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The World's Finest Presents

A Better World

Episode #37 & 38 - A Better World Part 1 & 2
Original Airdate - November 1st 2003

When Lex Luthor finally goes too far, Superman decides to take the law into his own hands. Ruling with an iron fist, the Man of Steel and his fellow heroes set out to eliminate all the crime from their world.

Media by Bird Boy, Jim Harvey
Review by Vortex Infinite
Written by Stan Berkowitz
Directed by Dan Riba
Music by Michael McCuistion
Animation by Dong Woo Animation C.O., LTD.

Maria Canals as Hawkgirl
Kevin Conroy as Batman
Carl Lumby as J'onn J'onzz
George Newbern as Superman
Susan Eisenberg as Wonder Woman
Michael Rosenbaum as The Flash
Phil LaMarr as Green Lantern
Clancy Brown as Lex Luthor
Dana Delany as Lois Lane
Mark Hamill as The Joker
Michael Jai White as Doomsday
Diane Pershing as Poison Ivy
Jason Marsden as Snapper Carr
Brian George as President
David Markus as Student
Screen Grabs, Part 1




I agree with everyone who said this is the best episode of the entire series. Intricate plot, interesting moral dilemma, HUGE battles, smart dialogue, excellent animation. The list goes on and on. Even better than Twilight and the Savage Time in terms of epic-ness.

It's interesting how the Justice Lords actually make one question the values of democracy. Seeing Gotham spotless and sunny is a huge contrast from the dark city that we are used to. Of course, the writers provide enough examples of the drawbacks to such a society to reinforce our opinions (the protestors, the man in the restaurant, the lobotomies).

Each character was used excellently. Flash demonstrating intelligence is a nice change from other episodes. It's clear that he is still discovering his powers and that's good to know. As always, Batman supplies excellent psychological drama. So TWO makes for a Freudian field day.

AU Batman: A world where no eight-year-old boy has to see his parents killed by some punk with a gun.
Batman: I'm sure they'd love it here...Mom and Dad. They'd be so proud of you.

The exploration of Superman's temptations was well done. The revelation that Supes has the same urges as his Justice Lord self explains his recent attitude in episodes such as Twilight. However, he assures the audience that he is still moral with the American flag scene.

The Doomsday battle was vicious. I thought for sure that AU Superman would be killed. The heat vision lobotomy thing threw me off for a second, but the implications of his actions were vital to the episode. I'm sure Doomsday will return as a mindless killing machine, but I hope it won't be this season.

Seeing the alternate Arkham was freaky. Joker's "calm" voice was downright unnerving. I thought it was an excellent way to have cameos from the Batman series. Two-Face, the Ventriloquist, and ESPECIALLY Ivy were welcome, if disturbing sights. Seeing Ivy clip those roses...brings shudders.

I wasn't too bothered by "super-villain" Luthor, but it will be very interesting if he mirrors his comic self and becomes president. It's kind of a stretch, considering he became a well-known criminal, but still...I'll be sure to catch that episode.

Final note: This only thing that annoyed me in this episode was something that applies to the whole season. The writers will NOT let THE REAL Superman interact with THE REAL Lois Lane. In this episode, Lois only spoke with AU Superman. We also don't get to see Clark Kent interacting with the Metropolis from Superman. It's hardly fair for the producers to "sort of" have Clark-Lois interaction. I hope eventually there will be an episode with a REAL Lois role (or Perry White, or Jimmy). Same with Batman, I thought for a second I'd see AU Batgirl or Robin. I will be very disappointed if we don't see Dick, Babs, or Tim in Justice League.

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