“Justice League: DOOM” is based off of the acclaimed “JLA: Tower of Babel“ by Mark Waid, and written by the late Dwayne McDuffie. Without spoiling the premise of the story for those who don’t know the “JLA: Tower of Babel” story, Vandal Savage forms the Legion of Doom with a full-proof plan to immobilize the JLA. This is his way to make sure his bigger plan has no resistance.
One of the coolest things about this movie is that it is a reunion of the classic DC Voices. Tim Daly returns as Superman, Kevin Conroy as Batman, Nathan Fillon as Hal Jordan, Susan Eisenberg as Wonder Woman, Carl Lumbly as Martian Manhunter and Michael Rosenbaum as Barry Allen Flash. Hearing these actors back together for a Justice League movie just feels right.
The animation is exceptional, with my only gripe being the “muppet mouth” talking animation. Not really something I would expect from Warner Animation. The character designs were done by Phil Bourassa of Young Justice fame and animation was overseen by TMS Entertainment of Japan. Phil Bourassa’s style is a nice hybrid of US and Japanese sensibilities. The scale and small design cues between characters have a peppering of Japanese aesthetics. For instance the difference in size between the bruiser type characters and averaged sized characters is larger. Metallo stands almost a full person taller than Superman. Vandal Savage looks a bit like M.Bison from the Street Fighter series in his facial structure and Cyborg looks really tech-ed out. The overall design though is distinctively Western, in line with that of the previous Justice League/Justice League Unlimited in pacing and storytelling.
Overall out of all the previous feature length DC Animated releases, Justice League DOOM is the best of them all. With strong and familiar Voice work and excellent animation and art design coupled with a good well-paced story this is one that you should pick-up and add to your collection.
“Justice League: DOOM” from DC Entertainment/Warner Bros. hits shelves on February 28th.