Justice League Unlimited and its DC animated universe brethren (Batman and Superman: The Animated Series) are some of the best examples of all-ages TV in the last 30 years. Part of the show's enduring appeal is likely due to the deliberately adult jokes in Justice League Unlimited. For a Cartoon Network show promoting the virtues of heroism and sacrifice, Justice League Unlimited jokes for adults range from extremely clever to downright raunchy.
So while many viewers enjoyed the heroic action and brilliant team-ups from 2004 to 2006, it's only upon looking back or rewatching the classic series you realize how many Justice League Unlimited jokes you didn't understand as a kid. Everyone is in on the surprisingly complex, adult humor, from Wonder Woman to Supergirl to Green Arrow.
Below you'll find all the best Justice League Unlimited jokes that make way more sense now, and you'll finally know why you're parents seemed particularly tickled every time The Question made an appearance.
In the Season 1 episode "Fearful Symmetry," Green Arrow and Supergirl enlist the aid of The Question to uncover a conspiracy about Kara's violent, criminal dreams. Supergirl was having vivid nightmares of committing serious crimes. The trio uncovers the real perpetrator is actually a psychically-linked clone of Kara, albeit with some slight... modifications. As Green Arrow puts it upon seeing Kara's clone, "She's a little more... [camera zooms in on Power Girl boob window] mature than you."
Justice League Unlimited is stacked with great Question moments. Honestly, one of the major takeaways from rewatching Justice League Unlimited as an adult is that a Paul Dini and Bruce Timm inspired Question animated series would be amazing. This exchange between Vic and Huntress in "Grudge Match" may top them all:
Huntress: "So, what are you wearing?"
Question: "Blue overcoat. Fedora."
Huntress: "You really stink at this."
Question: "Orange socks?"
He may be on to a million criminal conspiracies, but The Question certainly has not cracked phone sex yet.
Green Arrow's infatuation with the voluptuous Black Canary is clear from the pilot of Justice League Unlimited. Oliver Queen also casually remarks to Supergirl (you know, the teenager) that he's been literally dreaming of Black Canary some nights, too. In "The Cat and the Canary," the two finally meet, leading to this exchange, loaded with sexual tension:
Black Canary: "You happy the punching the bag, or you want to a few rounds with me."
Green Arrow: *Stares at Black Canary taking off coat*
Black Canary: "I AM talking about sparring."
Green Arrow: "That'd be nice, too."
Maybe he'd also be interested in... arrow practice?
In Season 1, episode four, Wonder Woman pays a visit to Hephaestus – think Q for the Greek Gods – to figure out where Ares got his new Destroyer armor, fueling war on Earth. After remarking that he made the Wonder Woman armor originally for Diana's Mom (Hippolyta), but that she didn't have Diana's "build," Hephasteus bellows: "Come back some time and I'll let that suit out."
Leering barely begins to describe Hephasteus' icky demeanor. He has a deeply creepy obsession with Wonder Woman's fuller figure. Of course, this was also highlighted in a later episode of Justice League Unlimited, when Wonder Woman places The Atom in her cleavage for a completely gratuitous boob zoom in.