Best Justice League Unlimited Episodes
While we wait to stream the show on DC Universe, check out our picks for the best Justice league Unlimited episodes!
Honorable Mention: Kid's Stuff
We're kicking this list off with what may be the most fun episode of the entire DC Animated Universe. In Kid's Stuff, we find our heroes transformed into children after the bratty warlock Mordred transports all adults to another dimension, leaving the kid's of Earth to fend for themselves. It's an episode filled with hilarious moments, surprising character development, and a dark ending of the ultimate comeuppance.
10. The Greatest Story Never Told
Booster Gold is one of the most unique heroes of the DCAU as he comes from the future and uses technology to fight crime for money and glory. However, when he's tasked with crowd control by the League in The Greatest Story Never Told, he actually ends up saving the day without the help of the team and gets virtually no recognition for it, proving that he's a true hero. This one has some of the funniest dialogue of the series and an excellent story with a great message.
9. The Doomsday Sanction
Loosely adapting the popular Death of Superman storyline from the comics, The Doomsday Sanction features a brutal battle between Superman and the titular monster, in an active volcano no less. While the League evacuates the small island in the Pacific, the Man of Steel goes toe-to-toe with the formidable creature tasked by the secret government group known as C.A.D.M.U.S. to destroy Earth's greatest hero, who they see as it's greatest threat. It's a stunning episode with some of the best action of the entire show.
8. The Once and Future Thing
An awesome time travel episode, The Once and Future Thing Parts 1 & 2 showcase eras of the DC universe hitherto unseen such as the wild west of Jonah Hex and the future of Batman Beyond. It's a fun romp as our character interact with older versions of themselves and even their own children to stop a madman from annihilating the space/time continuum. There are plenty of fan-favorite guest stars like Hal Jordan and Static Shock in this action-packed, well-written episode.
In the inaugural episode of the series, Initiation, Green Arrow is asked to join the ever-growing ranks of the Justice League, and refuses, yet gets caught up in an important mission with Green Lantern, Supergirl, and Captain Atom to stop a radioactive robot from wiping out an entire country. This one features excellent performances by Phil LaMarr, Kin Shriner, Nicholle Tom, and Chris Cox who set their characters apart and give them emotional depth and range. Eventually, Green Arrow reluctantly agrees to join up after seeing Black Canary is a member of the League, hinting at their relationship in the comics.
In the episode Clash, Superman and Captain Marvel comes to blows after Lex Luthor and C.A.D.M.U.S. head Amanda Waller manipulate them into a battle that wrecks half of Fawcett City. It's a great episode with an incredible battle between the two titans that also has lots of good voice acting, plenty of character development, beautiful animation, and wonderful music. This episode also does a lot to add to the overall conspiracy narrative of the show's first season.
5. Question Authority
Adding The Question into the mix was a brilliant move, especially for the C.A.D.M.U.S. storyline they focused on in the first season. In Question Authority, we find the investigative hero uncovering secrets of the Justice League and the U.S. government which gets him captured by Amanda Waller's clandestine group, leading Superman and Huntress to track him down. Meanwhile, Captain Atom must choose between his loyalty to the League and his country forcing him into an epic showdown with the Man of Steel. This is one of the most smartly written episodes and Jeffrey Combs is genius in the role of The Question filling his deranged and paranoid performance with a sense of truth and justice.
4. The Great Brain Robbery
Having Michael Rosenbaum and Clancy Brown switch roles was a stroke of genius as Flash and Lex Luthor accidentally get their minds swapped in The Great Brain Robbery. This one's both hilarious and frightening as Flash must act as if he's a bad guy among the members of the Legion of Doom and Lex tries to take down the entire Justice League with his new super-powers. Built on the two brilliant lead performances, the witty writing, and astonishing action sequences make this is an episode you won't forget.
3. Divided We Fall
The final episode of the season season of the show had the League facing off against a combination of Lex Luthor and Brainiac who had been fused into one being known as Lexiac. It's an emotional episode because everything builds to the final moments which has Flash attempting to destroy the villain by tapping into the Speed Force which he isn't sure he can return from. Focusing back in on the original seven members of the League is a great as they square-off against one of the most powerful villains ever and face a potentially devastating end. The writing, animation, action, voice acting, music, and high stakes make this an epic finale.
2. For the Man Who Has Everything
In this adaption of Alan Moore's comic book of the same name, For the Man Who Has Everything finds Batman and Wonder Woman arriving at the Fortress of Solitude for Superman's birthday, but finding the Man of Steel in a dazed state of bliss with a strange creature attached to his chest. We find out this odd beast is a gift from one of Superman's greatest foes, Mongul, which is making Supes' deepest desires a reality in his mind. While Batman tires to figure out how to remove the Black Mercy from Superman's body, Wonder Woman fights Mongul in a vicious battle throughout the Fortress. This is an intense episode with a deeply poignant and personal story.
The best episode of Justice League Unlimited is Destroyer. The finale of the series has the Justice League teaming up with their worst enemies to ward off an invasion by Darkseid and the forces of Apokolips. It's got every member of the League and the Legion on screen doing battle with alien parademons making for some of the most epic action scenes the show ever animated. We also finally get to see Superman let loose on Darkseid who's been his most powerful enemy throughout the history of the DCAU. There are tons of fun moments, lots of splendid dialogue, plenty of exciting action, and an awesome ending for the ages.