Justice League: Doom (2012)
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Were it not for some major departures from the source material,could have been the best entry in Warner Bros. Animation's DC Comics library, but it's definitely in the upper echelon of the consistently quality animated films of the DC Universe.
This lean animated feature includes some exciting, suspenseful action scenes, some complex themes, and even some humor; it's all amazingly economical, given the 77-minute running time.
Audience Reviews for Justice League: Doom
Now considering I just now started the Justice League series on Youtube, since I kind of missed out on watching it since I was, I don't know 5 at the time it was released, so superheroes, not really my thing at the time for me. I've gotten into the series very well and I really think it is one of the best animated series, and you know the main reason I wanted to actually go and watch the series, it's all because of this movie. This movie I think has the record for superhero film I've seen the most. No lie, I watched this film 20 times in one month, and that was 3 months ago, I've watched it about 10 times since then, and you know what, it's still just as good as the first time I saw it, if not better every time I see it. This film reunites all the original actors from the original JL Series (Minus Adam Baldwin as Hal Jordan and Malcolm Mcdowell as Metallo) and each one does just as fantastic a performance as they did back in 2001 and the newer inclusions such as Nathan Fillion as Hal Jordan does a fantastic job as Hal Jordan and he is definitely made for the role and Bumper Robinson does a great job as Cyborg in this movie, and while not as funny or memorable as Khary Parton as Cyborg in Teen Titans, he still makes the role his own and does a great job. All the villains working together work off each other well and they all have their own threatening ways of dealing with each of the JL, and each are very threatening, especially the leader Vandal Savage, played chillingly well by the returning Phil Morris. The film is also pretty damn violent and dark for a JL film, but I've come to accept that from DCAU and they are always phenomenal when they do these kind of things. The hardest scene to watch IMO is when Bane knocks Bruce Wayne unconcious and traps him in his fathers coffin with his dads dead body under several hundred pounds of dirt with nearly nothing to escape. So what does Wayne do? he takes a key out of his pocket and starts repeatedly punching the coffin making his hands bleed in the process. All the scenes in general of the JL being taken down are dark and a couple are even downright disturbing, Martian Manhunter being caught on fire is one example. Also the idea of how all these plots to take down the JL were all Batmans ideas but hacked by Mirror Master so Vandal Savage could take down the JL with the help of the villains, which is a brilliant idea. My only real flaw that I can really think of with this film is that some of the weaknesses you have to know the origins of some of the characters to get it, and a few of the villains you have to know the comics to get some of the things they say to the JL, but other than those small complaints, this is a near flawless film in every way. The Voice acting is just impeccable, the action is fantastic, the dark elements all clash well with the story, and the plot is very well thought out for an original idea. I recommend to anyone who is into animation, the JL show or any form of DC animation, or just a fan of action films in general, you more than likely won't be disappointed.
Bane: When we fought before, I broke the bat. Today, I break the man.
"The end of justice."
In my opinion Justice League Doom is one of the very best animated superhero movies out there. The story, the characters, the themes, everything is absorbing to say the least. We have an ultimate villain who's ideas mirror that of the "new world order." We have a Justice League in turmoil as their vulnerabilities leak to the wrong hands. There's backstabbing(in a way), there's right vs. wrong when it comes to the safety of man kind over the brotherhood of the league. There's ultimately a lot to take away from this. Much more so than your standard animated superhero film.
In Justice League Doom, the Justice League is under attack by known enemies when their vulnerabilities are stolen. Batman had made files on each and every one of them in the case of one or all of them going to the wrong side or being held under mind control. Each member of the League has to deal with one of their enemies and hopefully survive to tell the tale, because there's even a more sinister plot at hand by the person who orchestrated the whole thing.
Most of the time I watch one of these movies, there hits a point where I lose interest for at least a little while. During Justice League Doom though, I was completely absorbed by every detail of the film from start to finish. It was surprising. The plot was smart, entertaining, and had so much going on that it wasn't hard to stay in the film. The movie had minor problems, as all of them do, but for the most part it is one of the more complete superhero animations you could ever hope to see.
I couldn't recommend this more highly to all superhero fans out there. Even if you normally don't like the animated ones, you should still give this one a shot. The film works from start to finish so well, that you almost give into the world of the superhero. It's like a really good live action super hero movie in that regard. And that's pretty damn rare.
"The members of the Justice League are among the most powerful and potentially dangerous people on the planet."
Vandal Savage steals confidential files Batman has compiled on the members of the Justice League, and learns all their weaknesses.
The premise of the story is both simple and yet intriguing - Batman has secretly devised stratagems to neutralize his fellow Justice League members in case any of them turned rogue. When his files are stolen however and used against his teammates, the League is forced to confront the fact that the architect of their near-destruction is in fact one of their own. It's a compelling story which has serious ethical dimensions to it as well (not to mention some great action and character moments).
While 'Justice League Doom' is a loose adaptation, it remains faithful to the spirit of the story. The Legion of Doom was a great nod to the old Superfriends cartoons (kudos to them for including an arch-nemesis to Martian Manhunter, who normally gets left it in this particular area!). I was also glad they found a way to include Cyborg without making it seem contrived or making him feel like a token minority character. The other characterisations were all great (The Flash came across far too much like Wally West, than like Barry Allen but I guess than can be excused given that the voice actor is the one who played Wally in JLU). If there is one gripe I had, its that I felt there could have been more discussion of the ethical implications of Batman's actions among the League, but I guess that wouldn't have fit within the allotted run-time.
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