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Justice League: Doom

action & adventure, anime & animation


This epic tale of heroism and betrayal details the vile plot of villain Vandal Savage, who discovers Batman's contingency plan to defeat the Justice League should any of them go rogue.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    N/A
  • Audience Score
    87%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 12
Consumerism
4 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
Language
2 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
Sex
1 out of 5
Violence
4 out of 5

Great teamwork in otherwise violent superhero adventure.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Justice League: Doom is part of a series of animated superhero movies released direct-to-video, which, like the others in this series, are too violent for younger kids but have some worthwhile messages for teens. This installment features seven well-known DC Comics superheroes -- including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern -- teaming up against a new team of supervillains. The element of teamwork is strong, as the heroes each use their best attributes to overcome a huge challenge. Fantasy violence is strong, with almost-constant fighting throughout the story; the fighting ranges from punching and pummeling to fantasy-type weapons use and explosions. Each character must also deal with a psychologically intense (sometimes violent or deadly) situation. There's some minor flirting and language, but violence is the key issue. However, the strong teamwork displayed in this story -- as well as other complex issues -- will give teens something to think about.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. How is the fighting different when the heroes are alone versus when they're together? How does the mood change? Do you ever feel more aggressive after watching action-packed movies?
  • How does working together as a team help the Justice League? Are there examples in real life where working as a team has worked better than working alone? Are there times when working alone is the best route?
  • Which of these heroes makes a good role model? Who are your real-life role models?
  • Does Batman overstep his bounds, or is he right to collect personal data on his colleagues? Who collects your data? What do they do with it? How can you protect your privacy?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Audience Reviews

3 stars

"The members of the Justice League are among the most powerful and potentially dangerous people on the planet." Vandal Savage steals confidential files Batman has compiled on the members of the Justice League, and learns all their weaknesses. REVIEW The premise of the story is both simple and yet intriguing - Batman has secretly devised stratagems to neutralize his fellow Justice League members in case any of them turned rogue. When his files are stolen however and used against his teammates, the League is forced to confront the fact that the architect of their near-destruction is in fact one of their own. It's a compelling story which has serious ethical dimensions to it as well (not to mention some great action and character moments). While 'Justice League Doom' is a loose adaptation, it remains faithful to the spirit of the story. The Legion of Doom was a great nod to the old Superfriends cartoons (kudos to them for including an arch-nemesis to Martian Manhunter, who normally gets left it in this particular area!). I was also glad they found a way to include Cyborg without making it seem contrived or making him feel like a token minority character. The other characterisations were all great (The Flash came across far too much like Wally West, than like Barry Allen but I guess than can be excused given that the voice actor is the one who played Wally in JLU). If there is one gripe I had, its that I felt there could have been more discussion of the ethical implications of Batman's actions among the League, but I guess that wouldn't have fit within the allotted run-time.

- LorenzoVonMatterhorn, Thursday, August 9, 2012

3 stars

The end of justice. Pretty good animated movie. I really enjoyed it and I think the voices were really good choices and well edited. Keep them coming! When Batman and the rest of the Justice League stop The Royal Flush Gang from a robbery, they find out with the help of Cyborg that the Gang has been using a technology to walk through walls, and upon interrogation, realize that its not the Gang's technology. While Cyborg starts investigating behind the technology, Batman retreats to the Batcave. Once Batman reaches there, he is forced by Alfred to rest. Once the cave is empty, Mirror Master (who had been hiding in the Batmobile) uses a LexCorp technology to hack into the Batcomputer and downloads crucial information on orders of an unknown boss. Bane goes to the Slaughter Swamp outside Gotham City where he runs into Star Sapphire, Metallo, Ma'alefa'ak and Cheetah. The group then enter the Hall of Doom, where the are welcomed by Vandal Savage, who is also accompanied by Mirror Master. Already given $10 million each to attend the meeting, Vandal Savage offers them $100 million each for killing off each member of Justice League, to which, every one accepts. He then gives them fool-proof plans on how to defeat each member. Bruce Wayne receives news from Alfred that the bodies of Thomas and Martha Wayne have been stolen. When Bruce confronts the employee who reported the incident, the employee reveals himself as Bane, and knocks-off Bruce into an empty grave. Bruce Wayne wakes up next to his father's grave, and forces his way out of the grave. In his human form, Martian Manhunter celebrates his birthday with his friends when he receives a drink from an unknown woman. She later turns out to be Ma'alefa'ak, who had poisoned the drink, which would force Martian Manhunter to reveal his true form in front of everyone as well as be flammable. Ma'alefa'ak burns Martian Manhunter, and leaves him burning. Cheetah poisons Wonder Woman with a serum which would show any person near the latter as the former. Intending on never giving up a fight, Wonder Woman also causes damage to Cyborg who eventually cures her. Barry Allen finds out about a train robbery in progress by Mirror Master. He confronts him in his Flash atire, but is tricked into having a bomb attached to his wrist, which would go off if he tries to remove it, do nothing for 50 seconds or decelerate. This leaves Flash with no choice but to keep running at his fastest speed. Green Lantern is called upon by the FBI, and is asked to capture a group terrorists, who are hiding in a salt cave, and have kidnapped 6 hostages. After defeating them all and saving the hostages, Green Lantern confronts the boss, who kills Carol Ferris (who later turns out to be someone that looked like the real Carol) before Lantern could do anything. Grieving over how he had caused Carol only pain, Hal resigns his Green Lantern persona. It turns out this was all a plot by Star Sapphire to cause Hal to doubt himself and cast fear in his heart. The whole plan was formulated by fooling Green Lantern with fear toxin, derived from Scarecrow's formula. It also turns out that the terrorists and the Carol look-a-like were all androids in order to fool Green Lantern. Clark Kent receives a call from Lois Lane, who informs him that Henry Ackerson, a former Daily Planet employee who was laid off, was about to commit suicide. When Clark, in his Superman attire, approaches Henry, the latter reveals himself as Metallo, and shoots the former with a Kryptonion bullet, leaving Superman fatally wounded. Assuming all members of the Justice League are defeated, Savage reveals his plans to kill off half of the human population with the help of a solar flare, and start over the world. As an offer to join him, Savage offers each of the members of the Legion of Doom a territory of the world, which they all accept. Once Batman is back, he finds out that all of the members of the Justice League are under attack by the plans he himself had created, and one by one saves them all, and tells them about what had happened. The Justice League confronts the Legion of Doom, overpowering everyone including Savage, but are not able to prevent the solar flare. Cyborg deduces that the Hall of Doom would survive the Flare, and the Justice League works on preventing the Earth from any damage through it. In a meeting, Superman announces that Vandal Savage has been imprisoned for life without parole. He also announces the inclusion of Cyborg as a member of the Justice League. He then announces a vote on Batman leaving or staying in the Justice League. Allowed to speak in his defense, Batman shows no regret over his motives and decides to leave the Justice League himself. Realizing that Batman is right, Superman gives Batman a Kryptonite bullet which the latter could use if Superman goes rogue as Batman leaves.

- MANUGINO, Saturday, March 3, 2012

3 stars

Justice League: Doom is a smart and exciting new feature from DC Universe. The story follows a coordinated attack on the Justice League members, Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, etc., by the Legion of Doom as part of clandestine attempt to seize control of the world. The film features the voice talents of Kevin Conroy, Tim Daly, Nathan Fillion, and several other mainstays of animation DC Universe films. Additionally, the animation style is cutting edge and is accompanied by a strong score. However, there are some issues with the storytelling and the handling all of the characters. Still, Justice League: Doom succeeds at telling a compelling story full of adventure.

- fb100000440772572, Sunday, June 3, 2012