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The featured articles of the DC Animated Universe Wiki are articles that represent the best this site has to offer. At present, there are 56 featured articles, of a total of 3,567 articles on this Wiki.

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April 2011

Supergirl
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Supergirl was the last Argoan and Superman's foster cousin. Kara In-Ze was the only survivor from Krypton's sister planet, Argo. While exploring the sector of space once occupied by Krypton, Superman discovered a hidden cryogenic facility which had sustained heavy damage. Only one chamber was intact, containing the last survivor of Argo: Kara. Taking the young woman back to Earth, Superman introduced Kara to his adoptive parents. The Kents took her in under the guise of Jonathan Kent's teenaged niece.

Inspired by her "cousin" Clark, Kara made a costume similar to Superman's and occasionally joined on missions as Supergirl. Kara frequently visited Clark in Metropolis and, as Supergirl, she had full access to Superman's Fortress of Solitude. In Supergirl, Superman found a living link to his alien heritage, and someone he could talk to about his dual lives as Superman and Clark Kent. She became a frequent friendly ally who could be trusted with Superman's secret. (Read more...)

November/December 2010

Ten (Walker Family)
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Melanie Walker, otherwise known as the criminal Ten, was the daughter of the leaders of the Royal Flush Gang. Ten was initiated into her life of crime at an early age, and as a consequence she had no friends and was constantly "uproot[ed] every few weeks". She eventually grew weary of her lifestyle, becoming the only malcontent member of the gang. Ten played a vital role in the team, as she was in charge of overriding the security systems of the places they robbed. Melanie was notably less cold-blooded and ruthless than her father and was much more humane; she seemed gentle, empathetic, smart, level-headed, honorable, somewhat outspoken, reliable, and trustworthy enough. (Read more...)

September/October 2010

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"Lost and Found" is the sixth episode of Season 2 of The Zeta Project, written by award-winning writer Randy Rogel. After a fight with Krick, Zeta's memory cards are shattered and he relives his last day in government service, while Ro relates what her life was like before meeting Zeta.

An angry Krick chases Zee and Ro near Ryedale. Krick still carries a grudge over their first encounter, and plans to kill Zeta. His car is considerably faster than the hoverbike used by Zee and Ro, and he slowly gains on them. Wildly firing at them, Krick hits the foundations of a water tower instead. It collapses. Zeta turns the hoverbike to save a boy from being crushed, but immediately after, something messes up his eyesight. It only lasts seconds until he completely powers down, and reverts to his robotic form. Ro manages to gain control of the bike, and evades Krick by turning in an alley. She comes to a standstill on a bridge. Krick, having also wrecked his ride, goes after them on foot. Out of options, Ro pushes Zeta on the roof of a passing train and jumps on the last car. (Read more...)

August 2010

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A superhero is a term used to define a person or creature who uses power, ability, or technology beyond that of the general public, in the pursuit of good. They are often opposed by supervillains.

Superheroes come in various types:

  • regular vigilantes who use natural prowess, advanced technology, or a combination of the two
  • magic-users or extraterrestrials who use abnormal powers
  • metahumans or bang babies
  • regular human beings who use alien or magical technology

While vigilantes and rogue policemen have existed for millennia, it wasn't until the Old West era in the western America that the first costumed crimefighters appeared. The costumed superhero El Diablo hid his identity while fighting alongside other vigilantes, such as Bat Lash and Sheriff Ohiyesa Smith.

By the 1940s, the idea of costumed superheroes was still far-fetched in the minds of American soldiers, although at least one costumed vigilante helped out during World War II: Spy Smasher. (Read more...)

July 2010

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Bucky Buenaventura was a young technological genius. He was the son of scientists and inventors Rudy and Gloria Buenaventura. Born and raised in New Mexico, Bucky soon found he was considerably smarter than his parents, and had to fix all their faulty contraptions. Instead of seeing him as a good thing, they were unable to handle him. So his parents sent Bucky to the Sorben Institute.

At the Sorben Institute, he came to a conflict with the others - he was by far the youngest, and arguably the smartest of the scientists employed by the Institute. One of his most powerful inventions - the Inductance Controller - caused his temporary banishment from the institute as a trial run in dean Donald Tannor's office caused all the machinery to go haywire.

On his way out, he first saw Zeta. Upon hearing the synthoid's speech synthesizer, Bucky concluded that Zeta was a robot, and hacked NSA files to find out more. Upon seeing Zeta's schematics, he though it'd be a good way to get back at everyone at the Institute. With his Inductance Controller, he hijacked Zeta's motor functions. At first, he used Zeta's weapons to destroy his colleagues' inventions, but after he learned Tannor stole the Controller's designs to win the Innovation Awards, he turned his attention to his former dean. Angered, he set Zeta on Tannor, intending to scare him into admitting that he stole his invention and others, which he broadcasted to the entire fair. He then had Zeta advance on Tannor, but Ro took control of Tannor's remote to knock Bucky down. Zeta then brought up his saw blades and scared Bucky into promising that he would never use his remote again. (Read more...)

May 2010

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The Big Bang was a chemical explosion in the docks of Dakota that forever changed the city. In its wake, hundred of "Bang Babies", metahumans with varying powers and abilities, roamed the streets.

What was originally to be a showdown between all major gangs of the city became a disaster after the police arrived. A stray tear gas grenade hit vats of the mysterious mutagenic chemical Quantum Vapor, which filled the docks and surrounding area with a thick purple smoke. The next morning, many woke up distinctively altered, and most returned to their life of crime, using their newfound powers in their favor. Luckily, one Bang Baby, Static, decided to fight crime instead. (Read more...)

April 2010

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"Robin's Reckoning" is a two-part episode of Batman: The Animated Series. The first part originally aired on February 7, 1993, followed by the second part on the 14th. The episodes depict the origin of Robin (Dick Grayson). A mobster named Tony Zucco, who killed Robin's parents, returns. Batman refuses to allow Dick Grayson to use the persona of Robin to apprehend him. Batman launches an investigation, searching for Zucco, which is paralleled by Robin's own investigation, unbeknownst to the Dark Knight. As the search narrows to an abandoned theme park, a series of flashbacks tell Robins origin story and how he came to live with Bruce Wayne.

This installment was based on the comics story from Detective Comics #38 (April 1940), and the first part won an Emmy award for Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming Less Than One Hour). Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale have stated that this episode inspired a great part of their later successful comic Batman: Dark Victory. (Read more...)

March 2010

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"Mad Love" is the series finale of The New Batman Adventures, and aired on January 11, 1999. It provides the back story of Harley Quinn, the Joker's girlfriend, and was based on the comic book of the same name, also by Paul Dini.

Commissioner Gordon goes in for a dental appointment, only to find the Joker in the place of his dentist. Harley Quinn ties him to the chair, and just as Joker is about to kill the Commissioner, Batman crashes in and saves Gordon, right after Joker and Harley escape.

In the Funnibones warehouse, the Joker is busy trying to come up with a plan to kill Batman, but Harley is looking for an assignation. The Joker spurns her sexual advances, though, because he's obsessed with getting back at Batman. He stumbles upon "The Death of A Thousand Smiles" — a plan that consisted of plopping Batman in a piranha tank — but he soon remembers that he had dropped it earlier because he was unable to get a smile out of the fish. Harley resumes her advances, so the Joker kicks her out. Outside with Bud and Lou, Harley bemoans about her life and asks herself how it came to that point. She concluded that Batman was to blame from the very beginning and starts reminiscing about her past. (Read more...)

February 2010

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The Broadcast Standards and Practices generally forbade references to religion – My God!, Oh, my God!, My Lord!... – especially when used as a curse, on cartoon shows. During the production of Batman: The Animated Series such references were very rare in an animated series. As time went on, it became more commonplace to use the phrase. The list of "God!" utterances in the DCAU catalogs the times in which this phrase and other variations has been spoken in the DC Animated Universe.

January 2010

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Klarion was a young witch boy who once devastated Gotham City using the demon Etrigan. It is unknown how Klarion got into the use of magic but he soon came to like it. Spoiled by nature, he turned his parents into mice, and ran afoul on his own account. At some unknown point, Klarion crossed paths with Jason Blood and the two developed a feud. For no other reason than his own personal amusement, Klarion began addressing Blood as "Uncle Jason," despite not sharing kinship.

He somehow amassed a fortune great enough for him to bid $250,000 on a branding iron belonging to Morgaine Le Faye. During an auction he got into a bidding war with Jason Blood for the branding iron and managed to out bid him. However, Bruce Wayne stepped in and bid one million dollars for it. Unable to match the bid Klarion was forced to allow the branding iron to go to Wayne. However, he was not about to let it go so easily and sent his cat "Teekl" to retrieve it. Using a power granted by Klarion, Teekl was able to turn into a humanoid creature and managed to escape with the branding iron. (Read more...)

December 2009

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"Apokolips... Now!" is the thirty-eighth and thirty-ninth episodes of Superman: The Animated Series. It depicts Darkseid's first attempt to take Earth into his possession. Orion comes to earth to warn Superman of the impending invasion. Together he and Superman manage to turn back the first wave of attack but after Orion leaves, another attack comes and Orion can't be contacted. Now Superman and the people of Earth must fight back the might of Apokolips alone.

It's a typical Metropolis night, the SCU escorts an armored truck into a heavily guarded building. The truck's cargo is revealed to be laundered money taken by Intergang and compensated by the SCU. Just then, criminals driving a high tech flying tank burst into the building. All attempts to stop the tank are futile. The tank lowers a tentacle and forces energy into Captain Maggie Sawyer's car causing it to explode and badly injuring her. The tank then takes the truck and makes its way out of the building.

Outside, Superman attacks the tank. At first it seems that he will succeed in defeating the tank but they fire a bomb that creates flash strong enough to disorient Superman. They then send out a device that produces a screech so loud, all glass in the city shatters and everyone who hears it is stricken with pain. Superman is also affected by the device and though he manages to destroy it, the criminals get away.

Back at Mannheim's house, he receives a holographic message from Darkseid, who is angry at Mannheim's petty use of his tank and destroys the loot. However, he leaves Mannheim unharmed and tells him that he will one day make him a king. (Read more...)

November 2009

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Nina Crocker, also known as Timezone and Flashback, was a Dakota teen with the power to travel time. Nina was a kid without any trouble in the world. One night, she took a bike ride past the docks of Dakota. Sadly, it was the night of the Big Bang, and Nina got caught by the gas.

Her powers did not manifest until later, and inspired by the good example of Static and Gear, she went to look them up. Ebon had gotten wind of her, however, and wanted to use her for his Meta-Breed. The ability to travel time would allow them an advantage over the police. He confronted Nina in an alley, but found the scene joined by Static and Gear. After a brief struggle, Nina transported them ten minuted into the past, and they made their getaway to the Abandoned Gas Station of Solitude.

Some time later in the park, Gear revealed Nina to Static, now in costume and calling herself Timezone. Visibly attracted to Gear, she let him explain everything to Static. They devised a plan to travel back in time and stop the riots from escalating. Before they could go, Ebon interrupted them and damaged the remote. They were all sucked into the past. (Read more...)

October 2009

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Katma Tui was a senior Green Lantern and also the primary trainer of new recruits. Among many prominent members, Katma trained John Stewart, with whom she had a fleeting liaison, as well as Kyle Rayner.

Katma Tui led a group of Green Lanterns against the forces of Despero in Ranstad-7. When half of her team was decimated, she allowed herself to be captured only to permit Kilowog, the only remaining survivor, to flee and warn the Guardians. Katma Tui went undercover as one of Despero's priestesses to infiltrate his Cult and learn about his plans.

When John was impaired by Despero and lost control of his ring, Katma Tui resumed his training. However, her cold hearted and intolerant attitude repelled John. Hawkgirl confronted Katma and implied that she never cared for John, but simply used him. After freeing Kalanor from Despero, Katma offered John a place alongside her to help rebuild the planet, but she was turned down. (Read more...)

September 2009

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Renee Montoya was an officer and later a detective of the Gotham Police Department.

A young cop fresh to the force, Montoya was not sure what to think of the Batman, or costumed folk in general. Wisecracking and strict, she was ordered to guard Harvey Dent when he was poisoned. Though she did not catch the culprit, Pamela Isley, she would have several future encounters with her.

One of her first major assignments was a drug bust that ended up going disastrously wrong. She was originally supposed to meet Bullock, along with her partner, Officer Wilkes, at a warehouse and enter it together when a known druglord's men were inside. Instead, they arrived to find Bullock's car empty and the building on fire. As a pair of thugs burst from the building, Montoya told Wilkes to pursue them, and entered the warehouse alone. There, she confronted a squad of thugs by herself. One of the thugs disarmed her, and the rest attacked. Montoya stood her ground and actually fought them off for a while, but was close to being killed when Batman intervened and helped her defeat them. As she escaped the building, Batman was apparently knocked out or killed. Renee Montoya|(Read more...)

August 2009

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Terry McGinnis's Batsuit was the final Batsuit ever made and worn by Batman. It was ultimately inherited by his Batman (Terry McGinnis)|successor.

This high-tech Batsuit was developed presumably to compensate for Bruce Wayne's advancing age. It was eventually passed on to Batman (Terry McGinnis)|Terry McGinnis when he assumed the mantle of the Batman. The Suit was almost 18 years old when Terry became Gotham's new savior; however, its technology was so advanced that the Suit was still considered state of the art. By the time Terry met Amanda Waller, he was still wearing this Suit.

It is largely unknown what Bruce used to build the Suit, except that he got its servo-motors from Dr. Peter Corso. Bruce combined and incorporated most of the features and concepts of previous costumes and other gadgets into this Suit, such as the flight capability of the Jet Wing, batarangs with auxiliary functions, grappling guns, bolas, and retractable claws, among other things. He also built in new features such as a cloaking device — possibly inspired by the light refractive polymer — although, this function probably consumed a good deal of the Suit's power, seeing as Terry minimized its usage. With this Suit, Batman had more versatility, as he was less dependent on portable gadgets, as well as less vulnerable to external adversities. (Read more...)

July 2009

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In a parallel universe, Superman was a member of the Justice Lords. Justice Lord Superman's background matched his Justice League's counterpart, including his coming to Earth as a baby after the destruction of his homeworld of Krypton. Their backgrounds diverged with the election of Lex Luthor as President of the United States and the subsequent public execution of the Flash. Soon after, Superman, along with Batman and Wonder Woman, stormed the White House. While Batman and Wonder Woman battled the Secret Service, Superman slipped through to confront President Luthor in the Oval Office.

Despite Superman's accusations of abuse of power and such, Luthor refused to surrender and arrogantly stated that he would find a way to avoid prosecution. Luthor also called Superman his "greatest accomplice" for perpetuating a chase between the two that never ended. In response, Superman stated that if being a "hero" meant that the feuding and fighting had to continue, then he was done with it. He then used his heat vision, killing Luthor. (Read more...)

June 2009

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The Joker was a supervillain who considered himself the comic counterpart to Batman. He was described as a homicidal maniac by both Batman and Batgirl, and was admitted into Arkham Asylum many times. He was Batman's deadliest enemy and a dangerous one of the Justice League.

An unknown man started out as a young enforcer working for the mob triad of Sal Valestra, Buzz Bronski, and Chuckie Sol. At one point early on, before his future accident, he and Bruce Wayne caught a glimpse of each other. One of his last jobs took place in Europe on the Mediterranean Coast. His target was Carl Beaumont, a businessman who had fled the states after the mob bosses discovered he'd embezzled a fortune.

Years later, the man formed his own gang and staged their first robbery at the Ace Chemical Plant. It was during this heist that he first encountered Batman. It's unknown whether the man was pushed or simply fell, but he did fall off a catwalk and into a drainage vat of chemical waste that washed him out into the river. The chemicals had an adverse effect on him: they dyed his hair green, his skin was bleached white, his clothes were dyed purple, and his lips were stretched into a permanently stained red grin. All this snapped the crook's already twisted mind and sadistic nature, giving birth to The Joker. Vowing to show the world the triumph of his comic genius, the career of one of history's most dangerous and intelligent psychopaths began. (Read more...)

May 2009

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The Justice Lords were a trans-dimensional version of the Justice League. In a universe parallel to that of the Justice League's, the election of Lex Luthor as President of the United States and subsequent public execution of the Flash caused the super-hero team of that universe to go rogue. Though also composed of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, John Stewart, Hawkgirl, and J'onn J'onzz, this team stylized itself the Justice Lords and reogranized itself into a planet-wide ruling body, quickly beginning a program of protecting humanity from itself.

Once Earth was peaceful, Batman developed an interdimensional transport device which allowed him to view universes parallel to his own. The first universe he found was that of the Justice League, where his and the Lords' counterparts continued to battle a criminal Lex Luthor, the Flash was still alive, and they had not instilled order via harsh rule. Deciding to force their brand of order on the League's universe, the Justice Lords tricked and captured the League, imprisoning them in the Lords' universe while the Lords took their place. (Read more...)

April 2009

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Cheetah was a genetically-modified human and criminal. Barbara Ann Minerva was a genetics scientist, exploring the possibilities of enhancing human capabilities with animal characteristics. Excited by the potential of her research, but without sufficient funding to continue, she was forced to use herself as a test subject, and transformed herself into a human-cheetah hybrid. She hoped to prove the value of her work, but instead made herself an outcast, and turned to crime as a source of continued funding. Batman described her as a person so devoted to her work that she was willing to give up her humanity for it; despite this, she is still insecure over her transformation and resents her outcast status.

Lex Luthor recruited Cheetah as a member of his Injustice Gang to destroy the Justice League. In their first attempt, Cheetah masqueraded as a hostage being held by Ultra-Humanite and then attacked when Batman was lured too close to her. (Read more...)

March 2009

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The Bat-signal was a searchlight on the roof of the Gotham Police Department used to summon Batman for help when necessary. Curiously, the first version of the Bat-signal was an impromptu contraption fashioned by simpleton Charlie Collins in a desperate attempt to attract the Dark Knight's attention. He did so by swinging an antique set of glider wings (shaped like a bat's) back and forth across a window. The actual Signal was eventually developed by Commissioner James Gordon, and first used to alert Batman to a puzzle delivered by Josiah Wormwood. Seeing it, Batman expressed concern that Gordon would get in trouble with Mayor Hill for installing it.

Though Gordon usually used the signal, others knew about it and sometimes used it as well. (Read more...)

February 2009

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"Legacy" is the series finale of Superman: The Animated Series. This two-parter is composed of the fifty-third and fifty-fourth episode of the series. Part I originally airing on February 5 and part II on February 12, 2000.

It depicts Darkseid brainwashing Superman into thinking that he was brought to Apokolips instead of Earth, turning him into a tool to conquer the universe. However, when Superman reaches Earth, his memories start to return and he is defeated. Now branded a traitor and distrusted by the world at large, Superman must escape from prison and end Darkseid's designs once and for all. (Read more...)

January 2009

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"Over the Edge" is the eleventh episode of The New Batman Adventures, which originally aired on May 23rd, 1998.

The Gotham Police Department, lead by Commissioner Gordon, storms the Batcave and shoot at Batman and Robin. Gordon knows who Batman is and wants him taken down. The Dynamic Duo make a run for the Batmobile, but Gordon has it blown to bits. With Gordon and on their tail, Batman grabs Robin and takes a plunge into the dock, where the Batboat is moored. Gordon aims and is ready to shoot Batman. However, he misses when Alfred jumps on him. After exiting, a police boat pointlessly orders Batman to stop, and then fires four rockets at the Batboat. Just when the shooter is about to take one final shot at point-blank range, an explosion foils his efforts. Nightwing has come to Batman and Robin's rescue. He then leads the Dynamic Duo to a cave along the shore. There, Batman recalls the events that lead to this. (Read more...)

December 2008

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Harley Quinn was the sidekick and pseudo-girlfriend of the Joker. Harleen Quinzel was once a career-orientated psychologist whose life took a radical turn when she chose to spend a semester interning at Arkham Asylum. Originally drawn to the "glamor" of the inmates, she was unexpectedly intrigued by the Joker. She organized regular therapy sessions with him, during which he told her tales of a cruel father and an abusive childhood, mixed in with his early attempts at comedy. He made her laugh as much as he made her cry, and she fell hopelessly in love with him.

After Joker's latest escape and re-capture by Batman, Quinzel went insane and adopted the clownish persona of Harley Quinn; her first act was to break Joker out again. (Read more...)

November 2008

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"The Cat and the Claw" is the two-part series premiere of Batman: The Animated Series. Although it was the thirteenth and sixteenth episodes produced, it was aired first to tap into the interest in the character of Catwoman aroused by the release of the live-action film Batman Returns.

Out in uptown Gotham City Catwoman sneaks into an expensive apartment and steals a valuable necklace using her cat Isis to see the security lasers and slip past them. However, Batman is watching and chases after the culprit. Catwoman is intrigued but leaps from the building top and uses her whip and acrobatic abilities to flee. However, Batman easily manages to catch up with her and chases her over the rooftops of Gotham. (Read more...)

October 2008

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"Divided We Fall" is the twelfth episode of the second season of Justice League Unlimited. It originally aired on July 16, 2005, and it concludes the four-part finale of the Cadmus story arc. Inside LexCorp, the seven founding members of the Justice League and Amanda Waller have just been treated to the bizarre sight of Brainiac emerging from inside Lex Luthor's body. But no one is more surprised than Luthor himself. (Read more...)

September 2008

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"Starcrossed" is a three-parter episode and the second-season finale of Justice League. It is composed of the 22nd, 23rd, and 24th episodes, and it first aired back-to-back on May 29, 2004. The League is staking out a conference of world leaders, based on a tip Batman received that a terrorist incident may occur. However, a greater menace appears in the sky: an alien battleship that opens fire. None of the U.S. military's weapons can hurt it. Before the League attacks, an even larger alien battleship appears and downs the attacking craft, which crashes. Hawkgirl recognizes the newcomer as a Thanagarian ship. (Read more...)

August 2008

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"The Call" is a two-parter of Batman Beyond, composed of the forty-sixth and forty-seventh episodes. Part I originally aired on November 11, 2000 and Part II on November 18. Batman (Terry McGinnis)|Terry is initially dazzled when Superman appears and offers him membership in the Justice League Unlimited. However, he is troubled by the hostility from the other Leaguers, and further troubled when Superman confides that he suspects one of them is a traitor.

In Metropolis, a commuter monorail loses control and starts speeding down the wrong track, on a collision course with another. Micron boards the train and manages to uncouple the passenger cars and evacuate the engineer to safety. However, as soon as Micron tries to exit the train, a force field pops over the door, making it impossible for him to escape. In the ensuing crash, Micron is badly wounded.

In Gotham City, Batman (Terry McGinnis)|Batman is chasing down Inque. Inque catches sight of a nearby civilian, and wraps herself around him to hold him hostage. However, the 'civilian' remarks "I'll take it from here, Batman" and spins at inhuman speed, splattering Inque in all directions, and revealing himself to be Superman — a bit older, a bit grayer, but still as strong and active as ever. Terry is awestruck. (Read more...)

July 2008

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Project Cadmus was a secret division of the United States government dedicated to countering the power of metahumans in the world, particularly the members of the Justice League.

Cadmus's precise origins are unclear. According to General Hardcastle, the U.S. military and several major corporations had been collaborating for decades, experimenting on metahumans, extraterrestrials, and mutants, and hoarding advanced technology (human and alien), for both profit and defense. Their early efforts included Volcana, and the teenagers whom The Joker remade into the Royal Flush Gang. It has also been hinted that the "Big Bang" which occurred in the City of Dakota, which exponentially increased the metahuman population, was sanctioned, and possibly orchestrated, by the government and Edwin Alva. (Read more...)

June 2008

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"Heart of Ice" is the third episode of Batman: The Animated Series. Although, it was the fourteenth to be produced. It was also the first installment to be directed by Bruce Timm and written by Paul Dini, and it is widely regarded as the best of the series.

As a ballerina effigy dances in her glass dome, a strange, armored man talks to the small dancer, promising a revenge against a "monster" for taking her from him.

Later on, Summer Gleeson gives a report on a series of mysterious heists pulled at various offices of GothCorp, all with the same M.O.: a "freeze gun" that creates a cold wave capable of generating thick sheets of ice and snow. Ferris Boyle, GothCorp's CEO, says he doesn't know what the mysterious perpetrator has against GothCorp, "the People Company," but hopes any differences can be patched up. (Read more...)

May 2008 (Rerun)

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Captain Atom was a superhero and a member of the Justice League. He was composed of living nuclear energy and had to be confined to his containment suit to interact with others.

The Captain possessed the abilities of flight, super strength, energy absorption and energy projection on a level sufficient to put up a decent fight against Superman himself. The Captain was one of the first new League members to be given an important assignment: investigating a radioactive accident in Communist Asia, alongside Supergirl and the John Stewart. Captain Atom's conduct as an USA military officer was too uptight for the lighthearted heroes like Kara and Green Arrow, which at first caused some animosity between them.

Captain Atom was torn between his dual commitments, when he was approached by General Eiling, who informed him that his commission in the Air Force had been reactivated. (Read more...)

April 2008

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"Out of the Past" is the fifth episode of the third season of Batman Beyond. It initially aired on October 21, 2000. At a time when Bruce Wayne is feeling his age, a woman from his past appears and offers him the chance to regain his youth.

Terry takes Bruce out on the town for his birthday, including a performance of "Batman: The Musical." Bruce is unimpressed, and leaves in the middle of the performance.

In the Batcave, he looks at some pictures of the women in his life. Then one of them appears in person: Talia, as young and beautiful as ever, wishing him a happy birthday, and mildly surprised that he doesn't have a picture of her as well. Terry arrives back, and they are introduced. Bruce asks her why she is there. Talia admits that she has made free use of her father's last Lazarus Pit, and now she wants to offer it to Bruce: a chance to be young again. (Read more...)

March 2008 (Rerun)

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Wonder Woman, real name Princess Diana of Themyscira, was an Amazon princess and a founder of the Justice League. Diana was blessed by the gods with amazing speed and strength. She also possessed the power of flight, silver bracelets that can deflect all sorts of projectiles, and an indestructible golden lasso.

When "Man's World" came under attack by the Imperium, she conversed with her mother about helping them. However, Hippolyta declined to help them and that it wasn't their problem. However, Diana was not pleased with this and late in the night, sneaked into the Temple of Athena. There, lay her mother's magic armor. Diana stole the armor and left Themyscira to answer a distress call from the Martian known as J'onn J'onzz deep in a canyon. She arrived just in time to save Hawkgirl from the Invaders fightercraft. (Read more...)

February 2008 (Rerun)

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Poison Ivy was an eco-terrorist. Unlike most of Batman's rogues, Poison Ivy was less interested about money and power, instead focusing on equality for plant life. However, her somewhat ruthless tactics frequently landed her in Arkham Asylum.

Pamela Isley was a botanist researching in Gotham City when she met District Attorney Harvey Dent. Shortly after their meeting, the two began dating. This, of course, was before she poisoned him. Years earlier, Harvey had arranged for an area of land to be excavated to build a prison in his quest to clean Gotham. The land, however, was the only breeding ground for a rare breed of plant, gone into extinction after the excavation.

A personal friend of Dent's, Batman investigated the scene. He quickly deduced Isley's involvement in the poisoning. Isley (revealing her preference for the moniker "Poison Ivy") had saved one sample of the rare plant, and from it created a toxin and an antidote. After some wordplay and (in Ivy's eyes) a hostage negotiation, Batman managed to secure the antidote, save Harvey's life, and commit Poison Ivy to Arkham Asylum. (Read more...)

January 2008

Batman Beyond - Return of the Joker
Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker is a direct-to-video animated feature based on the Batman Beyond series. It is noteworthy for resolving the conflict between the Joker and the original Batman, as well as introducing the Joker into the Batman Beyond timeframe. Also resolved was the fate of the second Robin, Tim Drake.

While the feature is quite popular among DCAU fans, many of whom cite it as the animated universe's storytelling apotheosis, its release was plagued by controversy. Scenes dubbed too intense for young audiences were altered or outright removed from the film's first incarnation, in some cases drastically changing the mood of a scene, and when fan unrest led to an uncut version being released over a year later, it was given a PG-13 rating. (Read more...)

December 2007

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"Cold Comfort", the third episode of The New Batman Adventures, is all about — as the name suggests — Mr. Freeze. Unlike the past, when his ultimate goal was to cure and be reunited with his wife, this time he is only bent on malicious and spiteful vengeance as a way to lash out against all humanity. It aired on October 11th, 1997. (Read more...)

November 2007

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Kryptonite was the name coined by Emil Hamilton for radioactive fragments of the destroyed planet Krypton. This substance had immediate detrimental effects on Kryptonians and Argosians, as well as long term effects on humans.

When Krypton exploded, its fragments flew into space in every direction, with several fragments following Kal-El's spacecraft to Earth.

The existence of Kryptonite was first discovered shortly after Superman's first public appearance in Metropolis. Early tests were conducted by LexCorp scientists, and further tests by Professor Hamilton, who theorized that the low-level radiation generated by the element was a result of the explosion that destroyed Krypton. Fragments found on Earth varied in size from small slivers to pieces several feet across.

Kryptonite's most noteworthy effect was that it could sap the strength of super-powered Kryptonians. Prolonged exposure to its radiation could quickly lead to death. Kryptonite was also painful to the touch for Kryptonians, and it was the only known non-magical substance that could pierce Superman's normally invulnerable skin. (Read more...)

October 2007

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"World's Finest" is the thirty-second through thirty-fourth episodes of Superman: The Animated Series. Originally, this three-parter aired back-to-back as a movie event on October 4th, 1997. It depicts the first meeting of Batman and Superman. Strapped for cash, Joker steals a carved chunk of Kryptonite and offers Luthor his aid in killing Superman for one billion dollars. Lex agrees and now Superman must deal with Batman's deadliest foe. He soon discovers that Joker's more cunning than anyone he's ever dealt with before and needs Batman's help. However, with Luthor's technology, Joker is too great a threat even for Batman. Now the two heroes must overcome their differences to defeat this horrible foe. (Read more...)

September 2007

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Inque was one of Terry McGinnis's first foes. Her origins and background remain unknown, but it is known that she was born into extreme poverty. Her precarious lifestyle eventually instilled in her an obsession with money, and that quickly became her raison d'être. She decided to take the easy way out and turned to the life of crime. At some point, she allowed herself to become a biohazard, allegedly for a substantial amount of money. From that point on, Inque put her talents for hire and became corporate saboteur.

Inque looked like a regular human, except for her tones of blue. Whenever she went undercover, she assumed a featureless form, with an white oval on her face, making her unrecognizable.

Inque was a polymorph, able to change her size and shape at will. Her body was a thick dark fluid that she could shape into a wide variety of forms, and harden herself to create weapons. She could form tentacles, flatten herself into a puddle, and reintegrate herself if cut into pieces. She had super strength and the ability to climb up walls and ceilings. Inque also possessed telescopic vision.

Inque's liquid body was subject to dilution in water, and solvents had an adverse effect on her physiology. She would lose the ability to change shape if frozen. (Read more...)

August 2007

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Derek Powers was Wayne-Powers CEO, and Gotham's most successful and powerful businessman. Powers was also responsible for the death of Terry McGinnis's father, and consequently for the creation of the second Batman.

After an unfortunate accident with a deadly gas, Powers' cellular structure was permanently imbued with the radiation that cured him, and thereafter his body glowed bright green. His very touch became lethal, and could burn through objects on contact. Endowed with radioactive powers, Derek became "Blight." (Read more...)

July 2007 (Rerun)

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Darkseid was the unquestioned ruler of Apokolips and would-be conqueror of the galaxy. The origins of Darkseid's rise to power are lost to time, but as long as Apokolips has burned, Darkseid has been the iron fist ruling over the Lowlies of that world. Darkseid seeks to bring the entire galaxy under his control. To achieve this end, he seeks the cosmic power of the Anti-Life Equation, which theoretically will enable him to control any and all existing life in the universe. He soon took notice of the planet Earth, not only for its vast natural resources and vulnerable population, but because a potential rival had appeared amongst the otherwise "unworthy" masses: Superman. (Read more...)

June 2007

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Captain Atom was a superhero and a member of the Justice League. He was composed of living nuclear energy and had to be confined to his containment suit to interact with others.

The Captain possessed the abilities of flight, super strength, energy absorption and energy projection on a level sufficient to put up a decent fight against Superman himself. The Captain was one of the first new League members to be given an important assignment: investigating a radioactive accident in Communist Asia, alongside Supergirl and the John Stewart. Captain Atom's conduct as an USA military officer was too uptight for the lighthearted heroes like Kara and Green Arrow, which at first caused some animosity between them.

Captain Atom was torn between his dual commitments, when he was approached by General Eiling, who informed him that his commission in the Air Force had been reactivated. (Read more...)

May 2007

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Catwoman was a morally ambiguous thief whose plans regularly drew the attention of Batman. Although she was a thief at heart, she was also a vocal animal rights activist, sometimes using her costumed persona to investigate and thwart companies violating animal rights.

Selina Kyle began her career as a thief, creating a costumed persona based on her favorite animal, cats. Stealing from the banks, museums, and elite of Gotham City, she used this money to fund her own operations within the animal rights activism world. Her outspoken demeanor and constant protests resulted in a conflict with Red Claw, which caused the first team-up between the Dark Knight and Catwoman. Their mutual romantic interest, however, was put aside, and Batman arrested Selina. (Read more...)

April 2007

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Poison Ivy was an eco-terrorist. Unlike most of Batman's rogues, Poison Ivy was less interested about money and power, instead focusing on equality for plant life. However, her somewhat ruthless tactics frequently landed her in Arkham Asylum.

Pamela Isley was a botanist researching in Gotham City when she met District Attorney Harvey Dent. Shortly after their meeting, the two began dating. This, of course, was before she poisoned him. Years earlier, Harvey had arranged for an area of land to be excavated to build a prison in his quest to clean Gotham. The land, however, was the only breeding ground for a rare breed of plant, gone into extinction after the excavation.

A personal friend of Dent's, Batman investigated the scene. He quickly deduced Isley's involvement in the poisoning. Isley (revealing her preference for the moniker "Poison Ivy") had saved one sample of the rare plant, and from it created a toxin and an antidote. After some wordplay and (in Ivy's eyes) a hostage negotiation, Batman managed to secure the antidote, save Harvey's life, and commit Poison Ivy to Arkham Asylum. (Read more...)

March 2007

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Green Arrow was a superhero recruited into the Justice League after the Thanagarian invasion largely as the team's political conscience. After selling his company for three billion dollars, Oliver "Ollie" Queen became a full time vigilante. He learned to master the archer, dressed himself as Robin Hood, developed an arsenal of trick arrows with various functions, and dubbed himself Green Arrow.

When Arrow failed to reply the summoning to enlist the new expanded Justice League, John Stewart showed up when he was thwarting a grocery store a robbery, and teleported him into the JL Watchtower. Ollie was unconvinced to join the team at first, but when was involuntarily dragged into a mission in China, he came to see the upsides of teaming up with such an organization. Green Arrow decided to join the League, where he played an important role as both a good-doer and voice of the people. (Read more...)

February 2007

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Captain Marvel is a superhero who protects Fawcett City and a former member of the Justice League. Billy Batson is a young boy who by saying the magic word "SHAZAM" becomes the powerful and popular crime-fighter Captain Marvel.

Billy believes in fair play, taking people at their word and giving them the benefit of the doubt, an optimistic viewpoint that very often borders on naiveté (but then, he's still in grade school.) He attends C.C. Binder Elementary School.

Still coming into his own as a young superhero, Billy would strive to follow the example of his favorite hero: Superman. To his credit, Captain Marvel quickly became respected and admired, both in his home of Fawcett City and beyond. He was eventually extended an invitation to join the expanded Justice League. (Read more...)

January 2007

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Darkseid was the unquestioned ruler of Apokolips and would-be conqueror of the galaxy. The origins of Darkseid's rise to power are lost to time, but as long as Apokolips has burned, Darkseid has been the iron fist ruling over the Lowlies of that world. Darkseid seeks to bring the entire galaxy under his control. To achieve this end, he seeks the cosmic power of the Anti-Life Equation, which theoretically will enable him to control any and all existing life in the universe. He soon took notice of the planet Earth, not only for its vast natural resources and vulnerable population, but because a potential rival had appeared amongst the otherwise "unworthy" masses: Superman. (Read more...)

December 2006

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Infiltration Unit Zeta was built by the NSA. His mission was to discover information about terrorist organizations by killing a target and taking over his life.

While on a mission, Zeta discovered that one of his targets was innocent. He decided that he no longer could kill, as any one of his targets could be innocent. After Zeta abandoned his mission, the NSA believed that Zeta was reprogrammed by terrorists. He went on the run from the NSA, and is constantly searching for the scientists who created him so that he can prove that he no longer has the drive to kill. (Read more...)

November 2006

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John Stewart was recruited by the Green Lantern Corps and trained for ten years, before returning shortly after Abin Sur's death. He became a founding member of the Justice League.

John Stewart is at heart a professional soldier, a man of duty. He takes his roles as a protector of Earth, a member of the Green Lantern Corps, and a founding member of the Justice League with the utmost seriousness. At times this has led him into conflict with comrades like the Flash or Supergirl, who do not appear to share this serious attitude. His sense of responsibility is beyond reproach, as seen during his trial in the Ajuris system; John believes that beings entrusted with great power must be held accountable for their actions. (Read more...)

October 2006

Wonder Woman
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Wonder Woman, real name Princess Diana of Themyscira, was an Amazon princess and a founder of the Justice League. Diana was blessed by the gods with amazing speed and strength. She also possessed the power of flight, silver bracelets that can deflect all sorts of projectiles, and an indestructible golden lasso.

When "Man's World" came under attack by the Imperium, she conversed with her mother about helping them. However, Hippolyta declined to help them and that it wasn't their problem. However, Diana was not pleased with this and late in the night, sneaked into the Temple of Athena. There, lay her mother's magic armor. Diana stole the armor and left Themyscira to answer a distress call from the Martian known as J'onn J'onzz deep in a canyon. She arrived just in time to save Hawkgirl from the Invaders fightercraft. (Read more...)

September 2006

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Shayera Hol, known on Earth as Hawkgirl, was a founding member of the Justice League, and a member of the Thanagarian military. She played a key role in the Thanagarian invasion on both sides.

Like all modern Thanagarians, Shayera Hol has a pair of wings growing from her back which allow her to fly in the manner of a terrestrial bird. As a Thanagarian, her physical strength and endurance are also noticeably greater than those of Humans. (Read more...)

July 2006

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Superman, birth name Kal-El and adopted name Clark Kent, was one of the most popular heroes on Earth and was a founding member of the Justice League.

The last son of Krypton, Kal-El was sent to Earth as an infant while their planet was in its death throes. Found and raised by Jonathan and Martha Kent, young Kal had a strong sense of right and wrong instilled in him from a young age. Superman's morality would earn him the nickname "boy scout" in Batman's eyes. Later, during crises faced with the Justice League, a comprise of his vaunted morality would lose him the respect of one of his greatest fans, Captain Marvel. (Read more...)

June 2006

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The Flash, real name Wally West, was the fastest man alive. A young and popular superhero from Central City, the Flash was a founding member of the Justice League. Apart from his vast speed powers, Wally's most significant qualities were his approachability and his down-to-earth, quintessentially human nature--qualities that many said made him the "heart of the Justice League".

A freak lab accident granted the Flash the ability to move and react at incredible speeds approaching that of light itself. He used his vast speed to defend Central City from many threats, including a considerable "Rogues' Gallery" of costumed criminals, and came to be a much-loved figure among the city's residents. (Read more...)

May 2006

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Lex Luthor was a powerful businessman, criminal mastermind, inventor and a genius.

As the head of LexCorp, Luthor had looked to be a civic hero, donating millions to the city of Metropolis and erecting libraries, schools, and hospitals in his name. While controlling the city's inner-workings through his company's web of corruption and greed.

Luthor's lust for power and inability to buy Superman's loyalty has driven him to be one of the Man of Steel's greatest adversaries and has pitted him against the Justice League. (Read more...)

April 2006

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Batman, otherwise known as Bruce Wayne, was a Gotham City vigilante who rose up to fight common criminals, Metahuman threats, and eventually even gods, extradimensional entities and intergalactic tyrants. He was instrumental in thwarting the Imperium and Thanagarian invasions, and was a founding member of the Justice League.

Unlike many of his colleagues and adversaries, Batman has no superhuman abilities. He relies instead on his keen mind and years of physical and mental training. He also keeps himself supplied with high-tech gadgets obtained through his relationship with Wayne Enterprises.

Later in life, Bruce Wayne would train and provide support and guidance for the second Batman. (Read more...)

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