DC Animated Universe’s Justice League, the animated series, got aired between 2001 and 2004 on Cartoon Network. The show was such a massive hit that it catalyzed the release of its next part, Justice League Unlimited. Both the series was made for children. However, it had some really dark tales as well that dealt with not only mental issues but with physical, death and grief, emotional torture, and parental abuse as well.
With that being said, Justice League, the animated series included Superman, J’onn J’onnz, Green Lantern, Batman, Wonder Woman, and Hawkgirl. These are the 5 best episodes –
Starcrossed: Part 1
The finale episode of Justice League, “Starcrossed,” highlighted John Stewart and Hawkgirl’s relationship that was going strong. Their relationship suddenly becomes the center point of the episode when the Thanagarians arrive on Earth. Their leader, Hro Talak, echoes loud that Hawkgirl was there to spy on the planet. Soon, Batman figures it out that they are planning to take over Earth as they’re losing their planet to the Gordanians.
Legends: Part 2
J’onn J’onnz, Hawkgirl, Green Lantern, and The Flash once got transported accidentally to an alternate Earth. On this planet, they got to meet the Justice Guild of America who was protecting their planet just like how the Justice League protects Earth. However, the things weren’t this simple to understand for J’onn J’onnz. He somehow got a vibe that something is wrong. With that said, this exact episode saw the Justice Guild of America leaving and sacrificing everything to save the Justice League.
A Better World: Part 1
Luthor, on a parallel universe, is the President of the US and has killed Barry Allen, AKA the Flash. His power-hunger was perhaps a great fear for the JLA. Apparently, it was Superman who killed Luthor with his heat rays. As a result, it catalyzed a new image of the Justice League on Earth as Lords. Despite being from Earth, the Justice Lords start heading towards another Earth where there’s no peace at all. However, when they reach Earth 1, they discover that the Flash is still alive. With that said, the philosophical theme of possessing extreme and unlimited power is exactly what makes DC Comics so intriguing.
Wild Cards: Part 1
In this particular episode, Joker sets a bomb in Las Vegas and installs cameras everywhere so that people could watch all of it. Later, he also sends the Royal Flush, a team of supervillains all around the city. Soon, the Justice League discovers that there isn’t just one bomb but 26 of it. With that being said, when an episode is based on the Joker, there is nothing to get surprised why it is a philosophical one. Moreover, in the DC Universe, it is the government who is the actual villain and for someone like Joker, there’s nothing wrong in dehumanizing the system because that is what the government does.
Starcrossed: Part 2
When the JLA were imprisoned, they somehow managed to escape and run back to their origin. Justice League, on Earth, was hunted by the Thanagarians. Perhaps that is why they started to figure out a way to reach Bruce Wayne’s Batcave. When the JLA reach there, Hawkgirl meets them and echoes the truth. The Thanagarians wants to build a bypass that’d all them to destroy the Gordanians forever. However, this will cause planet Earth to perish. But apparently, it was the chip that was planted on Hawkgirl that helped Thanagarians to get League’s location.