The two heroes have had their ups and downs throughout history. Our favorite muscular Kryptonian Clark Kent had both strangled and impregnated the Amazon princess Diana Prince in separate stories. And so it’s no surprise that, while watching the Justice League animated series, we get to see what everyone had dreamed of seeing on their television: Superman vs Wonder Woman, punching each other in the face and throwing body parts around like candy at a parade.
It all takes place in part one of “Paradise Lost”, the tenth episode in the first season. Long story short, Diana is black-mailed by the villain Felix Faust to retrieve artifacts. Once The Justice League discovered her dilemma, they offered to help. Along with Superman, Diana recovers one of the artifacts buried beneath a shopping mall. However, it was obvious that something was amiss when she made contact with the object. Suddenly, both of these heroes looked like monsters to each other. This misunderstanding led to a glorious battle of Superman vs Wonder Woman. Diana strikes first, punching Clark across the face, and follows with an uppercut.
Although Superman gets a few hits in, most of the fighting is from Wonder Woman. As she strangles him with her lasso, Clark hallucinates an animal’s tail in its place. Diana then takes a car (which is inside the mall with no explanation) and throws it at Superman, exploding as he is wedged against a wall. She then electrocutes him with some thick wires, kicks and elbows him, then plummets him into the ground. After seeing Wonder Woman’s true reflection in a pool of water, he tries to reason with her. Instead, she punches his head so hard that it shatters the foundation beneath it.
We see the conclusion of Superman vs Wonder Woman when Diana holds Clark up by his neck and demands to know where Superman is. He points behind her at a mirror, revealing that the monster she had been fighting was him all along. In a bit of irony, she was fighting for him, thinking that the monster had taken him.
It’s hard to pin down what is so appealing about watching these two heroes fight each other. I guess they seem to be evenly matched, or at least as much as they can be in a magical comic book fantasy world. This makes them evenly paired for any situation, to be honest. Only with comparable strength and abilities can they have the ability to cave in one another’s face or snap a collar bone.
To watch part one of “Paradise Lost” from the 2001 Justice League show, (the tenth episode in season one) you can head on over to Amazon (affiliate link). Not only will you be able to see Superman vs Wonder Woman, but also the sinister plot of Felix Faust. Oh, and a shopping mall getting destroyed as well.