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This Day in TV History – June 11th, 2005 – Justice League Unlimited’s “Clash” Airs

Two heroes are turned against each other in a Justice League Unlimited episode that aired on this day in television history.

“Clash” is the 7th episode of the 2nd season of the Cartoon Network animated series, Justice League Unlimited. Written by J. M. DeMatteis, with story by Dwayne McDuffie, it first aired on June 11th, 2005.

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Courtesy: Warner Bros. / DC Comics / Cartoon Network

As the optimistic Captain Marvel joins the Justice League, he comes into conflict with Superman over supposedly pro-Lex Luthor remarks. Eventually, thanks to some master manipulation, the two iconic heroes end up battling each other.

The episode was part of the Cadmus arc that stretched over several episodes of the show’s first two seasons.

This Day in TV History – May 13th, 2006 – Justice League Unlimited’s “Destroyer” Airs

The final episode of the animated series Justice League Unlimited aired on this day in television history.

“Destroyer” is the 13th and final episode of Justice League Unlimited’s third season. Written by Dwayne McDuffie, it first aired on Cartoon Network in the United States on May 13th, 2006.

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Heroes and villains face off. Courtesy: Warner Bros. / Cartoon Network / DC Comics

“Destroyer” continues from the events of the previous episode, “Alive!” The villainous Darkseid has unleashed his armies on Earth, as part of his revenge against Superman. All of the heroes, and some of their other adversaries, team up to save the world.

The end of Justice League Unlimited also marked the end to what fans call the DCAU (DC Animated Universe), a series of shows linked together which include Batman: The Animated Series, Batman Beyond, Justice League and others.

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.

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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.

This Day in Television History – November 10th, 1992 – Batman: The Animated Series’ “Almost Got ‘Im” Airs

Batman’s rogue’s gallery talk about how they almost defeated the Dark Knight in an episode that aired on this day in television history.

“Almost Got ‘Im” is an episode of the animated Batman series from the 1990s. Written by Paul Dini and directed by Eric Radomski, it first aired on November 10th, 1992.

In the episode, Batman’s most sinister villains such as Joker, Two-Face, and Poison Ivy are enjoying a game of Poker while evading the authorities. During the game, they exchange stories about how they almost defeated Batman!

One of the most memorable moments from the episode is when it seems Killer Croc’s story about battling Batman was throwing a rock at him. When a look of disbelief comes from the other villains, he responds, “It was a big rock!”

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“It was a big rock!” Courtesy: DC Comics / Warner Bros.

This Day in Television History – October 17th, 1998 – The New Batman Adventures’ “Girls’ Nite Out” Airs

Batgirl and Supergirl team up to battle villains who have teamed up themselves in an episode that aired on this day in television history.

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The episode brought together the DCAU versions of Batgirl and Supergirl. Courtesy: DC Comics / Warner Bros.

“Girl’s Night Out” is the 21st episode of The New Batman Adventures. Written by Hilary J. Bader and directed by Curt Geda, it first aired on October 17th, 1998.

In the episode, the electrically-powered LiveWire is a free woman again, and this time teams up with the infamous duo of Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy. Now, together with the help of Supergirl, Batgirl tries to stop this new terrible trio.

The episode combines characters from the Superman animated series with the Batman series.

This Day in Television History – October 4th, 1997 – Superman: The Animated Series’ “World’s Finest” Airs

Two legendary heroes finally meet and must team to battle two sinister villains in an episode that aired on this day in television history.

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“World’s Finest” is a three-part episode of the animated Superman series from the 1990s. The episodes were written by Stan Berkowitz, Alan Burnett, Paul Dini, Rich Fogel and Steve Gerber and directed by Toshihiko Masuda. They all originally aired on October 4th, 1997. Courtesy: Warner Bros. / DC Comics

“World’s Finest” is a three-part episode of the animated Superman series from the 1990s. The episodes were written by Stan Berkowitz, Alan Burnett, Paul Dini, Rich Fogel and Steve Gerber and directed by Toshihiko Masuda. They all originally aired on October 4th, 1997.

In the episodes, the Joker teams up with Lex Luthor with an offer to kill Superman in Metropolis. Batman follows the trail to Superman’s adopted hometown, and the two must come together to face the devious duo.

The series combines the universes of The New Batman Adventures (which itself continues from Batman: The Animated Series) and Superman the Animated Series, both part of what’s known as the DCAU or DC Animated Universe. Thus, the guest cast includes Kevin Conroy (Batman), Mark Hamill (the Joker), Arleen Sorkin (Harley Quinn) among many others. The three episodes together have also been released in a combined home video release as The Batman/Superman Movie, and also on their original form on the Superman: The Animated Series DVD sets.

This Day in Television History – September 24th, 1994 – Batman: The Animated Series’ “Riddler’s Reform” Airs

Has one of Batman’s most devious adversaries truly turned over a new leaf?

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“Riddler’s Reform” is an episode from the 2nd season of Batman: The Animated Series. Written by Randy Rogel (with story by Rogel, Alan Burnett & Paul Dini) and directed by Dan Riba, it first aired on September 24th, 1994. Courtesy: Warner Bros. / DC Comics

“Riddler’s Reform” is an episode from the 2nd season of Batman: The Animated Series. Written by Randy Rogel (with story by Rogel, Alan Burnett & Paul Dini) and directed by Dan Riba, it first aired on September 24th, 1994.

In the episode, Batman and Robin come across the Riddler, but it turns out he’s working for a toy company. It seems legit at first, but Batman can’t shake the feeling that the former villain is still up to his ol’ riddlin’ ways.

Riddler is voiced by John Glover, a broadway/TV/movie actor known for other comic-related roles such as Dr. Woodrue in the live-action Batman & Robin and Lionel Luther in Smallville.