Justice League: Gods and Monsters – An Overview

The Trinity

The Trinity

Spoilers Warning: Not just for the Movie but also for other stuff in general.

While watching DC’s newest animated feature I could not help but look into several of the more interesting parallels that were made to the more ‘regular’ DC universes. Some of these are meant to be obvious while others I may be stretching with my theories, but I hope you find it interesting nonetheless. I will go in order of appearance in the movie.

The movie starts out, as many Superman inclusive movies do, on Krypton. The twist with this sequence being that Jor El doesn’t finish the sequencing of his DNA into the Incubator Pod. This is the one of the large differences that this universe has compared to the others. Instead of Jor El being Superman’s biological father his, would-be, uncle Zod-El (or general or Dru-Zod depending on your universe) inserts his DNA into the pod instead. This makes for a somewhat awkward semi-rape scene, even though it’s all just machines.

Boop

Boop

So rather than being born the last hope and only future for a dead race this Superman is instead sent forth as a conqueror, but this is all the obvious stuff. Let’s jump forward to the stuff that you may not have caught.

The second most obvious thing that happens is Luthor finding the crashed pod carrying baby Dru-Kal. The only interesting thing about this sequence is the mention of Star (S.T.A.R.) Labs and the fact that Luthor is using a cane. You may recognize the name from the TV show The Flash, where Star Labs is a major plot device (and location) surrounding the series. Technically speaking Star Labs of the comic-verse isn’t evil, but they have done some very shady things before. The part about Luthor with the cane could be simple character building, or it could be hinting a more serious illness.

From Mexico with Love

From Mexico with Love

We then jump forward several years to a point where this universe’s Justice League (Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman) have already been working together for some time. They begin by raiding a seemingly typical baddie warehouse; Steve Trevor calls in to tell the League to hold back until reinforcements arrive. Trevor is not new to his role of Justice League intermediary as he has had this role in the comics over the years, but of course his request falls on deaf ears, however his…‘Importance’.. is established here.

Steve Trevor

Steve Trevor

We then get to see what this ‘darker’ version of the typical trinity is willing to do. Which happens to be straight up murderizing bad guys that shoot at them.

Yum

Yum

After the goons are dispatched we move to the more real threats of Meta-Human characters.

Bad Guys

Bad Guys

From the first full shot we can see (from left to right) Blockbuster, an older Batman foe who was tabled for Killer Croc and then again for Bane. Although his appearances are few in current comics he still occasionally makes an appearance. Next is Livewire.  Originally a Superman baddie, her electrical powers weren’t exactly a new or fresh take on anything, but she still maintained a solid B/C-list status due to her pure-energy composition. However it appears that she has gone the way of tech for this universe and has no actual powers of her own. Last in the frame is Bronze Tiger, master martial artist. Bronze Tiger is nearly Batman-Tier fighting abilities. Trained at an early age and then refined by the league of assassins Bronze Tiger has made most of his appearances in Suicide Squad or Martial Arts related books. He appears in the TV show Arrow as an assassin who specializes in wolverine-claw weaponry. In this film he is more of a male version Cheetah, a more typical seen Wonder Woman villain.

We then see a much more callous Lois Lane, anti-Superman-Nancy-Grace giving the account of what happened. The news reel then cuts to an aged Luthor who gives the basis of what motivates most of this movie. Justice League is too powerful and basically government super police. The public hates them for the most part.

Lois 'pixie-cut' Lane

Lois ‘pixie-cut’ Lane

Then enter Silas Stone, renowned scientist and Tech-expert. If this were a normal DC universe I could also throw in that he is the Father of Cyborg, legendary Teen Titan and Justice League alumni. This will be a recurring theme throughout this universe; Scientists that are less than their typical DC selves.

More like 'Shylas' Stone..right?..anyone?

More like ‘Shylas’ Stone..right?..anyone?

We then cut away to the arctic where a cool guy named Victor Fries, (pronounced Freeze, for obvious reasons) although he isn’t as depressed as his normal self, he is still a scientist studying the cold, and here he is hitting some sweet ramps on his snow mobile. You might notice his distinct lack of resemblance to a certain California Governor.

Fries to meet you!

Fries to meet you!

“Ever take it off any sweet jumps?”

Well at least his wife didn't die this time

Well at least his wife didn’t die this time

This is where the plot begins to develop.  We jump again to Ray Palmer, Commander of the Tiny Horse brigade. Just kidding, typically known as the Atom this often unwilling hero has made multiple appearances and is just as important to the DC hierarchy as his marvel analogue character, The Ant-Man. Ray has made recent appearances in the CW ‘Flarrow-verse’.  Here he is shown to, like the other scientists, have the same ambitions with his research, but less of being a hero.

Pony Show

Pony Show

The face when you forgot a tiny pony for your tiny pony show

The face when you forgot a tiny pony for your tiny pony show

Alongside him is his friend who also donned the Suit and powers of the Atom, Ryan Choi, however his part is over before it begins in this film. You begin to see a pattern occurring at this point.

The Atom

The Atom

We cut again, this time we see the JL: G&M Batman talking to Dr. Magnus;

Tin and William Magnus

Tin and William Magnus

The brilliant mind that brought the Metal Men to life. A team of six, the Metal men is a group of robots that seem to be sentient and each has their own characteristics and abilities (mostly having to do with their metal properties). Although not all of the Metal men are seen in the movie, the comic group is comprised of: Gold, Lead, Iron, Platinum, Mercury, and Tin. These characters have been little more than goofs since they first landed in print, however they have pulled their weight in stories. Although they will never return to their golden age glory the occasional nod in their direction is appreciated.

Metal Men

Metal Men

In this scene tin acts more like a gimmicky butler robot for Dr. Magnus, but he does have a number ‘4’ on his chest, indicating there are at least 3 more Metal Men around.

We jump back to Silas Stone who is now testing weapons, presumably on Superman’s request, in a warehouse with a young Victor next to him.

Kill your kid to work day

Kill your kid to work day

Because who doesn’t test experimental weaponry next to their children? What’s the worst that could happen? Maybe his son gets caught in some blast and has to exchange 90% of his body for mechanical components and then become a superhero named Cyborg? No such luck in this universe. We do get a brief glimpse of what could have been however when Silas takes up arms against an intruder.

Dual Weilding: SilaBorg? Cylas?

Dual Weilding: SilaBorg? Cylas?

The plot begins to thicken more. There are murders and now the justice league knows that someone is up to no good. During their investigations into the murders some interesting things are uncovered. The most interesting, perhaps, is why does Dr.Stone have a file named ‘SUCCOTASH’?

Illuminati?

Illuminati?

If you pause the screen on the documents that are pulled up by Batman you will find the first, which is a copy of text from the book, Suspiria de Profundis and Other Writings by Thomas De Quincey more specifically it is from the second paragraph of the chapter ‘The English Mail-Coach or, the Glory of Motion’. It appears, at a glance to be nothing more than filler, but after hours of research and re-reading one can find that it most definitely is just filler. A link to the book here > (https://books.google.com/books?id=Qtp1X08zMsMC&printsec=frontcover&dq=Suspiria+de+Profundis+and+Other+Writings&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CB4Q6AEwAGoVChMI3ZiHzOeQxwIVRpMNCh293wBh#v=onepage&q=Suspiria%20de%20Profundis%20and%20Other%20Writings&f=false)
for any who wants to do their own digging.

The second page that appears on screen is a clip of text, this time from the ‘second’ book of the first titled, “Confessions of an English Opium-Eater” also by De Quincey. As the title suggests the snippet of the book shown here seems to be mad ramblings of a man in withdrawal. The interesting thing to take from this is that the author remained the same, so the selection was not quite random.

The third is not only another work of De Quincy’s but a different section of the same chapter from the first page that popped up. As I stated before, I believe, with every ounce of procrastination, that there is nothing to read into on De Quincy’s writings. Perhaps an animator or a writer for the movie simply liked his work and chose the most dull sections possible knowing that some poor schmuck would look it up. Mysterious indeed.

Finally the forth page to pop up has to do with our movie. Several names are dropped and there is some ‘spooky’ conspiracy fodder as well.

Project Fairplay

Project Fairplay

The gist of the email is that all the scientists named will be contacting each other in a way more secure than email…..starting now. Project Fairplay, yadda yadda, Steve Trevor, yadda yadda Lex Luthor; Projects Previous Administrator. The names at the top of the email read:

John Henry Irons, T.O. Morrow, Michael Holt, Victor Fries, Pat Dugan, Emil Hamilton, Karen Beecher, Ray Palmer, Silas Stone, Dr.Thaddeus Silvana, Kimiyo Hoshi, Stephen Shin, and William Magnus. Keep in mind that quite a few of these characters only have a few frames where they are actually  present, and some of them don’t make much difference at all to the plot other than the fact that they were working on the super secret project.

We’ll go in order here, John Henry Irons; known as Steel, highlights include vying for attention after superman died, and that terrible movie with Shaq. I honestly have read less of this character than I have of the Metal Men, which I blame entirely on Shaq’s movie.

Steel

Steel

Nailed it

Nailed it

From what I’ve read he usually has similar powers to Superman with the exception of carrying a hammer and having organic metal skin, but like most in this list he has none of his usual characteristics other than his intelligence.

T.O. Morrow is also known as Thomas Oscar Morrow. His most notable contributions were his Robotic creations; The ‘Red’ androids, and most notably from the Red androids would of course be the Red Tornado. Like Ultron to Vision, his creation was supposed to help him rule the world but instead it fought against him. In the New 52 comics he made an anti-Metal Men team of his own, known as…*sigh*… The Death Metal Men.

Kirby would be so proud of that name

Kirby would be so proud of that name

Other than that his most noteworthy accomplishments would be (depending on the storyline) helping to build Cyborg and making machines that allowed him to appear as if he was from the future.

Next, Michael Holt, also known as Mister Terrific, or guy with the ‘T’ on his face. Mister Terrific is one of those characters that can be given almost any power or knowledge based on what the plot requires. He is a huge asset to the Justice Society of America (JSA) and is noted as the 3rd smartest person in the world. He is often seen competing with Batman as a mirror to his role on the JLA.

Bitter frenemies

Bitter frenemies

Victor Fries was already discussed, no dead Nora in this universe which means no ice puns.

Pat Dugan is one of the oldest comic characters that are still occasionally used.  Going by the name Stripsey, and later S.T.R.I.P.E. he is what could have been if Iron Man and Captain America were smashed together in the 40’s. He has access to a lot of robotics and engineering expertise, so it makes sense that he would be a part of this project. Not much else to say here as I have rarely had an opportunity to read anything with Dugan in it. Most of the information I know of him is from the JLU TV show and other cartoons.

Emil Hamilton is an on again off again bad guy, but once again a genius level intellect with a propensity for robotics and mechanical devices.

Karen Beecher, the Bumblebee. Other than the fact that she is a scientist rather than a fashionista, Karen is just a DC version of Marvel’s Wasp. Not that there is anything wrong with that.

Palmer is/was/would/could have been The Atom. Scientist with a specialization in miniaturization.

Silas Stone, father to Victor/Cyborg. Apparently in every universe he puts his son in mortal danger for the name of science.

Dr.Thaddeus Silvana, one of my favorite mad scientist characters. He is, of course, a genius with great inventive skills and has proven himself to be able to manipulate others into doing his dirty work for him. Usually he is written well and always menacing for his fragile looking frame.

Kimiyo Hoshi, I have honestly never heard of her. Until I looked her up I almost thought they just slipped in a random name. Since I have no information on her I’ll paraphrase (heavily) the DC Wikipedia, “A heroic version of Dr. Light, who is a bad guy that manipulates light to his advantage.”

All that I know about Stephen Shin is that he is an Aquaman villain, but after a quick look into his entry it turns out that he is also an Aqualad/Mera/Atlantean villain.

Magnus created the Metal Men, and in this universe he is Kirk Langstrom’s (Batman) friend.

Ok, after all that, Batman, Kirk Langstrom, reminisces about the good ole days when he was in college with some of those scientists. Luthor’s Boys, remind anyone of anything? No?

17 Luthor's Boys 17 scotts tots

Cue the awkward 3rd wheel scenes with Kirk, Magnus, and Tina.

Nanites can be boats?

Nanites can be boats?

There is a little mention of “Crazy Ivy”, no doubt this universes Poison Ivy, and bringing some of her “home grown” to a party. Being the botanical genius that she is it can easily be inferred that this is their way of saying weed. It is also at this point in the movie where we go through Kirk’s origin of how he became the Bat.

For those unaware, in most other DC universes Kirk Langstrom became Man-Bat, but in this one he becomes a vampire-like monster. The original Man-Bat was created when Kirk Langstrom was attempting to fix his degenerating hearing. Kirk made a serum from the bats that he studied in order to cure himself and other deaf people, but instead he was transformed into the Man-Bat; A large semi-humanoid bat with low levels of intelligence but quite strong and quick. Later iterations of Man-Bat let him keep some of his intelligence, but recently with the new 52 reboot the Man-Bat serum is again developed for hearing loss but becomes a virus which is spread across Gotham. In order to reverse the effects Kirk works with Batman to engineer an anti-virus. This works, but through the process Kirk is left addicted to his transformation and later joins with the Crime Syndicate.

The Kirk Langstrom of JL: G&M is once again researching a cure for his own benefit, but this time it is due to his lymphoma. His formula is failing which is where Magnus comes in with his nanites (comprised of Iron, Lead, and Mercury) to save his formula and Kirk. After a quick cut scene the cure is developed and Kirk, like every sensible scientist, tests it on himself immediately after getting results.

Nothing bad ever came of injecting yourself with nanite infused bat-juice

Nothing bad ever came of injecting yourself with nanite infused bat-juice

We then get a glimpse of him being put to bed, and at this point we assume his body is trying to heal itself. On his door there is a poster that reads “Romania Adventure”.  Magnus is waiting on the couch where he does his crossword, “Vincent Price movie, 5 letters” this, most likely, would either be Ringo or more likely the Raven (a movie adaptation of Poe’s work). I wouldn’t read too much into either however as it seems to just be a typical crossword hint and never more.

The reminiscing ends with Kirk beating up two muggers in an alley way. Could it be the same alley that would spawn a much different Batman? Could it be Crime Alley? It could be, due to the flashback taking place in Gotham it isn’t impossible, but it probably isn’t.

We then go to Superman trying to get the press under control, knowing that eventually someone will put the mysterious deaths together in the pattern that is oh too convenient. We get some fun dialogue between Lois and Superman. Superman mentions how he knows little about Zod but likes to think that he was forward thinking and that he could have been Krypton’s savior, but of course we know this isn’t the case. Superman makes a statement similar to ones that Luthor has made in the past. “Where is he now when we need him?”

We see Karen Beecher talking to Magnus for the first and likely last, time. Kirk also witnesses this which leads to a discussion between him and Magnus which ends in a fairly blatant lie from Magnus.

Next we get a small fight between Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor.

Sure.. that's something a human would get up from

Sure.. that’s something a human would get up from

There is some dialogue that alludes to them being an item at least once before and then Steve brings up Bekka’s old love, something Bekka is less than pleased by.

Before we get too far into the Bekka’s back story in this universe we should take a quick overview of Apokolips, New Genisis, the New God’s, and Darkseid.

Apokolips is often the stage for some interesting battles, and that is due to the interesting people that call it home.

That's no moon

That’s no moon

Apokolips is ruled by Darkseid who in turn rules the Parademons that live there as well as Desaad and Granny Goodness (not even kidding, that is her name). It is a planet wide city that has incredibly large burning pits. Although quite advanced by earth standards Apokolips still looks like a wasteland most of the time.

New Genesis is the opposite of Apokolips, usually. Instead of looking like a giant industrial foundry it is green and full of life. As typical with stories like that of the New Gods there is a constant struggle between Apokolips, which is viewed as evil and New Genesis, which is viewed as good. Their story is incredibly long and goes through many twists and arcs. The main thing to take away is that the New Gods inhabit both planets, and usually the ones that are good live on New Genesis while the ones that are bad live on Apokolips. Enter the New Gods.

Emphasis on Ghost Darkseid in the background

Emphasis on Ghost Darkseid in the background

The New Gods came about, surprisingly enough, when the Old Gods died. Although they aren’t exactly shown the Old Gods are widely regarded as the Gods of Myth and Lore. Although most New Gods first appeared in their own stand alone series the New Gods are often in conflict with the heroes of Earth. It would be impossible to go over all of the New Gods and all of their respective back stories, so I will differ to the ones that appear in the JL: G&M movie.

First, and most important to the plot, is Bekka, in the normal DC universe Bekka is the daughter of Himon, who is the creator of the Mother Box computers which allow the New Gods to create Boom Tubes. Although in the film she is Wonder Woman in the comics she is much less interesting. She is usually only seen with her husband Orion and they usually conflict with the denizens of Apokolips.

The Second New God we hear in the film is the High Father, Izaya the All-Father. Although High Father isn’t necessarily on the side of Good he is often at odds with Darkseid, who is definitely on the side of Evil.

The flashback scene continues and we see several things that closely resemble normal DC continuities. The first thing is a peace treaty between the two planets. This is something that has happened several times throughout New Gods stories. Usually it ends with a betrayal or trick by Darkseid thus ending the alliance.  The Second thing is the Marriage between Orion and Bekka.

“that one princess bride quote about marriage”

Orion is the Son of Darkseid and similar to Superman and Darkseid in terms of Strength and Power. He can usually be seen riding around on his ridiculous ‘Astro-harness’. Although he was born of Darkseid he was raised on New Genesis as the son of High Father. It was often stated that Orion was the most Powerful of the New Gods, but this isn’t always seen as the case and seems to be more of a motivational/fate based statement. On occasion Orion has bested Darkseid; including in Kingdom Come when Orion not only beat Darkseid but also took his place as ruler.

Smugness must run in the family

Smugness must run in the family

In the movie Orion stands next to his father Darkseid, and although in the current DC comics Darkseid is a mutiversal entity and his typical form is simply one of his avatars, this Darkseid seems to be quite nerfed in comparison to even one of the weaker iterations of Darkseid’s avatars. Darkseid is often written at radically different power levels, which as seen in the movie can lead to some strange scenarios.

Other ‘Minor’ New Gods seen in the film are;
New genisians: Mr. Miracle, Light Ray, Big Bear, Mark Moonrider, Vykin, and Big Barda

Apokoliptians: Granny Goodness, Kalibak, Mantis, Steppenwolf, Bernadeth, Lashina, Desaad

Main differences in this movie for the new gods are that:

  1. Darkseid seems to be the voice of reason and High Father is the power hungry killer.
  2. Orion was raised by Darkseid

Let’s do a quick overview of each of the New Gods that appear in the film. I’ll go in order starting with the Apokoliptians, the usual bad guys but not so bad guys in this film.

We’ve already covered Darkseid and Orion, and even though there is much more to those characters than what I’ve gone over there it would take hours to cover all the important things they have been a part of. Pretending like we have covered enough for those characters I’ll expand to the others with less face time.

Seriously, even at a peace treaty/wedding they look sinister

Seriously, even at a peace treaty/wedding they look sinister

Granny Goodness, never be fooled by a character’s name as Granny is anything but good. Her hatred and awfulness is only surpassed by that of Darkseids. It’s hard to sum up how horrible this character truly is without reading about her first hand. She is in charge of running the orphanages of Apokolips where she trains the children into soldiers and killers, and she does so without remorse or a second thought. In the movie she is, quite literally, one shotted. She can be seen to the left of Orion in the still.

Kalibak, Darkseid’s first son, is as ugly as he is powerful. Often seen as Darkseid’s second in command; he is often pitted against his brother Orion  and he is close to the same power level in most incarnations. He has yet to make an appearance in the new 52 series as far as I have seen, but he was used for jobbing in several major story arcs post crisis. He is seen pictured to the right of Orion on Apokolips.

Mantis, we can’t exactly credit Kirby for being creative with the names of characters he made, and that is doubly the case for Mantis. A humanoid-insect alien that was not native to New Genesis or Apokolips. He was born without the powers of a typical New God but had them bestowed upon him for his loyalty to Darkseid. If it helps think of Galactus and the Silver Surfer, because even though Mantis isn’t a New God he still maintains enough power to compete with some of the heaviest hitters in the DC lineup. Once again a character that was vastly nerfed for this movie. You can make out his green appendages behind Orion in the still.

Steppenwolf, meaning Coyote in german, is actually Darkseid’s uncle. Immortals count time differently and Elders aren’t always respected. Usually part of Darkseid’s elite warriors Steppenwolf is often shown as a powerful enemy, but occasionally he is shown as a more cunning and plotting type. Not quite as indulgent as Loki when it comes to shenanigans, but still, he is much more intelligent than he usually lets on. He is the first New God to be killed alongside a nameless Parademon.

Bernadeth is Granny Goodness’ right hand, she can barely be glimpsed in a few frames of the movie and overall she is relatively unimportant.

Lashina is a complex character even though she is fairly minor in the DC hierarchy. Raised in one of Granny’s orphanages she grew up as a servant to Apokolips, but she has had a change of heart a time or two. Although she’s never fully fought on the side of angels she is far from being your typical evil character. In the film she is well hidden in the wedding procession.

Last but never the least for the Apokoliptians is Desaad. What I said earlier about Steppenwolf applies doubly for Desaad. Desaad is the evil little whisper that twists the hearts of men and gods, he is the ally that can never be trusted. Usually on the top level of Darkseid’s hierarchy he may not be the most physically threatening compared to the other New Gods, but he makes up for it with his cunning.

The New Genesians are usually much more moral than the versions we see here, but without too much back story it would be easy to see why they act in the way they do in this universe when comparing their roles to other Universes.

Starting in listed order, Mr. Miracle in DC comics is one of the more storied New Gods. To sum him up in a horribly rash fashion I would liken him to a super version of Houdini. His real name is Scott Free(clever) and he was the other side of the Orion switch. While Orion was Darkseids son and raised by Highfather; Mr. Miracle was the son of High Father and was raised on Apokolips in one of Granny Goodness’ orphanages. He is notably the only person to have escaped from the orphanages. Although he is typically more of a pacifist he can be seen kicking over a pot like a common thug in the film. His wife is Big Barda and many of his escapades are shared with her, and vice versa. His classic Red, Yellow, and Green costume is the easiest way to identify him.

He is feared throughout the pottery worl

He is feared throughout the pottery world

Next is Light Ray. Light Ray is the goof ball character of the New Gods if there were one. Similar to other New Genesians he is mostly a pacifist, a characteristic not seen in this film, but he does have a decent array of offensive abilities mostly things to do with light if you could believe it. He can travel at the speed of light, which puts him faster than most heroes, but slower than most speedsters at the same time. He can also control light and use it as a weapon similar to Dr. Light. He hasn’t made a post crisis appearance but he is usually seen beside Mr. Miracle and Big Barda. In the film he is the first to strike, killing Steppenwolf and a Parademon.

Picoseconds before de-heading

Picoseconds before de-heading

Big Bear has the power to control the density of objects, other than that he is at the same power level as all of the other New Gods. He was one of the Forever People hand selected by the High Father. He hasn’t been as prominent in the comics as the others and he hasn’t been reintroduced post crisis. In the film he is a large burly looking man and in the film he can be seen tearing down some sort of insignia or wall covering. Truly a scoundrel.

His biggest role yet

His biggest role yet

Mark Moonrider is another one of the Forever People. He has the ability to shoot projectile bolts from his hands along with the typical New Gods powers. He is mainly seen with his Forever People friends and has made a few appearances in the new 52 but nothing major. In the film he can be seen kicking a table over like a goon.

Such a waste of a perfectly good looking meal

Such a waste of a perfectly good looking meal

Vykin is the only other member of the Forever people that makes an appearance in this film. Known occasionally as Vykin the Black(because he is black). Vykin is more interesting character because of his finesse based powers and skills. Sadly he is rarely seen for a long amount of time. In the movie he is barely shown for more than a few clips.

Big Barda is the second New God to join the slaughterizing. She hacks down several Parademons with her sword and sends a few heads flying. She is the wife of Mr. Miracle and probably in the top 5 most important and popular of the New Gods. She was raised in one of the Apokolips orphanages which is how she met her husband. Compared to the other New Gods Barda has no specific powers, she is often seen carrying a Mega-Rod and has similar powers to Orion and Mr. Miracle. In the film she can be seen swinging a sword into all of the Parademons and probably a few of the Apokoliptians as well.

More de-heading

More de-heading

That is just a quick and dirty overview of these characters since they aren’t terribly important to the overall plot. For more information on the the New Gods books as well as the Mr. Miracle books are the best place to get more information on the New Gods.

We see the wedding proceed with Orion and Bekka, and then the murder-slay-killing begins, but this time, it is the New Genetians betraying the people of Apokolips. This begins with High Father motioning to Light Ray, who then proceeds to flash fry an unsuspecting Parademon and Steppenwolf. The rest then grab hidden weapons much to the surprises of the Apokoliptians. The slaughter is over quickly and Bekka is forced to leave alone after her love has been killed.

30 unnamed New Genenitians

Triumphant High Fiver

Triumphant High Fiver

The flashback ends with that, and then cuts to the news that the Justice League is under suspicion for the murders of the scientists.

With that, Kirk is off to check on the un-killed scientists who were smart enough to conveniently gather together.

All that brain power and no one thought this was a terrible idea?

All that brain power and no one thought this was a terrible idea?

Kirk is met by his Robotic dopple ganger who proceeds to try and kill all the scientists. He manages to beat it back until the two other Justice Robots show up and proceed to slaughter every scientist. The interesting part of the robots isn’t that they mimic the power of the justice league, but it is instead their mode of transportation, which is the Boom Tubes (native to the New Gods planets).

Superman then goes to confront the second to final person that had something to do with project Fairplay; Lex Luthor. Luthor is chilling up in space in this universes version of the watch tower. This Luthor is quite different than his usual Superman-Obsessed counter parts. He is weak and chair ridden.

Is is chair ridden? or riding?

Is is chair ridden? or riding?

He also doesn’t covet power or to displace Superman, rather he just wants to have a backup plan in case of what he considers the inevitable.

While we are on the subject of Lex, let me throw a few interesting things that I think are supposed to be parallels. Back on Apokolips when everything was going to heck; some people may have noticed a key New God that was not hanging around. I think that between Lex and his ‘quest for knowledge’ he has become a version of the character Metron.

New Gods love their weird transportation

New Gods love their weird transportation

In appearance they both hover around in a futuristic chair and looks like an emaciated version of Metron, and his chair appears to have boom tube technology as well. He also treats the Kryptonian Codex as a source wall, a source of knowledge and power in the DC universe.

Now that all the scientists are ‘Dead’ the United States puts Project Fairplay into full effect. The keyword being Fair Play and the US can now fight on a level playing field with the Justice League. While the government is scrambling on the building we get a glimpse of this universes Jimmy Olsen who has snuck into a morgue.

eugrom? interesting..

eugrom? interesting..

The mortician notices a missing body, and we find out in the next scene that that body belongs to Tina Magnus. Who as it turns out…. Was a robot all along! Well, not all along but everything that wasn’t a flashback. She also happens to be Platinum from the metal men, and Tin isn’t as much of push over as he once seemed.

Turns out she was bruce willis the whole time!

Turns out she was bruce willis the whole time!

Platinum then injects Will with the Nanites and it is at this point where we have figured out that it was Magnus behind the killings.

Enter the rest of the Metal Men (minus lead). The robots behind the killings were Magnus’s all along, and if we are to trust their color coding they are the remaining Metal Men.

I have an alternative theory that Magnus becomes the last of the 6 Metal Men

I have an alternative theory that Magnus becomes the last of the 6 Metal Men

Cue evil genius giving up his plan before he’s won. Outside the Project Fairplay team is doing a pretty decent job of injuring Superman and Wonder Woman and disabling their means of escape. Just before the killing blow is delivered to Superman and Wonder Woman a Deus Lex Machina pops up to save the day, because he Boom Tubed his way out of the explosion and then into what would have been direct gun fire.

There isn’t much left that hasn’t already been point out. Stephen Hawk’Lex has an upgraded chair that he decides to use to Travel to, what we have to assume is, Apokolips/New Genesis.

Batgod

Batgod

Well, I hope that you enjoyed what insights I had, and I am sure that there will be people with more. I tried to condense this as much as I could, but I realize that it is still a really long read, so kudos to you if you stuck it out, and if you didn’t then here’s the TL;DR: Read New Gods.

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