01 March 2010

The Justice League: A Super Friendly Tour (Crisis on Two Earths)

Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths

In February, DC animation experienced its first Crisis event in Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths. In the adventure, the Justice League crossed over to a parallel world where evil counterparts ran a mafia style Crime Syndicate. Ultraman (a Superman analog) was the mob's leader though his susceptibility was to blue Kryptonite. Superwoman, who at first glance seemed a Wonder Woman mirror actually had more in common with Miss Mary Marvel (of the Shazam! clan). Owlman (like Batman) was the brains of the organization. Johnny Quick was a speedster and Power Ring wielded, well, a power ring.

J'edd J'arkus of green alien descent was also one of the big guns with the Hawk-like Angelique at his side.

Each of these big six had several "made men" and super-powered lieutenants serving under them and a lot of the fun was identifying their Justice League counterparts. Superwoman actually led a Super Family of Captain Super, Captain Super Jr., and even Uncle Super inspired by DC's Marvel family better known as Captain Marvel AKA Shazam!, Uncle Marvel, and Captain Marvel Jr.

So who was Wonder Woman's doppelganger you may be asking? None other than Olympia.

Although a glimpse of the organization was revealed with villainous versions of Mr. Terrific, Cyborg, Wildcat, Sandman, Blue Beetle, Zatanna, Metamorpho, Doctor Fate, and others show, Syndicate members that received the most actual screen time were based on obscure members of the Justice League Detroit and the Outsiders.

Breakdance was their Vibe (as seen in Justice League Unlimited cameos)

Animal powered Vamp was their Vixen (a regular on Justice League Unlimited).

Model Citizen filled in for Looker (making her on screen debut).

Sai fought with sai rather than a katana, weapon of choice for Katana (member of the Outsiders in Batman: The Brave and the Bold)

Aurora was inspired by Halo (never before seen outside of comics).

Gypsy Woman had a lot in common with Gypsy (a Where's Waldo of Justice League Unlimited).

Extruded Man had a questionably better name than Elongated Man (who had a couple of lines of dialogue on Justice League Unlimited and Batman: The Brave and the Bold).

Aside from the core team a few new Leaguers were recruited including Red Tornado, Aquaman, Black Lightning (making his second on screen appearance after his debut in the last DC DVD Superman Batman: Public Enemies), Firestorm (hot off of his first appearance in 20+ years since Super Friends on Batman: The Brave and the Bold), and Black Canary.

Black Power stepped up as the counter to Black Lightning.

Scream Queen filled in as an evil Black Canary.

Though Green Arrow was no where to be seen (though he was a major player n Justice League Unlimited) Archer played a big role for the Crime Syndicate.

The already questionable Lobo's counterpart Warwolf was another of the made men.

And Jimmy Olsen AKA Mr. Action was Ultraman's Pal.

It should be mentioned that the good guys in the counter Earth also formed a Justice League, though it only has two members: Alexander Luthor and Jester (plus Jester's monkey Harley).

The other Earth's President Slade Wilson is better known in comics as Deathstroke the Terminator AKA Slade for fans of the animated Teen Titans series. In comics, his daughter Rose AKA Ravager was a member of the Teen Titans.

Although originally dubbed World's Collide, this tale was penned to fill the gap between Justice League and Justice League Unlimited, explaining bits of tid like how Wonder Woman obtained her invisible jet and how the League grew in numbers. The story was rewritten and stood just as fine on its own though it may end up adopted a s apocryphal to the cannon of DC animated continuity. It was also a treat to see an homage to the classic cover of Brave and the Bold #28, first appearance of the Justice League, showing the team fighting the dreaded Starro.


  1. Superwoman is the Wonder Woman's evil counterpart forever...That story about Mary Marvel is ridiculous. Her creators did her that way...so that's it.

  2. I liked the Marvel Family version...but she was missing the "S" pendant and the shape.

    Hated Ultraman's costume though. Give me the "earth 2" version.

  3. I love the way most of the bad guys were drawn.

    I hated the way they drew Batman & Ultraman. Owlman was a compleat joke.

    If I had my way I would have "Super Woman" and here made men become regular villan for the justice league. Hell I would love to see her as a new "Car-Woman" for Batman.

  4. you got one of these wrong.

    wonder womans Counterpart is Super Girl, you see this on the movies Cover.


  5. On the cover, it does appear that way (and also in the comic Earth-2). But in the movie, even though Superwoman is matched against Wondy, she is more like Mary Marvel. At least thats my take.

  6. The writer, Dwayne McDuffie, actually confirmed that Superwoman was supposed to be Mary Marvel. It's about half-way down the page.


    "Superwoman is indeed a Mary Marvel analogue. Her three main "Made Men" are the lieutenant Marvels (note that their costumes all match). Later in the story, Wonder Woman fights "Olympiad," intended as a Wonder Woman analogue."