Da'Mon Guy continues his look back at the animated movies from the DC Comics universe, today he revisits 2012s Justice League: Doom.
Justice League: Doom is a dynamic, invigorating adventure that strikes the heroic members of the Justice League of America (JLA) at their core and challenges each of their resolve. This animated feature from DC Comics uses the 1970’s version of the Justice League (known as the Superfriends) as a basis for a new entertaining tale, and features an all star voice cast, many of whom have appeared in other DC animated movies such as Nathan Fillion, Tim Daly, Kevin Conroy, Phil Morris, Susan Eisenburg, Michael Rosenbuam, and Carl Lumbly.
Justice League: Doom has an adult themed, the story depicted is far greater than just the usual good vs. evil or good overcomes evil that is often presented in these movies. The story is about the use and abuse of power, it questions the nature of power and who holds domain of the appropriation of it.
Justice League: Doom filters in many concepts that have been addressed in other comic book stories, such as The Watchmen, JLA: Tower of Babel, and The Omac Project. It intertwines them with its own story to breathe life into a great animated experience, whilst still paying homage to the old Super Friends cartoons of the 1970’s.
Batman’s psychosis is at the core of the movie, it is the driving force for the story. The film shows the contingency plan devised by his paranoid psychosis, and in doing so explores a never before seen side of Batman, as well as the other members of the JLA. It also features many of the supporting characters from each member of the JLA’s universe. such as The Royal Flush Gang, Cyborg, Mirror Master, Bane, Star Sapphire, Cheetah, Vandal Savage, and Metallo. It also introduces casual fans to some lessor known DC characters, and gives a brief origin of one of DC’s villains, Vandal Savage.
“Doom” addresses more than just the hero side of each character, by adding a more human spin to the dynamic of each of them. As each member of the JLA faces their physical challenges, “Doom” also strikes the characters at their core and presents them with mental dilemmas, thus showing a side of each which has hardly ever been touched upon on screen. From Superman’s overconfidence to Wonder Woman’s indomitable will in a
fight, to Green Lantern’s sense of responsibility, Doom aptly addresses
it all and more. This adds a good twist to the story and greatly enhances the enjoyment of the film.
Action packed right from the opening moments. Fast paced and dynamic. Justice League: Doom is a good watch that will entertain both hardcore and casual fans alike.
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