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Justice League episode
Maid of Honor
"Maid of Honor"
Airdate: October 18, 2003
Production Number: 33-34
Airdate Order: 33-34
Animation Services by: Koko Enterprise Co., LTD.
Written by: Dwayne McDuffie
Directed by: Dan Riba
Episode images (12)

"Maid of Honor" is composed of the thirty-third and thirty-fourth episodes of Justice League. It originally aired on October 18, 2003.

Plot

Part I

Bruce and Diana

Diana and Bruce share a moment.

Princess Diana, deciding she should get out more, attends an evening party in Paris. Besieged by curious onlookers, she is rescued by Bruce Wayne, who asks for a dance. Diana thanks Bruce for the rescue and as they dance, they get to know each other, Bruce revealing he is attending business, while Diana admits she came to have a bit of fun. They are obviously enjoying each other's company and continue to flirt, when terrorists drop in through the ceiling and seize the young Princess Audrey, heir to the throne of Kaznia. Bruce is about to slip away and assume his secret identity, but finds it unnecessary when Diana single-handedly rescues Audrey and takes down the terrorists.

Audrey thanks Diana enthusiastically, and invites her to spend the evening with her club-hopping. Audrey explains she's getting married soon and wants to enjoy her last night as a free woman.

Batman interrogates

Batman interrogates a burglar.

Later that night, a trio of burglars break into S.T.A.R. Labs's Paris facility to steal a microchip, but Batman appears. He captures one, while the others escape. Later, as Diana returns to her hotel, she meets Batman, who informs her that the burglar is a Kaznian special forces officer, part of a team that has been stealing classified weapons technology. Diana confronts Audrey, who swears that neither she nor her father know anything about it. Diana believes her, and apologizes. Audrey says there is nothing to apologize for - they are friends, and Audrey respects that Diana, like herself, has responsibilities that sometimes put her in uncomfortable situations.

WW Savage warning

Diana confronts Vandal Savage.

At her engagement party, Audrey introduces Diana to her fiancé – Vandal Savage. Diana recalls Savage's involvement in World War II,[1] but he claims to be Vandal Savage III – the grandson of the Nazi-era Savage. He is now administering Kaznia's substantial contribution to an International Space Station.

In space, a team of Kaznian operatives boards the space station and takes the crew hostage. In Kaznia, a maidservant poisons the King on Savage's orders, giving the appearance of a paralytic stroke. Hearing the news, Audrey flies home immediately. When Diana hears the news, she flies to intercept their plane and warn Audrey, but is knocked out by a sonic blast from Savage's henchman, Colonel Vox.

In Kaznia, Audrey decides that she needs to assume the throne for the good of her country, and as a sign of the Royal Family's stability, announces that her wedding to Savage will take place immediately.

Part II

Vandal wedding

Savage marries Audrey.

Diana awakes in a French farmhouse after her fall. Batman informs her of Audrey's impending nuptials, and Diana flies to Kaznia in a rage, followed by the Batwing. In a fight with Kaznia's military forces, she throws a tank through the wall of the palace chapel just as Audrey is getting married. She is incapacitated by Savage and taken prisoner. Feeling humiliated, Audrey refuses to listen to Diana's warnings. She then lawfully marries Savage. As they dance at a royal reception, Savage confides to her that, though she only married him out of duty, his devotion to her is such that he "wants to give [her] the whole world" - and may soon be doing just that.

Audrey becomes Queen, making Savage de facto ruler of Kaznia. On her wedding night, Audrey wakes to find Savage missing and goes around the castle in search of him. When she finds him, he immediately announces his plan via worldwide broadcast: an orbital rail gun has been mounted on the space station, capable of firing asteroids at Earth with pinpoint accuracy – to demonstrate, he fires one at the ocean, creating a tidal wave that sinks a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier group. Savage claims dominion over all the nations of the world.

Savage proclimation

Savage proclaims himself the new world leader.

Seeing the broadcast, a Justice League team – The Flash, J'onn J'onzz, and John Stewart head for the space station in the Javelin, but are shot down by the station's defenses.

Audrey confronts her husband, calling him a lunatic like his grandfather: Savage chuckles and admits that he's the original Vandal Savage. Audrey says that is impossible, he'd have to be over a century old. Savage smiles and confides that, in fact, he is over 25,000 years old, and has not aged a day since a meteor fell to earth, bathing him (the only one of his prehistoric tribe brave enough to approach it) in a strange radiation that rendered him immortal, and helped him to understand his "destiny": to become the ruler of the world. Audrey, trying hard to maintain her aristocratic poise, reminds him that she is the heir to the Kaznian throne, and Savage rejoins that he has taken advantage of that fact by marrying her, and by poisoning the king. In a rage, Audrey rakes her fingernails across his face, but is stunned to see the scratches healing almost instantaneously, Savage orders her own guards to drag her away and lock her in her room.

In space, Green Lantern's ring has kept J'onn, Flash, and himself safe from the explosion. They board the station and fight to re-take it. On Earth, Batman frees Wonder Woman and, with Audrey's help, they fight their way into the control center, knocking out Savage and his henchman. Vox tries to incapacitate Diana again, but she resists long enough to knock him out, by using Audrey's diamond earrings as impromptu earplugs. Batman knocks Savage out, but not before Savage initiates a meteor strike on Paris.

Neither he nor the team in space are able to prevent the rail gun firing, but Batman is able to change the target to the palace. He hits a fire alarm and uses the palace address system to order an evacuation (in fluent Kaznian). While the conscious guards and servants flee, he and Diana evacuate Audrey, the unconscious guards, and the paralyzed King. The asteroid hits, with Savage still inside. In space, the rest of the League evacuates the space station, which then self-destructs.

Savage rises

Savage rises from the rubble.

As Diana and Audrey inspect the ruins of the palace, Savage emerges from underneath the rubble, disheveled but completely unharmed, his broken bones snapping back into place. Audrey's guards seize him and drag him away, with Audrey promising that he will pay for his crimes.

Diana teases Batman, saying they never finished their dance. Batman says he doesn't know what she's talking about. She smiles, "If you say so..". but insists that they still go dancing together.

Continuity

  • This episode continues the recurring subplot of the on-again-off-again attraction between Batman and Wonder Woman that began in "The Brave and the Bold". This storyline would continue throughout Justice League and into Justice League Unlimited.
  • When Wonder Woman is mobbed by reporters at the party before the first attempt on Audrey, one of the guests at the party bears a striking resemblance to Vilmos Egans, who appears as Kaznia's Minister of Commerce during the time of Batman Beyond, in "Rebirth".
  • One of the crowd that mobs Wonder Woman inquires about the time she fought the Imperium invasion in "Secret Origins".
  • Audrey jokes that she won't reveal Diana has "feet of clay", to which Diana responds, "you have no idea". This is a reference to Wonder Woman's comic book origin, that she was animated from clay by her mother instead of being born. Her animated origin is confirmed to be the same as in the comics in the later episode of Justice League Unlimited, "The Balance".
  • Savage last appeared in "The Savage Time" as a tyrant attempting to lead the Nazis to victory in World War II.
  • In Justice League Unlimited, "Hawk and Dove", Audrey is still ruling Kaznia as Queen. Whether King Gustav never fully recovered from his poisoning or passed the crown to Audrey is unknown.

Background information

Home video releases

Production inconsistencies

  • During the robbery, the thief reaches in with his left hand, and pulls his right arm out of the case lid before placing the targeting device in the case.
  • When trying to discern if Savage was Savage or just a descendant, Diana tells Batman that she brought J'onn in on the case and his findings seemed to indicate the latter. However, in "The Savage Time", Savage openly told J'onn he sent the laptop to himself from the future, and J'onn sees that Savage's future self hasn't aged; so he could have known it was the same person regardless of any "documents" he might have found.

Trivia

  • Superman and Hawkgirl do not appear.
  • Vandal Savage's origins are the same as in the comics version, except he gives his age as roughly 25,000 years, half what he claims in the comics. Also, he is shown here to have superhuman healing abilities, while in the comics, he has been forced to harvest organs from descendants to keep him alive for some time.
  • The rail gun mounted on the space station is actually more similar in appearance to a coil gun, which also uses magnetic force to launch a projectile, but uses a series of electromagnetic coils instead of parallel rails. The term "mass driver", which is also used, refers to a cannon used to launch projectiles through or into space.
  • On the commentary to "Starcrossed", Bruce Timm joked that their version of Batman seems to have a death wish, making reference to this episode. Dwayne McDuffie said this was not necessarily true, since here Batman did leave himself enough time to get out of the palace before the asteroid hit.
  • Audrey makes a joking reference to the biblical phrase feet of clay from The Book of Daniel, 2:33-45, used to indicate a weakness or a hidden flaw in the character of a respected person:
Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image ... his feet part of iron and part of clay. ... And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.

— Daniel, 2:33-45


Cast

Actor Role
Kevin Conroy Bruce Wayne/Batman
Susan Eisenberg Wonder Woman
Phil LaMarr Green Lantern
Guard (uncredited)
Carl Lumbly J'onn J'onzz
Michael Rosenbaum The Flash
Dorie Barton Princess Audrey
Phil Morris Vandal Savage
Alfred Molina King Gustav
Larry Drake Colonel Vox
Dan Castellaneta Minister
Socialite (uncredited)
Corey Burton Page
Robber (uncredited)
Jennifer Hale Chambermaid
Socialite (uncredited)
Sroya Bashir (uncredited)
Richard Doyle Doctor
Photographer (uncredited)
Chuck Howerton Armed Man

Uncredited appearances

Quotes

Bruce Wayne: I'm surprised to see you here. From what I've heard, this isn't really your sort of affair.
Diana: I've decided to get out more, have a little fun.
Bruce: (twirls her) Enjoying yourself so far?
Diana: More than I expected. How about you? What brings you to the City of Lights?
Bruce: I never miss a good party. I may also have to attend to some business while I'm in town...


Batman: Who are you working for?
Burglar: (in Kaznian) You can't understand a word I'm saying, and I wouldn't tell you anything if you could.
Batman: (in Kaznian, closing in and bearing down on the burglar) I can... and you will.


Batman: You're keeping late hours.
Diana: You should talk.


Colonel Vox: Apparently you didn't get the message. Let me make it loud and clear!


Audrey: Vandal, what do you think you are doing?
Vandal Savage: (counting on his fingers) Destroying the Justice League, building a railgun, assuming total dominion over the nations of the earth...


(J'onn, Flash, Lantern, and the crew leave the space station)
Flash: Hey, we can't just leave, what's to stop somebody else from taking control of that thing.
(the space station explodes)
John Stewart: That.


Wonder Woman: You know, we never did get to finish our dance.
Batman: I don't know what you're talking about.
Wonder Woman: If you say so... but you're still taking me dancing.


References


Previously produced episode:
"Only A Dream"
Episodes of
Justice League
Next produced episode:
"Hearts and Minds"
Previously aired episode:
"Only A Dream"
Next aired episode:
"Hearts and Minds"

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