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Western Animation: Justice League
aka: Justice League Unlimited
Format(s):Western Animation,
Genre(s):Superhero

Superman: I once thought I could protect the world by myself, but I was wrong. Working together, we saved the planet, and I believe that if we stay together as a team, we could be a force that could truly work for the ideals of peace and justice.
The Flash: What, like a bunch of "Super Friends"?
Superman: More like a...Justice League.

This animated adventure series is Cartoon Network's update of Super Friends, with seven core heroes: Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Green Lantern (John Stewart), The Flash (Wally West), Hawkgirl and the Martian Manhunter. Existing in the same universe as Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series, Static Shock (post retcon), Batman Beyond, and The Zeta Project, this show continued several story threads from those series and introduced new characters who had not previously appeared.

Justice League (Seasons One and Two)

Banding together for the first time to face powerful alien conquerors, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, the Green Lantern John Stewart, Hawkgirl, and the Martian Manhunter officially organize themselves as a team, anticipating having to deal with other threats that they cannot face alone. This incarnation lasted two seasons and 52 episodes (most of which were two-parters, with three three-parters and a single standalone episode). A decision was made to not feature every member in every episode in order to allow for character focus; between two and five members would have an episode together and the entire League appeared only a few times. Turning most stories into two or three part episodes allowed for a much larger scope that could not be accomplished in 22 minutes.

Justice League Unlimited (Seasons Three, Four and Five)

The successor series, Justice League Unlimited, added more heroes from DC Comics, many of whom had never before been animated. Instead of the two or three part episodes, this series returned to the single episode format, which allowed for the more obscure heroes to be spotlighted. To balance this out, a very strong myth arc was formed telling of a government conspiracy against the League, picking up from a few previous episodes. This incarnation lasted 39 episodes.

Both iterations of Justice League were distinctive among superhero series for being true ensemble pieces. Pick any member of the core cast and in any given episode he or she might be the main hero of the story, used mainly as part of the larger team, or never even mentioned at all. Supporting cast members rotated out weekly, especially in Unlimited. In addition, while Jack Kirby's Fourth World creations were used extensively in Superman: The Animated Series, Steve Ditko's creations got the same treatment in this incarnation.

To date, the series comprises the last installments of the DC Animated Universe.

For the comic this show was based on, see Justice League of America. See also Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, A Direct-to-DVD movie which started off as a movie bridging the gap between the end of Justice League and the beginning of Unlimited. Though not set within the DCAU, the film retains many of the plot points and themes of the original story.

Now has a Best Episode Crowner and a developing episode guide.

This series has named the following tropes:


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Static ShockFranchise/DCAUBatman Beyond
Jungle JunctionTurnOfTheMillennium/Western AnimationKappa Mikey
Static ShockDC Comics AnimatedJustice League Unlimited
Justice League of AmericaTrope OverdosedKirby
Jonny QuestTropeNamers/Western AnimationJustice League: Crisis on Two Earths
Batman Beyond: Return of the JokerFranchise/BatmanThe Batman
SuperfriendsFranchise/SupermanLegion of Super Heroes
Jackie Chan AdventuresRecap/ToonamiMegas XLR
Iron Man: Armored AdventuresSaturday Morning CartoonMagi-Nation
The Annoying OrangeCreator/Cartoon NetworkLegends Of Chima
Hulk Vs.Creator/MOI AnimationJustice League: Crisis on Two Earths
Histeria!Works Set in World War IIGargoyles
Jungle JunctionWestern AnimationJust in Time
Iron Man: Armored AdventuresSuperheroLegion of Super Heroes
Ptero SoarerImageSource/Western AnimationThe Blank
Batman: The Animated SeriesCreator/Warner Bros.Static Shock

alternative title(s): Justice League Unlimited; Justice League Unlimited
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