses Rex of being involved, but he denies it and the old friends end up parting in anger.
Rex and Sapphire decide to confront Simon and they tell him that Rex is quitting for another company, and they're getting married and moving away. Although he objects and even refuses to shake Rex's hand, he tells Sapphire he'll give her his blessing if it's what she really wants. After Sapphire leaves, Rex confronts Simon about the illegal mutagens he now knows Java must have had on the train. Simon angrily denies it and when Rex leaves Simon decides he at last has a volunteer for his project, Rex Mason!
That night, Rex is cleaning out his desk when he hears noises coming from a nearby lab. Not being able to find Security Guards, he enters the lab and sees a glass on the floor. When he walks over and picks it up, a clear tube rises all around him from the floor to the ceiling trapping him inside. Then vents in the top are opened and a chemical mist is pumped into the tube. As he inevitably breathes the gases, he screams in pain and collapses into the fog! When he awakens, he's in a hospital bed and Simon is telling him there's been a terrible accident. When Sapphire comes in the room, she takes one look at Rex then screams and faints!
Rex runs to a mirror and sees he now is a multi-colored freak with a white head and no nose or ears with one arm orange and the other purple with one leg brown and the other grey! He screams in anguish and smashes the mirror swearing someone will pay for this! When Java tries to grab him, he literally melts out of his grip and morphs his hand into a giant fist throwing the huge man aside like a toy! He smashes right through the wall to run down the corrider and flee from the hospital. When the media arrives Green Lantern hears about Rex and flies in to assure Sapphire he'll help his old friend, and she kisses and hugs him in gratitude. And Simon makes sure that Java gets pictures of the kiss between the two.
When Rex leaves he stumbles into a truck's path and is left splattered all over its front like paint. And when the police arrive, Rex oozes off the truck and reforms into a human shape again pleading for help. The police shoot at the grotesque form and the crowd runs away screaming at the sight of Rex. He escapes by oozing down a sewer and goes to Stagg Enterprises where he reads the entire Metamorpho file. Simon comes into his office and Rex accuses him of doing this to him but Simon shows Rex the pictures of Sapphire and Green Lantern kissing and Rex leaves raging about revenge!
While the Justice League searches the city for Metamorpho, Green Lantern gets a call from Rex inviting him to talk. But when Green Lantern flies to Stagg's plant, he's suddenly attacked by Rex who's shooting flames from his left hand, and pointed darts from his right! He's sure it was Green Lantern that did this to him and he intends to make him pay for stealing his humanity. He changes into a rubber stretching man, an oozing liquid, then even gas, and then goes solid and flails away at Green Lantern with hands the size of rocks. His powers are too much and finally a blow knocks Green Lantern to the ground. And Rex stands over him, ready to kill him for making him Metamorpho!

PART ONE OF TWO ENDS.



"Metamorphosis" - Part 2 of 2

Written By: Len Uhley
Teleplay By: Dwayne McDuffie
Directed By: Dan Riba
Producers: Rich Fogel, Glen Murakami, Bruce Timm, James Tucker
Aired in the U.S.A.: 10.11.02

Roles & Actors this episode:
Batman: Kevin Conroy
Green Lantern: Phil LaMar
Hawkgirl: Maria Canals
Java: Richard Moll
J'onn J'onzz: Carl Lumbly
Rex Mason/Metamorpho: Tom Sizemore
Sapphire Stagg: Danica McKellar
Simon Stagg: Earl Boen
Snapper Carr: Jason Marsden
Synthoid: Dee Baker
Superman: George Newbern

Our Story:
When Rex Mason and Sapphire Stagg decide to marry, her father Simon Stagg uses a chemical process on Rex to turn him into the first chemical being, Metamorpho. Although it changes him into an inhuman multi-colored being, Rex also possesses mastery over all things chemical and his body can be changed into almost any shape and substance! When he learns he was used as a test subject and can never become human again, Rex goes insane with anger. Simon shows him photos that have Sapphire and Green Lantern in an embrace and he goes amok and attacks Green Lantern. Using all the powers he has he defeats Green Lantern and knocking him to the ground, he is about to incinerate him for changing him into Metamorpho!
Metamorpho's arms and hands burn bright with flame but his anger burns even brighter! As Green Lantern swears his innocence, Rex tells him he's seen proof of Green Lantern's betrayal and he fires both fiery arms at him! But Superman lands directly in front of Green Lantern and the flames don't even singe the Man of Steel who shoves Rex into a wall easily. He pounces on Metamorpho and they grapple until Rex changes one hand into Kryptonite and Superman collapses in extreme pain. Hawkgirl swoops in and blasts Rex's head into mush with her mace but he immediately reforms and covers her wings in stone which causes her to crash to Earth!
Then it's J'onn J'onzz's turn as he assaults the walking chemical wonder. He turns into a full-fledged dragon and he and Rex shapeshift back and forth in rapid succession as their various forms combat. But J'onn is finally downed when Rex blasts him with flame, J'onn's sole weakness! Batman throws explosive Batarangs but his inhuman foe easily reforms after each blast, then finally Green Lantern lets a powerful ring blast take out Metamorpho and then he seals him in a green domed trap. As they discuss how they intend to hold Rex, he seeps through the bubble as liquid and is carried away by an underground stream.
Making his way to Sapphire's apartment, he accuses her of a tryst with Green Lantern as the pictures showed. Sapphire explains it was an innocent hug of concern between the two, and then with a sharp slap she tells Rex she loves him no matter what he's turned into. She asks him exactly who showed him the pictures that angered him so, and Rex suddenly realizes Simon Stagg has taken him for a fool. He turns into mist and flies from Sapphire's side to confront her scheming father!
At that moment Simon is on the phone taking orders for new Metamorphos that he'll make and sell to big companies who want cheap indestructible workers. Then Rex oozes out of a nearby fountain and attacks Simon with diamond fists treatening to kill him for what he's done to him! Java, the Neanderthal lackey of Simon's, quickly takes a tank filled with sub-zero gas and sprays Rex freezing him like a block of ice. Then Simon orders him taken away and to be disposed of like garbage! But while he's being hauled off, he starts to thaw before he can be dumped and he overpowers the driver and heads back to confront Simon who's getting ready to make more Metamorphos!
He bursts in on Simon who is connected with cybernetic controls to the equipment he's using to ready the mutagen he'll use on more helpless subjects. But Rex smashes the container of mutagen and a giant feedback courses into Simon who collapses into a coma at the shock. Then the spilled mutagen suddenly forms into a giant green chemical being that we see Simon's face in for a second before it smashes out of the lab burying Rex under debris as it heads for the city!
Batman and Green Lantern arrive and Green Lantern finds Rex and puts him in a dome his ring makes and they question him. He tries to tell them a giant creature is advancing on the city but because of his earlier attack they don't trust him. But the giant chemical synthoid has reached the city and the destruction brings Hawgirl and Superman to fight as best they can as it has all of Metamorpho's powers plus it's 100 foot tall size! They radio Batman who tells Green Lantern to take Rex to help in the battle while he analyzes the mutagen to see if he can come up with a counter-agent. They fly towards the city and find the synthoid is giving Superman a hard time with his powers, and also has kidnapped Sapphire from her apartment!
The two attack the beast but his flame and gas powers alone are driving them back when Batman calls telling them if they can find a huge supply of a polypeptide amino acid that it will destroy the mutagen creature. There's no time to synthesize that huge an amount so Metamorpho asks Batman to relay the formula to him while he confronts the huge creature. He chases the synthoid straight up a skyscraper to the spire where he screams Simon's name and for a second we and Sapphire see Simon's face form on the creature and know it's a part of her Father's intellect running the huge beast! Then Rex turns into the orange-hued amino acid complex and dives headfirst into the huge giant. Once inside, he bursts into a giant cloud of orange which spreads throughout the titan's body until the green giant is now orange and growing larger by the second.
Suddenly the massive giant's body explodes with chemicals flying everywhere covering the skyscraper in an orange slime. The League regroups to console Sapphire at losing Rex in the explosion but a nearby puddle of chemicals suddenly reforms into Metamorpho who has survived the blast! As he and Sapphire embrace and kiss, the League can only admire the love between the two despite what has happened to Rex. The battle has been won, but more importantly Rex and Sapphire's love has survived too!

PART TWO OF TWO ENDS.

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"The Savage Time" - Parts 1, 2 & 3

Written By: Stan Berkowitz
Directed By: Butch Lukic & Dan Riba
Producers: Rich Fogel, Glen Murakami, Bruce Timm, James Tucker
Aired in the U.S.A.: 11.09.02

Roles & Actors this episode:
Batman: Kevin Conroy
Blackhawk: Robert Picardo
Bulldozer: Ted Levine
Ernst: Dave Thomas
Flash: Michael Rosenbaum
General Hoffman: Grant Albrecht
Green Lantern: Phil LaMar
Hawkgirl: Maria Canals
J'onn J'onzz: Carl Lumbly
Sergeant Rock: Fred Dryer
Vandal Savage: Phil Morris
Superman: George Newbern
Steve Trevor: Patrick Duffy
Wonder Woman: Susan Eisenberg

Our Story:
Green Lantern is towing the Javelin back to the Watchtower after a mission in deep space. As they near the Watchtower where Batman awaits them, suddenly a huge wave of energy ripples over them and all the Earth. When the bright light and shock wave ends the team looks out to see the Watchtower has disappeared! They fly down to Metropolis, which was the source of the mysterious energy pulse, and are shocked to see facist lightning bolts everywhere and the Daily Plant globe is now sculpted as if in the fist of a huge hand. Flash finds posters everywhere of a bearded stranger who the posters proclaim simply as "Our Leader!". Then troops descend on the league demanding identity papers. When they cannot produce them, more troops arrive on futuristic hovercraft with laser weapons and attack the team.
Suddenly a very different looking and armored version of Batman appears and beckons the team down into an abandoned subway tunnel and using a converted subway car rockets them to a secret hideout hidden behind the tunnel walls. He explains to them that he is the leader of the resistance against the oppressive regime that has ruled the planet ever since the Nazis won World War II! They determine that a man called Vandal Savage led the Axis to victory and that D-Day was a complete rout which saw victory for evil instead of the history we know.
Savage's research center was the epicenter of the time-space disturbance which all the changes came from so the League goes there and breaking in they discover a time-warp which is unstable and will collapse in 48 hours. This continuim's Batman stays behind to continue fighting the oppressors in case the League fails and the rest of the team dives into the warp. They emerge in Caen France in the middle of a battle between Allied and Axis forces. They jump in and help the G.I.s to beat back the Nazis but suddenly the tide turns when giant rolling machines called War Wheels approach and drive them back. The League finds their powers are needed badly as even Superman's fantastic heat vision is unable to penetrate the wheel's surfaces.
They beat one wheel but then other War Wheels approach and they are forced into a retreat in which Green Lantern finds himself powerless as his ring suddenly runs out of power as it's been too long since he recharged it. They determine that transistors and other technologies are used in the wheels that should not exist in the time period they are in. J'onn J'onnz and Wonder Woman fly to Berlin to investigate this mystery while Flash, Superman, and Hawkgirl help the troops retreat before more Allied lives are lost. But the powerless Green Lantern is trapped behind enemy lines with the approaching War Wheels hot on his heels!
Wonder Woman and J'onn meet up with a man named Steve Trevor who has just finished sabotaging Nazi equipment and he tells Wonder Woman he must get to a rendezvous point to meet a man namded Ernst who has invaluable information about the Nazi's plans. He tells the pair that Vandal Savage was named the new Fuhrer after he produced the futuristic weaponry which is turning the tide of the war for the Nazis. So Wonder Woman, who Steve affectionately calls "Angel", agrees to fly him to the rendezvous while J'onn will break into headquarters in Berlin to find the cause of the time anomalies.
J'onn arrives in Berlin and phasing into the Nazi headquarters he discovers a laptop computor and he also finds Adolph Hitler frozen in suspended animation! Before he can react to any of this, Vandal Savage suddenly appears and using a metal gauntlet he wears he shocks J'onn into unconsciousness. D-Day has turned into a rout in which Superman and Hawkgirl help troops retreat back to sea while Flash runs back searching for the missing Green Lantern but he cannot find him. Just before a War Wheel can kill him, Grren Lantern is saved when approaching troops divert its attention and he barely escapes with his life.
Superman and Hawkgirl are under heavy fire from Nazi planes when red and blue planes bearing Hawk symbols on them appear in the sky taking a heavy toll on the Axis aircraft. They beat the planes back and land to introduce themselves as the "Blackhawks" who are comprised of fliers all from Nazi occupied countries. Meanwhile Steve Trevor and Wonder Woman arrive at the bomb-blasted house where he is to rendezvous with Ernst who can break the code the Nazis are using to plan an inpending invasion. Ernst hasn't arrived yet so the two settle in for a wait and get to know each other.
Green Lantern has escaped into the countryside where he meets up with a Sgt. Rock and his soldiers of Easy Company. He tells them he is John Stewart and he is a resistance fighter so they give him a uniform and gun and take him with them. In Berlin Vandal Savage tells a shackled J'onn J'onzz that he acquired the laptop from a future version of himself who sent it through the time warp to use the technology and his knowledge of the future to help defeat the Allies. When J'onn refuses to answer any questions for Savage, he sends in Josef his torturer to work on J'onn to obtain answers about the costumed mysery men he's getting reports about.
Steve Trevor and Wonder Woman find themselves surrounded by Nazi troops and they determine that Ernst has been captured and gave their location to the Nazis. Steve gives a futuristic communicator to Wonder Woman that he claims will help turn the war for the Allies and then he distracts the troops while Wonder Woman uses her formidable strength to overcome the soldiers. The Blackhawks take Superman and Hawkgirl to their island base where they plan an attack on a factory that has been determined as very important to the planned Nazi invasion.
Vandal Savage returns to find that J'onn has escaped and destroyed the laptop computer and he decides to begin the invasion as soon as the missing communicator is found which could supply the Allies with their plans. Wonder Woman and Steve find Ernst is being held in a nearby castle and they fly there to try and free him. But as soon as they enter Ernst's cell, the castle is surrounded by War Wheels and bombarded mercilessly in an obvious trap that has been sprung on the trio!
Superman, Flash, and Hawkgirl accompany the Blackhawks on their bombing mission which succeeds and the plant is destoyed. J'onn J'onnz arrives to help rout the Axis troops but they find the Nazis have been building jet bombers inside for use in the impending invasion. As this occurs, Sgt. Rock and Easy Company with John Stewart search the surrounding hills and discover one of the hills is fake and conceals a secret runway with several huge jet bombers inside getting ready for the invasion. And the invasion is about to start at any moment!
Wonder Woman has wrapped Steve and Ernst in several mattresses and used herself as cover to protect the two men as the castle is blown to bits around them. She throws just the cover of the communicator above the rubble and the Nazis think it has been destroyed and report so to Berlin which starts the invasion at once. Back in the hidden runway, Sgt. Rock and Easy Company attack just as Vandal Savage arrives and boards the lead jet bomber. As the jets take off, Easy Company accounts for at least two of them before they can take off, but Vandal Savage and many other bombers have escaped to start the invasion. But racing down the runway on a motorcycle, John Stewart manages to reach Savage's bomber and he boards it just as it ascends for the final assault.
Ernst uses the communicator and he finds out that the Nazis intend to fly the bombers across the Atlantic Ocean and invade America! With a farewell kiss for Steve, Wonder Woman then flies away to do what she can to prevent this from happening. Meanwhile John is destroying everything he can find on Savage's bomber which slows it down and the rest of the fleet follows Savage's lead thinking it is Vandal's plan.
Martian Manhunter meets up with Superman and Hawkgirl and they all fly to intercept the invasion fleet while Flash races west to warn the Allies of the oncoming jet bombers. John has been captured and he is taken before Vandal Savage who uses his electro-gauntlet to try and torture information out of him. Then the League intercepts the invasion fleet and causes great damage to the bombers. Wonder Woman arrives and bolsters their forces taking more of a toll on the fleet, but then Vandal Savage orders them to fire all afterburners and the jet bombers speed away from the League.
It looks as though the invasion fleet will make it to America when suddenly they are blasted by Allied ships lying in wait for them. Flash has raced across the ocean's waves to warn the Allies of the invasion and they blow the fleet to bits except for a few which turn back to the cheers of the Allies below. Vandal Savage's bomber is hit and is about to crash when Hawkgirl appears to snatch John Stewart to safety just as the aircraft explodes when it crashes into the ocean ending Savage's threat to change history. The remaining bombers are blown to bits by the arriving Blackhawks who show their determination to stop the Nazis.
Back in Berlin the Nazis have no choice but to revive Hitler to once again try and lead them to victory against the Allies. But history's proper course is restored and we know the outcome will be better this time. The league returns to the warp and they are carried back to the future we know with the Batman we're familiar with waiting for them. Superman is so happy all has turned out well, he hugs Batman when he sees him giving the Darkknight Detective an unexpected surprise.
Wonder Woman flies to a Veterans Home and asking to see a certain patient she is taken to him. When a now elderly Steve Trevor sees her, he speaks only the word "Angel" showing he remembers everything they did together. The two sit quietly and join hands as the years may have seperated them in their respective ages, but their hearts are still as one after all this time.

EPISODE ENDS.