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Justice League Unlimited

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Justice League Unlimited
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Premiere November 17, 2001
Finale May 13, 2006
Creator Gardner Fox (comic),
Paul Dini,
Bruce Timm
Network Cartoon Network
Style 30-minute animated superhero action
Company Warner Bros. Animation
Seasons 5
Episodes 91
Origin USA

Justice League (2001–2006) is the DC animated universe continuation of the Batman/Superman animated series that aired on The WB in 2000. The series takes Batman and Superman and combines them with relative newcomers to the DC animated universe (Martian Manhunter, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Flash and Hawkgirl) to battle villains ranging from Lex Luthor to The Joker to Solomon Grundy and everyone in between.

The series was first considered in 1998 when Paul Dini and Bruce Timm were discussing a Justice League cartoon while producing Superman: The Animated Series. They initially considered making Justice League Superman-centric, but with two added characters. However, DC Comics president and editor-in-chief Jenette Kahn had them nix the entire idea because she wanted more focus on Superman in his cartoon. She felt that adding extra characters to every episode would diminish Superman.

Throughout the years, legal problems (due to the Justice League live-action pilot produced) and creative differences (Bruce Timm never liked the idea of a group show) plagued the production of the series. Timm's objections ranged from inability to get into the head of one character, to constant design of new locations and most of all the amount of characters in one scene would be difficult to stage. He changed his mind after a Batman Beyond episode which featured the future version of the Justice League and ended up being the one to give Cartoon Network the call. The series debuted with a three-part arc that aired on Cartoon Network as a feature length movie during prime time.

The first series ended in 2004 (after numerous delays) with a three-part story, much like the first episode(s), that was also aired as a prime-time movie. Later that year, the series name was changed to Justice League Unlimited and added a massive supply of reserve members to the league.

Contents

Cast

Actor Character Duration
Main Cast
Kevin Conroy Batman (Bruce Wayne) 1 2 3 4 5
Maria Canals Hawkgirl (Shayera Hol) 1 2 3 4 5
Susan Eisenberg Wonder Woman (Princess Diana) 1 2 3 4 5
Phil LaMarr Green Lantern (John Stewart) 1 2 3 4 5
Carl Lumbly Martian Manhunter (J'onn J'onzz) 1 2 3 4 5
George Newbern Superman (Clark Kent) 1 2 3 4 5
Michael Rosenbaum The Flash (Wally West) 1 2 3 4 5
Supporting/Recurring Cast
Clancy Brown Lex Luthor 1 2 3 4 5
Mark Hamill The Joker 1 2 3 4 5
Solomon Grundy 1 2 3 4 5
Jeffrey Combs The Question 3 4 5

Seasons

Season Premiere Finale #
Cartoon Network
Season One November 17, 2001 November 9, 2002 26
Season Two July 5, 2003 May 29, 2004 26
Season Three July 31, 2004 January 29, 2005 13
Season Four February 5, 2005 July 23, 2005 13
Season Five September 17, 2005 May 13, 2006 13

News

  • July 5, 2006: Justice League Unlimited has been nominated for an IVy Award for Best Animated Series for the 2005–06 season.

In-Depth

DVD and Blu-ray Releases

DVD

Title Release Date #
Complete Series
The Complete Series November 10, 2009 15 purchase
Season Sets
Justice League: Season One March 21, 2006 4 purchase
Justice League: Season Two June 20, 2006 4 purchase
Justice League Unlimited: Season One
Seasons Three and Four
October 24, 2006 4 purchase
Justice League Unlimited: Season Two
Season Five
March 20, 2007 2 purchase
Episode Collections
Justice League: Vol. 1: Secret Origins April 23, 2002 1
Justice League: Vol. 2: Justice on Trial April 22, 2003 1
Justice League: Vol. 3: Paradise Lost July 22, 2003 1
Justice League: Vol. 4: Starcrossed July 13, 2004 1
Justice League: Vol. 5: The Brave and the Bold October 19, 2004 1
Justice League Unlimited: Vol. 1: Saving the World February 15, 2004 1
Justice League Unlimited: Vol. 2: Joining Forces August 20, 2005 1
Direct-To-Video
Justice League: The New Frontier February 26, 2008 1 purchase
Justice League: The New Frontier: Special Edition February 26, 2008 2 purchase
Justice League: The New Frontier: Special Edition (HD-DVD) March 18, 2008 2 purchase

Blu-ray

Title Release Date #
Season Sets
Justice League: Season One August 19, 2008 3 purchase
Direct-To-Video
Justice League: The New Frontier: Special Edition February 26, 2008 2 purchase

External Sites