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Justice League Unlimited: Injustice For All (1)

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 Ultra-Humanite to get away from prison and get back at Superman, whom he blames for his infirmity. He then hires a group of super-criminals--Cheetah, Copperhead, Solomon Grundy, The Shade, and Star Sapphire--thus forming the Injustice Gang.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x18
Production Number: 1.08
Airdate: Friday September 06th, 2002

Director: Butch Lukic
Writer: Stan Berkowitz


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Guest Stars
Clancy Brown
voiced Lex Luthor
Recurring
Mark Hamill
voiced The Joker (uncredited as Solomon Grundy)
Recurring
Ian Buchanan (1)
voiced Ultra-Humanite
Recurring
Olivia d'Abo
voiced Star Sapphire
Recurring
Stephen McHattie
voiced Shade
Recurring
Sheryl Lee Ralph
voiced Cheetah
Recurring
Efrain Figueroa
voiced Copperhead
Recurring
Jason Marsden
voiced Snapper Carr
Recurring
Ashley Edner
voiced Trina
Recurring
Grant Heslov
voiced Doctor (Doctor Patel)
Main Cast
Kevin Conroy
voiced Batman / Bruce Wayne
George Newbern
voiced Superman / Clark Kent/Kal-El
Phil LaMarr
voiced Green Lantern / John Stewart
Carl Lumbly
voiced Martian Manhunter / J'onn J'onzz
Michael Rosenbaum
voiced Flash / Wally West
Maria Canals
voiced Hawkgirl / Shayera Hol

Recap

Lex Luthor is at his office at LexCorp, gloating over a fallen Superman. The businessman admits that he’s let down that he was able to defeat Superman so easily using kryptonite. The dying Superman asks Lex how he smuggled weapons through customs and Lex freely admits that he bribed the customs officials. Once he has the information, “Superman” stands up, ignoring the kryptonite, and transforms into J’onn. Batman and John come in and relieve him of the kryptonite, and Batman notifies his teammates that they have Lex’s confession recorded...

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Episode Notes
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)".

Luthor's escape pod looks similar to the one his alternate self used in the "Brave New Metropolis" episode of Superman: The Animated Series.

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 series.




Episode Quotes
Lex Luthor: When money talks, people listen.
J'onn: This is the end of an era.
Lex Luthor: The end of your era, maybe.

Green Lantern: Why do they always run?

Lex Luthor: Can't anyone die in peace around here?

Ultra-Humanite: What do I need with money?
Lex Luthor: Everyone needs money. The only question is, how much.

Hawkgirl: I'm used to being thanked when I save someone.
Batman: I'm not used to being saved.

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.

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?

Ultra-Humanite: I'd hate to see anything happen to you, Lex.
Lex Luthor: I'm sure.

Solomon Grundy: (to Lex) You're crazy.
Joker: And what's wrong with that? It's done wonders for me.

Joker: But seriously, Lex, you need me.
Lex Luthor: Like I need skin rash.



Episode Goofs
The prison is located on a rocky island surrounded by water.



However, after Ultra-Humanite and Luthor escape, they just climb 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.


When Batman and the others watch the newscast about the hostage situation, "Federal" in the building's sign is misspelled "Fedral."



In the next scene, it is spelled correctly.


In the closing credits, Olivia d'Abo's first name is misspelled as "Oliva".



Cultural References
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.

Madame Butterfly

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.

Green Lantern: Drop the weapon, Magilla.

Magilla Gorilla 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.



Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerJean MacCurdy  |  Sander Schwartz
ProducerBruce Timm  |  James Tucker  |  Glen Murakami  |  Rich Fogel
Associate ProducerShaun McLaughlin (1)
MusicLolita Ritmanis
Production CoordinatorRobert Gilmer  |  Mosa Kaleel  |  Kathleen Keegan
Post Production SupervisorBonnie Buckner
On-Line EditorBradford H. Keatts
Story EditorStan Berkowitz  |  Rich Fogel
Production SupervisorHoward Schwartz (2)  |  Toshiyuki Hiruma
Storyboard ArtistButch Lukic  |  Aluir Amancio  |  Bob Smith (2)  |  Rick Morales  |  Adam Van Wyk
Post Production CoordinatorNoel Lopez
Production ManagementAndy Lewis (1)
Animation DirectorByunggi Lee  |  Youngchul Park
Main Title ThemeLolita Ritmanis
Main Title DesignBruce Timm
Production AccountantMaria Womack  |  Luisa Guzman  |  Athena Christianakis
Film EditorJoe Gall
Creative SupervisorChristopher Keenan  |  Linda M. Steiner
Recording Machine OperatorJeff O. Collins
Assistant Production ManagerMacGregor Middleton
Executive In Charge Of ProductionJay Bastian  |  Linda Simensky
Re-recording EngineerThomas J. Maydeck  |  Robert Hargreaves
Casting AdministratorLiz Carroll
Assistant To The ProducerKyle P. Feeley  |  Nancy French
Music MixerMark Mattson
Foley ArtistDiane Greco  |  Ray O'Reilly
Foley MixerJackson Schwartz
Casting DirectorLeslie Lamers  |  Andrea Romano
Sound Effects EditorGeorge Brooks (3)
Character/Prop DesignRobert Fletcher  |  Glenn Wong  |  Shane Glines  |  Bruce Timm  |  Tommy Tejeda  |  James Tucker  |  Glen Murakami
Supervising Dialogue EditorMark A. Keatts
Supervising Sound Effects EditorRobert Hargreaves
Dialogue & Adr EditorKelly Ann Foley
Dialogue Recording EngineerJohn K. Hegedes  |  Thomas J. Maydeck
 
Warning: Justice League Unlimited season 1 episode 18 guide may contain spoilers
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