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The Justice League manages to get incriminating evidence against Lex Luthor, and send him to prison. However, upon being diagnosed with a terminal illness, Luthor recruits the Ultra-Humanite to get away from prison and get back at Superman, whom he blames for his infirmity. He then bands together a group of super-criminals – comprising of Cheetah, Copperhead, Solomon Grundy, The Shade, and Star Sapphire – thus forming the Injustice Gang. They attack on the League, and despite being forced to flee, they manage to hurt one Leaguer. Later on, a new villain steps in volunteering his services, and with his help, the Gang capture one hero.
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At the beginning of this episode, Batman put a chunk of Kryptonite in his batbelt. This looks like the piece he used against Amazo in "Tabula Rasa
" and its remains will eventually be given to Terry McGinnis to use against the possessed Superman in Batman Beyond
episode "The Call (1)
This episode features a "reunion" of two actors who have played Lex Luthor on different shows. Clancy Brown voices the character on this show, and Michael Rosenbaum, who voices the Flash, plays Lex Luthor on Smallville
Although never spoken on screen, the team of villains assembled by Lex Luthor is named "The Injustice Gang."
The Injustice Gang members in this episode: Lex Luthor, Ultra-Humanite, Cheetah, Star Sapphire, Copperhead, Solomon Grundy, the Shade, and the Joker.
The entire Justice League appears in this episode, although Wonder Woman has no dialogue.
Efrain Figueroa takes over Jose Yenque as the voiceover of Copperhead from in "Fury" (or the other way around, considering that this episode aired after the former).
Right before Solomon Grundy appears, you can see giant statues of Jan and Zayna, the Wondertwins from the original SuperFriends
Lex Luthor: When money talks, people listen.
J'onn: This is the end of an era.
Lex Luthor: The end of your era, maybe.
Ultra-Humanite: What do I need with money?
Lex Luthor: Everyone needs money. The only question is: how much.
Star Sapphire: Common criminals. Is this what I’ve been reduced to?
Lex Luthor: Criminals, yes, but common? Most certainly not.
Shade: Lex Luthor? Well, the plot thins.
Solomon Grundy: (to Lex) You're crazy.
Joker: And what's wrong with that? It's done wonders for me.
Hawkgirl: That's fast.
Flash: Fastest man alive!
Hawkgirl: Which might explain why you can't get a date.
Flash: Yeah...hey, what's that supposed to mean?
Joker: But seriously, Lex, you need me.
Lex Luthor: Like I need skin rash.
Hawkgirl: I'm used to being thanked when I save somebody.
Batman: I'm not used to being saved.
The prison is located on a rocky island surrounded by water. However, after Ultra-Humanite and Luthor escape, they just a wall and on the next shot Batman is hearing about their escape on the police scan, and then they are seen in a nearby alley.
Why is Batman patrolling Metropolis? That is Superman’s chosen protecting turf. Batman should be patrolling Gotham City.
In the scene where the father in on his knees hugging Trina and Superman and Flash show up, the father is shown to have three legs.
In the closing credits, Olivia d'Abo's first name is misspelled as "Oliva".
The Several Incarnations of Lex Luthor
This two-parter pays homage to the several incarnations of Lex Luthor throughout his history. In the first part, he briefly appears as the post-Crisis coldhearted businessman created by John Byrne and featured in Superman: The Animated Series
. Then, he appears in prison greys, such as those he wore in most of his pre-Sixties appearances. Later on, he sports a variation of his skintight purple-and-green bodysuit from his 70s’ version and the Challenge of the SuperFriends
, where he was a member of the Legion of Doom. Finally, In part 2 of this episode, he wears the purple-and-green battle armor that he wore during most of the 80's, as well as in The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians
Ultra-Humanite was watching (and listening to) Giacomo Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly. Set in Japan, it revolves around Madame Butterfly (Cio-Cio-San) and her love interest, the Lieutenant Pinkerton. The opera is based on the book by John Luther Long and the drama by David Belasco and its first production took place in Milan in 1904.
Drop the weapon, Magilla.
was an old 60's cartoon and the main character's name was Magilla.
Rock of Ages, Part I
This episode bares some resemblance to the Rock of Ages storyline from JLA #10-15 in which Lex Luthor creates his own Injustice Gang. However, the Joker was the only member on both. In those issues, Luthor also planned to blow up the JLA satellite.