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Justice League Unlimited (or JLU) is the name of an American animated television series that was produced by and aired on Cartoon Network. Featuring a wide array of superheroes from the DC Comics universe, and specifically based on the Justice League superhero team, it is a direct sequel to the previous Justice League animated series. JLU debuted on July 31, 2004 on Toonami and ended with the episode aired May 13, 2006.

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Overview

The series is a continuation of its predecessor, taking up soon after Justice League ended. It is sometimes considered to be the same series as the original; the first season of Justice League Unlimited is referred to by the producers as the third season of Justice League. However, seasons referred to below treat Justice League Unlimited as a separate series, as it was marketed on DVD.

It features a greatly-expanded League, in which the characters from the original series—now referred to as "founding members"—are joined by a large number of other superheroes from the DC Universe; in the first episode, well over 50 characters appear. A number of these were heroes who had made guest appearances in the first two seasons of Justice League, Batman: The Animated Series, and Superman: The Animated Series, but many heroes and other characters made their first animated appearances in this series. The general format of each episode is to have a small ad hoc team assemble to deal with a particular situation, with a focus on both action and character interaction.

Most episodes tell a self-contained story, but the series also features extended story arcs, the first involving the building conflict between the League and a secret government agency known as Project Cadmus. This plot line builds upon events that occurred during the second season of Justice League (which in turn built upon events in Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series, Batman Beyond, Static Shock and The Zeta Project)., and has affected the plotlines of most of its episodes. It was resolved in a four-part story at the end of the second season of Justice League Unlimited. The third season story arc focuses on the new Secret Society (which is based on the Legion of Doom) as the main villains, a loose-knit organization formed to combat the increased superhero coordination of the first season.

Towards the end of the series, certain characters became off-limits to the show. Characters associated with Batman (aside from Batman himself) were restricted due to the unrelated animated series The Batman. Aquaman and related characters were unavailable due to the development of a pilot for a live-action series featuring the character as a young man (similar to Smallville), which wasn't picked up. Characters from DC's "mature readers" Vertigo imprint were also not allowed. No characters appearing in the Teen Titans animated series appeared in JLU while the Titans series was running, nor vice versa.

DC Comics created an ongoing monthly comic book series based on the TV series, as part of its Johnny DC line of "all ages" comics.

Justice League Unlimited, like the second season of Justice League, is animated in widescreen. The show also features new theme music. The two-part series finale was aired in the UK on February 8 and February 18, 2006 and in the United States on May 6 and May 13, 2006.

Characters

Characters appearing in DC animated universe stories The seven founding members on Justice League Unlimited featured during the original two Justice League seasons; now joined by other heroes, these members continue to have greater authority and responsibility in the League.

A Justice League Unlimited promotional image.
A Justice League Unlimited promotional image.

Episodes

List of Justice League episodes

Voice cast

The Seven Founding Heroes The Seven Founding Heroes

  • Kevin Conroy - Bruce Wayne / Batman
  • Michael Rosenbaum - Wally West / The Flash
  • Phil LaMarr - John Stewart / Green Lantern
  • Maria Canals - Shayera Hol / Hawkgirl
  • Carl Lumbly - J'onn J'onzz / Martian Manhunter
  • George Newbern - Clark Kent / Kal El / Superman
  • Susan Eisenberg - Diana of Themiscyra / Wonder Woman

Other Heroes

  • Scott Rummell - Orin or Arthur Curry / Aquaman
  • John C. McGinley - Ray Palmer / The Atom
  • George Eads and Chris Cox - Captain Atom
  • Farrah Forke - Big Barda
  • Shane Haboucha - Billy Batson
  • Morena Baccarin - Black Canary
  • Tom Everett Scott - Booster Gold
  • Peter Onorati - B'wana Beast
  • Raphael Sbarge - Deadman
  • Jason Hervey - Dove
  • Jeremy Piven - Ralph Dibny / Elongated Man
  • Oded Fehr - Dr. Fate
  • Maria Canals - Fire
  • RenĂ© Auberjonois - Gallius Zed
  • Kin Shriner - Oliver Queen / Green Arrow
  • Adam Baldwin - Hal Jordan / Green Lantern
  • Will Friedle - Kyle Rayner / Green Lantern & Terry McGinnis / Batman (Beyond)
  • Fred Savage - Hawk
  • James Remar - Carter Hall / Katar Hol / Hawkman
  • Amy Acker - Helena Bertinelli / The Huntress
  • Kim Mai Guest - Katma Tui
  • Dennis Haysbert - Kilowog
  • Lauren Tom - Dr. Light (Kimiyo Hoshi)
  • Jerry O'Connell - Captain Marvel
  • Tom Sizemore - Metamorpho
  • Ioan Gruffudd - Mister Miracle
  • Michael Beach - Mister Terrific
  • Ron Perlman - Orion
  • Jeffrey Combs - The Question
  • Powers Boothe - Red Tornado
  • Chris Cox - Shining Knight
  • Billy West - Skeets
  • Phil LaMarr - Steel
  • Nicholle Tom - Kara In-Ze / Kara Kent / Supergirl
  • Nathan Fillion - Vigilante
  • Gina Torres - Vixen
  • Dennis Farina - Ted Grant / Wildcat
  • Dakota Fanning - young Wonder Woman (Kid's Stuff)
  • Jennifer Hale - Zatanna
  • None - Ice

Villains

  • Robert Picardo - Amazo
  • Michael York - Ares
  • Lex Lang - Atomic Skull
  • Corey Burton - Brainiac
  • Donal Gibson - Captain Boomerang
  • Lex Lang - Captain Cold
  • Sheryl Lee Ralph - Cheetah
  • Peter MacNicol - Chronos
  • Rachel York - Circe
  • Efrain Figueroa/Jose Yenque - Copperhead
  • Michael Ironside - Darkseid
  • Michael Rosenbaum - Deadshot
  • Keith David - Despero
  • William Atherton - Dr Destiny
  • Michael Beach - Devil Ray
  • Michael Jai White - Doomsday
  • Robert Englund - Felix Faust
  • Robin Atkin Downes - The Gentleman Ghost
  • Jennifer Hale - Giganta
  • Ed Asner - Granny Goodness
  • Powers Boothe - Gorilla Grodd
  • John Rhys-Davies - Lord Hades
  • Rob Zombie - Ichthulhu
  • Michael Dorn - Kalibak
  • RenĂ© Auberjonois - Kanjar Ro
  • Jennifer Hale - Killer Frost
  • Lori Petty - Livewire
  • Clancy Brown - Lex Luthor
  • Alexis Denisof - Mirror Master
  • Eric Roberts - Mongul
  • Olivia d'Abo - Morgaine Le Fey
  • Michael Rosenbaum - Dr. Polaris
  • Juliet Landau - Plastique
  • Stephen McHattie - The Shade
  • Kim Mai Guest - Silver Banshee
  • Bruce Timm - Solomon Grundy
  • Olivia d'Abo - Star Sapphire
  • Juliet Landau - Tala
  • Bud Cort - Toyman
  • Mark Hamill - The Trickster and The Joker
  • Ian Buchanan - Ultra-Humanite
  • Phil Morris - Vandal Savage
  • Peri Gilpin - Volcana
  • Arte Johnson - Virman Vundabar

Recurring/other characters

  • Gary Cole - Senator J. Allen Carter/Imperium clone
  • Nestor Carbonell - El Diablo
  • J. K. Simmons - General Wade Eiling
  • Adam Baldwin - Captain Rick Flag
  • Robert Foxworth - Professor Emil Hamilton
  • Ed Asner - Hephaestus
  • Adam Baldwin - Jonah Hex
  • Dana Delany - Lois Lane
  • Ben Browder - Bat Lash
  • Brad Garrett - Lobo
  • Tim Matheson - Maxwell Lord
  • Daniel Dae Kim - Metron
  • Dick Miller - Oberon
  • David Kaufman - Jimmy Olsen
  • Kim Mai Guest - Linda Park
  • CCH Pounder - Amanda Waller

DVD releases

DVD NameRelease DateEp #Additional Information
Season OneOctober 24 200626Featurette: And Justice for All: The Process of Revamping the Series with New Characters and a New Creative Direction, Themes of Justice: Choose Your Favorite JLU Musical Theme Audio Tracks, Creators' Commentary on "This Little Piggy" and 'The Return". Contains all episodes of Seasons One and Two from the original airing. Episode 21 - "Hunter's Moon (AKA Mystery in Space)" - is placed out of order between episodes 22 ("Question Authority") and 23 ("Flashpoint").

NOTE: this DVD is actually Seasons one and two of the series.

Season TwoMarch 20 200713Cadmus: Exposed: Mark Hamill and the Series Creative Personnel Discuss This Popular Series Story Arc, Justice League Chronicles: Series Writers, Producers and Directors Discuss Their Favorite Moments Among Final Season Episodes, Music-Only Audio Track for the Final Episode Destroyer.

NOTE: this DVD is actually Season three of the series.

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