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Justice League: Doom (2012)

Review by CJ

Director:
Lauren Montgomery

Starring:
Kevin Conroy, Tim Daly, Susan Eisenberg, Nathan Fillion, Michael Rosenbaum, Carl Lumbly, Bumper Robinson, Phil Morris, Carlos Alazraqui, Claudia Black, Paul Blackthorne, Olivia d’Abo, Alexis Denisof

Other notable appearances:
Grey DeLise, Brian George, Juliet Landau, Bruce Timm

Running time:
75 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, Justice League Unlimited, Justice League: The New Frontier

 

The Legion of Doom use altered versions of Batman’s (Conroy) contingency plans to take down the Justice League. But that’s only the first part of their diabolical desires.

I haven’t read the comic that Justice League: Doom is (by most accounts very loosely) based on but the idea is one that instantly intrigued me.

The overall plot was well executed, though I thought it felt abrupt and clipped in places. I’m all for a fast moving story, but Justice League: Doom travels at warp speed through several scenarios that would have been well served with a smidge more time. At only 75 minutes, I feel it easily could have allowed for better pacing.

As a big Batman: The Animated Series fan, Kevin Conroy is — without exception — my favourite actor to voice Batman. He did not disappoint and performed admirably in Justice League: Doom. Likewise the rest of the voice actors, whether returning as a beloved character or giving their first portrayal of a character, performed remarkably well.

Most of the animation in Justice League: Doom was very good. The backgrounds look great and most of the characters look good. Notice those “mosts”? I do not like how the members of the Justice League were animated. Every one of them at one point or another looks out of proportion or unfinished. While this may have been intentional design choices, the finished product looks cheap and sloppy.

Despite some pacing and animation issues, Justice League: Doom is a great story that reunites some of the best Justice League voice talents. A must see for any fans of the DCAU or DCAOMs and superhero lovers who can’t wait for the next live action DC Comics film.

Rating:

“If you people can’t see the potential danger of an out-of-control Justice League, I don’t need to wait for a vote. I don’t belong here.”

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