Justice League: Starcrossed
|Cartoon Network (Toonami)|
|May 29, 2004|
Justice League: Starcrossed is a three part story arc and the series finale of Justice League. It is composed of the 24th, 25th, and 26th episodes, and it first aired back-to-back as a movie event on May 29, 2004. The three episodes were released on DVD as a stand alone movie on July 13, 2004.
The movie depicts the invasion of Earth by the Thanagarians, the race of aliens that Shayera Hol (Hawkgirl) comes from, posing as saviors from a potential invasion threat by an alien race called the Gordanians. However, it is revealed that the Thanagarians are the real invaders and that Shayera was sent as an infiltrator, joining the Justice League to gain their trust while the Thanagarians intend to destroy the Earth in order for it to become a hyperspace bypass for them to reach the Gordanian home world and end the war they have with them.
- July 24, 2004
The Justice League is staking out a conference of world leaders, based on a tip Batman received that a terrorist incident may occur. Superman, as Clark Kent, is watching the conference from inside, among the press corps. Outside, John Stewart steals a few seconds to flirt with Hawkgirl.
Suddenly, a greater menace appears in the sky: An alien battleship that opens fire. None of the U.S. military's weapons can hurt it. The League attempts to counterattack, but even they are no match for the battleship's weapons. As the League regroups, an even larger alien battleship appears and downs the attacking craft, which crashes. Hawkgirl recognizes the victorious ship as one of her people, the Thanagarians.
The ship's commander, Hro Talak, asks to meet with Earth's leaders. He reveals that Hawkgirl has been lying to her teammates all along: She did not arrive on Earth by accident, nor is she a law enforcement officer. Actually, she is a lieutenant in the Thanagarian military, and was sent to Earth as an advance scout, and somewhat of an ambassador, to prepare for their arrival. Talak explains that for decades Thanagar has been at war with a vicious alien race, the Gordanians. Now the Gordanians have targeted Earth for invasion, so Talak offers to aid Earth with the full might of his army.
After Hro kisses her in front of John, uncomfortably, she admits that she and Talak are "promised" to one another (the Thangarian equivalent of being engaged to wed). John is heartbroken by this turn of events, but ever the Marine, he keeps a professional demeanor and doesn't react viscerally. Moments later, Batman finds John and offers words of consolation. John asks J'onn J'onzz why he never read Shayera's mind, to which J'onn replies that he never could, much to Batman's suspicion.
Having seen the power of the Gordanian ship, Earth's leaders feel they have little choice and accept the Thangarians' offer. Immediately, the Thanagarians begin constructing a massive generator with the League's help in the Gobi Desert, which they say will provide a planetary defense shield.
Batman, suspicious of their sudden circumstances, examines the remains of the Gordanian battleship. He finds that all the Gordanians were dead long before the ship appeared on Earth, meaning the attack was a ruse to gain Earth's trust and thus, Talak likely has a secret agenda. Batman sneaks onboard the Thanagarian mothership disguised as a delegate before diverting away from the main group and entering the command center. Batman overhears a communication between Talak and the leaders on Thanagar that the Gordanians are closing in on their homeworld and are actually nowhere near Earth. Kragger finds Batman and a brief tussle ensues between Batman and some Thanagarian soldiers. Kragger manages to knock Batman out, and Talak orders him locked up.
In the Gobi Desert, the Thanagarians officially turn on the Justice League, defeating them and taking them prisoner. John tries to fight his way free, but Hawkgirl tricks him into lowering his Power ring, then knocks him out with her mace and takes his ring. The last thing John sees before losing consciousness is Shayera triumphantly side by side with Talak.
A Thanagarian unit takes control of the Watchtower, while the rest of their forces occupy Earth.
Hawkgirl returns to the mother ship and Talak commends her on a job well done, but his subordinate, Kragger, is suspicious of her sympathies with the League, and the humans. Kragger recommends Shayera kill them, but she says this would cause revolt. The League manages to escape the prison ship, after Wonder Woman frees herself while being fed, which crashes in Metropolis.
The League decides that to stay hidden, they will need to discard their costumes and assume civilian clothes. Flash protests for "secret identity" reasons, but Batman cuts him off, saying that he (always the detective) has already found out Superman and Flash's alter egos, and then reveals his own (J'onn, Wonder Woman, and Lantern do not have secret identities). The League split into pairs and make their way toward Gotham City, to rendezvous at Wayne Manor. It is tricky, as the Thanagarians figured out that they disguised themselves as civilians and hold checkpoints for city-to-city travel. The citizens assist Bruce and Diana, hiding them in a restaurant and telling the Thanagarians nobody had entered recently. Wally and John are about to board a train when they come across a checkpoint. Clark Kent uses his job as a reporter (with J'onn posing as his cameraman) to distract the Thanagarians while Wally and John slip aboard.
Aboard the mothership, Hro reveals the Thanagarians' true plan: the force field generator is actually a "hyperspace bypass generator", the last in a series of wormhole relays that will allow the Thanagarians to bypass the Gordanians' defenses and attack their homeworld directly, finally ending the war. But in the process, Earth will be destroyed – to the Thanagarians, a sad but necessary sacrifice. Hawkgirl is horrified. She tries to convince Talak to build it on a desolate planet or moon but he says that it will throw off their calculations. He tells her that their obligation is to the Thanagarians and shows the scars he received from years in a Gordanian Prison Camp.
The League meets in the Batcave, to think out why the Thanagarians are interested in Earth. Hawkgirl appears, giving them data on the project. Batman accepts the information, then coldly orders her out. Before she goes, she shares a private moment with John, returning his power ring to him. But Kragger has planted a bug on Shayera, allowing him to track her to the League's hideout.
As soon as Shayera returns to the mothership, Kragger has her arrested. He plays the recording of her conversation with the League for Hro, revealing both her treachery and her affection for John. Hro is heartbroken, but orders her locked up. He assaults Kragger for the devastating evidence, and orders an attack on Wayne Manor. He wants her to admit it was a mistake, but she says he has changed.
Kragger leads a strike team to Wayne Manor to eliminate the League. Fully powered now, the League beats back the attack and takes several prisoners. Unfortunately, J'onn is unable to figure out how to pilot Kragger's ship, so he goes deeper into his mind to find out. However, Kragger's mental defenses, manifesting in the form of hawks, attack J'onn with such ferocity, his wounds appear on his body in reality. However, J'onn is able to topple the mental flame inside Kragger, gaining the information he sought while leaving Kragger temporarily catatonic.
Meanwhile back at the mothership, Hro visits Shayera in a prison asking her why she betrayed him and told the league about the bypass. She replies that she wanted to save lives, Hro then says that he wanted to save the Thanagarian race. Shayera replies that her love would have found a different solution, Hro then asks if she was talking about him or John. Hro then says that he could forgive her and make all of this go away, if she tells him what she wanted. Shayera tells him to spare the earth and its people, but Hro refuses and walks away.
Batman is in command of their strategy: Superman, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern attack the command ship to shut down the force field protecting the hyperspace generator; Batman, Flash, and J'onn infiltrate the Watchtower using the strike team's shuttle (with J'onn masquerading as Kragger) and incapacitate the occupation force. Batman explains that he plans to take the Watchtower out of orbit and use it as a missile to destroy the generator. The Leaguers load the unconscious Thanagarians into the escape pods, but Batman sneaks out to launch the pod with Flash and J'onn still inside, sparing them from his kamikaze mission. Batman himself stays behind, saying that he has to guide the Tower in manually in case it burns on re-entry, even if it means sacrificing himself.
While Superman and Wonder Woman battle the Thanagarian fighters, Lantern breaks into the ship to reach the force field controls. Talak is waiting for him, determined not to let Batman succeed in his suicide mission and also desiring revenge on Lantern for his "stolen" love.
As Wonder Woman fights her way through another part of the ship, she passes Hawkgirl's cell. Though bitter, she releases Hawkgirl. With the generator complete, the Thanagarians begin the activation to open the hyperspace gate. The Watchtower travels down through the atmosphere, piloted by Batman. As the heat increases, the Tower begins to break up. Hearing where Batman is, Superman breaks off from the battle and flies to intercept him.
In the control room, Lantern fights hard against Talak, but loses after Talak slices his ring in half, and is knocked out. Talak raises his battle axe for the kill, and Hawkgirl appears to do battle with her ex-fiancée, who beats her and renounces his love for her. Lantern regains consciousness, and attacks Talak again, but is very weak from the previous fight. As Talak punches him, Lantern taunts him, and an enraged Talak swings his axe, inadvertently hitting the shield surrounding the force field control. In the resulting explosion, Talak is knocked out and the shield drops, allowing Lantern to deactivate the force field with Shayera's help. Superman streaks after the Watchtower as Batman, overcome by the heat and smoke, finally passes out. Superman breaks in and pulls Batman free just before it hits, destroying the generator. Superman and Batman share a smile, saluting each other's bravery.
Aboard the ship, Lantern and Hawkgirl are confronted by more Thanagarian soldiers. Wonder Woman arrives to help, but Talak orders his men to stand down – their mission has failed and further occupation of Earth is pointless. He tells Hawkgirl it will take years to rebuild. The Thanagarian forces leave Earth, abandoning Hawkgirl.
At Wayne Manor, Hawkgirl waits while the League debates whether to allow her to remain. Alfred tells her that, regardless of what the others decide, he still considers her a hero. In the conference room, Flash and Wonder Woman are the strongest for and against votes, respectively; J'onn and Superman are sympathetic; Lantern and Batman are silent. Ultimately, Batman suggests that they just vote, and asks Alfred to call Hawkgirl into the conference room.
Superman is about to announce the League's decision, but Hawkgirl interrupts, deciding to resign from the League. As she goes, Flash hugs her warmly. J'onn and Superman say that it's their duty to rebuild the League.
Outside Wayne Manor, John shares a brief, emotional moment with Hawkgirl before she leaves, telling John one last time that she does indeed love him. After she flies away, John tearfully and quietly replies that he loves her too.
|Superman (Clark Kent)||George Newbern|
|Batman (Bruce Wayne)||Kevin Conroy|
|Wonder Woman (Diana of Themyscira)||Susan Eisenberg|
|Flash (Wally West)||Michael Rosenbaum|
|Martian Manhunter (J'onn J'onzz)||Carl Lumbly|
|Green Lantern (John Stewart)||Phil LaMarr|
|Hawkgirl (Shayera Hol)||Maria Canals|
|Hro Talak||Victor Rivers|
|Paran Dul||Elizabeth Peña|
|General Wells||Kevin Michael Richardson|
|Lucas "Snapper" Carr||Jason Marsden|
|Alfred Pennyworth||Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.|
|Lois Lane||Dana Delany|
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "Starcrossed and JLU Premiere Dates... Only Toonami ". toonzone.net. May 7, 2004. http://www.toonzone.net/forums/threads/starcrossed-and-jlu-premiere-dates-only-toonami.3621581/. Retrieved on November 14, 2016.
- ↑ "Movie Schedule ". cartoonnetwork.com. July 25, 2004. http://web.archive.org/web/20040725031859/http://schedule.cartoonnetwork.com/servlet/ScheduleServlet?action=viewAll&showID=327186&show=MOVIE%3A&filter=tm. Retrieved on November 23, 2015.