Justice League Critiqued – "Injustice For All"
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Justice League Critiqued
By Anthony Garritano
Well, it was a long time in the coming and while I liked “Injustice For All” part one, I did have some problems with the conclusion. I still think it was a good episode, but not as good as I was expecting after seeing the first part.
The big problem I had with this episode was that the plot seemed too cliched at parts and didn’t use the talents of Luthor and Joker as well as it could have. To start with the cliched plot devices I’ll begin by talking about Ultra Humanite and Solomon Grundy. It was a good touch to use the money issue to turn Grundy against Humanite, but to show them rolling around on the floor when the rest of the Injustice Gang came in was a bit silly and completely out of character for Humanite. Also, when the Justice League discovered the bomb they searched the tower in a scene that resembled hide-and-go-seek to me. Why couldn’t they just use their computers to detect the bomb instead of turning over computers and flying around without a clue?
I also wasn’t impressed with some of Luthor’s decisions and lines. For example. why did Luthor keep Batman alive so long? He said that he would kill him after he was no longer useful didn’t he? Even if the backup plan was to lure the Justice League to the hideout using Batman as bait, a dead Batman would have served the same purposed and eliminated a prime obstacle in the process. To me, this just seemed sloppy on Luthor’s part. Finally, when Humanite turned on him, Luthor improperly changed a Shakespearean phrase when said, “Et tu, Humanite?” In Shakespeare’s Julius Ceasar, Julius says, “Et tu, Brute?” because Brutus, a trusted friend, turned on him and killed him, but Luthor never trusted Humanite so why was he shocked when he turned on him? In my opinion this misuse of a Julius Caesar line makes Luthor’s downfall seem comical, not tragic.
As for the Joker, he seemed to be too much of a team player. Why did he listen to Luthor when he told Joker not to kill Bats? Why didn’t he just kill Batman anyway and take over the plot to kill the league? Joker is a leader, not a follower. Yes, Grundy thwarted one of Joker’s attempts to kill Batman, but Joker gave up on it too quickly, until the very end when he only picked it up because he knew it would be his last chance. It was textbook Joker to crash Luthor’s plans and take over in part one, but when he’s reduced to a henchman in part two even he makes fun of himself when he shocks Cheetah and says, “Who said I wasn’t a team player?”
Okay, enough with the cons and onto the pros already. While the Joker did seem very docile, he still got in some great lines and managed to kick Justice League butt in the final fight sequence. Batman also got some great character-defining scenes. For one, when Batman seduced Cheetah to his advantage it was on point, typical Bats. In addition, the final sequence when he took out the Joker made the episode worth watching. Luthor also got to shine a bit. It was interesting to see his turn from businessman to psychopath completed, even though I don’t agree with some of his decisions during the show. The introduction of his power suite, a cheesy comic book device that I never liked, was well done. The power suite actually made sense and was used wonderfully without ever going over the top and becoming trite.
So, while I’ll go out on a limb and say “Fury” was a better Injustice Gang episode, “Injustice For All” was still very fun to watch overall. It was good, it just wasn’t great.
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