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Fridge Brilliance

  • Superwoman's immaturity and mad crush on Owlman makes a little more sense - and becomes a whole lot more creepy - when you consider that she might be a teenage girl. He might know this, which would lead to even more Fridge Squick, but not necessarily. In the comic and the animated adaptation of Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, Batman didn't know that Captain Marvel was a child. Here.
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  • Why doesn't Lex just whip out the Kryptonite before Ultraman starts pounding on him? Because if he did, Ultraman would fall out of range giving him time to recover and adapt. So Lex saves it till Ultraman has him pinned on a roof.
  • The ending seemed a little Narmy until you realize that what good Lex had said earlier was true: though the remainder of the Crime Syndicate probably could have taken down the Marines, Ultraman realized that now the people of his Earth were no longer afraid of him, and that fighting the Marines would have been futile. Not only would they had to have faced the full Justice League again, but they would have to face everybody on their Earth who was willing to fight back, and that it was a pointless battle. Also, as President Wilson said, they had enough nukes to kill everyone. Even if Ultraman could survive that, Superman probably would have as well and if he had won THAT fight, there was no guarantee he could survive off of sunlight until he got back to Earth.
  • Here's one that only makes sense if you take the DCAU into account. Flash is repeatedly shown to be the most moral of the League, and the League would fall apart without him. His counterpart Johnny Quick is the only one of the Crime Syndicate with some good in him, and the Syndicate is defeated almost immediately after he dies.
    • The bond between speedsters still is in force here — The Flash rushes to a dying Johnny Quick. Villain or no, Quick is a speedster and also one with the Speed Force.
  • Power Ring doesn't seem to care about whether the mob succeeds or not - makes sense, since he's still a space cop.
    • Or possibly more of an envoy from a space crime league, if the Green Lantern Corps is evil in this universe.
  • The movie was originally supposed to be set between Justice League and Justice League Unlimited. The new JL Watchtower with transporters, Wonder Woman's invisible plane, and the membership drive bear this out. The only thing keeping it from actually fitting in with the DCAU continuity is that Hal Jordan is Green Lantern instead of John Stewart.
    • There is one more thing that keeps it from fitting in the regular Timmverse: The quick flashes of the End of Mars does not fit with what was established in Justice League's introductory episode; however, this could be a stylistic choice.
    • There's also the fact that regular-Earth Lex Luthor is in a prison cell, while at that point in the DCAU, he was running for president.
  • The hailstorm of wrestling moves Wonder Woman rails on Superwoman with makes a lot of sense when you remember that wrestling as a sport/combat form was invented by the Greeks.
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  • You have to wonder what Black Canary would have thought of Wonder Woman urging J'onn to remain on Earth-2 to be with Rose. Probably approval, since she did the same thing to be with Green Arrow in the comics, back in the 1970s.
  • Meta brilliance: The first few Crime Syndicate figures released in the Justice League Unlimited toyline were Ultraman, Power Ring and Superwoman. They are the Crime Syndicate survivors, so even the DCAU-based toyline kinda fits with the movie.
  • When Owlman realizes that his choices are pointless, he's more correct than he thinks. According to Word of God, it's impossible to destroy Earth-Prime because once sapient life arrives, divergence will ensue for every choice made just like on any other world. In short, Owlman would have destroyed one of Earth-Prime's offshoots. Neither he nor any copy of him will be able to even touch Earth-Prime.
  • The designs of Ultraman and Johnny Quick are noticeably different from their comic book counterparts', particularly the abundance of color yellow. This starts to make sense, however, if one remembers that a green power ring is weak against yellow - it isn't just a fashion choice, it's a precaution against Power Ring, who seems to have problems with authority.
  • Why is Earth-Prime a barren, empty plain? Because there, no choices were made at all.
    • Except there are ruins on its surface, which require a choice to build those structures in the first place (as well as invent the tools with which to build them, etc.).

Fridge Horror

  • This may be negated by assuming origin stories for characters from the comics, but based purely on the total lack of backstories for Crime Syndicate members in the movie, one might assume Power Ring to be a member of the Green Lantern Corps. If that were indeed the case, it would mean his ring had chosen a villain... which would, by extension, mean the Guardians of the Universe and the entire Corps must also be villains.
    • More then likely he is like the comic version, using an Alan Scott style power ring that is similar but seperate to the actual Corps rings
    • In the comics the Crime Syndicate come from the Anti-Matter universe, and there are no Guardians of the Universe / Oa. Instead, there are the Weaponers of Qward, enemies of the Guardians and the ones who gave Sinestro (ie. the mainstream Sinestro) his yellow power ring. The Anti-Matter universe and all universes were created thanks to the actions of the renegade Guardian / Oan Krona, due to him messing around with time-travel and the Big Bang. I'm not entirely sure if the Guardians even have counterparts, evil or otherwise, in any universe, but they do not have them in the Anti-Matter universe. The Weaponers of Qward are a distinct species and look and act completely different, though I believe Qward occupies the same space relative to Oa in the Anti-Matter verse.
    • Alternatively, Power Ring is in a situation similar to pre-yellow ring Sinestro: he's abusing his power, but keeping it secret from the Corps.
    • At the time this continuity was set, the comics revealed that Power Ring was... the ring itself. The bearer was nothing more than the ring's tool, generally a cowardly and weak-willed person to make it easier to control them. So instead of an evil Green Lantern Corps, we have an intelligent magic item putting someone through And I Must Scream.
  • When Owlman merely says "It doesn't matter" as he is destroyed, It sounded less like begrudging acceptance of his death, but realization that he's not done yet. He says earlier that there are "alternate versions of him." If alternate universes are created by every choice, big and small, there are still omnicidal owlmen out there. How long until one gets the means to carry out the same plan?
    • It doesn't matter what he does, Earth-Prime will still exist. If he blew up Earth-Prime, he would have only created two new Earths (one fine, one exploded) while Earth-Prime still exists untouched.
  • When the Justice League needs to devise an alternate method to follow Owlman to Earth-Prime, Johnny Quick volunteers to help save the multiverse. But it wasn't just Batman who knew the fatal outcome. Luthor is every bit Batman's equal in intellect; How could he not know the volunteer would die? He says the person for the job has to be fast, as if he didn't know they had TWO super speedsters in the group. Rather than outright ask the Flash who would not have hesitated, he set Batman up to rebuke him so Johnny would take his place. The horror is that both Batman AND Luthor are ruthless enough to manipulate a villain to make a sacrifice if it will spare one of their own. And they even did it simply by playing off of each other.
  • If Owlman's beliefs about how the multiverse works are correct, then there could be a world where the Justice League refused to help stop the Crime Syndicate.
    • It's way worse than that: Every world is possible. A world where Batman tried to destroy Earth Prime, another where all the Justice League tried ... And think about it, there are others where YOU were the one trying to go to Earth-Prime to destroy the multiverse. Every hour, billions of people try to reach Earth-1 and destroy it. Knowing this, it's good to know that is impossible.
  • The Jester owned a pet monkey named Harley. And considering how everyone else from the mainline universe seems to have a counterpart in that dimension, there are some disturbing questions as to how the monkey got that name. Either that monkey is the Harley Quinn counterpart, or there was a human Harley at some point...
  • Quite the Tearjerker one, Johnny Quick's graceful acceptance of the fact Batman set him up to sacrifice himself: with the kind of teammates he had, he probably was prepared to be backstabbed one day. At least it was for a good reason and the Justice League felt awful over it.

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