_This week, I downloaded and watched the new DC Universe Animated Original Movie from Warner Premier. In case you are unaware (not really marketed in the UK), these are feature length films (usually around 70 mins), which are direct to DVD, Bluray, on-demand. It has a fantastic team behind it, including executive producer Bruce Timm who created the brilliant “Batman – The Animated Series” and its subsequent DC animated universe series. These films storylines are based on pre-exciting graphic novels or occasionally, an original story. The last one released was a very strictly adapted version of Frank Millers “Batman – Year One”, although short in length, it didn’t disappoint.
Justice League – Doom is the third Justice League DC Animated Movie to be released. During its press release, it was confirmed that this would be loosely based off of the Mark Waid-penned JLA story arc, "JLA: Tower of Babel". Now, personally, I don’t really care what adaptations these films do and how closely it follows the original plot/story as I judge each film on its own merit.
When the voice cast was announced, I literally geeked out (not really sure if you can “literally” geek out, but if you can, I came close). This reunited the voice cast from the DCAU (DC animated universe for those of you who should know better).
Tim Daly as Superman (from Superman – The Animated Series)
Kevin Conroy as Batman (the best Batman voice to ever exist)
Susan Eisenberg as Wonder Woman (from Justice League)
Carl Lumbly as Martian Manhunter (From Justice League)
Michael Rosenbaum as The Flash (from Justice League, although he is playing a different version of the flash in this film, Barry Allan, as opposed to Wally West)
Nathan Fillion as Green Lantern (ok, he was never the Green Lantern in the DCAU, but he was many a fanboy choice to play GL in a feature film, and he voiced him in a previous DC animated film, Green Lantern – Emerald Knights)
Now, I’m not going to give you a blow by blow review of the film, many others have on-line and you can Google that if you want to find it, but what I will say is that I enjoyed it.
It was a good pace, lots of action, alright, not the best story (clichéd tyrant trying to destroy the world for world domination), but there where very good scenes and characterisation, It had plenty of things for fanboys (Bane referencing the Knightfall saga) and animation was smooth and well drawn.
It was a pleasant surprise that they used a previous Justice League film theme tune, as well as similar animation. We are told these films are stand alone, but this made it feel like it was part of the same continuity.
Many online have referenced how different this is from the Tower of Babel comic book such as Vandal Savage instead of Ras Al Guhl, and the additional enemies, but as I said, I don’t really care as I judge the films on it own merits. Also, as I have never read the comic series, it has perked my interest enough to go looking for it.
I do however, feel like the budget has been reduced from previous films, but that could just be me nit picking.
Overall a good watch and I look forward to the next DC animated feature.