The newest DC animated feature, Justice League: Doom, continues to show that DC takes its cartoons seriously. It features veteran voice actors from previous DC shows such as Kevin Conroy as Batman and Tim Daly as Superman.
Justice League: Doom is an adaptation of the Justice League of America arc “Tower of Babel.” In that story Ra’s Al Ghul steals Batman’s contingency plans to take down the Justice League.
In Justice League Doom, Vandal Savage hires Mirror Master to steal Batman’s plans and forms the Legion of Doom to enact them.
The heroes are all defeated in unique ways that destroy them either physically or psychologically. In some cases it is both.
Superman is defeated by Metallo firing a kryptonite bullet into his chest after disguising himself as a man who’s about to commit suicide.
Wonder Woman is drugged by Cheetah. The drugs cause her to see everyone as Cheetah. Since Diana never turns down a fight, she constantly fights pedestrians, police, and the military.
Green Lantern is given a dose of Scarecrow’s fear gas and is convinced that he was responsible for the deaths of a group of innocent hostages. This causes Hal Jordan to lose willpower which is what powers his ring.
The Flash attempts to save an old woman in a box by vibrating his hands through to save her. When he sticks his hands inside, a bomb is bolted through his wrist and he has to continue running nonstop or else the bomb will explode with a three mile radius.
Martian Manhunter is tricked by his twin brother into drinking magnesium which when sweated through his skin causes him to burst into flames when in contact with oxygen.
The Batman is beaten physically by Bane and then he is thrown into his parents’ grave. Bruce wakes up in a coffin on top of his father’s skeleton and has to punch his way out.
The film discusses how Batman’s paranoia ultimately put them all in danger. The team feels betrayed that his planning almost killed the entire league. It ends with a vote on if Batman is allowed to stay in the Justice League.
The plot of the movie may be simple, but the action scenes are well put together. The Martian Manhunter transformations are well animated and show off strange creature designs. The humor when used is well thought out. All the characters seem to feel like the characters.
This isn’t a film to show the young kids. Profanity and heavy violence is showcased. Also don’t watch it with people who know their science. Some of the liberties taken may make physicists sigh.
Justice League Doom will be released on DVD, Blu-Ray, and Ultraviolet Digital Copy February 28th.