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This Day in Television History – July 9th, 2005 – Justice League Unlimited’s “Panic in the Sky” Airs

Without its leaders, the remainder of the Justice League must battle an army of mindless clones led by a brutal clone of one of their own, in an episode that aired on this day in television history.

“Panic in the Sky” is the 11th episode of the 2nd season of Justice League Unlimited. Written by Dwayne McDuffie and directed by Dan Riba, it first aired on Cartoon Network on July 9th, 2005.

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Courtesy: DC Comics / Warner Bros. / Cartoon Network

In the episode, which is part of the “Cadmus” story arc from throughout this season, the original Justice League turn themselves in (minus Batman) due to the events of the previous episode. At the same time, the crippled Watchtower comes under attack by a massive army of brainless clones of superpowered beings led by another clone, this one of Supergirl. Can the remaining members of the league survive the assault?

The events of this episode, including the conclusion which reveals Lex Luthor has been merged with Brainiac, immediately continue into the next episode, “Divided We Fall.”

Today in TV History – July 5th, 2003 – Justice League’s “Twilight” Airs

The second season of the Justice League animated series made its debut on this day in television history.

“Twilight” is the first and second episode of Justice League, the animated series that is part of the DC Animated Universe. Written by Rich Fogel and Bruce Timm, it first aired on July 5th, 2003.

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Courtesy: Warner Bros. / DC Comics

In the episode, the League gets an unlikely call from help–from one of their deadliest foes, Darkseid. He’s threatened by another longtime nemesis, Brainiac. Can he be trusted, and is there something more to this intergalactic situation than it seems?

The episode strongly connects to multiple episodes of the animated Superman series, also part of the DCAU, and features other characters aside from those previously mentioned such as Kalibak and Orion.

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.