Justice League: Doom (2012, animated)
Plot: When the immortal super villain Vandal Savage (Phil Morris) obtains Batman’s (Kevin Conroy) secret files on how to defeat each member of the Justice League, he and the Legion of Doom implement a plan that will destroy more than half the world.
This might be the best of the superhero team-up movies. It opens with some pretty epic music, and lives up to it for the most part. But what makes this movie so good is that it further shows us why Batman is the most bad ass superhero, despite not having any super powers. Now we’ve seen this song and dance a hundred times, but what’s especially cool about this movie is that we see part of Batman’s brilliance that we were never meant to see: his contingency plan for immobilizing the Justice League. Now that’s interesting! This film shows us just how dangerous Batman would be if he ever became evil. But there’s more to this film then just Batman. We get to see all the Justice League members in their element, going up against some of their fiercest villains. I definitely can’t complain about not seeing enough super power awesomeness. We get plenty of bad ass Green Lantern constructs, a robot breaks his hand against Superman’s forehead, and the Flash runs a lot…so there you go. In fact, Flash’s match-up with Mirror Master was probably the most fascinating. That’s a bad ass villain, and really makes me want to see a live action Flash movie where he’s the villain. I even liked Cyborg, the newest member of the Justice League. Although I still think Aquaman should have been there in his place. Poor Aquaman…no respect. Now I can’t say I was in love with all the characters though. Martian Manhunter was pretty underwhelming, and Wonder Woman seemed kind of like a dumbass in this one. I also can’t get over the villains calling themselves the Legion of Doom. I get this is what it is in the comics, but it’s time to change the name. Justice League is hard enough to buy as it is. But what makes this movie work is just watching the brilliance of Batman’s plans come to fruition, even though they were never meant to happen. The way Superman was taken down was brilliant. Although the one I have the biggest complaint about is Green Lantern, which just seemed confusing and really far-fetched. Bane also shows up, which was pretty cool, as he’s one of my favorite Batman villains. What he does to Bruce Wayne in this film is pretty sick. But aside from all the action, the movie manages to build a strong camaraderie among the Justice League. There’s a great moment where they all surround Superman as they try and save him. All in all, this is a very solid team-up movie, and even though I haven’t been a big proponent of a live action Justice League film, there really is a lot of potential for it to be absolutely incredible…but time will tell on that one.
Rating: 7.5 out of 10 (Very Good)
Category Rankings (Spoilers Throughout):
Best Performance: Nathan Fillion as Hal Jordan/Green Lantern
-I could have easily given it to Kevin Conroy again, but for some reason Fillion’s voice just represented the character of Green Lantern so well.
Worst Performance: Carl Lumbly as Martian Manhunter
-I couldn’t understand him at times, and he just kind of seemed like a dick.
Best Line: -“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.” –Batman
-Wow, what an epic Batman line. Batman could potentially get kicked out of the Justice League, and when asked to defend himself, he doesn’t flinch once. He’s not at all sorry for what he did, and he basically gives a big ‘FU’ to the whole League. I love Batman.
Worst Line: “That’s three you owe me.” –Green Lantern
“We keeping score?” –Batman
“Not literally.” –Green Lantern
“Because if we are, it’s 8-7, my favor.” –Batman
-This is just a little too jokey for Batman. Plus it’s during a battle, and Batman would never engage in these conversations during a fight.
-The overall brawl between the League members and their villain equals was pretty awesome, although Batman defeats Bane by snapping his venom wire with a batarang. How many times have we seen that? Lame.
-This is a double entry. There are a couple of Batman lapses here that I just don’t buy. In the first action scene, Batman is seen standing on a high pillar by one of the bad guys. That wouldn’t happen. Later, Batman gets into the batmobile and definitely notices a flash of Mirror Master sitting behind him. He looks back again, and nothing is there. Batman ignores it. No way! Batman would have torn that batmobile apart to make sure no one was there.
-Building off of the best line, it’s Batman defending himself to the Justice League on why he kept files on how to neutralize everyone. I also love his ‘whatever’ attitude, like he doesn’t care if the League kicks him out. But the real heart of this scene is later when Superman talks with him privately. They come to an understanding, and Superman gives him a piece of kryptonite for safe keeping if he should ever get out of control. It’s a great moment between the two greatest superheroes of all time.
-This goes back to my worst line, but Batman gets a little too jokey for my liking in that scene with Green Lantern.
-After Batman explains what happened with his secret files, Superman says, “None of us would ever do that to you.” Batman calmly retorts with “Then you’re damned fools.” It’s just funny, because you think this is going to be a Superman one ups Batman moment, but Batman hits him right back instead. And I’m not saying Superman is a fool, but it sums up both character personalities perfectly.
Bad Ass Moment:
-Green Lantern creates a giant sling shot construct…awesome.