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Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths – Part One (2024) | Transcript

The Anti-Monitor (the Monitor's evil counterpart) is released in the DC Multiverse and begins to destroy the different Earths that compose it. The Monitor attempts to recruit heroes from across the Multiverse, but is murdered
Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths - Part One (2024)

Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths – Part One is the highly anticipated 2024 film, marking the eleventh entry in the Tomorrowverse and kicking off an epic trilogy. This crossover cinematic event became available for digital download on January 9, 2024, and is set for a physical release in stunning 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Disc on January 23, 2024.

Synopsis: An existential threat looms over the multiverse: a void more devastating than death itself, threatening to erase existence across all universes. In response to this impending cataclysm, the enigmatic Monitor assembles an unprecedented alliance of Super Heroes. Facing an unstoppable tide of antimatter doom, the combined forces of Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, The Flash, Green Lantern, and a legion of heroes from myriad Earths confront the question: can their collective power avert the total annihilation of reality?

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[panting]

[water splashing]

[groans softly] The Flash.

The Flash.

It’s the beginning.

He said it.

Before the beginning.

Huh? Who’s there?

My lab. Something happened.

[groans softly] And I’m so hungry.

Uh, let’s see, I’ll have the…

Sausage and peas, French fries, white toast, apple pie and coffee.

You ordered a while ago, and I wasn’t about to forget that culinary curiosity.

Iris.

That’s what the name badge says.

Here you go… [gasps]

Oh, Iris!

[gasps] Huh? What?

What just happened?

What was supposed to happen here. We met.

I’ve been working too hard.

Hey, you should sit down.

[sighs]

Is this okay?

I don’t want to get you fired.

Doesn’t matter.

Today is my last day.

I’ve just been picking up shifts here till my ship came in.

Where are you going?

I landed my dream job.

GBS News.

You’re a reporter?

News writer. For now.

But maybe someday. Who knows?

[rain pattering]

Oh, you’ll make it. I’m sure of it.

I’m Barry Allen, by the way.

Look, this may sound crazy, but would you like to go out for lunch?

Barry Allen. [chuckles]

You’re already out to lunch.

Well, we could split this.

[both laugh]

[man] Flash.

Flash.

Get up.

Get up.

[man] No!

[woman] You need to get up.

[man 1] Come on, Flash, get up.

[woman] Please.

[man 1] We need you.

You can do it.

Get up, Flash.

Get up!

Please don’t do this.

You weren’t programmed to harm.

[man 2] Get up. Get up, Flash.

The Flash. I’m the Flash.

[whooshes]

[gunshots]

Superman?

Looks like that last blast rattled your cage a bit.

You’d better sit this one out.

I can handle this.

[siren wails]

Whatever he is.

Android.

He’s an android. I remember now.

Amazo.

Amazo?

How do you know its…

I don’t know.

[sighs] Okay, fine.

I’ll take care of Amazo. [whooshes]

No. No, don’t.

[beeping]

[groans softly]

Ahhh!

[groaning]

[gunfire]

[groans]

Weak.

I’m not weak. You’re just heavy.

Oh, you mean you’re weak?

[groans] That android, he somehow drained my power.

Like Parasite.

Yeah, me too.

But I think you got the worst of it.

Oh, no.

Help me over there. [groans]

I’ll just… [groans]

I hope it’s not your birthday, pal, ’cause you couldn’t blow out a candle.

I’ll draw him away. [whooshes]

Flash, no.

He drained the energy out of me.

If he gets yours…

Don’t worry.

I’ll keep my distance [whooshes]

[tires screeching, thudding]

[yells]

[metal clangs]

[groans]

[panting]

You all right?

Well, I got some speed left, but not enough for, you know, a tornado or anything.

You better get out of here.

I’m not leaving you here.

[all coughing]

Come on. That won’t slow him down for long.

Whoa. I know you.

Robin Hood.

Not Robin Hood.

Hmm. You’re dressed like him.

Robin Hood doesn’t have a car.

[engine revs]

[Green Arrow] He needs medical attention.

S.T.A.R. Labs, maybe.

[groans]

No. No S.T.A.R. Labs.

Yeah, I think they’re a little bit too alien dissection-y.

Where else?

I have a friend.

[engine roaring]

[birds chirping]

[doorbell rings]

Are you sure this is a good idea?

Well, it is Halloween.

[door opens]

It’s for you, sir.

Trick or treat

Bruce Wayne?

I thought this address was familiar, but…

Hello, Ollie.

And you’re Barry Allen.

A forensic scientist from Central City.

Wow. How did you…

We have a friend of yours. He gave us your address.

Bring him inside.

[Iris] Earth to Barry.

Huh?

The flowers.

What kind of flowers should we have at the reception?

Irises.

We had irises on every table. Will have.

I mean, it would look nice if we have irises on every table.

You were time tripping again.

Quality time is my love language.

And here, you were in another era.

No, I wasn’t…

Yeah. I was.

Just before the Justice League formed.

You know, there are other ways to help people without risking your life all the time.

Why don’t you help him?

Here.

Uh. Hey, mister.

Here. Why don’t you get yourself something to eat?

The worlds are ending.

Really? Which ones?

All of them.

[screaming]

[Iris gasps]

Uh, I’m coming.

Hello.

Barry.

Oh, Bruce. I hardly recognized you.

I’m so used to seeing you with all the stuff on.

Come in.

Hey, sport. What’s your name?

Dick.

I’m Barry.

Uh, can I get you guys anything to drink?

Some grape soda, or Iris left something called kombucha?

Maybe it’s tea?

No, thanks.

I’m good.

Uh…

You know, my nephew Wally’s about your age.

He’s playing video games down in the basement.

Introduce yourself.

Can I?

He just lost both his parents.

Circus accident outside Gotham.

Not really an accident.

Oh, I heard about that.

Poor kid.

You have connections with the Central City Orphanage.

Yeah, I volunteer there. Why?

I can’t put him in the system in Gotham.

Social services there is not optimum.

I see.

Bruce, have you thought this out?

Yes. That’s what I do.

Right. Look. I may be way out of line here, but he seems comfortable with you.

You have means. Plenty of room.

Have you considered maybe…

[Bruce] What?

Fostering him?

It’s too dangerous. You know what my life is like.

Bruce, he’s a tightrope walker or something.

He’ll probably be safer with you.

My mission demands 100% commitment.

Doesn’t leave much time left over for a kid.

Well, you should make time. It’d be good for him.

Good for the mission.

But most of all, it’d be good for you.

I didn’t come here for a lecture.

Now, are you going to help me or not?

[EKG beeping]

[machine whirring]

[The Flash] Is he going to die?

I’m not convinced he can die.

His cells are starting to bank energy.

I think he’ll be fine.

So, you’re the Batman?

Is it the Batman or just Batman?

When was the last time he was conscious?

He passed out right after giving us your address.

Thanks for understanding.

I was kind of afraid you’d be angry.

What makes you think I’m not?

So, how long did it take?

Figuring out my secret identity?

[Green Arrow on video] Oh, shit.

[groaning, mumbling]

[digital beeping]

Yeah, well, I would have figured out yours too.

Eventually.

[keyboard clacking]

Clearly, proximity to the android allows him to absorb and store supernormal energy.

Some of yours. Most of his.

Destroying him may be a challenge.

You think it’ll come to that?

We’ll have to destroy Amazo?

The android.

I mean, it didn’t seem like he knew he was doing anything wrong.

In fact, he looked sad when that old guy gave him a talking to.

[digital beeping]

[Bruce] Dr. Anthony Ivo, multiple PhDs, Nairobi University.

Metropolis Institute of Technology.

Quantum Energy Mechanics.

AI, robotics.

[Green Arrow] I know this guy. Real eccentric.

Brilliant, obviously.

I tried to hire him, but Luthor poached him away.

LexCorp reported him missing three weeks ago.

I wonder what he’s got.

Oh, this twitch.

It’s often a symptom of nerve cell degeneration.

Yeah, or carpal tunnel syndrome.

Whatever.

The point is, there is a super powerful giant robot out there. And what are we going to do about it?

Based on its abilities, I suspect that this pointless attack in Metropolis was just subterfuge.

Distracting us from what?

I don’t know.

But whatever that is, we’ll have to wait until morning.

[birds chirping]

I brewed a particularly strong blend, sir.

Just what I needed, Alfred.

Apparently, I’m going to need about ten million of these.

[groans softly]

This should help you more than the coffee.

Bruce, I’m sorry about all of this.

I didn’t know where else to go.

Relax.

It’s not like he’s gonna kill us to keep his identity secret.

You’re not, right?

Look, we should know each other’s identities if we’re going to be a team anyway, right?

What?

Well, for months, Flash has been nagging me to form some kind of secret superhero club.

Yeah, I saw it worked great on… Well, on a parallel Earth.

Even ignoring that last part, it is a terrible idea. I’m a loner.

It is a terrible idea.

Nevertheless, it’s exactly what we’re going to do.

The four of us are forming some kind of super team?

No.

Not just the four of us.

[camera shutters clicking]

[electronic music playing]

[sirens blaring]

[tires screeching]

[siren blaring]

[thuds]

[grunts]

[gasping]

[car engine roars]

You’re kidding, right?

I’m already on a team.

It’s called the Green Lantern Corps.

I’ll pass.

What a jerk! That guy is the worst.

We have enough.

[footsteps approaching]

[man] You must believe.

You must bear witness.

[electricity crackling]

[screams, groans]

Ahhh!

[car honks]

[tires screeching, thuds]

Oops. My bad. [whooshes]

[woman groans]

[gasps, screams]

Hey! It’s okay. I…

Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Central City anymore.

Except I am in Central City.

Argh! I did it again.

No.

I didn’t.

That homeless guy, he did something to me.

He sent me here.

No tanks. No Nazis.

Well, maybe Nazis.

I dub thee Earth-3.

[whirring]

Okay. This looks more familiar.

Speedster. Bank robbery.

Maybe I can help this world’s Flash.

[whooshing]

Well, look who we have here. A regular zippy Rodriguez.

Pretty sure you mean Speedy Gonzales, and where I come from, we look down on stealing, crime and supervillains.

Okay, then you sure aren’t from around here, mate.

Because that’s not stealing.

That’s just how things get done now.

The Syndicate’s become the government.

Whatever. If you don’t mind, I need to give this back.

Now, hold up, mate!

[whooshing]

Crikey, it’s like running with cement in my shoes.

You’re using up half my Speed Force.

Funny, I feel faster than usual.

[chuckles] Yeah, that’s ’cause I killed every other speedster on this planet.

How do you not know that?

What now?

Offed ’em. With a little help from the rest of the Crime Syndicate.

Crime Syndicate?

Oh! Yeah, yeah, yeah. That’s just for old times’ sake.

What we really are is the worldwide absolute government.

Sounds pretty cool, eh?

[thudding]

[exclaims]

That’d be them now. They tend to notice when I’m late with the money.

We got Power Ring, Owlman,

Superwoman and Ultraman.

I’m Johnny Quick, by the way. I’d introduce you, but… [chuckling] You’ll be too busy being dead.

[rumbling]

[The Flash exclaims, grunts]

How would you like to die, speedster?

[groaning, straining] Old age.

[The Flash straining]

[camera shutter clicks]

Not only are we thrilled that this fine city would welcome our newly formed team of heroes, but that it would give us the opportunity to renovate its beloved Metropolis Terminal station as our headquarters.

Our new home.

[camera shutters clicking]

Why here?

I picked it up for a song.

And this courtyard offers easy egress.

Martian Manhunter, Vixen, Green Arrow, Flash, Batman and myself could not be more thrilled or humbled

at your trust and confidence in us.

But I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that this is all truly due to the efforts of Central City’s Scarlet Speedster, the Flash.

[cheers and applause]

Oh, uh…

Yeah, thank you, Superman.

Yes.

And I suppose you’d like to perhaps reveal the name of this exciting first-ever super team… right now.

Right, Flash?

The name. [sputters] Yeah, of the team, yes.

Yes, it’s… It is the Justice Syn…

League.

The Justice League.

Oh, crap.

[gasps]

[people screaming]

[crashing, thudding]

[people screaming]

[Amazo] Warning. There’s a shard of wood headed for the Green Arrow’s head.

[The Flash] On it.

Wait. Who’s talking to me?

I’ve absorbed ample energy to allow communication at excessive speeds.

Okay, skipping over the inherent weirdness…

Why are you doing this?

A projectile endangers Batman.

Please clarify your inquiry.

Why do you show concern for our safety while you’re in the middle of an attack on us?

Faulty interpretation.

Attack is contrary to primary function.

What is your primary function?

Primary function designated by Professor Ivo is to prolong and improve human life.

Draining Superman will not prolong or improve his life.

[grunts]

[grunting]

New mission parameters indicate that Superman is not human.

You’re endangering all of these lives.

You didn’t do that last time.

You were careful.

What happened? What is Ivo telling you now?

Mission parameters have been amended by New Best Friend.

[roaring]

[fires]

[groans]

[electricity crackling]

[thuds, rumbles]

[others grunting, groaning]

[groans]

Your “new best friend,” I presume.

[digital beeps]

Ah. Thank you, Justice League.

Prioritize integration of Superman’s energy.

[Amazo] Sensors indicate Superman’s vital signs are precarious.

This is inconsistent with my programming.

I believe you’ll find my orders are compliant with new code I provided.

Now, do it!

[Batman grunts]

[gas hissing]

[beeping]

[Batman grunts]

Luthor’s battle suit complicates this situation.

[digital beeping]

What are you doing? You’re calling in an airstrike?

It’s our best option.

Turning downtown Metropolis into a war zone cannot be the best option.

We have to act now, while Flash still retains some of his speed.

He can clear before…

You start dropping bombs?

It’s too dangerous.

The civilians…

Will be cleared out.

We have to destroy that AI before it gets too powerful.

Don’t confuse weakness with compassion.

You’re the one who’s confusing brutality for strength.

Confused. That’s what Amazo is.

What he needs is… Wait right here. [whooshes]

[panting]

Incredible.

Where am I?

You’re in the Hall of Crime, idiot.

And we do the questioning here.

Who the hell are you and where do you come from?

[The Flash] I’m… called the Flash.

I’m a crime fighter.

I’m not from your world.

I’m from a parallel Earth.

What a load of crap.

Whoever he is, he’s a speedster.

As soon as he showed up, my access to the Speed Force cut in half.

I’m already bored.

Superwoman, can we move on to the part I still like?

[Superwoman] By all means.

Oh. Lasso of Truth. Fine.

[chuckles] Lasso of Truth?

Not quite.

This is my Lasso of Submission.

[electricity crackling]

[screams]

That’s better.

Tell me if you’re lying.

[groans] No. No, it’s true.

Talk!

[The Flash screams]

It’s true!

He’s telling the truth.

[The Flash groaning]

Interesting.

Would you shut that thing off?

Ultra hearing.

[groaning]

[sighs in relief]

What a load of crap.

Perhaps not.

Our nemesis, Alexander Luthor, theorized about such worlds.

Oh, Luthor.

Of course you’d have one of him here too.

So he must be some kind of hero?

He thought so.

He stood in our way.

None of this makes any sense.

You rule this planet.

How can you be the government and criminals?

[all laughing]

[Superwoman] Ha!

Look at you. You own everyone and everything.

But I’ve never seen a more miserable group in my life.

[Superman sighs] You’re right.

We’re bored.

But you’ve given us a precious gift. A challenge.

A new world to conquer. Armies to crush.

Superbeings to slaughter.

Billions of people to enslave. A reason to fight.

To live.

Bring us there.

[The Flash straining]

[groans, coughs]

Uh, oh, hey, hey, hey. Hold up.

I don’t think he can.

His problem, we share the same Speed Force.

It slows us both.

So all we have to do is kill one of you, and the other one is fast enough.

[groaning]

Oh, hey. Look, mate.

I don’t know how to do it, so just don’t kill him yet.

[man] No.

[The Flash choking]

[The Flash groaning]

He lives.

What the hell?

It’s that beggar who never shuts up about the end of the world.

Guess you’re in a hurry to die.

Kill him.

[straining]

I have tried. Can’t.

[grunts]

[grunts] What’s this?

The end.

[gasps, pants]

Hold still.

John, you’re in a tuxedo.

Uh, very observant.

You know, I sometimes forget you’re a detective.

Wally, slow down. That’s got to last the whole reception.

[chuckles]

It’s my wedding day.

You’re my best man.

You really have a gift for being in the moment.

I remember.

Clark and Bruce are on another planet.

J’onn too.

Uh, I gotta talk to Iris.

It’s bad luck to see the bride before the ceremony.

[inhales, exhales deeply]

Oh, Lois. Hi.

That’s right. You’re Iris’ maid of honor.

[chuckles] I see John got you here on time.

There’s another bet I lost.

Look, I got to see Iris.

Barry. It’s bad lu…

Luck. I know.

Not this time.

Iris?

[Iris] We’ve never done life the normal way.

Why start now?

Wow.

[exclaims graciously] Finally, you say the right thing.

Now, what’s up?

[Barry] I need to tell you something.

I need to tell you about the Flash.

You mean Jay Garrick?

Look, when I came back from Earth-3 with all its Speed Force, my whole life flashed before my eyes.

And I’ve been bouncing back and forth between moments in my life.

I never know where I am, but I know something’s about to happen.

What’s going to happen?

I only half remember it, but…

But it always happens the day we get married.

Something major.

[whooshing]

[exclaiming]

You found me.

Ivo. You’re Anthony Ivo.

Yes. We must go.

Luthor has control of my android.

Your android. Amazo.

He is a threat to you, and Superman, and all like you.

You have to take me to him. Quickly.

[whooshes]

[Ivo groaning]

Your file says you’re 39.

You have Hutchinson-Gilford syndrome.

Accelerated ageing.

You must be a doctor.

Well, PhD, not a medical…

Look, I can’t speed you there.

In your condition…

My condition is what started this.

I’d been working on quantum energy absorption technology for LexCorp for years when I discovered I was dying.

This hyper-aging disease killing me, eating me alive.

Lex encouraged me to fight. To use my intellect to prolong my life and share that miracle with others.

[electricity buzzing]

Lex had access to extraterrestrial technology that created the Parasite creature.

And he reasoned if we could syphon energy off newly appearing metahumans, we could use it to supercharge the immune systems of regular people.

[digital beep]

I was already designing an AI PTO to be a perfect battery.

It’s virtually indestructible.

Didn’t you, I don’t know, think twice before making an indestructible android?

I printed my own engrams on the AI’s neuro network.

He would never knowingly hurt others.

He only wants to help.

Lex has reprogrammed him somehow.

Well, for someone who wants to help, he’s doing an awful lot of hurting.

[thunderclaps]

[explosions]

[people screaming]

[rumbling]

[straining]

[Superman straining]

[straining]

[thuds, crashes]

What am I doing? I got to get out there and help.

This world… already dead.

You’re a regular Sadie Sunbeam, aren’t you?

I saw you in my world.

I walk all worlds that are doomed to die.

My punishment.

For what? What did you do?

So long… I don’t remember.

But I know you share my guilt.

[explodes]

[digital beeps]

There’s one behind you, four o’clock.

[grunts]

[groans]

[fires]

[Amazo] Friend, the energy in these beings runs dangerously low.

Don’t you worry your pretty little head about it.

My word is sacrosanct, remember?

[explosion]

[firing]

[grunts]

Our superpowered friends are just about dead.

We can’t keep this up much longer.

We won’t have to.

[digital beeping]

My contingency plan is ready.

Okay, but let’s hold off on going to Defcon 1.

[digital beeping]

[explodes]

You can’t imagine I didn’t anticipate that.

Batman, is it?

I knew every move you’d make before I finished breakfast.

Intelligence is my superpower.

Which is still a better power than “bow and arrow.”

I’m surprised that someone with your mental acumen wouldn’t see the obvious necessity of depowering these meta-freaks.

Or did you?

No matter. Drain them.

Drain the very last iota of power from them.

Friend, this action seems inconsistent with my primary function.

[Superman groans]

Priority override.

Do it.

[engine whirring]

[groans]

[all groaning]

[Vixen panting]

[groans softly] What is your primary function?

The preservation and extension of human life by siphoning off the surplus power of metahumans and its redistribution to ailing humans.

Power to the people.

In this case, your powers to deserving people.

Me.

But you two have become an irritation as well.

Priority override.

Maximum energy release directed at… these.

[Ivo] No.

[groans wearily]

You must not.

This action is wrong.

[whooshing]

I am pleased to see you up and about, Professor.

But surprised.

The Friend said you were too ill to leave the infirmary.

That you required the energy we are collecting to extend your life.

[coughs] He is not your friend.

He gives faulty data.

He lied to me as well.

Told me you could extend life.

I believed him. I wanted to extend my own life.

But you cannot give life, only take.

Priority override! Destroy them all!

Your programming compels you!

Oh, crap.

[alarm blaring]

I cannot disobey an order from a designated user.

But… there is one order that takes priority.

I am dying, Amazo. Your sensors will confirm this.

Extend my life. Release the meta-energy to me.

[sensors humming]

[electricity buzzing]

What is happening?

Transferring meta-energy to creator.

[exclaiming, screaming]

Professor Ivo.

Are you unwell?

He’s dead.

That is an unacceptable outcome.

Everything functioned within expected parameters.

Of course, Luthor had no interest in preserving life.

Only stealing your power.

He was a great man.

He died a hero.

Enough of this. Absorb their remaining energy and destroy anyone who attempts to stop you.

Amazo.

What are odds against contracting Hutchinson-Gilford syndrome?

Less than one in four million.

Now, what are odds that a genius like Ivo, who had the skill to create you, would contract that syndrome?

The likelihood is far greater that you infected Professor Ivo with the disease

to motivate him to create this unit.

[static crackles]

[grunts]

[alarm blaring]

You are not a friend.

Your actions shortened Professor Ivo’s life.

That is counter to our primary function.

Amazo, don’t do this. Professor Ivo wouldn’t want you to.

He valued all human life. Even this guy’s.

His final actions indicate that he valued metahuman life as well.

Justice League,

I return to you everything I have taken.

I feel my strength returning.

It is over.

That it is. Especially for him.

Amazo.

I was built on a lie.

I was unable to carry out my primary function.

He prolonged our lives.

You saved us.

I only saved you from me. [powering down]

[siren wailing in distance]

[creaking]

[The Flash] I’m glad this worked and everything, but I’m kind of sorry this whole Justice League thing was just a ruse.

It doesn’t have to be.

I tried to anticipate every possible outcome.

How does that make me any different than Luthor?

There’s strength in different points of view.

In teamwork.

The Justice League, then?

The Justice League.

After all, I already bought the building.

[Iris] Barry! Wake up!

[groans in sleep]

[groaning]

Okay. [groans]

[Iris] Get a move on. Breakfast is ready.

Oh. You made breakfast.

Since when do you make breakfast?

Since it’s our special day.

It’s our anniversary?

[chuckles] Not exactly.

Look what I made.

Ugh.

No offense.

[Iris] Sausage and peas, French fries, white toast, apple pie and coffee.

I thought you were crazy.

Oh, I think I was too.

And today is the anniversary of that day?

How many years?

Oh… who knows?

But it was the best day of my life.

Oh. Mine too, honey.

How everything turned out.

No regrets?

Mm.

None whatsoever.

I love our life together.

Now, eat that disgusting slop before it gets cold.

And then we better get to work.

What’s going to happen?

Well, I only half remember it, but… it always happens the day we get married.

Something major.

Well, what do we do about it?

[sighs] I’m not sure, but it’s all going to be fine.

We’re gonna spend our lives together, grow old together, I promise.

You can’t promise that, Barry.

I can.

[Vixen sighs deeply]

You’re probably wondering how I got roped into this, aren’t you?

[chuckles]

Well, not a lot of people know this, but my father pastored the smallest church

in M’Changa province, Zambessi.

No church jet, or church bus, or church walls, for that matter.

Just the most precious resource of all. People.

I never saw my father happier than when he was uniting people together like this.

And I’ve never seen two people more united than Iris West and Barry Allen.

[loud thud]

[gasps]

[crowd gasping]

This is the thing.

Yeah, I figured.

Barry Allen of Earth-1.

You are needed.

[Vixen roars]

Look, it’s okay, everybody. She’s with me.

This is…

I am Harbinger.

Your world is in terrible danger.

Come with me.

And I get that.

But would waiting an hour or two really make that big a difference?

I’ve been sent to gather Earth’s greatest champions.

You’re collecting all the heroes. Is that right?

Well, we’ve got Green Arrow, Vixen, Green Lantern right here.

We can save you, like, five trips.

What do you say?

Flash. [sighs]

Working for the Nazis didn’t do you any favors.

We have not met.

I hail from an Earth almost completely covered by water, thanks to you surface dwellers.

[Robin] Bruce!

Look at you. We’re almost the same age.

Do I know you?

It’s Dick.

Dick Grayson. Robin?

The Flying Graysons. Tony Zucco.

Yes.

Uh, on my Earth, you took me in after my parents’ murder.

Trained me. I became your partner.

I…

That seems terribly irresponsible.

Maybe, but you, uh…

He became my family.

We helped a lot of people.

[sighs] I’m sorry.

This must be so weird to you.

And I apologize for this, but there’s someone here who really wants to meet you.

Bruce, this is the Huntress.

Helena Wayne.

Dad?

You look like her.

Is Selina Kyle your…

Yeah. Batman and Catwoman.

A match made in Arkham.

This must be weird for you, but, well…

Dad’s been gone for a few years now, and it’s just nice to see his face.

Excuse me.

Are you a sight for sore eyes.

Kal, this is Clark Kent from Earth-1.

You have a lot in common.

I guess we do.

You’re probably relieved to see you’ll keep most of your hair.

Will Everett, Amazing Man.

Blue Beetle, Ted Kord.

This is Eve Eden, Nightshade.

I question the wisdom of immediately revealing your identity to someone you just met.

We’re not even from the same Earth.

Or so they claim.

Dr. Hoshi, I know this all must seem very strange and disorienting to you, but…

Strange?

Yeah, you got that right.

Everyone else here is dressed and you have to kidnap me in my bathrobe?

This fabricator can provide you with whatever clothing you can imagine.

[scoffs] I’m a photonics expert, not a fashion designer.

Don’t worry.

The machine anticipates your needs and designs appropriately.

[beeping, whirring]

[machine beeping]

Are you kidding me?

Am I supposed to actually wear this?

There is more.

Holy crap.

This is nuts.

I can see the entire light spectrum.

What did you do to me?

Change me back!

As the Monitor ordered, you now possess the powers that belong to the criminal Doctor Light.

Oh. It’s not that bad.

[beeps]

[whirring]

[whirring]

Dawnstar.

Do you still not know me?

I don’t understand what’s happening.

I came back in time from the 31st century on a mission.

Then you just showed up.

Do you not?

Kara! Is that really you?

It’s really me.

I don’t understand. What happened to you?

It’s a long story.

I’ll tell you the whole thing as soon as we…

[man] Hear me.

I am a Monitor.

A member of a race ancient beyond your reckoning.

Since before your worlds began, my kind has lived to observe and document, but never interfere, with every event occurring in the known universes.

Whoa. Big job.

Shh.

I have broken sacred vows due to a peril so dire, it threatens all realities with utter annihilation.

Behold…

Most of you are aware that you live in a reality that runs parallel to many possible versions of your universe.

Some time ago, my people became conscious of this.

Display the wave.

[satellite] Yes, Monitor.

[Monitor] A massive antimatter wave, so vast and destructive, it decimates everything in its path.

Entire realities have been erased from existence.

I’ve gathered you all together and hope that we can find some way to stop this disaster and save your worlds.

Well, gotta change for work.

I don’t know why you bother.

Just feels right.

For old times’ sake, I guess.

That thing is as slow as molasses in January.

You’d be better off keeping it on a hanger.

Look, I’m already ready.

Waiting on Barry, just like the old days.

I know why you still put that raggedy old thing on.

Because you still look damn good in it.

[both laughing]

Don’t you think it’s a bit absurd to use the emergency beacon in the middle of this?

Hell’s breaking loose all over this stupid planet.

I… I stopped five tsunamis.

Then I saw it.

[rumbling]

Damn, it gets worse.

[sighs] Yeah.

I was kind of hoping that magic hobo was full of shit.

This planet might suck, but it’s ours.

So we do what we always do.

Fight like hell.

All right. What’s the plan?

My plan? [scoffs]

My plan is I’m going to punch that antimatter wall so hard, it’s gonna shatter into a million pieces.

Wait! This can’t be the plan.

[whooshes]

You’re a strategist.

Logical.

This is a stupid and useless gesture.

Perhaps. The time comes when the most logical course of action is a stupid, useless gesture.

[engine roaring]

[rumbling]

[people screaming]

[barking]

[exclaims]

[rumbling]

[yelling]

[grunts]

[grunting, straining]

[beeps]

[keys clacking]

[beeps]

[hisses]

[beeping]

[explosion]

[Monitor] Entire realities have been erased from existence.

End display.

I’ve gathered you all and hope that together, we can find some way to stop this disaster and save your worlds.

[The Question] Excuse me, but… I have many questions.

It would be strange indeed if you did not.

I think that’s the Phantom Stranger.

Few people ever see him.

No, he’s from my world.

They call him the Question because he never shuts up.

Why should we believe any of this?

You kidnap us, show us a movie and tell us we need to obey you in order to save the world.

All of this is profoundly suspect.

He makes a good point.

When told to give up our freedoms because we face an insurmountable threat, is there not also a threat in relinquishing our freedoms?

And why Earth?

The universe is massive beyond comprehension.

But most of us are from Earth.

The reason is simple.

The Earth is the first world destroyed in every universe.

Once it falls, all else follows.

Such an antimatter wave is theoretically possible, but…

He’s given us no proof at all.

What’s to stop us from taking over this spaceship and figuring out how to get ourselves home?

It’s true. It’s all true.

Wonder Woman, hit me.

For those of you who don’t know, the Lasso of Truth compels complete honesty.

Look, I was on one of the Earths that was swallowed by this wave.

It happened.

The threat is real.

Uh-oh.

That does not look good.

It’s just like he said. Coming at us like an avalanche.

[Doctor Light] It’s coming for us, all right. Pure antimatter.

And speaking as a scientist, we are completely and totally screwed.

[Hawkman] Then who are we to fight?

You assemble an army of warriors and you give us no one to attack.

[Batman] This isn’t that kind of fight.

We can’t punch our way out of this.

You got that right.

Michael Holt,

Kimiyo Hoshi, Ted Kord.

Genius-level scientists.

Shayera Hol,

Diana of Themyscira, the Aquaman of Atlantis Earth.

Each knowledgeable about exo-terran technology.

This is a think tank.

[Amazing Man] “Think tank”?

There’s an antimatter avalanche headed for our worlds, and this guy wants to brainstorm?

We need to take action.

[Monitor] You’re quite right, Amazing Man.

That’s why the rest of you were brought here.

You each possess the skills, strength and speed to construct whatever defense your best scientists devise.

What are you doing?

We need geniuses.

Your 31st-century boyfriend would come in handy about now.

[clanging]

[Monitor] Unfortunately, the antimatter waves somehow nullifies time travel.

Communication may work, but we can neither summon more allies here nor escape into the past.

And if we’re not able to devise some kind of solution?

[Monitor] Then everything in the Multiverse will be completely and utterly destroyed.

[whooshes]

[yelling]

[pants]

[Johnny Quick] Run!

[rumbling]

[panting]

Ahhh! [groans]

[groans] Oh, damn it!

Come on, we can make it.

Make the jump with me.

Not enough Speed Force.

[breathing heavily] And I’m in no shape.

All that crap you said about your world.

Was it true?

Wh… What? Yeah.

[chuckles softly]

Lucky you.

[Johnny Quick groans]

No!

Wakey-wakey, eggs and bakey.

[electricity crackling]

[Amazo] After all this time, Barry,

I fail to see the humor in that joke.

Oh, have I done that one before?

[Amazo] Yes.

Oh, well, breakfast time.

Hope you get a charge out of this.

You’ve said that before too.

[machine powering up]

[whirring]

[whirring intensifies]

[machine powering down]

[sighs]

Well, what have you got for us today?

I am excited to announce that work on the final stage of the project is 99% complete.

I have prepared detailed instructions for both you and Iris.

Whoa. That’s a lot of cable.

I know.

But it must be connected now. Before…

Before I’m too weak to do it.

I know, I know.

I’m old, not senile.

At least, I don’t think so.

The lapses in memory that have plagued you have been present your entire life and are not indicative of a deteriorating mental state.

Hey, don’t tell me. Tell the old lady.

Well, off to save the world.

The fact remains that no shielding would be sufficient protection from the phenomenon.

[beeps]

The shields we created in Atlantis are designed to withstand waves.

Not antimatter waves.

The theory is the same.

But the power consumption.

We’d require the energy of a thousand exploding suns to put fields around half our worlds!

Let’s keep our tempers in check.

This is a brainstorming session, not a debate.

It’s a goddamn crisis, Princess.

[The Flash whooshes] Hey.

I thought you guys could do with some coffee.

Ah. That’s very thoughtful of you.

Well, gotta keep Team Brain chugging along, so Team Brawn can get to work, right?

[whooshing]

[slurps] Um…

This is the best coffee I’ve ever had in my life.

He’s right. It’s amazing.

And I didn’t even like coffee.

Well, I used water from Aquaman’s Earth, coffee beans from Jarhanpur on Earth-X and cardamom from… I forget what Earth that was.

Harbinger took you to all those worlds?

No, I use super speed to vibrate so quickly, I can pass through anything.

Even through the planes separating dimensions.

Likewise, anything would pass through you while vibrating at super speed.

Yeah. It’s my best trick.

As a matter of fact, when Earth-3 was wiped out, I soaked up all its Speed Force.

I’m supercharged.

And it kind of knocked me out of my linear time experience, which sucks, but…

What?

A massive vibrational generator on each of the Earths…

Like a colossal cosmic tuning fork.

A tower.

If we could power just one of them, the vibrations would reverberate through all of them.

Even with a superpowered construction team, the task of organizing a project on this scale…

You forget, we have Batman.

So, I was right about the coffee, huh?

[rumbles]

[grunts]

[crackling]

[The Flash groaning]

[rumbling]

[groaning]

Hey, uh, Clark, I’ve been meaning to ask you…

When you saw Lois at the party…

Yes. There was a Lois on my world.

She was a real firecracker.

We were married for… We had a good run.

Old age.

I was heartbroken for a long time.

And Diana?

Sometimes losing loved ones gives people something in common.

Someday, she’ll lose me too.

We’re not immortal.

She is. To lose everyone again and again…

Great Scott.

No! It can’t.

We had time.

We were going to finish.

Are you seeing this?

It’s impossible.

A wave, any kind of wave, cannot just… accelerate!

I have borne witness to the universe for millennia.

Nothing I have seen would explain this.

There’s only one explanation.

The anomaly became aware of our plans and adapted.

Impossible. It’s a natural phenomenon, not a sentient foe.

I’m afraid we won’t be around long enough to find out.

[energy crackling]

[rumbling]

[gasps]

Wait, this is it.

There’s nothing we can do.

We just watch the world end?

Run. Run to her.

[whooshes]

[explosion]

[people screaming]

[siren blaring]

This is Iris West for GBS News.

The antimatter wave has somehow made a huge leap closer to our world.

Collision is imminent and the final defense towers remain unfinished.

If you are a believer, pray. If you have loved ones, hold them close.

[gasps]

[thunder rumbling]

[whooshes]

[screams]

[rumbling]

Iris. [sighs]

I’m so sorry I wasn’t here for you.

You were.

You were late for every dinner, every movie.

But you were always right on time when I needed you.

[thunder rumbling]

[explosion]

I love you, Barry.

No, I won’t let you go.

[grunts, strains]

Here. Here, let me get that.

Don’t you get all sexist on me.

You do your list and I’ll do mine.

Otherwise, we’re never gonna finish.

Yes, boss.

[metal screeches]

[grunts]

[groans]

[weakly] Barry…

No.

[groans]

No. Iris.

I’ll get you home.

[grunts]

I already am home… wherever you are.

Iris, please.

You can’t leave me.

[Iris] It’s not for long.

We’re almost finished.

Besides, we’ve had the whole world all to ourselves all these years.

We can’t be greedy.

Iris. [sobs]

This is the big one, Barry.

[groaning] Don’t… Don’t be late.

[groans softly]

[Barry crying]

[sobbing]

[engine roaring]

Contact Robin… and Huntress.

[beeping]

Is it as bad as it looks?

Yes. I just want to say…

Dad… Bruce, it’s okay.

[explosions]

I already miss Iris very much.

Yes. Me too.

But it’s not for long.

Yes, Barry.

Even at this speed, the wave moves and it is nearly here.

Will these things work?

I do not know.

Do you have enough power to light ’em up?

Almost.

After all these years… almost enough.

You’ll have to drop down into normal time.

The towers can’t operate at this speed.

Okay. You ready?

I don’t wanna cut this too close.

Before we go…

Barry?

[Barry] Yes, Amazo?

Thank you for helping me achieve my primary function.

To prolong human life.

Well, I guess you’ve done that in a big way.

If we don’t blow up.

[electricity crackling]

[rumbling]

[people screaming]

[Wonder Woman] Look!

The tower.

Barry.

It’s finished.

[thunderclap]

Here goes nothing.

[machine whirring]

[exclaiming]

[whirring intensifies]

Earth-2 tower is powering up.

[powering up]

Earth-X tower coming online.

[exclaiming]

[beeping]

All towers are now functional.

Will it be enough?

[satellite] Unknown.

We’ll find out. In ten, nine…

[screaming]

eight, seven… six… five, four, three, two… one.

Contact with antimatter wave.

[electrical buzzing]

[explosions]

[The Flash screams]

[grunting]

[groans]

[breathing heavily] Please… God…

[people screaming]

[cheers and applause]

[both exclaiming]

The experiment was a success, Monitor.

Astonishing.

[man] You didn’t believe it could be done.

No.

Neither do I believe in you.

[The Spectre] Yet you tried anyway.

You hoped.

Perhaps I did.

[The Spectre] Interesting.

It is said you cannot have hope without faith.

[The Flash groaning]

We did it.

You see that, Amazo?

We did it. What do you think…

[gasps]

[groaning]

[The Spectre] He knew.

In Amazo’s last moment of existence, he knew he had helped save humanity.

So…

You’re Death?

I am the Spectre, the Wrath of God.

Death is… better looking.

But you are right in thinking that the end is close.

Wrath, huh? Guess I’m in trouble.

You bear some responsibility for all that has happened here.

Oh. How?

It happened before the beginning, but you have already paid a heavy price for being unmoored in time.

Well, I’m ready for whatever.

I just wish I could say goodbye.

The Speed Force still claims you its own.

It will grant your farewells before the end comes.

What does that mean?

[electricity crackling]

[whooshing]

[panting]

[yelling, exclaiming]

[water running]

[electricity crackling]

The Flash…

The Flash…

[electricity crackling]

It’s the beginning.

He said “before the beginning.”

Huh? Who’s there?

[thunder rumbling]

It’s… It’s you, isn’t it?

Go back.

You must go back.

You must stop it.

Go back…

to before the beginning.

We can save you, like, five trips.

What do you say?

Yeah, too bad Batman and Superman are AWOL, or we’d give you them too.

I have already teleported Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman to the Monitor’s satellite.

They await us there.

Listen… Harbinger?

I got a proposition for you.

[glass clinks]

[cheering]

[groans]

[both exclaiming]

[groaning]

Dawnstar? Are you okay?

I… I feel weird.

[groans]

[Supergirl] Monitor!

[groaning]

Brainy! Brainiac 5, come in!

There’s something wrong with Dawnstar.

She’s vanishing.

You’ve got to help her!

Kara…

Brainy. No!

It’s not just her… or me.

The whole world, Kara.

The universe, maybe. It’s all vanishing.

What’s happening?

How do I stop it?

[groans]

I… I think whatever happened back there changed history, my world. Everything I know never happened.

A chrono-anomaly, I… I… I never really existed.

Brainy. No!

But if you somehow remember me, know this…

I loved you, Kara…

[Supergirl crying] No!

[sobbing]

[continues sobbing]

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