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Summary:  Black Canary recruits Green Arrow to help her dissuade Wildcat, her friend and mentor, from competing in Meta-Brawl, an illegal, underground fighting organization that features costumed and / or superhuman combatants.  The problem, however, is that Wildcat doesn't want to stop, so they must find another way to convince him before he is fired from the Justice League.

JL Mission Roll Call:  Black Canary, Green Arrow, Wildcat

Featured Characters:  Black Canary, Green Arrow, Wildcat

Villain:  Roulette

Supporting Villains:  Amygdala, Atomic Skull, Bloodsport, The Electrocutioner, Evil Star, Hellgrammite, Sportsmaster, Tracer


Cartoon Network on “The Cat and the Canary”:  “Black Canary convinces Green Arrow to help save her mentor, the Wildcat, from his involvement in an underground, super-powered fight club (courtesy of The World's Finest).”

Bruce Timm on the possibility of Catwoman in “The Cat and the Canary”:  “All Batman villains and supporting characters are still ‘off-limits’ to Justice League Unlimited for the time being; the ‘cat’ is indeed Wildcat.  As for that old, never-produced Catwoman versus Black Canary BTAS story, it never got past the ‘vaguely-talking-about-the-possibility’ stage; nothing was ever even set down on paper (courtesy of Toon Zone).”

Maxie Zeus on “The Cat and the Canary”:  “The human versus superhuman angle isn’t played up, but it’s an example of some very subtle technique.  This episode is not explicitly part of the ‘conspiracy’ arc, but it appears to add a bit of flourish to it.  ‘Wake the Dead’ stuck in a big exclamation point when it had crowd members jeer Shayera as a traitor, ‘The Cat and the Canary’ makes a similar observation so allusively you might miss it.  The crowd that bays for meta-human blood and adopts the avowedly ‘normal’ Wildcat as its hero is not a scummy lot (most of them look positively swank), but their fervent interest in the fights, along with Wildcat’s simmering rage, suggests the presence of a deep fissure running between the [Justice League] and the rest of society, and maybe even running through [the team] itself.  A more psychologically perceptive JLer—J’onn or Batman, say—might have looked into that crowd and felt a trickle of cold sweat run down the back of his head (courtesy of The World's Finest).”



Black Canary and Catwoman Image



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Images courtesy of The Bruce Timm Gallery and Toon Zone.

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