I just want to take a moment to talk about a Justice League Unlimited episode I saw today: “Flash and Substance” .
I want to talk about it because of this scene:
In this scene, Flash goes to the “villain bar” to talk to Trickster. When Orion and Batman play bad cop/worse cop, Flash stops them and talks to Trickster like a friend. Flash asks Trickster about he isn’t taking medication, using his first name, implying that Trickster’s criminal activity is symptomatic. When Trickster shows more symptoms, Flash is patient and concerned and never treats Trickster like a problem or a “crazy” person. How does Flash get Trickster to give up the plans of the other villains? By promising Trickster that he’ll visit him in the hospital.
Orion calls Flash weak, but Batman defends the Flash. Something tells me Batman knows a lot about mental illness…
I’ve done academic research on the portrayal of mental illness in comic books, and I just have to say that this is a step in the right direction. This is how you’re supposed to treat mentally ill people (I work in mental health, this is how the best people treat their clients).
I have so much respect for Flash right now.