Movie Review – Justice League: Doom (2012)

Director: Lauren Montgomery

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

After Vandal Savage gets his hands on Batman’s contingency plans against the Justice League, he sets about taking down each member, with his end goal being to create a new world. After the JLA find out, their relationship is fractured can they overcome their mistrust to defeat their villains and Savage?

Justice League: Doom is based on a famous comic that I have never read. I don’t know if it’s the origin of the ‘Batman is always prepared’ joke, but I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s where it started. The idea of Batman having pinpointed weaknesses against his allies is intriguing, and it’s heartbreaking to see heroes being torn down and defeated. Each member had some painful sequences, and the only one that didn’t quite work for me was the Green Lantern one, because I was unaware of the history between him and Star Sapphire.

Vandal Savage is a strong villain too, and his scheme is frightening, if a little clichéd. All the voice actors did good work and the action sequences looked great. If this was a little longer I think there was an opportunity for them to talk more about why Batman felt he had to make plans, but there was a nice conversation between him and Superman at the end that pretty much encapsulated their different philosophies. I also liked the addition of Cyborg and enjoyed his role in the story.

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