Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, the latest release direct to DVD from DC Comics and Warner Brothers came out last week. Interviews with the cast and creators have been featured at numerous web sites leading up to the release. Here are a few that covered the event:
There was even a premiere which was attended by our own Cesar "Masked Avenger" Zamora. See his blog about the premiere here!.
The story is basically the main JLA dealing with their evil counterparts. This story was first told in the Silver Age of Comics, in JLA issues 29 and 30, which introduced readers to Earth 3 and the Crime Syndicate. The story has been revised and updated a number of times, most recently in the Morrison/Quiety JLA:Earth 2 graphic novel. In that retelling, a good Lex travels to ‘our’ earth to find help fighting the Syndicate. Since he came from his earth to a second one, he calls ‘our’ earth, "Earth 2". For why JL/JLU fans should care, read on …
But first, some background. For some reason, the Crime Syndicate usually only has 5 members, evil verisons of
Superman – Ultra Man,
Batman – Owl Man,
Wonder Woman – Super Woman,
Green Lantern – Power Ring,
Flash – Johnny Quick
For the movie/DVD version, they added an evil Martian Manhunter. The good Joker also makes an appearance. A cool device the writer uses is that other groups of DC Heroes work as underlings for the main team. The evil Outsiders work for evil Batman, the evil Detroit JLA members work for the evil Martian Manhunter, the evil Shazam Family works for evil Wonder Woman. My only gripe is that almost none of the secondary villains or heroes get named during the movie. For names, the only source we have is the Facebook collectable card game for the movie.
FaceBook Justice League Card Collecting
(Note: all pictures with numbers in this blog credited to that application)
I promised in the title there was a reason JL/JLU fans would want to see this. According to interviews with both writer Dwayne McDuffie and producer Bruce Timm, this movie was originally intended to be part of the DC Animated continuity along with Batman TAS, Superman TAS, Justice League, and JLU. This movie was to be the bridging story between JL and Justice League Unlimited. They were working on developing this movie along with the JLU series at the same time. Eventually, the series took over and the movie got shelved. Until now.
Sure, they changed some things to make it work as a stand alone movie, and they changed the voice actors, but as you watch it, the tones of JL are there and you can feel the movement from a team of 6 to a team of 60 as the story progresses. It really feels like a JL movie.
Toys? The line that makes sense, as some of us have discussed in the Mattel forum, is the JLU line. The animation is very similar to that of JL and JLU. Who are the new key players? Which characters would now "be" part of the continuity which many collectors say is key to them? For me, it would be the main Crime Syndicate, Luthor, and the new JL members. I just did not find most of the rest of the evil versions of the heroes did enough to make me want them as toys.
Ultra Man (on his way)
Super Woman (already made)
Aquaman in his Superman TAS style (on his way)
Black Lightning in his JLA comic costume
Firestorm, the Jason Rusch version.
So, Mattel, if you are listening, I’d gladly take a C2E Batman, C2E Luthor, and C2E Owlman JLU 3 pack!
The discussion about C2E toys in the JLU line has already started. Join in HERE if a member or leave you comments below.