Best Justice League Episodes
Check out our list of the best Justice League episodes before they stream on DC Universe!
Honorable Mention: Injustice For All
The list starts with this excellent episode from the first season, Injustice for All, which finds some super-villains creating a league of their own to battle the forces of the Justice League. On the team are Lex Luthor, Ultra-Humanite, The Shade, Copperhead, Star Sapphire, Cheetah, and Solomon Grundy none of whom trust each other which makes for some fun inter-team dynamics. There are a few exciting battles between the teams and each of the characters are well matched in this well-written, action-packed episode.
10. War World
War World is an episode from the first season which has the team caught in a gladiator area with some of the universe's most deadly warriors. The performances by both William Smith and Eric Roberts are wonderful bringing empathy to the war-harded Dragaa and a sinister quality to the tyrant Mongul. This one's got some really brutal fight scenes too.
9. The Enemy Below
Scott Rummell is one of the most underrated actors in this cast as he brings a regal and serious tone to Aquaman's character which is displayed brilliantly in the episode The Enemy Below. Here we find the throne of Atlantis in turmoil as a failed assassination attempt on King Arthur Curry a.k.a. Aquaman sets him on a mission to discover who is greedy for his position. It's got the underwater hero clashing with the League as they try to help and one of the most extremely intense and emotional endings of the entire series.
8. Secret Origins
Showing us how the League came together, the three-part Secret Origins is an awesome debut for the team. When Martian forces arrive to take over the planet, Superman and Batman join forces with other alien beings and some of Earth's greatest heroes to ward off the invasion. We get great introductions for each of our heroes, especially Martian Manhunter and Wonder Woman.
An odd episode, Legends finds our heroes in another dimension where their own comic book heroes have come to life. A clever reinvention of the Justice Society of America, The Justice Guild are made up of throwback crime fighters like The Streak, Tom Turbine, Green Guardsman, Cat Man, and Black Siren who battle the evil forces along with their sidekick Ray Thompson, who may not be exactly what he seems. It's a fun episode with a freaky sci-fi twist that works really well.
Opening the episode with a bang, Hereafter has our heroes locked in battle with Toyman who uses an experimental weapon on Superman, seemingly killing him. It's a shocking moment for the team which has them all mourning in their own ways, except for Batman who's convinced the Man of Steel has been transported to another time or place. This one has great character development and a cool sci-fi storyline that shows us why Superman is the best superhero there is.
5. Secret Society
The first episode to show a rift forming within our team of heroes is Secret Society. This one has Grodd forming his own group of super-villains to destroy the League. It's fascinating and scary to watch our heroes arguing, out of sync with each other, and having a major falling out after being defeated by the Society. This one's all about team work, friendship, and shows us that true heroism is humble.
Building on their history in previous series, Superman and Darkseid come to blows again after the space tyrant asks for help in defending his homeworld from their mutual enemy, Brainiac. This one has a great script, some astonishing action sequences, and a couple of great performances by Michael Ironside as Darkseid and George Newbern as Superman. This episode represents the best of what this show can do as it ties into the past of the DCAU.
3. The Savage Time
An amazing time travel episode, The Savage Time is the three-part finale of season one which finds the team in an alternate timeline where immortal despot Vandal Savage has taken over the world and the League must travel back to the point where he intervened to stop him and restore the timeline. They discover he took over during the second World War and team up with Allied forces including the U.S. military men of Easy Company, the international team of pilots known as The Blackhawks, and a charming American spy named Steve Trevor to end the reign of Savage. Each character gets some development here, especially Wonder Woman, as we learn more about each of them and get to see some of the most astoundingly animated action scenes of the series.
2. A Better World
A Better World has our heroes in another alternate timeline in which they've taken over the world and now call themselves the Justice Lords since the death of The Flash. There are plenty of fun character moments, and we really get to further explore everyone's internal conflict. The redesigns of each of our heroes costumes are magnificent as they represent each of their darker sides. It's got excellent performances from the entire cast as they all are pulling double duty here in opposing roles.
The best episode of Justice League is Starcrossed. This is a fantastic three-part finale of the series' second season. It's an epic alien invasion story that has Hawkgirl's people arriving to defeat the humans and set up their new homeworld. Dealing with deep themes of betrayal, duty, courage, and honor, this is an intense story which brings the Green Lantern/Hawkgirl relationship to an emotional end. There's plenty of great action sequences, but the best parts are character-based moments like the team finally revealing their secret identities to each other. This is the best of the series and some of the best work DC has ever done.