Written by Dwayne McDuffie
Directed by Lauren Montgomery
Justice League: Doom finds Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, Cyborg and Batman on their heels when a team of super villains discover and implement the Dark Knight’s “contingency plans” for stopping any rogue Justice League member. The story is inspired by Mark Waid’s much-heralded “JLA: Tower of Babel.”
JLD is another win for DC’s successful adaptation of animated films based on their epic runs and graphic novels. While this isn’t a direct duplicate of the comic, it still delivers a fun viewing experience. Nathan Fillion back as Hal Jordan didn’t hurt.
Maybe it was the glass of chocolate milk I enjoyed as I watched, but the nostalgia of seeing the swampy Legion of Doom rise out of the dank water was awesome. Vandal Savage is perfectly insidious in his role of a mastermind gathering together a team composed of Cheetah, Metallo. Bane, Star Sapphire, Mirror Master, and Ma’alefa’ak.
It’s chilling at moments as we watch the villains systematically disassemble The Justice League with ill-gotten precision. Batman clearly gets the most disturbing treatment as he’s sealed in a coffin with the bodies of his parents thanks to Bane.
The action sequences are top-notch and have an impressive fluidity from frame to frame. DC are getting better and better with every release. This is a fun movie to watch on a lazy Sunday and I plan on adding this Blu Ray to the collection when it releases on 2/28. This is worth seeing and owning, kids. Enjoy.
PS, If we take anything away from this one, let it be to never use The Royal Flush Gang in any comic, film, or otherwise ever again. Thanks, DC.