This is an excerpt from the first Justice League episode that Dwayne wrote, “The Brave and the Bold: Part One.”
There’s no cover page on this script, so I don’t know if this was an early draft or a final record draft. I’m guessing this was written in 2001, but it’s undated.
PUSH IN on a diner in Central City.
So there I was... Cornered.
The FLASH is seated in a booth, near the front window. He’s shoveling unbelievable amounts of fast food into his face. Burger wrappers and milkshake cups litter the table. Flash is half-turned to face DEENA and DIANE, the two pretty girls he’s chatting up. The girls are seated at a table kitty-corner to his. They are completely unimpressed with him.
Solomon Grundy thought he had the drop on me. But he didn’t. and do you know why?
The girls just exchange disgusted looks Flash loudly SLURPS on a straw.
Because I’m the Flash --
-- The fastest man alive!
You told us.
He shrugs, and picks up another burger.
Anyway, so when Grundy tries to grab me, I...
All react to the sound of a CAR CRASH. Flash looks towards the big window.
REVERSE – FLASH’S P.O.V.
A speeding TRUCK (marked with Radioactive Materials symbols) plows into a small CAR, sending it spinning off the road and right towards the diner.
THE CAR crashes through the front window of the diner. It’s heading right for Flash and the girls.
In terror, DEENA covers her eyes with her hands.
The car’s skidding right at her, filling the frame.
Suddenly, a RED BLUR flashes through scene, and the girls are gone. The CAR smashes into the tables before coming to a stop.
Nearby, Flash stops on a dime and sets down the two girls who he has picked up, one under each arm.
Would you excuse me?
Flash zips to the car and opens the car door. The DRIVER is safe, stopped by the car’s airbags.
Are you okay, man?
He’s a madman! Ran me right off the road. Someone’s gotta stop him!
Flash pauses to pick an half-eaten burger off the hood of the car. Popping it his mouth, he turns and winks at the girls.
And Flash zooms out of the demolished storefront, leaving the girls staring off after him with looks of newly-kindled admiration on their faces. Diane shoots a look at Deena.
And you didn’t want to give him our phone number.
Flash heads up the street, zigzagging through cars as he follows after the truck.
THE TRUCK swerves wildly as it speeds through traffic.
IN THE FRONT SEAT, an oddly-calm DRIVER (Dr. Chin, wearing a lab coat over his clothes) spots Flash in the rearview mirror. He nods to his equally emotionless PASSENGER who rides shotgun.
The Passenger is holding a high-tech ENERGY PISTOL. He leans out the window, turns and FIRES.
FLASH dodges the blast, which smashes into the ground, leaving a smoldering crater.
The Passenger fires a VOLLEY of shots at Flash, continuing until the gun clicks twice. It’s empty. Flash dodges the barrage, only to find himself in the oncoming traffic lane. A speeding car is right there, even the Flash has no time to avoid it. The motorist leans on his horn.
Flash runs right up the hood and down the back of the oncoming car, then swerves back into his lane.
Flash pours on the speed and rams into the side of the truck with his shoulder, just as it pulls onto a BRIDGE.
Okay, pull over!
THE TRUCK swerves, shredding the guard rail in a shower of sparks.
The Driver turns the wheel back hard.
When he feels the truck beginning to push back, Flash releases it and slows down, allowing it to pull ahead again.
As he watches the truck spins wildly out of control and heads toward the guard rail.
In a RED BLUR, Flash pulls both passengers free just as the truck CRASHES through the rail and tumbles off of the bridge towards the water far below.
Still holding the Driver and Passenger by their upper arms, Flash watches the truck fall.
An instant before it strikes the water, the TRUCK suddenly stops, suspended in mid-air in an EMERALD BEAM.
To reveal GREEN LANTERN, hauling the truck back up, then depositing it on the side of the road with a beam from his power ring.
I was handling it.
Green Lantern glances back at the swath of destruction Flash has left in his wake.
So I see.
What are you doing here?
Responding to a police call. Someone hijacked a load of radioactive isotopes.
Green Lantern opens the rear doors of the Truck with his ring, revealing the missing ISOTOPES. Flash looks at the inside of the truck, then back at his two prisoners.
No wonder these guys were in such a hurry.
The Passenger and Driver (Dr. Chin) both stare blankly at Green Lantern, blinking their eyes as if waking from sleep. They’re dazed and confused.
Where am I?
You hijacked a truck and drove it off a bridge. Any of this ringing a bell?
Let’s see some ID.
Using his ring, Green Lantern takes Driver and Passenger’s wallets, then examines them.
Professor Arthur Chin and Doctor Mark Stevens. Both work at the River Bluffs Research Center where the isotopes were stolen from!
And I feel guilty when I take paperclips from the Watchtower.
Green Lantern flashes him a sour look.
Let’s see if we can get to the bottom of this.
Establishing the scientific facility.
DR. CORWIN (O.S)
Inside a spacious, high-tech laboratory, Green Lantern is talking to DR. SARA CORWIN (cool and intellectual, somewhat reminiscent of the tightly-bunned “Lilith Crane” from the old CHEERS series). Flash is wandering around the lab, gawking at some of the caged LAB ANIMALS.
DR. CORWIN (CONT’D)
I can’t explain their behavior. They’re both highly respected experts in their fields.
Green Lantern looks though a file folder, obviously the doctors’ records.
They certainly don’t fit the profile of armed robbers.
To be fair, they’ve been under enormous pressure to finish their current project. It’s possible they simply snapped under the strain.
As Flash listens, he finds some bananas near the animal cages. Without thinking, he peels one and begins eating it.
What are they working on?
That’s classified information.
Corwin snatches the folders out of his hands and walks away. As she stalks past Flash, he notices the Gorilla in the cage looking at him chewing on the banana. (NOTE: This is Grodd but the audience doesn’t know it yet). Flash offers a banana to the ape.
Corwin freezes in her tracks, wheels around and grabs the banana from Flash before the gorilla can take it.
Dr. Corwin points at a “DO NOT FEED THE LAB ANIMALS” sign.
Out. Both of you. This interview is over.
They exchange looks and leave.
Flash is loading up on snacks at a HOT DOG STAND, an impatient Green Lantern stands nearby.
Would you hurry up? We’re supposed to be conducting an investigation.
Can I help it if I have a hyper-accelerated metabolism? Besides, it’s just a little snack.
Green Lantern looks askance at Flash’s enormous pile of Hot Dogs. Before he can retort, both react to three police cars screaming past with SIRENS wailing.
Then, they turn and see BYSTANDERS fleeing from the park.
There’s a gorilla on the loose!
I’m on it!
Flash hands his precariously balanced mound of Hot Dogs to Green Lantern.
Wait, I’ll go --
Flash ZOOMS off. GL is talking to the empty air.
-- with you.
Green Lantern puts the hotdogs on the cart and is about to fly off when the HOT DOG VENDOR puts a hand on his forearm.
HOT DOG VENDOR
Not without paying for that.
But I have to...
The vendor frowns, and Green Lantern resignedly sighs.
GREEN LANTERN (CONT)
It’s pandemonium. The police have the exit to the park sealed off A SWAT OFFICER points as SOLOVAR (a different gorilla from the one in the last scene) runs through the park.
There he goes!
The officers fire a net which Solovar dodges.
Solovar scampers through a CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND, using a chain link swing to propel him to 20 feet away, then gracefully and rapidly scampering up and over a set of hemispherical MONKEYBARS. A SMALL BOY who struggles to climb, watches Solovar pass him with genuine admiration.
Solovar’s path is cut off by another group of policeman, closing in from the opposite direction.
We got him now!
He runs straight at them and at the last moment runs up nearby SLIDE. When he reaches the top, he LEAPS into the air, vaulting over the policemen’s heads and into a conveniently placed tree, abutting the park fence.
Leaping down from the tree to the other side of the Park Fence, Solovar looks back to see his pursuers trying to climb the fence after him.
Solovar races out to the street, where MID-LIFE CRISIS MAN (he’s balding, drinking designer coffee, wearing shades and expensive clothes that are too young for him) is starting up his little red convertible SPORTS CAR.
Solovar reaches into the car with his foot and picks Mid-life Crisis man up by the scruff of his neck.
MID-LIFE CRISIS MAN
Solovar deposits Mid-life Crisis Man rump first on the sidewalk next to the car.
MID-LIFE CRISIS MAN
Solovar climbs into the tiny car, knees and elbows sticking out and DRIVES AWAY, just as some of the policemen arrive.
MID-LIFE CRISIS MAN
Stop him! My insurance doesn’t cover a second driver!
In the sports car, Solovar weaves down the street, ignoring the stunned reactions and HORN HONKS of passers-by. After Solavar drives through, Flash zips in and reacts to the unlikely sight.
Now there’s something you don’t see everyday.
Grabbing a RAKE from a gardener’s barrel, Flash accelerates and runs right up beside the car. Solovar reacts.
[grunt of surprise]
Having fun, Mojo?
Solovar stomps down on the accelerator and tries to pull away from Flash. But the Scarlet Speedster hurls the rake down in front of the car.
The tires hit the upturned tines, and the tire blows.
SCREECH! The car swerves out of control and smashes into a dumpster in a nearby alley. SMASH!
When Flash runs up to the wreck, Solovar is stunned.
Flash puts out a hand to soothe the dazed animal.
Easy boy, we’ll have you back behind monkey bars before you know it.
Recovering, Solovar slaps Flash’s hand away.
Get your stinking paws off of me, you filthy Human!
Flash is stunned.
NEW ANGLE – TELESCOPIC VIEWFINDER MATTE
Find focus as Flash is centered in CROSS HAIRS.
REVERSE – A ROOFTOP
Where DR. CORWIN is carefully sighting a strange ENERGY RIFLE. She FIRES.
BACK ON THE STREET
Flash is ZAPPED by the discharge from the energy rifle.
[cry of pain]
Flash falls through a black void. LIGHTNING BOLTS crackle, tearing off his uniform as he tumbles, WALLY WEST’S FACE is revealed to the camera, visible under his shredded mask.
A LABORATORY – NIGHT
Wally, dressed in street clothes, is standing in front of a rack of chemicals. LIGHTNING STRIKES through the window and hits both Wally and the chemicals.
A LIGHTNING FLASH WIPE TO:
A BLACK VOID
CLOSE on lightning bolt logo on his chest, PULL BACK to reveal Wally is in his Flash costume. He pulls the cowl over his face and SPEEDS AWAY, leaving burning tread marks behind.
But as Flash runs, his body is SWELLING, getting fatter and fatter with every step. He’s slowing down, too heavy to run.
[HUFFING & PUFFING!]
Fat Flash stops in front of a conveniently placed MIRROR.
Flash backs away from the mirror.
WIDER to reveal a series of three FUNHOUSE MIRRORS. Flash turns toward the second one.
Looking in the mirror. Flash looks tall and thin.
Flash turns toward the THIRD MIRROR. His body looks normal but his HEAD IS GIGANTIC. He touches it. Wait a minute. It is big. Flash steps back from the mirror.
NEW ANGLE – WIDER
BIG-HEAD FLASH cradles his genuinely gigantic head. His head begins to swell ever larger, until it EXPLODES.
BLACK VOID – CONTINUOUS
Flash is normal now and relieved. As he feels his head, his hands shift shape and GROW FUR. Flash’s costume rips as he TRANSFORMS into FLASH GORILLA.
FLASH GORILLA pounds his chest, throws back his head and ROARS in terror.
Flash Gorilla can’t move his arms. Suddenly, he realizes that he’s no longer a gorilla, he’s a MANEQUIN, dancing on the ends of wires. He looks up into the sky to see the wires leading up to the puppet master, it’s a gigantic GORILLA GRODD FACE AND HANDS, looking down malevolently as he works Flash’s controls.
Hey! Wake up! --
MATCH CUT TO:
A weathered old BUM is looking down at the camera.
WIDE – JAIL CELL – CONTINUOUS
Flash is sleeping, stretched across the bench in the holding cell. The BUM is shaking him awake.
C’mon, you’re in my spot!
Flash sits up, still dazed.
Where am I?