The fine folks over at World's Finest have learned that the next direct-to-video DC Universe animated title will be 'Justice League: Crisis of Two Earths', which which is currently scheduled to be released on Blu-ray sometime in Spring 2010, day-and-date with DVD release. No additional information is available at this time, though we expect to hear more about this release soon.
Very dissipointed this isn't set in the same continuity of the Justice League TV show. There was a planned DTV movie called Worlds Collide which was essentially the same story but with the continuity of the Justice League TV show. It apparently was going to explain Wonder Womans invisible jet and set up the much larger Justice League in Justice League unlimited. The fact they would adapt this story without the series continuity is a punch in the stomach to the shows fans. I guess it means Worlds Collide will never get made. So so dissipointed
They had an episode of Justice League devoted to alternate universe evil doppelgangers (the Justice Lords). I wish they'd resurrect DCAU as much as the next guy, but this story doesn't sound like the right one to go that way.
To be honest, I'd almost like to see them re-do DCAU, as blasphemous as that may seem, with the few egregious mistakes fixed. The one that bothers me most is the Joker's inability to kill anyone, but I also wouldn't mind them following Barbara Gordon's "proper" arc, even at the expense of Batman Beyond. I love Batman Beyond personally, but I think I would have rather see Barbara falling into the position of Oracle, and that's one thing that Batman Beyond made impossible in DCAU.
Oh, and by the way, I just picked up Justice League season one for like 15 bucks from a third party on Amazon. Justice League would be relatively easy for WB to give us, maybe if we get everyone we can to buy season one, they'll deliver. Not to mention that we might be able to motivate them to give us more DCAU like Batman or Superman (or dare I say, Batman Beyond or Static Shock?)
Crime Syndicate and Justice Lords are totally different. The Justice Lords are alternate versions of the Justice League who go overboard in there need to protect the world. The Crime Syndicate are just evil and are not actually alternate versions (Owlman for example is not Bruce Wayne) but villians with similar powers. I can't imagine Worlds Collide ever being made now and that makes me seriously bummed out.
I know that the Justice Lords are not the same, but the concept is similar enough that it would be really weird.
Sort of like if this was Justice Society. That's what I figured it would be about when I read the title (come on, Crisis on Two Earths, I couldn't be the only one that jumped to this conclusion). And Justice League had an episode where they met the "Justice Guild". Not the same, but similar enough that it could easily confuse the less engaged followers. This is what I'd expect would be the case here, people would think "wait, wasn't there an episode where they went to an alternate universe and met their evil doubles?!"
I know it's not the same thing, but if they set it in the same continuity, it would feel like they were retreading ground they already covered. That's all.
There are greater chances that this will actually be a revamped version of "Worlds Collide", minus JLU continuity...
If they choose to go that way, it would be great if they did it in the graphic style of the Grant Morrison-written and Frank Quitely-drawn "JLA Earth 2" graphic novel, much like they tried to emulate Ed McGuinness' style in the upcoming "Superman/Batman : Public Ennemies".
Then again, good luck trying to streamline Quitely's style enough to make it possible to animate.