Based on the Mark Waid ‘Tower of Babel’ story line from the Justice League of America comic book series, the latest animated feature from DC Animation looks to be a real knock-out. Incorporating details from ‘Tower of Babel’ in which a super villain uses Batman’s contingency plans for a rogue JLA, the team is up against the most brilliant strategist in the world, their own dark knight detective. In the comic book, the villain was Ra’s al Ghul, but the animated feature steps it up by replacing the Batman villain with the immortal Vandal Savage. In Justice League: Doom, Savage unites all of the JLA’s arch foes into a single team, the Legion of Doom, and charges them with the task of taking down the most powerful team of heroes ever assembled.
Storyboarded by the oldest animation team in Japan, TMS, the action should be very intense. If they can top the accomplishments of Crisis on Two Earths, I’ll be impressed. The animated feature also re-unites the fan favorite team of voice actors for this story; Kevin Conroy as Batman, Tim Daly as Superman, Susan Eisenberg as Wonder Woman, Carl Lumbly as Martian Manhunter and Michael Rosenbaum as the Flash. Nathan Fillion will be returning to Green Lantern from his successful stint on Emerald Knights (I hope we hear him in the role again in another GL-feature down the road).
The latest in a long line of outstanding animated features from Batman: Under the Red Hood to Wonder Woman, Green Lantern: First Flight, All-Star Superman and the recently released Batman: Year One, Justice League: Doom will hit the shelves in 2012.
Until then, here’s the astounding trailer.
Official press release below:
Warner Home Video has released the official trailer for Justice
League: Doom, an all-new entry in the popular series of DC Universe
Animated Original Movies due in early 2012 on Blu-ray, DVD, OnDemand
and for Download. Below you will find links to the trailer.
Justice League: Doom finds Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green
Lantern, Martian Manhunter, Cyborg and Batman on their heels when a
team of super villains discover and implement the Dark Knight’s
“contingency plans” for stopping any rogue Justice League member. The
story is inspired by Mark Waid’s much-heralded “JLA: Tower of Babel.”
Primetime television stars Nathan Fillion (Castle) and Tim Daly
(Private Practice), the reigning voices of Green Lantern and Superman,
respectively, join a group of eight actors reprising their famed
cartoon roles, including Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series) as
Batman, Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville, Breaking In) as Flash, Susan
Eisenberg (Superman/Batman: Apocalypse) as Wonder Woman and Carl
Lumbly (Alias) as J’onn J’onzz/Martian Manhunter. Also returning to
their Justice League animated series roles are the villainous voices
of Phil Morris (Smallville, Seinfeld) as Vandal Savage, Olivia d’Abo
(The Wonder Years) as Star Sapphire, and Alexis Denisof (Angel) as
Mirror Master. David Kaufman (Danny Phantom) also reprises his Justice
League role of Jimmy Olsen.
The film is executive produced by Bruce Timm (Batman: Year One), and
directed by Lauren Montgomery (Batman: Year One), who is also credited
as producer alongside Alan Burnett (Batman: The Animated Series).
Justice League: Doom is the final script from the late Dwayne McDuffie
(All-Star Superman, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths). Casting and
dialogue direction is once again in the capable hands of Andrea Romano
(Batman: Year One, SpongeBob SquarePants).