Justice League: Doom

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Justice League: Doom
Jla doom 2012.jpg
Home video release cover art
Directed by Lauren Montgomery
Produced by Lauren Montgomery
Written by Dwayne McDuffie
Based on DC Comics characters
Music by Christopher Drake
Edited by Christoper D. Lozinski
Distributed by Warner Home Video
Release dates
  • February 28, 2012 (2012-02-28)
Running time
77 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Justice League: Doom is a 2012 direct-to-video animated superhero film, loosely based on "JLA: Tower of Babel", a 2000 comic book storyline by writer Mark Waid that ran in the DC Comics series JLA. The film's script was adapted by writer Dwayne McDuffie, and it is directed by Lauren Montgomery. A sequel to Crisis on Two Earths, the film uses the same character designs by the lead character designer, Phil Bourassa as well as footage from the film in the opening. It was released on February 28, 2012.[1] The film also features various actors reprising their roles from the DC animated universe and Green Lantern: Emerald Knights respectively.[2][3] It is the 13th film in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies line.

The film is dedicated to the memory of McDuffie, who died from complications following open heart surgery shortly after writing the film.


The Justice League, with Cyborg's assistance, stop the Royal Flush Gang's attempted robbery of a diamond vault using complex technology that allows them to pass through solid objects. Meanwhile, Vandal Savage plots to start a new civilization by exterminating part of the population; he gave the technology to the Gang to test it. Savage hires Mirror Master to hack into the Batcomputer and steal contingency plans devised by Batman to incapacitate his League teammates, in case they go rogue. Savage assembles Mirror Master, Bane, Cheetah, Ma'alefa'ak, Star Sapphire, and Metallo, who all have personal vendettas against the heroes and pays them to simultaneously attack using the stolen plans, altered to be lethal. When the supervillains agree, he welcomes them to the Legion of Doom.

The villains simultaneously attack the members of the Justice League:

  • Batman, as Bruce Wayne, is informed by Alfred Pennyworth that the bodies of Thomas and Martha Wayne have been exhumed and are missing. At his parents' graves, Bruce is ambushed by Bane, who gains the upper hand and renders Bruce unconscious. Bruce is buried alive in his father's coffin; he is left a tape recorder with a message from Bane taunting him, which motivates him to break out of the coffin. He realizes that the League has been attacked using his contingency plans, which were constructed from studying physical and psychological weaknesses in the event the League went rogue. With Cyborg's help, he saves his teammates one by one.
  • Wonder Woman is attacked by Cheetah with a scratch that sends nanomachines into her bloodstream. The nanomachines attach to the brain stem and cause her to believe everyone she sees is a duplicate of Cheetah. Cyborg adjusts his sonic emitter to a frequency that neutralizes the nanites.
  • Martian Manhunter (as John Jones) celebrates his birthday with his colleagues from the police force. He receives a drink from a mysterious woman (Ma'alefa'ak in disguise), which is laced with magnesium carbonate; being disruptive to Martian biology, the Manhunter struggles to maintain form while sweating out the highly flammable magnesium. Ma'alefa'ak sets him on fire and leaves him to constantly burn, even when in water. Batman provides aluminum oxide that neutralizes the magnesium.
  • The Flash is lured by the Mirror Master into a trap, ending up with a bomb on his wrist. If he does nothing or tries to remove it, the bomb will explode, killing everyone in a three mile radius. The only way to prevent this is to keep running. Batman instructs him to run and vibrate through an entire iceberg in the Arctic—Flash just barely manages to escape the blast radius.
  • Green Lantern is called by the FBI to deal with a hostage situation at a salt mine. Both the terrorists and hostages are actually sophisticated androids. He is fooled into thinking his overconfidence caused innocent lives being lost after exposure to Scarecrow's will-undermining fear gas. Star Sapphire exploits his fears by convincing him that he does not deserve the power. Jordan renounces his ring, without which he cannot escape the collapsing mine, and resigns his fate. Batman shows him the hostage was an android by removing its head and offers an antidote to the gas. Jordan rejects it and reestablishes his willpower, instantly removing the effect. He summons his ring to become Green Lantern again.
  • Superman, as Clark Kent, is lured to the roof of the Daily Planet by a former employee, Henry Ackerdson, who aims to commit suicide. Superman appears to have succeeded in talking him out of it, when he is shot with a Kryptonite bullet by Ackerdson (Metallo in disguise). Superman's physiology makes it impossible to extract the bullet through conventional means. It is surgically extracted by Cyborg, using a Kryptonite scalpel laser, and Manhunter, who shapeshifts his fingers and pulls the bullet out; Superman regains consciousness.

The Justice League retreats to the Watchtower, where Batman reveals that he was the real mastermind behind the contingency plans; he also had a plan should the Batcomputer be hacked: a tracing algorithm hidden in his files. The League are able to track the Legion of Doom. The villains are subdued, but they fail to prevent an apocalyptic cataclysm via solar flare. Batman devises a plan to use the Hall of Doom's technology to phase the Earth so the flare can go through it—the League barely manages to save the Earth.

In the aftermath of their victory, the Justice League adds Cyborg to their roster; Superman calls for a vote on Batman's continued membership in the team. Batman defends his plans, expressing no regrets for his actions. He criticizes them for not understanding the potential danger of a rogue Justice League and quits the team. As Batman prepared to leave, Superman questions the nature of his contingency plans. Batman explains that the original plans were meant to immobilize and that exhuming his parents' bodies and then burying Bruce was entirely Savage's idea. Superman asks if Batman is arrogant enough to not create a contingency plan to stop himself; Batman replies that there is one: the Justice League. With his trust in Batman assured, Superman hands him the Kryptonite bullet and teleports him out the Watchtower. The Justice League looks down at Earth saddened that Batman decided to leave.

Voice cast[edit]

^a The actor/actress's voice role is reprised from the DC animated universe.


The film was first announced at WonderCon 2011 that the JLA: Tower of Babel storyline will be adapted as a direct-to-video movie, which was written by Dwayne McDuffie right before his death.[4] The character designs were done by Phil Bourassa, the lead character designer of Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths and Young Justice. Storyboards were overseen and animated by Telecom Animation Film.[5] During the casting process of Justice League: Doom, voice director Andrea Romano expressed an interest for the cast from various media to reprise their roles as members of the Justice League.


IGN gave the film a 7 out of 10, calling it "An immensely enjoyable thrill ride, but also an occasionally frustrating and short adaptation."[6]

Home media[edit]

The Blu-ray combo pack includes Featurettes only for Blu-ray called “Guarding the Balance: Batman and the JLA”, a mini-Featurette called “Their Time Has Come: Cyborg and the DC Universe’s New Diversity”, while both Blu-ray and the 2-Disc DVD edition has "A Legion of One: The Dwayne McDuffie Story", a Sneak Peek at Superman vs. The Elite, and two bonus episodes of Justice League: "Wild Cards" part 1 and 2.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Goellner, Caleb (December 12, 2011). "'Justice League: Doom' Gets February 28 Release Date and New Box Art". Comics Alliance. Retrieved February 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ Katzoff, Tami (September 29, 2011). "'Justice League: Doom' Cast Includes Nathan Fillion, Kevin Conroy". MTV. Retrieved February 3, 2012. 
  3. ^ Tudor, Brian. "West Coast Premiere Of 'Justice League: Doom'". Science Fiction.com. Retrieved February 3, 2012. 
  4. ^ Harvey, James (April 2, 2011). ""Justice League: Doom" Named First 2012 DC Universe Animated Original Movie". Worldsfinestonline.com. Retrieved February 25, 2012. 
  5. ^ 秘密のご報告!!! [Report on secret! ! !] (in Japanese). Telecom Animation Film. November 16, 2011. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  6. ^ Shaffer, R.L. (February 28, 2012). "Justice League: Doom Blu-ray Review". IGN. Retrieved July 8, 2012. 

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