It had to be Evil Twins: Crisis on Two Earths Review

I was never all that big of a Justice League fan when the animated series were airing on Toonami back in the day, but that’s not to say that I changed the channel when I happened to catch it every now and then. While most episodes were far from the anime-esque “soap opera” style story-telling I grew accustomed to, each episode was well-written, giving a good insight on the major characters involved in each episode and making the viewers really care for their well-being in the first place. Combine that with some cheesy comic relief lines that only a DC superhero could get away with and you’ve got quite the series on your hands.

So when I found out about Justice League: The New Frontier, a direct to DVD movie telling of the origins of the DC gang and based on what was apparently quite the critically acclaimed graphic novel, I figured I’d give it a shot and picked it up.

…figures that it takes them two more years for a direct to DVD Justice League movie that’s actually good. And it further figures that it end up being the one I rent since I’ve become so cautious about DC animated features since The New Frontier. And it even further figures that the better writing goes to the story that from first glance seems to be one of the most over-used superhero clichés in the history of forever.

As the cover art would suggest, Crisis on Two Earths is your basic evil twin/alternate dimension story-line, as we open with the heroes of an alternate universe, Lex Luthor and a character known as The Jester breaking into the bizarro Justice League’s base.

One of the last good guys remaining on the planet, Lex transports himself to the universe of the main Justice League, asking for their help to fight off their bizarro alternate selves (consisting of a mafia-esque Superman as well as Wathman‘s Night Owl and Silk Spectre II). With a story as simple as that, I can understand the whole direct to DVD thing. However, the writing is rich with action as well as good dialogue between the characters, mixing in serious tones with just the right amount of comic relief. In fact, if it weren’t for the Green Lantern being white, I’d have thought I was watching another exciting episode of Justice League: Unlimited in the Toonami block.

… my one complaint about how multiple universes are dealt with in this feature is all the talk about Earth Prime. Unlike TMNT: Forever, Crisis on Two Earths gets a bit more detailed on the creation of multiple universes, saying that a majority of them were created due to the presence of humans making certain choices—an infinite number of universes created based on the number of choices each person in the world can make. Going by that logic, the final battle could have been avoided altogether if you really think about it. And while I applaud recent graphic novels for making readers think, there is definitely a downside to it. Nothing a dose of suspension of beliefs/disbeliefs can’t fix.

Having only rented the standard single disc release, the only specials I was treated to were trailers/extended previews of DC’s past animated works, the only ones having any signs of possible watchibility being the recently released Batman/Superman crossover movie and the new Batman animated feature, Batman: Underneath the Red Hood. While the basis for both features seems interesting enough, I won’t be surprised that the next decent DVD movie cranked out by DC will have just as cliché of a plot as Crisis. Not necessarily a bad thing.

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About daemoncorps
Gabe (daemoncorps) has been writing about anime and the like since 2005, but has been babysat by it for much longer. He primarily spends his days distracting himself on twitter or writing for Fandom Post until he realizes he has a weekly webcomic (tapastic.com/series/scramblebouquet) to work on. He also just finished writing his first full-length graphic novel about unemployment (https://tapastic.com/episode/293804).

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