Now to finally tackle the League themselves in this series.
I want to take a look at their motivation in this story because I think it’s the main thing that sets them apart.
The League is actually a little hesitant to help Luthor when he first applies to them. They bring up points like not being sure they can trust him, or an alternate universe being beyond their jurisdiction, and not even having enough manpower to protect their earth properly. All good points. I mean, it’s a highly unusual situation. But at last Wonder Woman says “I can’t believe we’re even having this discussion, of course we’re going to help.” (Favorite superhero anyone?) “She’s right” says Superman “That’s what we do.” He says later on that with millions of people, they can’t just turn their backs. After all, we as the viewer can conclude, Luthor did say they were his world’s last hope, and if he crossed dimensions to get them, he at least must believe that.
But the League has to face more dilemmas like this when they get to the alternate earth. First there’s the matter of how to fight the Syndicate. They go about it differently than Luthor anticipated. But with moderate success. They attack in teams of two. I should here explain that in addition to the five main Syndicate members, each member runs a “family” of made men who are more trusted people who work under them, and they give these people superpowers scientifically. So the League had to deal with these made men as well as the family heads. They are outnumbered, but they use strategy and the element of surprise and win several small victories. But the President is not happy, as I said in the last posts, and tells them to stop. Now Superman is very patriotic, but he refuses, he also refuses to kill the Syndicate members. They offer to keep them alive until they can stand trial. But the President does not go for this idea. The League however, does not listen to him and goes on with their plans “Now that they have a chance of winning.” I guess the question here is whether that was the right thing to do. They have the right reason, they want to deliver these people from their oppressors. But should they disobey the president?
Well, if I may be pardoned for saying so, the president is doing none of the things he should be. His own family isn’t even safe from Ultraman and his cronies. The country certainly isn’t. And he is ungrateful to Luthor for his while league perishing trying to stop these criminals. Who is the real irresponsible person here?
I guess it also raises the question, do you need anyone’s permission to do the right thing? And does it matter whether it’s under your authority or not? Most of the League are aliens, how is one earth more their jurisdiction than another? The bottom line is, they want to save lives, and freedom, and would themselves rather die than submit to evil people like the syndicate. Often the heroes of history are people who dared to try to do for their country what the ordinary people dared not try to do for themselves. Like Joan of Arc, or Martin Luther King Jr. Even our founding fathers in America, who did not have the majority on their side. America has given millions of people a new life, and rights they would not have had otherwise. Or rather the opportunity to use those rights.
It would seem that someone can be so sure of what is right, that they will not care what the majority chooses. If they let the majority decide, then I doubt anything would ever get better.
It’s funny, at the end of the movie, Superman asks Ultraman “What’s wrong with you? We almost lost everything!”(More on that later, sorry that I keep saying that.) What is wrong with Ultraman? To Superman, the good of the people comes first. To Ultraman only his good comes first. Somewhere along the line he made a different choice. Which is the point of the story in a way: That the Syndicate all made the opposite choice, and so became what they are. Every best thing about the Justice League became the worst thing about the Syndicate. I don’t think it had to be that way, In fact, I know it didn’t, for as I’ll show in part, there was another option. For now I’ll leave you with the thought of being motivated by the right thing. Superman won’t kill Ultraman, so he uses less power, but he still wins. He wins in a different way then by just conquering. Superman wins by saving. That’s my final thought.
But my next post will cover the climax, and part of the story that I’ve most thought about and digested because it’s difficult to ferret out. Until then–Natasha.