This Day in Television History – December 6th, 2003 – Justice League’s “Wild Cards” Airs

The Justice League must take on the Joker and his new team of allies in an episode that aired on this day in history.

“Wild Cards” makes up the 21st and 22nd episodes of the 2nd season of the animated Justice League series that is part of the DC Animated Universe. Penned by Stan Berkowitz and Dwayne McDuffie and directed by Butch Lukic, it first aired on December 6th, 2003 on Cartoon Network.


The Joker watches as he wonders if the Justice League can disarm his bombs! Courtesy: Warner Bros. / DC Comics

In the episode, Joker has planted bombs all around the Las Vegas strip and challenges the Justice League to find them in time–in a challenge issued on air! But, it may not be so easy as the Joker has recruited his own team of evildoers based around other playing cards, The Royal Flush Gang!

In a tip of the hat to the concurrently-running Teen Titans, the voice cast of the Royal Flush Gang is the main cast of that other animated series: Khary Payton, Greg Cipes, Scott Menville, Hynden Walch, and Tara Strong. Mark Hamill reprises his long-running DC Animated Universe role of the Joker as well.


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