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  • F.T. Wolf

Review: Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths

Updated: Jun 13

Where Marvel currently reigns supreme when it comes to live-action blockbusters movies, it's an entirely different story when it comes to animated features. For years now, DC has had a steady output of direct-to-video films which are, generally speaking, all very well received by critics and fans alike. I've been watching these animated films for years now. I'm a big fan of animation and superheroes so the two are a match made in heaven for me. Recently, I got the change to finally watch one of these DC animated movies that I had heard about and even seen some clips from pop up on Youtube, but that I had never seen in full. Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, released all the way back in 2010.

Fun little behind the scenes production story for you: the movie was meant to connect the Justice League and Justice League Unlimited animated TV shows. It was put into development in 2004 by Bruce Timm under the name Justice League: Worlds Collide. One of the things that the movie would explain was how Wonder Woman got her invisible Jet which in the show just, kind off, appeared out of thin air. The project ultimately got scrapped and picked up again and rewritten a few years later by Dwayne McDuffie but with some parts of the original script, like the invisible jet, still intact.

So, with that fun little tidbit out of the way, let's start this review proper by giving you a quick summary of the movie's setup, as I usually do.

The film opens on what I'm going to refer to as 'earth II' for convenience sake, a parallel world where all the superheroes are evil, and all the supervillains are good, bar some exceptions. This worlds Lex Luthor, together with his friend the Jester (AKA good-guy Joker), infiltrate the HQ of the Crime Syndicate (the evil Justice League) to steal the Quantum Trigger, a device that gives of an immeasurable amount of energy. While Jester stays behind to cover Lex's escape and is sadly killed, Lex manages to escape and evade the Crime Syndicate by transporting himself to a parallel earth. The Justice League of this earth is in the midst of the construction of the Watchtower when they are alerted by the Metropolis Police that Lex Luthor is in their custody and requesting the League's audience. After confirming he's indeed from a parallel world and hearing his plea, how the Crime Syndicate is essentially ruling his world through