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Justice League: Doom

Animated Film directed by Lauren Montgomery

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  • Jan 16, 2013
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I don't want my opinion to have too much weight on this matter as I'm no expert on these action-packed direct to DVD animated films. During the Christmas season, me and my folks were exposed to a bunch of them courtesy of Netflix and, for the most part, they have all been incredibly entertaining with some compelling stories. BATMAN: UNDER THE RED HOOD: Wonderfully twisted story, beautiful (low budget) animation. ALL-STAR SUPERMAN: Brilliant animation, good story. SUPERMAN/BATMAN PUBLIC ENEMIES: Again incredibly entertaining, good animation, Clancy Brown steals the show.  SUPERMAN vs. THE ELITE:  Art style was a little funky, but the story was pretty good, and the villain was a lot of fun.

But then we get to this one and expected it to be just as entertaining as its predecessors and...it's not. First of all, the animation seems to have taken a step back from the likes of ALL STAR SUPERMAN with a dark and muddier, more bland style that looks a lot more like something more like you would find on TV instead of a movie you paid for. And the story...what a horribly predictable tale in the comic book universe. The bad guys discover each superheroes' weakness and go out of their way to exploit them JUST SHORT OF KILLING THEM (!!!??). Why?? Some of these methods (such as burying Bruce Wayne alive next to the corpses of his parents) are pretty grim while others (such as the kryptonite bullet and the facade created for Green Lantern) had me scratching my head and wondering "Why would that work this time?" or "Why didn't they think of that before?" Anyways, since none of our heroes are brought to death, you can easily guess what happens. And this all leads to a terribly predictable climax and a clean resolution with Batman preaching about the potential horrors of a "Justice League gone out of control."  You mean like WATCHMEN or an alternate universe where the heroes are all villains (CRISIS ON TWO EARTHS)?  Suffice to say, I've heard/seen Batman's prophecy before.  So even that's nothing new.  One of my relatives, who had very eagerly and attentively watched all the other shows in their entirety, walked up and left about midpoint through this film.  I tried to enjoy the whole show, but at the end I was falling asleep.  It just wasn't that compelling.  The thing felt like the writers had just run out of ideas and were recycling old tropes in the comic book universe.  I understand though that the problem is more likely the result of trying to force a 2 hour adaptation out of pieces of a much a longer story arc (thanks to Woopak the Thrill for pointing that out).  But I guess instead of taking the standout elements of that story arc, they borrowed the routine elements and tried to go off that.  Bizarre..

Anyways...like I said, I'm no expert on the history of these animated movies. I only know that out of the handful we watched during the holiday season, this one was easily the most disappointing.  If this had been the first animated film DC had ever released, it might deserve a lot more praise.  But research shows that this came after pretty much all the other ones we had seen, so that's not the case. If you're a completist, there's some visceral entertainment to be had here. But for others, I would just recommend something like UNDER THE RED HOOD instead.

Now if some comic book expert can explain to me new ideas the story of JUSTICE LEAGUE: DOOM does bring to the comic book universe, I would love to hear it.
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January 17, 2013
I liked SUPERMAN VS. THE ELITE myself (yes I reviewed it) I also kind of explained the funky animation style
January 17, 2013
Cool! Ill check out your review.
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DC Animated Universe’s many adaptations of different comic book storylines have resulted with both good and disappointing results. I wasn’t that excited upon hearing about this creation and yet, I was optimistic to see one of my favorite storylines come into animated form. Director Lauren Montgomery and writer Dwayne McDuffie (who passed on in 2011) is a movie that takes some of the basic elements from Mark Waid’s JLA story arc “Tower of Babel” and re-interprets it …
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Justice League: Doom is the third animated film in the Justice League film series. It is based loosely on Tower of Babel storyline.

Justice League: Doom is an animated superhero film loosely based on Mark Waid's JLA story arc, "JLA: Tower of Babel". The movie was adapted and written by Dwayne McDuffie right before his death in February 2011, and is directed by Lauren Montgomery. While not a direct sequel to Crisis on Two Earths, the film uses the same character designs by the Lead Character Designer, Phil Bourassa. It will be released on February 28, 2012.[1] The film also features various actors reprising their roles from Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series, Justice League, Justice League Unlimited and Green Lantern: Emerald Knights respectively.[2][3] It is the 13th film in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies line.

The Blu-Ray combo pack includes Featurettes only for Blu-Ray called “Guarding the Balance: Batman and the JLA”, a mini-Featurette called “Their Time Has Come: Cyborg and the DC Universe’s New Diversity”, while both Blu-Ray the 2-Disc DVD edition has "A Legion of One: The Dwayne McDuffie Story", a Sneak Peak at Superman vs. The Elite, and two bonus episodes of Justice League.

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Director: Lauren Montgomery
Genre: Action, Adventure, Animation, Fantasy
MPAA Rating: G
DVD Release Date: Feb. 28, 2012
Studio: Warner Bros. Animation
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