In a parallel Earth ruled by the Crime Syndicate, the Justice League must fight their evil doppelgangers in a battle that would be dead even, except that their malicious counterparts are willing to do the one thing Batman and Superman never would: kill.
The Multiverse is arguably one of the greatest concepts in DC Comics history. An infinite number of Earths, each offering its own twists on the same group of people, events and more. DC Entertainment tackled the Multiverse head-on with 2010’s animated feature Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths. In this film, the Justice League meets the Crime Syndicate, a team from an alternate Earth who serves as a villainous parallel to our heroes.
The story of Crisis on Two Earths is pretty fascinating. Again, I’ve always loved the idea of a Multiverse, and this movie handles that well. Seeing alternative portrayals of well-known characters is interesting, while I was really into the role-reversal of the heroes and villains. For example, Lex Luthor is a hero from this second Earth, unlike his villainous counterpart that we’re all familiar with. The storyline is grand in scale, which makes sense given the subject matter. It also has some neat twists and turns.
The animation in Crisis on Two Earths is pretty good. I like the character designs, and the action scenes are a lot of fun. For example, there’s an aerial battle sequence with Superman, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter and other characters. It was really cool. The action is colorful, exciting and all-around entertaining. AKA, exactly what you’d expect from an animated DC film.
Where Crisis on Two Earths falls short, however, is the voice acting. Several actors sounded tired and dry in their performances. William Baldwin was a miscast for Batman. His voice just didn’t feel like a good fit for the character. Mark Harmon is slightly better as Superman, while Chris Noth is pretty good as Lex Luthor. The real standout performances here are Vanessa Marshall as Wonder Woman, Josh Keaton as Flash, and Nolan North as Green Lantern. They were all great.
In summary, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths is a solid film. Its portrayal of the Multiverse makes it stand out from other animated DC movies, while the action is as dazzling as you would expect. However, the underwhelming voice acting keeps it from being one of the true greats in this catalog of films. Reagrdless, it’s still a fun and memorable installment from DC’s line of original animated movies. Fingers crossed that the Multiverse is revisited in future films.
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