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What they say: The late Dwayne McDuffie (All-Star Superman, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths) penned this epic story of heroism and betrayal based on the critically-acclaimed, best-selling Justice League graphic novel. Directed by Lauren Montgomery (Superman Doomsday, Green Lantern: First Flight) and produced by Emmy®-winning animation legend Bruce Timm, this apocalyptic tale details the nefarious plot of villain Vandal Savage, who discovers Batman’s contingency plan to defeat the Justice League should any of them go rogue. Now, backed by his own army of supervillains, Savage sets out to take down the Justice League one hero at a time!
What I say: It is with a feeling of regret and sadness that I sat down to watch Justice League: Doom, the final work of the immensely talented Dwayne McDuffy. Dwayne passed away last year and is known as a fantastic comic book writer and he was one of the best animation writers in the business. He and his talent truly are missed.
The film, loosely based off of The Tower of Babel storyline from the JLA comics, takes some liberties with its source material but it works out better for this project to make it work as a stand-alone film instead of an ongoing comic. The addition of Cyborg to the cast was welcome as he is in the current Justice League comics and his character actually adds to the story and he is used pretty well.
Also, the villain from the comics, Ras al Ghul, is replaced by Vandal Savage and the Legion of Doom. The contingency plans they use against the League range from hysterical (They stole Batmans parents bodies!) to weak (making Hal Jordan sad.) but overall the film is fun and exciting.
The disc is packed with extras. There is a really nice tribute to Dwayne McDuffy, a couple of episodes of Justice League featuring the Royal Flush Gang, the villains from the opening of this film, a preview of Superman vs. the Elite, some other docs, a digital comic of the first part of The Tower of Babel (The comic this film was based on), and a lot more.
There is also a DVD copy of the film and a worthless Ultraviolet “copy” of the film. If I have to stream it, I don’t have a copy of it. Either give me a digital file or leave it alone. This crap is just an excuse to run up my bandwidth and charge me $5 more for the package. I have an idea, take all of the garbage out of the box and save me some money, and I might buy more of your stuff.
Blu-Ray: 7/10 (One point deducted for forcing me to take a worthless Ultraviolet “Copy”)