The new season of "Justice League" kicks off Saturday, July 5th at 10:00 pm. Xum Yukinori provides this look at "Twilight", the two-part opener:
Superman: "You don't know Darkseid like I do."
Batman: "We know he used you. Humiliated you. Brainwashed you. Wound you
up like a tin soldier and turned you loose against Earth. Cry me a river!"
"Twilight," the long-awaited "sequel" to the Superman episode "Legacy,"
starts the second season of Justice League off with a bang. With plenty of
action, drama, emotion, and even a few death scenes (off-screen, and partly
The story revealed thus far involves Darkseid requesting Superman and the
Justice League's aid in dealing with a mysterious menace threatening Apokolips.
Of course, the plot is much more involved than that, and with the cryptic menace
revealed a mere eight minutes into the episode, I won't go into too much story
detail in this spoiler-free review. Instead I'll focus on what I feel is the
highlight of this episode. Namely, the rematch between Superman and Darkseid in
George Newburn has definitely nailed the portrayal of Superman throughout
this episode, and definitely conveys the vicious (and I mean vicious) hatred his
character has toward his fire-eyed foe. And I think many fans will agree that
Superman is no longer the "wimp" he appeared to be during much of season one.
Their fight ends dramatically – and disturbingly -- different than their
last confrontation in "Legacy". We see a frighteningly different side to
Superman's character that we haven't seen before. Though the tension in this
climactic battle is cleverly balanced by the malicious Darkseid having the last
The other Justice Leaguers have their moments. Batman steals some scenes with
stern ferocity (as well as cranky indignity). Wonder Woman's "attack" by the
playfully smug Lightray was completely unexpected. And J'onn shares many
tender scenes with Hawkgirl in a subplot that finally starts to delve into her
origins -- and opens the door to a mystery that, I am told, will span throughout
the second season.
The original title of this episode was "Twilight of the Gods," and I'll
admit that I expected to see more New Gods featured in this story (though there
is one "large cast cameo" pan shot). However, the story does present a
respectable nod to the civil conflict between the "Bug" society and
the self-righteous gods of Supertown from the Jack Kirby comic stories.
From the opening space battle to the heartfelt ending, I've enjoyed every
minute of this episode -- despite a few scenes which, compared to the Darkseid
episodes on STAS, could have been a little bigger and with a little more
grandeur (like Darkseid's "Zero Hour" moment in act four). But make no
mistake, Justice League is still the best animated series produced on
American television today, and "Twilight" brings the second season to a
Tune in to Cartoon Network at 8:00 p.m. for two hours worth of "Superman: The Animated Series" featuring the man of Steel's confrontations with Darkseid in "Apokolips Now" and "Legacy." Then watch "Twilight" on at 10:00 pm, the first two episode of the new season of "Justice League."