Justice League: Doom
Directed byLauren Montgomery
Written byDwayne McDuffie
Based onJLA: Tower of Babel
by Mark Waid
Produced byLauren Montgomery
Starring
Edited byChristoper D. Lozinski
Music byChristopher Drake
Production
companies
Distributed byWarner Home Video
Release date
  • February 28, 2012 (2012-02-28)
Running time
77 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Justice League: Doom is a 2012 American animated superhero film, loosely based on "JLA: Tower of Babel", a 2000 comic book storyline by writer Mark Waid that ran in the DC Comics series JLA. The film's script was adapted by writer Dwayne McDuffie, and it is directed by Lauren Montgomery.

A standalone sequel to Crisis on Two Earths, the film uses the same character designs by the lead character designer, Phil Bourassa, as well as footage from the film in the opening. It was released on February 28, 2012.[1] The film also features various actors reprising their roles from the DC Animated Universe.[2][3] It is the 13th film of the DC Universe Animated Original Movies.

Plot

Vandal Savage plans to start a new civilization by exterminating two thirds of the population and hires Mirror Master to hack into the Batcomputer and steal contingency plans devised by Batman to incapacitate his League teammates should they go rogue. Savage assembles Cheetah, Star Sapphire, Metallo, Bane, Mirror Master, and Ma'alefa'ak and offers them money to simultaneously attack the League members using the plans, which he has altered to be lethal. Together, the villains form the Legion of Doom.

As each of them do their part to take out the Justice League, Alfred Pennyworth informs Batman that the bodies of Thomas and Martha Wayne have been exhumed and are missing. At their graves, Bane ambushes Batman, then beats him unconscious and buries him alive in his father's coffin.

Martian Manhunter celebrates his birthday with his colleagues in his civilian identity as John Jones. A disguised Ma'afela'ak gives him a drink laced with poison containing magnesium carbonate, then sets him on fire. The magnesium continually fuels the flames.

Cheetah ambushes Wonder Woman at a dock and infects her with nanomachines that make her perceive everyone as Cheetah. This will cause her to fight until she dies from a stress-induced heart attack or brain aneurysm. The Amazon proceeds to attack both Cheetah and nearby innocent bystanders.

Mirror Master lures Flash into a trap, attaching a bomb to his wrist. If he tries to remove it or decreases in speed, the bomb will explode, killing everyone in a three-mile radius.

Star Sapphire targets Green Lantern, luring him to a mine and using Scarecrow's fear gas on him. After he fails to save her hostages' lives, she convinces him that he does not deserve his mantle, causing him to renounce his ring and resign himself to his fate in the collapsing mine.

On the Daily Planet's roof, former employee Henry Ackerman is aiming to commit suicide. Superman arrives on the scene and talks Ackerman down. However, Ackerman, revealed to be a disguised Metallo, shoots him with a Kryptonite bullet.

Back at the Hall of Doom, the Legion celebrates their victory. Savage reveals he plans to fire a rocket into the sun, triggering a solar flare that will destroy half the planet and disable all modern technology. Meanwhile, Batman comes close to accepting his fate. However, a tape recorder left behind by Bane plays a taunting message which motivates him to break out and save the League. At the same time, Cyborg hears of Wonder Woman's predicament and sets out on his own.

Cyborg arrives on the scene of Wonder Woman's rampage, neutralizing the nanites with a sonic frequency. Then, he and Batman save Martian Manhunter using aluminum oxide to neutralize the magnesium. Meanwhile, Batman tells Flash to run and vibrate through an iceberg in the Arctic, leaving the bomb inside it and saving him. Arriving at the collapsed mine, Batman shows Jordan that the hostages and terrorists were merely androids. Sure of himself once more, Jordan re-establishes his will and regains control of his ring.

Wonder Woman, Cyborg and Martian Manhunter arrive in Metropolis, where Superman's health has deteriorated. They extract the bullet with an improvised scalpel, allowing him to recover.

The League retreats to the Watchtower, where Batman reveals he created the plans and has a hidden tracing algorithm in place should the Batcomputer be hacked. The League tracks down and subdues the Legion of Doom but fails to stop the rocket from launching. Using the Hall of Doom's technology, the League phases the rocket so the flare harmlessly passes through, saving Earth in the process.

At the Watchtower, Superman reports that Vandal Savage has been found guilty of crimes against humanity and sentenced to life without parole by the World Court. The Justice League officially adds Cyborg to their roster and votes on whether Batman should be allowed to remain a member. Batman defends his actions and criticizes the others for not understanding the potential danger of a rogue Justice League before quitting. With his trust in Batman assured, Superman teleports him out of the Watchtower after giving him a box with a small piece of Kryptonite inside.

Voice cast

^a The actor/actress's voice role is reprised from the DC animated universe.

Production

The film was first announced at WonderCon 2011 that the JLA: Tower of Babel storyline will be adapted as a direct-to-video movie, which was written by Dwayne McDuffie right before his death.[4] The character designs were done by Phil Bourassa, the lead character designer of Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths and Young Justice. Storyboards were overseen and animated by Telecom Animation Film.[5] During the casting process of Justice League: Doom, voice director Andrea Romano expressed an interest for the cast from various media to reprise their roles as members of the Justice League.

Reception

IGN gave the film a 7 out of 10, calling it "An immensely enjoyable thrill ride, but also an occasionally frustrating and short adaptation."[6]

It earned $7,550,303 from domestic home video sales.[7]

Home media

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 and the 2-Disc DVD edition has "A Legion of One: The Dwayne McDuffie Story", a Sneak Peek at Superman vs. The Elite, and two bonus episodes of Justice League: "Wild Cards" part 1 and 2.

See also

References

  1. ^ Goellner, Caleb (December 12, 2011). "'Justice League: Doom' Gets February 28 Release Date and New Box Art". Comics Alliance. Archived from the original on January 25, 2012. Retrieved February 3, 2012.
  2. ^ Katzoff, Tami (September 29, 2011). "'Justice League: Doom' Cast Includes Nathan Fillion, Kevin Conroy". MTV. Retrieved February 3, 2012.
  3. ^ Tudor, Brian. "West Coast Premiere Of 'Justice League: Doom'". Science Fiction.com. Retrieved February 3, 2012.
  4. ^ Harvey, James (April 2, 2011). ""Justice League: Doom" Named First 2012 DC Universe Animated Original Movie". Worldsfinestonline.com. Retrieved February 25, 2012.
  5. ^ 秘密のご報告!!! [Report on secret! ! !] (in Japanese). Telecom Animation Film. November 16, 2011. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  6. ^ Shaffer, R.L. (February 28, 2012). "Justice League: Doom Blu-ray Review". IGN. Retrieved July 8, 2012.
  7. ^ "Justice League: Doom (2012)". The Numbers. Retrieved February 8, 2022.