Premonition of current JLU season 2 story Arc before season 1 of JL?
This topic is based on what I have currently seen up until Task Force X and some stuff I’ve heard from my Canadian pals (just the fight scenes). So possible spoilers!
The "Justice League" (Not Justice League Unlimited) Theme song is based on the theme song for a 17th Century Vigilante group who justified their violent deeds by believing they were righteous acts on behalf of God.
Okay now for the explanation...
Has any one seen the justice league animatic for the original introduction? [It’s available at that "watchtower" website] It has got hand-drawn animation instead of CGI and more importantly a different but very similar sounding musical score.
About that music... it’s from the opening scene of the Hammer Horror Movie "Twins of Evil". Basically it's about a village where there's an autocratic, vigilante group of men that have taken the law into their own hands to hunt evil (vampires and female sexual promiscuity) justifying their violent actions by their belief that they are doing God’s work. Things get complicated when the nieces (twins ) of the group’s Leader come over to stay. The nieces question the status quo, get involved with the local vampire, cue some scenes of nudity, climatic battle… end credits...
Anyway here's the creepy part, in the movie, the opening music (and movie theme) accompanies footage of the autocratic group riding on horseback on one of their vigilante missions. The music highlights their terrifying and awe inspiring nature. They believe they are right and destroy everything they believe is wrong. Paralleling this, the music conjures strength and power but it also overpowers the listener and drowns out everything else with its crescendo of notes. Fast forward 30 years and Justice League used a theme based on that opening music as the theme song to earth’s 7 mightiest heroes.
Was this a mere coincidence? A simple case of: “awesome song! Don’t care where it comes from?”
Or was it as far back as season 1 and before that the Timm & Co Team was alluding to the dark nature of superheroes? The current story arc of JLU season 2? Comic book Superheroes are a law unto themselves. Punishing wrongdoers and criminals and justifying their actions basically because they have special powers and we don’t. Note that it is super powers of the physical nature and not super powers of perception, theology or morale. Does great physical strength justify a greater right to make moral decisions?
On a more macro level do the actions of comic book superheros mirror America’s relationship with foreign countries? Sure we often want to help other countries and we justify it on the basis that we are the strongest and most able to handle big problems but in the process like the cartoon buildings or random cars in “clash” do we do more harm than good and thus alienate and peeve off the rest of the world?
Oh by the way I don’t expect answers to my previous paragraph, it’s a murky issue. I’m more so pointing to the similarity between comic book superheroes and superpower nations in that one.
But please what are your thoughts on the “Twins of Evil” connection, hidden clue or coincidence?
Oh and yes, Batman does not punish he “apprehends”. Superman’s greatest power has often been said to be his kindness. What characteristic will pull the JLU out of the abyss it’s looking into? Probably Batman’s level headedness or for that matter Green Arrow’s “think of the little people”.