One scene in Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths really reminds me of a moment in an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Spoilers for Crisis on Two Earths (and Buffy season 2, if you’re really behind the times).
For the first half of Buffy season 2, Spike was the main villain: ruthless, totally evil…and pushed aside at the midway point, first when he was seriously injured, then when Angel turned evil and took over. In the season finale, Angel (or rather Angelus) had a plan to destroy the world, and Spike approached the Slayer to offer a temporary alliance.
We like to talk big, vampires do. ‘I’m going to destroy the world.’ It’s just tough guy talk. Strut round with your friends over a pint of blood… the truth is I like this world. You’ve got dog racing. Manchester United. And you’ve got people. Billions of people walking around like Happy Meals with legs. It’s all right here.
I was really reminded of that when Owlman’s plan to destroy the multiverse was revealed and Johnny Quick volunteered to help stop him, saying (from memory, since I returned the disc this morning):
He’s talking about blowing up my world too, and I’m not going to let that happen.
Two villains, neither of them turned good but still not nearly as evil as the “big bad” — and each would rather work with the heroes to save the world than let his former ally destroy it.