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The Justice League is back and bigger than ever. After the Thanagarian invasion, the Justice League places out a huge recruitment drive. But on the new team's first day, a radioactive monster threatens a small village in China, leaving Green Lantern to lead Supergirl, Green Arrow, and Captain Atom on a mission to save the town. But, is Green Arrow all for the big team?

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x1
Production Number: 353
Airdate: Saturday July 31st, 2004

Guest Stars
Kin ShrinerKin Shriner
voiced Green Arrow
James SieJames Sie
voiced General Kwan
Lex LangLex Lang
voiced Robber #1
Nicholle TomNicholle Tom
voiced Supergirl
George EadsGeorge Eads
voiced Captain Atom
Main Cast
Kevin ConroyKevin Conroy
voiced Batman / Bruce Wayne
George NewbernGeorge Newbern
voiced Superman / Clark Kent/Kal-El
Phil LaMarrPhil LaMarr
voiced Green Lantern / John Stewart
Carl LumblyCarl Lumbly
voiced Martian Manhunter / J'onn J'onzz


Masked robbers burst into a grocery store and take the money from the register. The clerk sounds the alarm and a robber prepares to shoot him over his accomplice's objections. As he pulls the trigger, Green Arrow disarms him with an arrow. The robbers open fire but Green Arrow disposes of most of them with a few well-placed arrows. The hero helps a hostage to her feet as one robber prepares to shoot him from behind... and Green Lantern takes him down. Green Arrow is less than thrilled, and Green Lantern notes they never heard back from him. Green Arrow is more interested in staying on the streets, but Green Lantern beams him up to the Watchtower satellite anyway. Superman and the other core heroes introduce themselves, and point out all of the other heroes that they've summoned...

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Episode Notes
Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, and J'onn are the only founding members who have dialogue.

Green Lantern shaves his head and grows a beard.

Episode Quotes
Superman: Each of you brings something different to the table. Strength. Speed. Stealth. Whatever. But we are all equal in just one way. Each of us is willing to make the sacrifices a hero needs to make, even the ultimate one. Since there are so many of us, we have a chance to do more than put out fires, both literal and figurative. We can be proactive, we can do some real good in the world. But we are going to be organized. J'onn will be up here keeping an eye on everything. He'll be deciding who's going where and when. I know a lot of you are used to making those decisions for yourself. But from now on, we have to be more coordinated than that. We can't be cowboys any more... or cowgirls.

Green Arrow: C'mon, I don't belong up here, fighting monsters and aliens and supervillians. I just help the little guy. And a big club like this, you tend to forget all about him. So gee whiz, I'm flattered to be asked and all. But no thanks.
Batman: Suit yourself.... those monsters you don't fight? They tend to step on little guys.

Supergirl: Why don't you take the stick out, Corporal?
Captain Atom: Captain.

Green Arrow: Is that a containment suit?
Captain Atom: Uh-huh. I'm not flesh and blood anymore, just living energy.
Green Arrow: That wouldn't be nuclear energy, would it?
Captain Atom: With a name like Captain Atom, what do you think?
Green Arrow: I think you're what I marched against back in college.

Green Lantern: If you see anything, don't try to engage.
Captain Atom: Roger that.
Green Lantern: Ummm, you can just say "Okay."
Captain Atom: Okay.

Supergirl: I've just about had it with you guys. You've got 'til the count of five - 1, 4...

Supergirl: So, aren't you going to give me the "You did good" speech?
Green Lantern: You're headstrong, unprofessional, and reckless. If you ever jeopardize yourself or your teammates again by running off half-cocked without a battle plan, I will personally see you're kicked out of the League. I don't care who your cousin is. And incidentally... you did good.

Green Arrow: I still don't think I belong up here.
Batman: That's the point. Someone like you will keep us honest.
Green Arrow: Gee, Bats, I don't know. Don't get me wrong. I enjoy a good radiation burn as much as the next guy...

Cultural References
Captain Atom
When his body was cut open and he flew into to space to explode, it was redone in DC Comics Identify Crisis series with Firestorm. In fact this episode aired before the issue was released and was the reason why Firestorm was not in the series.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerSander Schwartz
ProducerDwayne McDuffie  |  James Tucker  |  Bruce Timm
EditorJoe Gall
CastingAndrea Romano
Line ProducerShaun McLaughlin (1)
MusicMichael McCuistion
On-Line EditorChristopher Lozinski
OtherSam Register (Executive in Charge of Production for Cartoon Netw)
Story EditorDwayne McDuffie  |  Stan Berkowitz
Production ManagerKathleen Keegan
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