ep:flash and substance

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. 

FLASH: James, you’re off your meds, aren’t you?

TRICKSTER: Better off without ‘em! … I’ll take them if I start feeling down.

FLASH: You know that’s not how the medicine works. You’re not well.

TRICKSTER: I’m fine! Wanna throw some darts?

FLASH: No. Listen, James, you’re wearing the suit again.

TRICKSTER: I am? … Well what'dya know?

FLASH: Here’s the deal, buddy. Tell me where those guys went and I promise to come see you in the hospital. We’ll play darts… the soft kind.

Just reblogged that gifset from this scene, but this is my most favorite bit. I like that Wally cares about his rogues. I heard Barry Allen will probably be the Flash in DC’s film but Wally is just special!

  • [Flash, Batman, and Orion enter a bar to confront the Trickster]
  • Batman: Where are the others?
  • Trickster: Those crabby hacks can go plug a hole for all I care. But I'm not about to rat 'em out!
  • Batman: Orion?
  • Orion: [grabs Trickster] Talk, while you still have a jaw!
  • Flash: Hey hey! Would you guys please take it down a notch? Let me handle this. [leads Trickster back to the bar and sits with him] James, you're off your meds, aren't you?
  • Trickster: Better off without 'em. Take 'em if I start feeling down.
  • Flash: You know that's not how the medicine works. You're not well!
  • Trickster: I'm fine. You wanna throw some darts?
  • Flash: No. Listen, James. You're wearing the suit again!
  • Trickster: I am? [examines his clothing] Well, whaddaya know?
  • Flash: Here's the deal, buddy. Tell me where those guys went, and I'll come see you in the hospital. We'll play darts...! The soft kind.
  • Trickster: Okay, they're gonna ambush you at the Flash Museum.
  • Flash: See? That's all we needed! [gets up to leave with Batman and Orion] Come on, we better get over there.
  • Orion: What about your enemy?
  • Flash: Oh, right! [Calls to Trickster] Dude, soon as you finish your drink, turn yourself in!
  • Trickster: [raising his mug] Got me again, Flash!
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I can’t believe I found this episode in Portuguese… It’s a nice way to introduce some of my friends to the rogues (at least to some of them).
I like searching for dubbed versions on different languages to compare the voices of the characters. I’m quite satisfied with these!Though Mirror Master’s way to say every “r” in Portuguese is hilarious to me.