"The Trouble with Truth" is the twenty second episode of the first season of Justice League Action. It is the twenty second episode of the series overall.
The JLA find themselves in danger of losing Wonder Woman when the goddess Athena comes to Earth with an offer Diana can't refuse, filling the position of the Goddess of Truth on Mt. Olympus.
Batman, Wonder Woman and Green Arrow are battling against the terrorists of HIVE in a warehouse. When one of them is lassooed by Wonder Woman he begins to reveal that they have planted a cobalt fusion bomb in Metropolis but is knocked out by gas from his radio device before he can mention the location. Speaking over the radio, the HIVE Master tells the superheroes that they will not discover that location before the bomb destroys Metropolis. Later, in the Watchtower, Batman hopes to trace the radioactive signature of the bomb and he and Wonder Woman radio Superman, who is in New Genesis (wherever that is), to tell him his presence is not needed.
An unrelated thing then happens when a force outside the Watchtower smashes its way in to reveal itself as Athena the Greek goddess of wisdom and war, accompanied by her owl, Bubo. She addresses Wonder Woman and announces that in recognition of her acheivments she is to abandon her current life and become the new Goddess of Truth. Wonder Woman accepts but says that she must deal with HIVE first, and Athena decides to tag along until she is ready. Batman is still trying to locate the bomb on a scanner when Athena and Bubo irritatingly interrupt and show the location. Smoothie Green Arrow offers his services to Athena but the job of archer to the gods is already taken by Artemis.
In the Leagues' aircraft, the three superheroes together with Athena and the owl approach the bomb's location. HIVE Master tells them over the radio that they are too late and launches missiles that shoot down the aircraft. They all eject in time, and while Wonder Woman saves civilians from the crashing plane and a falling crane, Batman and Green Arrow take out the HIVE defences and rescue Athena. They go into a warehouse, but Batman still can't pinpoint the bomb so Athena and Bubo have to show the way. Also, to assist, Athena transforms into the Goddess of War and Bubo into her bow.
The group burst into the underground centre of HIVE operations and become involved in a firefight with a force of the mercenaries, finally eliminating them all. Green Arrow continues to try to impress the goddess with his archery but to no avail. Then the HIVE Master appears in a walking combat machine which shoots, for some reason, a sticky substance at the heroes but, after a lengthy struggle, Wonder Woman breaks open the machine and grabs HIVE Master. But the latter fanatically triggers a 30-second countdown for the bomb which is finally revealed. Wonder Woman just throws him into the sticky mess and leaves him there while she helps the others gather up the mercenaries that they have just battered and take them into an escape vehicle. Faced with being destroyed by his own bomb, HIVE Master loses his nerve and shouts out the code to stop the countdown.
Athena congratulates Wonder Woman on her success, realizes that it is more important for her to continue her current work and abandons her plan to make her a goddess. Green Arrow instead pitches for the job of God of Love but does not like the dress code (like baby Cupid/Eros).
Appearing in “The Trouble with Truth”
- Athena's robot owl, Bubo, is a character from the 1981 film, Clash of the Titans, now owned by Justice League Action's distributor, Warner Brothers.