Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths – Part Two (2024)

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Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths – Part Two (2024)
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This last Tuesday, Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths — Part Two was finally released on streaming platforms as well as Blu-ray. In the first part of this trilogy series, we laid the groundwork with Barry Allen, following his emotionally chaotic journey through time. Throughout his time-slips, we saw the formation of the Justice League, his relationship with Iris West, and his interactions with Earth-3’s Crime Syndicate. While the majority of Part One was exposition, it did a great job of setting up what is at stake in this coming conflict.

That being said, Part Two takes a slightly different approach than that seems to be indicated by this synopsis:

An endless army of SHADOW DEMONS bent on the destruction of all reality swarms over our world and all parallel Earths! The only thing opposing them is the mightiest team of metahumans ever assembled. But not even the combined power of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and all their fellow superheroes can slow down the onslaught of this invincible horde. What mysterious force is driving them? And how do the long-buried secrets of the Monitor and Supergirl threaten to crush our last defense?

As we saw in Part One, The Monitor has gathered a collective group of heroes from across the multiverse to defend against an approaching antimatter wave. Each version of Earth was equipped with a vibrational tower which would help phase the planets through it. However, at the end of that film, we learned that even though our heroes may have made it past that threat there still looms unknown danger overhead.

Unlike its predecessor which felt more like a Flash movie featuring The Justice League, now should be when we start seeing more focus put into these various heroes brought together by The Monitor. With that being said let’s get into what happened during part two and how I felt about where they took us with this movie overall.

Quick Breakdown

The movie opens up with Batman fighting off The Joker, Killer Croc and Solomon Grundy as they try to destroy a vibrational tower. Batman seems to be struggling against his opponents but is quickly aided by Robin, Huntress, Damian, Batgirl, and — surprisingly — Batman Beyond.

After the scuffle, we cut to Psycho Pirate who we see trying to manipulate someone into giving him something that isn’t entirely made clear. This particular plot point makes up most of part two and is crucial in establishing what the actual threat of this crisis is. In Psycho Pirate’s scenes, we get a look into his childhood, how his powers manifested themselves, and how he came to be chosen as one of The Monitor’s heroes.

In the third subplot of the film, we follow Kara Zor-El who had just escaped the destruction of her home planet Krypton. Shortly after the incident, she is taken aboard The Monitor’s ship where she has no recollection of who she is or where she came from. For some time Kara resides on the ship studying the secrets of the multiverse with The Monitor but eventually regains her memory and sets out to be reunited with her last living family member Kal-El against The Monitor’s wishes.

Once Batman, Psycho Pirate, and Kara each reached their respective climaxes in their stories, Part Two was able to merge back into one. The heroes find out that there were not only multiple antimatter waves but that they were changing patterns every time they avoided them. It is almost as if something is intentionally making them more unpredictable.

At the end of Part Two, our heroes are fighting off a never-ending horde of shadow creatures. During this battle, it becomes apparent that these creatures could be defeated with sources of intense light. However, almost as if the shadows were adapting, they began to merge into one entity. This entity would soon be known as the “Anti-Monitor,” which is the main villain of Crisis on Infinite Earths and the final act of this series.

What Did I Think of This Film?

Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths — Part Two mainly focuses on certain character’s relationships with each other. We see a different side to Batman’s dynamic with his family and we also see a father-daughter relationship grow between Kara and the Monitor. It seems like Part Two was trying to recreate the emotional appeal that came with Part One but unfortunately falls flat because these relationships weren’t explored in the same way we saw with Barry and Iris so it just didn’t connect for me since we never really got invested into any of those connections due to how fast everything moved around here.

What Was Wrong With the Movie?

There was no sense of urgency throughout this movie and scenes that should’ve had an impact did very little for me as a viewer because once again I haven’t grown attached to these characters through their relationships building up together over time such as when Kara has her nightmare about all people she lost telling her they’re dead – I know it meant something deep down inside but unfortunately it did nothing for a  viewer like myself who literally has not witnessed enough growth between them yet

Also pacing wise part two dragged along until just about halfway into the movie where it seemed like everything else became rushed together making so little sense when you compare its pacing against part one where there was a good amount of exposition mixed in with action throughout all I’m saying is that if psycho pirate never picked up in the last 50 minutes then I’d probably say there were no stakes for this entire movie but alas his plotline managed to keep my interest – you see how he starts and want to know what happens next also learn what certain powers can do so how will they be used but at the end, we find out he gets corrupted by anti monitor so now our heroes are screwed over because earth got destroyed along side wonder woman variant

On the whole, I feel like Part Two wasn’t a good follow-up to the greatness of Part One, but it was still setting up for a strong conclusion. Now that we know what the true threat is, I hope that the last movie can give us an ending worthy of this trilogy.

Ending

I’ll start by saying that despite its many flaws, I’m glad they made Crisis on Infinite Earths into an animated series. But now that all the heroes are gathered and ready to fight the Anti-Monitor, I can’t wait to see how it ends. This is also the last official Tomorrowverse movie, so I think this era of the DCAU deserves a proper sendoff. In short, my thoughts are let me know what you thought about it! And when will part three be out?

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