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For want of a nail – Justice League: Gods & Monsters

October 12, 2015


I can’t hear you over how awesome I am.

[Contains spoilers for Justice League: Gods & Monsters]

I am not an Elseworlds kind of gal. Give me the 616, the Earth-One or whatever. Except…I really love the Ultimate universe. So maybe I’m lying to myself. The kind of gal I really am is the kind who loves consistency.

Justice League: Gods & Monsters is a world not our own, with heroes not like ours. The world is amazing in its consistency, and the more I think about it, the more I see how logically everything was followed through.

For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For want of a horse the rider was lost.
For want of a rider the message was lost.
For want of a message the battle was lost.
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.

So now I’m going to use this post to figure out for myself how everything in this world works.

Because Zod slightly delayed the launch of the baby’s ship, it didn’t crash in Kansas to be found by the Kents. Instead it ended up closer to the West Coast, in a more populated area, to be found first by a migrant couple and then by the military. Because the Kents don’t hide the ship and the military gets there quickly, young Lex Luthor becomes more interested in science than business. He becomes a professor, the professor of many young talents, which in some cases accelerates their research. That academic bubble also creates the deep friendship between Kurt Langstrom and Will Magnus, which ends up turning Kurt into Batman.

Meanwhile, Superman is raised by America-loving migrants. Rather than having the opportunities that he might have had in Kansas, he does not go to college, does not become a journalist, and doesn’t go to the Daily Planet. Instead, he sees the harsh reality of how some people are treated better than others. He becomes a harder man for it. (Meanwhile, Lois Lane, suspicious of this version of Superman, ends up working on the web rather than for a traditional newspaper. Maybe because Lois & Clark’s articles weren’t causing the kinds of sales that would keep it in print?) He becomes the kind of powerful symbol that Bekka is drawn to when she’s left her own world and is looking for another.So Bekka comes and stays on Earth (maybe?).

Because Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman have such a tight, almost scary grip on everything, people are not rushing to be them. So we have scientists instead of science heroes, like Ray Palmer, Ryan Choi, Karen Beecher, etc.

So that’s our set-up, really. And it’s awesome, and you don’t really see almost any of it on the screen. It’s all in the background: not “world building,” but world built.

I love Bruce Timm.

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