- Directed by Lauren Montgomery
- February 28,2012
- Loosely based on the 2000 storyline “JLA: Tower of Babel” by Mark Waid
- Adapted by Dwayne McDuffie
- Bruce Wayne/Batman-Kevin Conroy
- Kal-El/Clark Kent/Superman-Tim Daly
- Princess Diana/Wonder Woman-Susan Eisenberg
- Hal Jordan/Green Lantern-Nathan Fillion
- J’onn J’onzz/Martian Manhuntera, Ma’alefa’ak J’onnz/Ma’alefa’ak-Carl Lumbly
- Barry Allen/The Flash-Michael Rosenbaum
- Victor Stone/Cyborg-Bumper Robinson
- Bane-Carlos Alazraqui
- Officer in Charge-Dee Bradley Baker
- Barbara Ann Minerva/Cheetah-Claudia Black
- John Corben/Metallo, Henry Ackerson –Paul Blackthorne
- Carol Ferris/Star Sapphire-Olivia d’Abo
- Lois Lane, Queen-Grey DeLisle
- Sam Scudder/Mirror Master-Alexis Denisof
- Alfred Pennyworth, Jack-Robin Atkin Downes
- Mayor of Metropolis-Brian George
- Special Agent Porter-Danny Jacobs
- Jimmy Olsen-David Kaufman
- Ten-Juliet Landau
- King-Jim Meskimen
- Vandar Adg/Vandal Savage-Phil Morris
- Batcomputer Voice-Andrea Romano
- Ace-Bruce Timm
The immortal Vandal Savage uses their weaknesses in specially crafted plots to take down the members of the Justice League.
Justice League: Doom starts with a bang featuring the Royal Flush Gang giving as good as they get to the Justice League. It certainly sets the stage for what is to come and generates excitement right off the bat with minimal set up. And that is an appearance by a more mature version of the Legion of Doom.
Say what you will about the series the SuperFriends and The Legion of Doom, but there was something cool about them both. Even as an adult I have loved the cartoon and the whole concept. I really think it’s something about their giant dome in a swamp. I kinda wish that had used the SuperFriends design in this. Anywho…
Here rather than Lex Luthor in a purple top running the Legion of Doom, it’s longtime DC villain Vandal Savage and he’s using his immense fortune to recruit supervillains to take out the Justice League. A bit reminiscent of the “Acts of Vengeance” storyline from Marvel a few years prior to the publication of this film’s inspiration.
Their plan uses Martian Manhunter nemesis Ma’alefa’ak, Batman foe Bane, Wonder Woman adversary Cheetah, recurring Superman foe Metallo, Hal Jordan’s ex-girlfriend Star Sapphire, and Flash Rogue’s Gallery member Mirror Master. Their plots are based on contingency plans that Batman has made should any member of the Justice League go bad.
Watching the plans put into action it’s clear to me that these plans are entirely reliant on the Justice League member remaining good for them to work. For example, if/when the Flash goes bad would he even give two craps about an old woman in a box? This seems more like it might work if they had taken a slightly harder stance on things than Batman has.
For the most part the voicework of Justice League: Doom is pretty solid. But then again when you had the late, great Kevin Conroy stepping up to the part of Batman again, you couldn’t put forth a halfhearted effort. The only short coming in all this is Bumper Robinson as Cyborg. He just didn’t have the authoritative voice I think Cyborg would need.
The action is great. And it’s displayed with the usual top notch quality DC animation. It has that Saturday morning look coupled with the more mature vibe brought on by Batman: The Animated Series and Superman: The Animated Series.
More importantly there’s thought to put into the resolution of the story. It’s not just a big battle and credits roll. Rather it’s a discussion of the secret plans Batman had and that ultimately, though he didn’t have one for himself on paper, his plan amounted to the Justice League stopping him. I may be reading a bit into but how full of yourself do you have to be that your fallback is a group of the most powerful beings on the planet?
They do a good job of keeping each character distinct and delving into the basics of who they are. The ways to stop them are as much built around their psychology as it is weaknesses in their powers. This story gives a deeper look at them.
The main McGuffin that saves the day is Cyborg because he’s not a full Justice League member yet seems to be under consideration. Why Batman didn’t have a contingency plan for him I do not know. Seriously. That strikes me as a serious oversight.
Justice League: Doom is nothing groundbreaking, but it is entertaining. It’s nothing worth seeking out but if you come across it, you will certainly enjoy your watch.