“flash and substance” is a great episode of justice league unlimited for a lot of reasons that have been expounded upon in many gifsets but one of my favorite things is the unexpected moment of batdad when orion is mocking the idea of going to the opening of the flash museum and batman just gives him A Look, one which manages to convey with nothing but his blank white eyes that The Flash Is A Nice Young Man Doing His Best And He Deserves Our Support And Positive Reinforcement And Your Cynical Mockery Demeans Us All But I’m Not Mad Just Disappointed and he doesn’t even need to say anything for orion to know that he is going to that opening whether he likes it or not

asimovfangirl  asked:

Hi! I hope you are having a great day. As someone who likes DCAU's Wally West I always wanted to know your opinion about him in the episode "Flash and Substance" (the Flash apreciation episode): Do you think Wally being caring and super nice is a reflection of how awesome he is or he has became a better superhero/person by working with the other Leaguers? Maybe both? Sorry for the lenght of the question, take care :)

Both, I think!

“Flash and Substance” really pinpoints why I love Wally so much as a character. Even with powers, he’s the most human member of the league–and, in a lot of ways, he not only serves as the heart of the team, but keeps it grounded in its collective humanity. That’s been canon since before JLU: in “A Better World,” the sole difference between the Justice League and the Justice Lords is a living Wally West.

But “Flash and Substance” is the first time we really see the Flash in his element. In the League, he comes off as a goof-off and often as a minor player, and “Flash and Substance” is where we learn why. Wally is essentially a local hero. His heroics, and even his relationship to his villains, are grounded in his community. His day job is in law enforcement–specifically, the less flashy end of it. He fights supervillains, but that’s a relatively small aspect of how he engages with the people of Central City. (We get a glimpse of that earlier, too, in another of my favorite episodes, “Comfort and Joy.”) He’s just a really, really good dude.

If Batman is the mastermind/general of the league, Flash is the social worker. He’s not solving global problems, but he knows every single person he’s encountered by name, and he treats them all like people.

There’s a scene midway through the episode that gets discussed a lot, where the Flash, Batman, and Orion encounter the Trickster in a villain bar. They’re trying to get info on a rogues’ plot to attack the opening of the Flash Museum–and this, above all other moments, is where you see why the Flash is so goddamn great.

Batman and Orion, true to form, are ready to beat the information out of the Trickster. Flash, horrified, calls them off, sits down with the Trickster at the bar, and gently convinces him not only to tip the heroes off to the other rogues’ plans, but to check himself back into the psychiatric hospital from which he’s escaped with a promise of a visit and a game of darts (”the soft kind”). (And you know he’s gonna follow through, too, because of “Comfort and Joy.”)

Orion is floored. Batman is impressed. Flash is nonplussed: to him, this is how being a superhero works.

And that’s why Wally West is the best guy in the Justice League, and “Flash and Substance” is my favorite episode of JLU.

Do you ever look back on TV shows of your childhood and remember what you thought about your favorite characters like oh I liked Shego a lot she was a bad ass and or oh Shayera from Justice League was pretty cool and her hair is really pretty not to mention Raven from Teen Titans had a really nice voice plus Rogue from X-Men Evolution had really green eyes and Amara/Haruka and Michele/Michiru from Sailor Moon were awesome or wow, Darcy from the Winx Club looks really good with glasses think oh my God I am so gay how did I miss this I was such a baby gay how have my parents never figured this out

Headcanon that Clark doesn’t just wear glasses to disrupt facial recognition but also because his eyes are freakishly bright

Like, his eyes glow and they’re in inhuman shade of blue, like a blue star or the White Walkers from Game of Thrones and the distortion of the glasses dulls them and makes them look smaller so no one instantly knows he’s not human