Batman Movies – Justice League Doom is the newest animated movie in a long and successful line of DC animated films. Justice League Doom is the thirteenth animated film from Dc Comics and a very successful adaptation from comics to animated film. Marvel is falling behind and Dc Comics is pumping out movie after movie to steer the fans to Dc Comics. It seems like Marvel is focusing on the big screen with their upcoming movie The Avengers and other upcoming projects. According to Wikipedia.Org, Marvel has launched a total of 8 animated films and the last one was in 2011 for Thor: Tales of Asgard – which was great but the super hero fan base is growing and we need more. Dc Comics has now launched 13 animated film with 2 upcoming films titled Superman Versus The Elite and The Dark Knight Returns – which I assume is a continuation from The Dark Knight Rises.
Justice League Doom Plot
As mentioned in another post, Justice League Doom is derived from the Justice League story Arc titled JLA tower of Babel which focuses on Batman’s plans for the JLA team for if they go rogue. Batman has detailed plans on neutralizing each and every main JLA member hidden in his Bat-cave hard drive. The enemy team, calling themselves Legion Of Doom, would steal the plans and use the plans to take down the Justice League.
In Justice League Doom, Vandal Savage is the founding leader for the team whom employs Cheetah, Metallo, Mirror Master, Ma’alefa’ak, and Bane to neutralize each member of the JLA team with the plans stolen from Batman. The Legion of Doom succeeds in stealing the plans and begins to take out the JLA team one by one until Batman escapes from his parent’s coffin (whom Bane traps Batman in with his dead parents) and alerts the whole JLA team of the situation. Cyborg makes a great appearance and assists the JLA team. Since Cyborg isn’t a member of the JLA, there is no data on him thus making Cyborg a great ally against the Legion Of Doom.
Justice League: Doom is the next upcoming movie for a great line of Justice League Movies. From the looks of the trailer, this movie will not disappoint. Batman teaming up with his allies such as Superman, Green Lantern, Flash, Wonder Woman. Cyborg is shown in the trailer so we believe he will be joining the team. Finally Cyborg gets his 15 minutes of fame and escapes the kid image from the Tv Show Teen Titans.
Similar to Batman Year One, Justice League: Doom is derived from a Justice League Story Arc titled JLA: Tower of Babel, Where several villains join forces to take on and destroy the Justice League. Many members has appeared in the Legion Of Doom such as Lex Luthor, Joker, Cheeta, Weather Wizard, Felix Faust, Gorilla Grodd, Giganta, Soloman Grundy, and Amazo. In the upcoming Justice League: Doom, we do not see Luther from the trailer but we know that he is the main character and master mind behind the Legion Of Doom. Instead we see Vandal Savage as the main man whom offers his version of the Legion Of Doom a large sum of money to take them out.
According to the Tower of Babel story Arc, the Legion of Doom a quires the information to take down all the members of the Justice League, stolen from Batman. Why does Batman have this type of information? Well our favorite Dark Knight is not a type to trust anyone, including his own teammates. Superman would be the one person that Batman would consider a close friend but even Superman, under the influence of Red Kryptonite would turn to the ‘Dark Side’.
Many voices will be reprising their superhero roles such as Tim Daly as Superman ( Superman: TAS, JLA Unlimited) Susan Eisenberg as Wonder Woman (JLA, JLA Unlimited), Michael Rsembaum as The Flash (Smallville Tv Series), and Nathan Fillion as Green Lantern.
We are treated to the famous Batman voice from Kevin Conroy to play as Batman. Kevin Conroy has been the voice of Batman ever since the first Batman Tv show aired back in 1992. The previous Batman Movie: Batman Year One used another actor’s voice which caused the Batman Movie to receive bad reviews from fans around the world.
Justice League Doom release date is set for February 28, 2012.
After the hugely successful 2009 animated film Superman/Batman: Public Enemies Dc comics and Warner Brothers starts on their new project in the 2010 Superman/Batman: Apocalypse. Contrary to the title, the batman animated film focuses mainly on Super Girl and the film would have Batman as a side character alongside Superman and Wonder Woman. Tim Daly and Kevin Conroy would reprise their role as Superman and Batman to fight alongside Super Girl and Wonder Woman defending the earth from a self proclaimed god, Darksied.
Spoiler alert. If you have not yet watched the movie, please do so before reading on.
After a huge meteorite falls to earth, Batman investigates only to find Kryptonian symbols covering a ship like meteor. A confused girl left the ship shortly before Batman’s arrival to the meteor. She finds herself in a strange city (Gotham) whom she does not recognize or does she speak the natives language. To make matters worst, she is blessed/cursed with superhuman strength, speed, heat vision and flight. We soon discovers that the confused girl is Kara Zor-el, biological cousin of Superman. Superman begins mentoring and introducing Kara to her new found powers and to acclimate to her new home. Wonder Woman introduces herself and firmly offers Kara to her home island to train her properly and Superman reluctantly agrees.
Darkseid learns of Kara’s arrival to earth and plots to take her to his home planet of Apocalips and make her the new leader of his Female furies. Darkseid succeeds in kidnapping Kara in Wonder Woman’s home island causing Batman Superman and Wonder Woman to seek help from Darkseid’s previous leader of the Female Furies (Big Barda) located on earth. The four uses Barda’s boom tube to transport to Darksied’s home planet of Apocolips to rescue Kara but instead they find a brainwashed Kara that is a loyal servant of Darkseid. Superman eventually subdues Kara but it was Batman using Darsied’s own Hell Spores as a weapon to destroy Apocolips if Darsied does not decide to leave Kara alone. The four plus Kara returns back to earth and Superman decides to introduce Kara to his adoptive parents in Smallville but instead got ambushed by Darkseid. (spoiler alert) Kara and Superman Battles Darkseid in an epic battle for the ages which results in Darkseid’s defeat.
The anticipation and excitement was quite high set by the great standards of the predecessor, Superman/Batman Public Enemies. The great voice of Tim Daly gave us a strong and believable Superman and the legendary Kevin Conroy is behind the cowl of the bat. Warner Brothers put out a lot more money to get Tim Daly and Kevin Conroy to reprise their role and we as the fans are glad that they did it. Would Superman/Batman Apocalypse had been that successful without Tim Daly and Kevin Conroy’s voices? Previous Batman films that does not use Kevin Conroy’s voice had not been on my top favorites for Batman movies and there is a reason why. Every single animated Batman film or Batman Tv Show with Kevin Conroy’s voice for Batman has been hugely successful amongst us fans.
Aside from Superman’s strange appearance with the mascara eyes, Tim Daly plays a very believable Superman reminiscent of the popular Superman The Animated Series. Why did they have to give Superman mascara? We will never know the true reasons as to why but that was not the strange factor in Superman/Batman: apocalypse. The strange part for me was how Wonder Woman was introduced to us by attacking Kara and Clark Kent in the park at night time. Wonder Woman’s intention was to bring Kara to her home Island of Thamascira for training so why attack her and arguably the most powerful man on planet earth, Superman? Wonder Woman is to be one of the founding members of the Justice League so by meeting that way throws us hardcore fans off by just a notch.
Batman’s famous dark avenger attitude did not disappoint in Superman/Batman: Apocalypse. Batman gives an Oscar winning performance by hijacking the Hell Spores from Darkseid’ home planet of Apocalips and uses the Hell Spores as a weapon to destroy Apocalips alongside Superman, Wonder Woman, Kara and himself if he does not get what he wants from Darkseid. Now that is how Batman should be doing business!