Thursday, March 15, 2012

Justice League: Doom Blu-Ray Review

Justice League Doom is an animated film loosely based off of Mark Waid's JLA story arc Tower Of Babel. The animation is the same animation as the Crisis on Infinite Earths animated film so it's not anything new or ground breaking but it's good. The voice cast feels like an all star cast perfect for their respective roles. This Blu-Ray seems to have even more extras than the last comic to animated film feature. The story feels like a fresh NEW52 take on JLA Tower of Babel and ends up being a quick great story all on its own.

As a stand alone story this movie felt like it did everything right. Because this is supposed to be based off of Tower of Babel this ends up falling short in comparison because it's so different. Essentially what this story is about is that some villains stole Batman's plans to take out his teammates in case they go rogue. As a NEW52 film it was well done especially with Cyborg as a new integration of the Justice League. The worst part of this movie is the combination of old and new when they should have just chosen one or the other. The story did seem a little rushed and came together all too quickly but not enough to ruin it. I don't care for The Flash's jerk quips and attitude but everybody else's characterization seemed spot on. All in all it was a great stand alone story by the late Dwayne McDuffie.

The animation was impressive despite being taken from Crisis on Infinite Earths. It doesn't look aged in any way at all. In fact it looks spectacular on Blu-Ray. It is what it is so it looks like a well produced cartoon movie. I especially liked The Flash as a slim guy rather than a ridiculously looking buff dude. Cyborg as the new addition also looked impressive and Diana looked sexy as always. Everybody looked surprisingly fitting.

As said I feel like this is quite possibly the best voice cast they have ever had for these DC films. You may know the biggest names like Nathan Fillion, Michael Rosenbaum, Carl Lumbly, and Claudia Black. You may also recognize such animation veterans as Tim Daly, Kevin Conroy, and Susan Eisenberg. I honestly feel like they have gotten the best of the best at this point for each persons respective roles. The only thing that may irk some people is Bane's odd Hispanic come and go accent. Besides that the voice talent could not have been better.

Now to talk about all the extras that seemed to never end. All together there are 7 special features on the Blu-Ray. Most importantly there is a documentary called A League of One: The Dwayne McDuffie Story. Dwayne McDuffie wrote this genius story, Ben 10, as well as other animated projects and comics. It also consist of 2 commentaries, a sneak peek of the next DC animated film Superman vs The Elite, 2 JLA cartoons, Digital Comic of JLA: Tower of Babel, some trailers, and the obligatory audio commentary by Geoff Johns and some other guy. I was blown away by how many extra features there were, their length, and their quality. By far this is the best DC Blu-Ray when it comes to extra features.

To be honest I think I prefer this movie rather than an exact translation of the Tower of Babel story arc. The story and writing were very well done and made sense. I have a great affinity for Cyborg now because of it. The animation was impressive and spot on for each character. The characterization and voice cast was near perfection despite Flash being a jerk but that's old DC Flash. Special features are better than ever in quantity and quality. Finally I would like to say Thank You Dwayne McDuffie for making a genius stand alone Justice League story and a must BUY for any hardcore or newcomer.


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