Summary: Brainiac and Lex Luthor join forces, merging themselves together to create a new life form, and begin a plan to use the Dark Heart technology to strip the planet of its knowledge in one stroke. Cut off from the extended League, it falls to the original seven members to stop both Luthor and Brainiac from destroying the world.
JL Mission Roll Call: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, J’onn J’onzz, Shayera Hol
Featured Characters: Lex Luthor, The Flash
Cartoon Network on “Divided We Fall”: “When most of the Justice League is incapacitated, who will be left to stand against the League’s deadliest enemies (courtesy of The World’s Finest)?”
Dwayne McDuffie on the shift in the Cadmus arc’s direction: “Cadmus wasn’t the point of the season, it was merely one means to externalize the League’s internal conflicts. Frankly a League-fights-Cadmus climax would have been a big letdown. That’s why it took place in Part Three.
“[Besides], I’m not sure I want to have the
heroes fighting the President on a children’s cartoon (although Captain
Bruce Timm on the Luthor / Brainiac team-up: “We had the Luthor / Brainiac thing planned pretty early on…definitely by the time we did ‘The Doomsday Sanction’ (why else would we have spent so much time in that episode setting up his presidential bid?; courtesy of Toon Zone).”
Dwayne McDuffie on the Luthor / Brainiac team-up: “I love ‘Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow,’ but it never crossed my mind while I was working on this. We did talk about various incarnations of the Luthor / Brainiac team, though (courtesy of DwayneMcDuffie.com).”
Bruce Timm on Luthor / Brainiac’s hybrid design: “I didn’t have anything lying in front of me when I did the Luthor / Brainiac design. I did tons and tons and tons of drawings before I found something I liked. Sometimes I have an idea in my head and my hand won’t respond (courtesy of ToyFare Magazine).”
Dwayne McDuffie on Lois and Clark:
“I can say in the first draft,
Bruce Timm on “Divided We Fall”:
“Yeah, we originally wanted to have Superman finally reveal his secret
identity to Lois at the end—woulda been a nice little bit of fan-service, a
little last-minute icing on the cake, but it was off-point.
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