Hey everyone, so I came across this online and decided to check it out. As some of you may remember I reviewed the comic form of this written by Grant Morrison a few weeks ago, and gave that version of it a 1/10. So it wasn't very good from my standpoint. I said I was looking forward to this and hoping that I'd be a little happier with this version. So today I'll let you guys know the basic premise and what I liked and disliked about this animated movie. So lets jump into my review of Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, written by Dwayne McDuffie and based on JLA: Earth 2 by Grant Morrison.
Like JLA: Earth 2 this film was about Alexander Luthor of Earth 2 coming to our Earth to get help from the JLA to face the Crime Syndicate of Amerika back on his home world. Unlike the comic version where Martian Manhunter and Aquaman stayed to watch over Earth, Batman stayed and Manhunter joined Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash and Green Lantern in helping Alexander Luthor. The difference between this and the comic is more fight scenes of course, and something we didn't get in the comic, which was the big fight between the counterparts. Superman/Ultraman, Wonder Woman/Superwoman, Green Lantern/Power Ring and so on.
The Voice Acting: Some of the voice acting in the movie is just wonderful. Gina Torres damn near stole the show as Superwoman. She's not a novice to Voice acting for comics as she voiced Vixen on Justice League Unlimited. Vanessa Marshall as Wonder Woman, Mark Harmon as Superman and The Great James Woods as Owlman also were standouts of this animated film. Nolan North (voice of Nathan Drake of Uncharted) as Green Lantern and Josh Keaton (Peter Parker on Spectacular Spiderman) as The Flash were so great in their roles I wouldn't mind if they took those roles permanently.
The Story: The story was much better than the original comic that Grant wrote. In Grant's it just seemed like a big confusing story, in This version some villains had ulterior motives, some were closet heroes, and one character even tries to blow up the entire Multiverse. Now that adds depth to the characters.
Guest Appearances: This was chock full of extra appearances. While on our original earth we saw apearances by Aquaman, Firestorm, Black Canary, Black Lightning (with his bald haircut and jumpsuit), and Red Tornado. While on Earth 2 we saw an alternate Oliver Queen as Red Arrow, an alternate Black Canary with short hair, Black Lightning with his afro and bell bottoms, and a super buff Jimmy Olsen. Oh and did I mention the President is a reformed Slade "Deathstroke" Wilson, and his daughter Rose "Ravager" Wilson is a free speaking liberal? Man that alone is worth watching. And you won't believe which JLA'er she falls in love with.
Wonder Woman's Invisible Jet: Finally someone explained how she got it. That was a great moment of the film, also when Flash asked "Why do you need a jet, you can fly!" and Green Lantern replies "You drive a car, don't you?" That was a pretty funny moment I'm glad they added in.
The Voice Acting: I know you're like what? I thought you liked that. Well some of the voices were great, some were horrible. Whoever felt the need to cast William Baldwin as Batman should be slapped twice. At this point it's Conroy or no one. Kevin sadly won't live forever, but while he is alive he should ALWAYS be Batman. Simple as that. That ruined alot for me.
Batman/Owlman: This....is where the straw broke the Camels back. Firstly, Batman has been shown to always have a plan to last if not defeat anyone. Green Lantern, Flash, Wonder Woman, Superman. He has a plan for them all, yet he manages to get his ass whooped not once, not twice but FOUR TIMES IN THIS ONE FILM! I mean... I know he's Human, but I mean he even got beat up by Owlman. Their basically the same person, no way he should clean Bruce's clock like he did. Also, Batman who gets beat up a ton is apparently not equal to Owlman who when tying up with Wonder Woman she has to struggle to over power him. Wonder Woman is almost as strong as Superman...yet she has to struggle to over power Owlman, but Superwoman whooped Batman up with ease. Stuff like that just bothers me.
The Ending: Man I hated the ending. We all know that no amount of Marines or nuclear weapons can stop Superman. Son if Ultraman has already destroyed all the blue Kryptonite which is his weakness, and he's invulnerable to nuclear weapons, then why the hell would he just give up just because they threaten him with Marines and nuclear weapons. That's just dumb. It seemed like something they threw in at the last second for a happy ending.
Final Rating: This is better than JLA: Earth 2. I'll admit that. It's not all great though. Batman being treated like a rookie and voiced by someone who clearly shouldn't voice him is annoying. Gina Torres is wonderful as Ultrawoman and the fight scene between her and Wonder Woman is fantastic. All in all, this is a good watch but not worth going out of your way. I've seen better like the Wonder Woman and Superman/Batman Public Enemies, but I'm sure there's much worse. But I'd give Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths a 6/10.
Also, I just wanna wish everyone, especially my beautiful girlfriend Falisha a Happy Valentine's Day. Thanks to everyone for reading, as always comments are appreciated. So thanks again for checking out JTCS, You've just been Gobsmacked! (Still trying out Send off lines)
- Jason Todd