Fridge / Justice League

Fridge Brilliance

  • In "Hereafter", after Superman is apparently killed, Flash stops Diana from killing Toyman, stating that they (especially Superman) "don't do that to [their] enemies". Flash forward to JLU and "Divided We Fall", when Luthor has apparently killed Flash: who springs forward to stop Superman from killing Luthor? Diana. And then she's stopped by Batman, who trusts Clark and knows he won't commit murder, because even in these circumstances, "[they] don't do that to [their] enemies".
    • The focus on Batman and Wonder Woman's reaction is also a contrast to their Justice Lord counterparts. They were the first to witness the aftermath of Superman's murder of Luthor. And they accepted it. Here, they of course do not, which shows that the 'real' Justice League has taken to heart the lessons they learned by discovering the Justice Lords' dimension.
  • Brought up in the Radar page: "Epilogue", which was meant to be the end of the DCAU, consists of Amanda Waller confessing to Terry the secrets about his origin. In other words, the Fat Lady is singing.
  • In "Epilogue", there is another reason why The Phantasm was unable to kill Terry's parents. While it is true that taking a life wouldn't honor the memory and spirit of Batman, there is also the point that Andrea Beaumont couldn't bring herself to harm Bruce Wayne's son, not even psychologically. She loved him that much.
  • When Aquaman saves Grundy in "The Terror Beyond," he gets Grundy to come with him by promising him gold. Grundy doesn't seem to have any want to buy anything and just enjoys having it (rubbing it lovingly against his face), though once he becomes aware of how he has no soul, he calls the gold worthless and demands that. Grundy's love of gold is either a holdover from his past life as a greedy, materialistic gangster, or an unconscious pining for the human side of himself; Cyrus Gold.
  • In the climax of "Legends," it's clearly established that the Justice Guild is merely a figment of the mutant boy's imagination. So why did they turn on him, if they were part of his own fantasy? Why didn't he just force them to abandon the fight? Simple. Even in the boy's own version of reality, he simply could not imagine them doing anything other than the right thing. Even if it meant taking him down, and ending their own existence.
  • Justice Lord Superman's tendency to use heat vision to lobotomize people makes sense for 2 reasons:
    • 1. He can still claim he didn't technically kill his opponent since most of them survive it and become docile as a result.
    • 2. He killed President Luthor with heat vision. As much as he claims he's better off without him Lord Superman is trying to fill the void Luthor left by reliving killing him over and over again.
  • "And I'm Charlton Heston. Dolt!" I forget, what movie was Heston so famous for?
  • "Injustice For All" of course the traitor in the Injustice Gang wasn't Cheetah. First, Wonder Woman didn't correct Superman when he asked who "he" was. Second, if anyone would recognize Cheetah's voice...
  • The lyrics of Batman's song in "This little piggy" actually describe Bats pretty well: "There was a time I was the only one" / "and now I am the sad and only one"... not sure if intentional or not, though.
  • The Z-8 drone that appears in the Unlimited episode "Fearful Symmetry" makes a recursive moment for the Batman Beyond episode "Zeta". By building Zeta out of an old training drone chassis, it makes it really hard to track who actually made it, on the off chance it was compromised or destroyed.
  • Batman trapping David and Enid in a time loop may seem uncharacteristically chilling, putting it in the Nightmare Fuel page. But think about it, Batman knows how dangerous even messing with time is, and he's not a monster. He no doubt set up that time loop counting on the future JL to detect it, find and free David Clinton, and arrest him. So basically, Batman didn't trap Clinton in a Fate Worse Than Death, he just set off a huge neon light saying "come and get me" over Clinton's house.
  • Superman's "World of Cardboard" Speech becomes even more awesome when you realize that the very first time Superman uses his strength in Superman: The Animated Series, he refers to tearing the door off a van as if it were made of cardboard. Superman has been literally thinking of this comparison as his reality since he first found out he has superpowers. And it becomes a perfect bookend for his character in the Timmverse.
  • Why was Justice Lord Batman monitoring parallel universes in the first place? He may have been having doubts about the way they were doing things, and wanted to see how things are done differently. The purpose of having the Justice Lords get the Justice League to their world was so that Batman can face himself.
  • At the end of the series premier, Superman is able to connect with J'onn over their similar pasts. However, this is shown even before that, the first time J'onn morphs into his "human" form. Whereas J'onn's natural Martian form is tall and (comparatively) thin, his "human" form is extremely broad-shouldered, with almost the exact same proportions as Superman. In addition, his wardrobe is the same. Both Superman and J'onn have Underwear of Power with very similar belts, and similar capes. J'onn had already recognized his similarities with Superman at least subconsciously and expressed this in his outward appearance.
  • It's occasionally evident that Batman finds Flash somewhat annoying and that Flash finds Batman to be something of a "pompous jerk". That fits their obvious personality differences... which may be exacerbated by the fact that, as the two non-flying members of the original seven, they would often be stuck with each other in a vehicle or Green Lantern energy bubble.
  • At the end of Legends, after the Justice Guild's world has reverted to its true post-apocalyptic state, the Officer O'Hara-type character thanks the Justice League for allowing them to truly rebuild their world. Listen closely—his accent is much more subdued than it was in all of his previous appearances. Since the whole world was an illusion at least partly based on what Ray Thompson perceived from popular culture and stereotypes of the day, it makes perfect sense that the Irish cop would have a very strong, recognizable Irish accent for the duration of the illusion, either enforced by Ray's psychic powers or done deliberately by the officer to try and stay in his good graces.
  • In "Only a Dream", Superman giving up might be seen as only a reflection of the intensity of the nightmare, but there's another explanation. When Superman is fighting and needs to call up more determination under normal circumstances, what is he probably thinking about? The people who need him. His nightmare shifts the scenario in two important ways — one, most of the people (if not all) he would normally be fighting to save are dead, and two, he's not fighting an outside threat. The biggest threat to any survivors at the moment is himself.
  • In 'Injustice For All' Batman seduces Cheetah to make it seem like she's The Mole. But there could be another reason: the Injustice League would focus far more on the footage of Batman and Cheetah making out than, say, Batman discussing a deal with the Ultra-Humanite.

Fridge Horror

  • During Flash's battle with Lexiac in "Divided We Fall", we see the former literally circling the Earth in a matter of seconds for a running start. This requires traveling at a fraction of the speed of light. At that speed, the kinetic energy would flatten any object in his path. Raindrops. Insects. Birds. Buildings. People. It's the horizontal version of Not the Fall That Kills You. And Flash has milliseconds to react and veer off should he spot something—or someone—in his way.
    • This goes back to Fridge Brilliance in terms of why the first strike at Lexiac took ten seconds, whereas the Flash could later strike him four times in a couple of seconds: he needed time to determine the safest path around the world.
  • Lex Luthor defeated Darkseid by showing him the Anti-Life Equation. This means that if Darkseid ever comes back or his servants bring him back from the dead, the Timmverse is screwed.
    • Word of God says that both Luthor and Darkseid are alive... but merged with the Source Wall, so I doubt they will be able to come back...
  • When Lex Luthor hijacks the Watchtower's Binary Fusion Cannon, and targets CADMUS. The first reaction shots are of a simple, bright white light. To anyone nearby, it would have looked liked the predicted effect of a nuclear attack. Judging from the sheer devastation from the clean up, casualties are certain, and their last thoughts were about the horror of nuclear weapons. America's Greatest Fear come true.
  • More like a Fridge Tear Jerker, but reflect on this: It's probably not long after the finale that Tim Drake is kidnapped by the Joker and Harley Quin. That incident is what leads to Bruce slowly cutting himself off from all contact until we see him old and alone in "Rebirth". Look back at how many allies Bruce had to have gained through the League, especially how close he was to Clark and Diana; realize that he'll eventually be shutting THEM out as well. Sorta sours that ending, doesn't it?
    • Given Tim Drake isn't all that much older than in TAS when Joker gets to him and the last time we see Joker is in the Season 2 Episode "Wild Cards" this probably happened before JLU even started. Which means Batman was dealing with his protege being tortured and the death of the Joker, and no one ever mentions it. You'd also have expected at least Batgirl to have joined the League when it expanded, but aside from a alternate reality Cameo, she's only mentioned. Once in "Comfort and Joy" which is before "Wild Cards" and once in JLU's "Epilogue." So all throughout JLU Batman was dealing with that guilt.
    • If Robin was patrolling alone because Batman was occupied with League business, that would contribute to his decision to cut off ties — on some level, he'd blame them for keeping him busy at a crucial moment and himself for getting entangled with them in the first place.
  • In "Epilogue", Warren McGinnis's DNA gets overwritten with Bruce Wayne's DNA, which likely caused a divorce between himself and Mary because of how Terry and Matt looked nothing like them. So a happy family got destroyed to make Batman, which was what Joe Chill did.
  • In "Maid of Honour", since we never find out the fate of the King of Kaznia and the rail-gun destroys the castle where he was last shown, we're left with the realization that Batman of all people may have just accidentally killed Princess Audrey's father with a big honking space-gun!
    • Wasn't he supposed to be at the hospital?
    • Actually, there's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it shot of a Kaznian soldier carrying someone in purple, similar to what the king was wearing in bed, away from the palace over his shoulder.
  • In "Hereafter" the first thing Superman does when he returns to the past is save Batman from a sniper shot. Batman died in the original timeline. Savage only said that the League tried to stop him, but the only specific member he named was Green Lantern (who was apparently the hardest to kill); if Bats doesn't merit a mention from Savage, he likely was successfully sniped in the original timeline. Tough as he is, he's still only human and the only non-empowered member of the League.
  • In "Clash", remember that Captain Marvel is a 12 year-old boy that only looks like a grown man, whom Superman is punching six ways from Sunday and pile-driving a bank vault into (multiple times!) so hard he's buried in concrete, only his hand sticking out of the rubble. Superman might not have known this before the battle, but when Marvel transformed back into Billy, Supes' reaction was just a condescending, "Fight's over, son," rather than the horrified realization he was literally beating up a child. Even the pressure of Lex's device about to go off doesn't excuse him.
  • In "Ultimatum", when the Ultimen's cellular degeneration is discovered, Maxwell Lord wants to do everything they can to help. Enter Amanda Waller, gruffly declaring it "not our priority" and bluntly reminding Lord that his opinion doesn't matter. At the end of the episode, Lord promises to take care of the ones being returned to Cadmus custody and see to it that their last days are comfortable... a promise he has no way of keeping if Waller has other ideas.
  • In "Kids' Stuff", Mordred's spell to get rid of all the adults... well, got rid of all the adults, everywhere, no matter what they were doing. How many kids were in cars, planes, surgery, or otherwise suddenly in mortal danger? Unless the spell somehow accounted for all that, Mordred could be responsible for untold thousands of deaths.
  • In "Only a Dream", Superman's nightmare is horrifying enough as it is...and then you realize that Superman isn't just super-powerful; he has Super Senses. Destiny forced him into experiencing the deaths of at least three people and the destruction of his city in all the intensity that his senses would allow.
  • In "For the Man Who Has Everything", Superman's "greatest wish", as determined by the Black Mercy, shows him back on Krypton, which in this version never exploded. While it would be hard to imagine that he wouldn't want Krypton to be restored, does this mean Earth and all his loved ones here are just Replacement Goldfish for a world he wants but can't have?
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