Wednesday, March 14, 2012

REVIEW: Justice League - Doom

Kevin Conroy- Batman
Tim Daly- Superman
Susan Eisenberg- Wonder Woman
Nathan Fillion- Green Lantern
Carl Lumbly- Martian Manhunter
Michael Rosenbaum- Flash
Bumper Robinson- Cyborg

What? It's been 4 months already? I guess that means it is time for the latest DC Animated Universe movie to come out on dvd. This time it is another Justice League movie. This one is somewhat based on the Justice League: Tower of Babel story.

The story mostly focuses on Batman and the fact that he is so paranoid that he has files on his computers of how to "neutralize" the other members of the Justice League. Of course if it stopped there we wouldn't have a movie now would we? After the Justice League battles the Royal Flush Gang we find out that Flash villain Mirror Master stows away in the bat mobile and is able to steal said files on the computer for Vandal Savage who hired him. With this info Savage hires villains for each hero to form the Legion of Doom(members include Metallo, Bane, Cheetah, Star Sapphire, Mirror Master, and others) each of whom are able to neutralize the Justice League just as the files stated.

I won't spoil the rest but I will say the middle act and last act of this movie are fantastically done by the late Dwayne McDuffie. The changes made from the source material make sense(replacing stuff that wouldn't work on screen for stuff that works better on screen) and each hero is well represented here. Especially Batman, who is the main focus, and Green Lantern.

One thing about the art for this one is they kinda made the designs a combination of western animation style with aspects of japanese art style. This means the hulking characters are huge compared to the smaller characters. Bane was huge once he got the venom pumping through his veins. The designs might take time to get used to for some but they work here.

The strength of the movie is in the voice cast. This is probably the best all around voice cast that has been assembled for a DCAU movie. It's always a pleasure to hear Kevin Conroy voice Batman. Also you get Tim Daly reprising his role as Superman from Superman: TAS. To round out the rest of the Justice League you have Susan Eisenberg, Michael Rosenbaum, and Carl Lumbly reprising their roles of Wonder Woman, The Flash(albeit Barry Allen instead of Wally West), and Martian Manhunter from Justice League and JLU repsectively. Add Smallville's Phil Morris as Vandal Savage, Olivia d'Abo as Star Sapphire, and Bumper Robinson as Cyborg and the cast is very well rounded. Also Reno 911 fans will like the choice for Bane as the guy voicing him is Carlos Alazraqui who played Garcia on Reno 911.

Overall this is one of the better DCAU movies to come out. I'd rank it above Green Lantern: First Flight, but not above Batman: Year One or Justice League New Frontier. Still top 4 isn't bad at all and is a great last script for Dwayne McDuffie. If you are a fan of the characters or the Justice League you will surely enjoy this. As will Kevin Conroy as Batman fans.

I give this 4.5 Paranoid Batmen out of 5.

Written By: Mike Falcone
Twitter: @BrainstuFalcone

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