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The Cinematic Katzenjammer: Feb 28: Justice League: Doom


Feb 28: Justice League: Doom

"Vandal Savage steals confidential files Batman has compiled on the members of the Justice League, and learns all their weaknesses."

  If you ask anyone that knows me, you'll find out that I am a Batman fanatic. And, of course, the Justice League involves Batman. I buy all of the DC Comics animated movies each "season" and anticipate the next one immediately after. It's no hiding that I am a huge nerd and Batman, and The Justice League, are the strongest motivations of said nerd-dom. With all of that said, Justice League: Doom succeeds in that it has fleeting moments of awesome and, as an animated "action" film, the sequences are done very well. However, there really isn't a lot of story going on and it's almost all one on one battles strung together in an insanely loose plot. But, hey, it's all pretty damn cool.

Helllllllllll yeeaaahhhhhhh

   The best part of Justice League: Doom is the fact that most of the voice actors who have played each character for years return for another addition to the DC universe. Kevin Conroy continues to personify Batman so perfectly (the day he retires will be a sad day indeed). The film has an enormous cast of both heroes and villains, and its nice to see a handful of underused characters getting some screen time. Metallo, Cheetah, Star Sapphire, Bane, Mirror Master, and Vandal Savage make up The League of Doom, while Cyborg joins the mainstay Justice Leaguers. 

West, Keaton, Kilmer, Clooney and Bale got nothing on Mr. Conroy. 

   Overall, Justice League: Doom is a nice little addition to the animated world of superheroes and, although lacking a solid story, it has a very interesting concept. Seeing what would happen to each member of the Justice League when their weaknesses are exposed proves to be an original idea, but I just wish the execution was a little stronger. The action sequences are entertaining and seeing each hero showing off their powers is always awesome. At only 77 minutes, Justice League: Doom does leave you wanting more and makes you miss the glory days of Batman: The Animated Series and the Justice League cartoons. 

Overall: 7.0/10

The Good:
seeing the always awesome Justice League back together for another animated adventure
The Bad:
a messy, incomplete story
The Ugly:
realizing there will be no more episodes of a Batman TV show featuring Kevin Conroy

Best Quote:
  1. Superman: "With all that talk about unchecked power, you are so arrogant that you didn't bother to come up with a plan to stop yourself?"
  2. Batman:  "I do have a plan! It's called the Justice League."

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