- 26 episodes on four discs
- Commentary on episodes "This Little Piggy" and "The Return" with producer Bruce Timm and others
- "And Justice for All" featurette discussing the revamping of the show, new characters and a new direction
- "Themes of Justice": choose your favorite JLU musical theme audio tracks
Justice League Unlimited: Season 1
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In a world of alien invasions, powerful sorcerers, vast shadowy conspiracies and ancient gods, the galaxy's most powerful superheroes return to protect the universe. Since the world's greatest heroes banded together as the Justice League to battle threats too great for any single hero to handle, they've saved the world countless times from unimaginable dangers. But the price has been high. Their ranks have diminished after fighting off an alien invasion and, with new dangers arising at an ever-increasing pace, the remaining crime fighters realize that protecting the entire world is going to take more technology and more manpower. A lot more. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern continue to lead the universe's most powerful superheroes, along with such renowned defenders as Hawkgirl, the Flash and Martian Manhunter, calling in favors from Green Arrow, the Atom, Hawk and Dove and Zatanna, among others. Together, these fearless fighters are the Justice League Unlimited.]]>
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If your a fan of animated DC universe and haven't seen Justice League Unlimited yet I would recommend picking it up. The box set includes the first two seasons (though it only shows it as the first seasons, the second season box set is actually the third and final).
I would also recommend watching the DC animated movie "Crisis on Two Earths" this movie was originally supposed to be a transition episode between the Justice League and Justice League Unlimited.
It shows how Wonder Woman all the sudden has the invisible plane in JLU (taken from Owlman), the building of the watchtower,teleporters and them deciding to recruit more heroes into the league.
The discs are shown in Widescreen and look great on DVD. Though on the fourth disc the episodes are mixed up from what it shows on the box. The episode "Hunters Moon" was put between "To Question Authority and Flashpoint" mixing up the two parter, "Hunters Moon" was supposed to the first episode on disc 4 but instead my set had "Question Authority" so they were out of sequence. Not sure this is an issues on all sets but was on mine.
When the actual third season began, the series revamped itself, not just with the core seven members but expanding the league to include over forty-five other superheroes in the DC Universe. Likewise, there was an increase in the villain quotient, not just dependable bad guys like Lex Luthor, The Joker, or Braniac, but including the likes of Gorilla Groud, Morgan LeFay, and an expanded Legion of Doom.
This compilation has some really standout installments: "For the Man Who Has Everything" takes a peek at an alternative life of Superman; "Kids Stuff" is an award-worthy tale of four Justice Leaguers turned into children; "This Little Piggy" is another lighter tale with a porcine Wonder Woman; and "The Return" is an exciting story with an impressive assault on The League by a super android.
"Wake the Dead" showcases the league's most sympathetic character, Hawkgirl, as she makes a poignant life-and-death decision for a resurrected Soloman Grundy. "Dark Heat" features a seemingly unstoppable alien armada that is defeated by the smallest member of the team. The two-part "The Once and Future Thing" is an imaginative journey through time.
However, the best of the bunch are the final eight installments, prior to "Epilogue," which brings the Cadmus storyline to a head. "Clash" features a slam-bang battle between Captain Marvel and Superman, while "Flashpoint" and "Panic in the Sky" have plot twists that couldn't be anticipated.
The aforementioned "Epilogue," which was scheduled to be the final episode, before the show was picked up for an additional thirteen shows, pays homage to not just this show but to "Batman: The Animated Series" and "Batman: Beyond."
The best thing about the series is its vocal casting. Besides the original cast members (George Newbern, Carl Lumbly, Michael Rosenbaum, Maria Canals, Susan Eisenberg, Phil Lamar, and Kevin Conroy), the show also boasts a truly impressive array of guest artists.
The inspired casting of Fred Savage and Jason Hervey, brothers on "The Wonder Years", helps elevate the rather mundane "Hawk and Dove" to somewhat memorable status. The episode also has the distinctive pipes of Michael York as Aries, the god of war.
Recurring characters Dr. Emil Hamilton and Amanda Waller are given wonderful life by guests Robert Foxworth and CCH Pounder, respectively.
And Emmy-winner Ed Asner does double duty by appearing as Hephaestus in "Hawk and Dove" and as the deliciously wicked Granny Goodness in "The Ties That Bind." The latter episode also features the genius casting of Arte Johnson, reprising his German accent from the old "Laugh-In" days in the from of Vermin Vunderbarr.
The show utilizes traditional pen-and-ink animation coupled with impressive computer graphics.
The bonus extras on the disc are also, noteworthy, especially the commentary on both "This Little Piggy" and "The Return."
Write a terrific story arc mid-to-end of the season, and you have some of the best cartoons Warner Bros have ever made.
This set comes with extras, and brings the Batman/Wonder Woman romance to full fruition in "Kid Stuff" and "This little Piggy" (in which Batman sings, to persuade Circe to remove her spell which turned WW into a pig.) Is this an homage to the Muppet Show episode with Lynda Carter, where Miss Piggy became Wonder Pig? (The episode also builds on the Batman/Zatanna friendship introduced in Batman episode "Zatanna" in 1993).
Sadly the romance appears to be undone by a time travel plot in "The Once and Future Thing" pt2 in mid season (or else it's just never shown again. I did read some great online fan fiction stories which filled the gap nicely, for fans of the Batman/Wonder Woman entanglement).
New characters Green Arrow, Question, Huntress, Atom, Black Canary, Wildcat, Capt Atom, Supergirl frequent a number of the stories. You'll also see many other DC heroes, all conveniently added to the newly renamed JLU (including cameo appearances of most members of Justice Society of America, whose heyday was in the 1940s in the comics????).
If the New Gods episodes of Superman and Justice League left you wanting a focus on Mr Miracle and Big Barda, you'll get it in "The Ties that Bind". Flash teams with them on a trip to Apokalips.
Hawkgirl gradually rejoins, and Luthor's character development after his JL Season 2 pardon is interesting.
The series is wrapped up with "Epilogue" which is set several years after "Batman Beyond" and sees an adult Terry McGinnes Batman looking back on his own time with old Bruce Wayne, Justice League Unlimited (introduced in Batman Beyond: The Call), and searching for answers about his own past.
It was intended as an epilogue to all the DCAU shows, but JLU Season 2 went ahead, and that's another review.
This is great stuff.