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'Justice League: Doom'
(Kevin Conroy, Tim Daly, Susan Eisenberg, Nathan Fillion, Carl Lumbly, et al / DVD / PG-13 / 2012 / Warner Bros.)

Overview: Ras al ghul steals confidential files batman has compiled on the members of the justice league and learns all their weaknesses!

DVD Verdict: 'Justice League: Doom' is essentially a movie adaptation of the trade paperback JLA: Tower of Babel. The details are of course different (the JLA line-up, the evil mastermind's identity, and the plans themselves), but the basic premise is the same: Batman, always trying to prepare for any eventuality, has made contingency plans to disable the Justice League should any of them ever pose a public threat.

When those plans are stolen the League faces an attack designed by both the greatest strategic mind on the planet as well as someone who knows all their secrets.

The comic has some more depth to the conflict and emotions that Batman's actions cause for the rest of the team, but I was surprised at how well the overall concept translated. The individual villains and plans used against each leaguer were very interesting and made to present real danger (if you suspend preconceived notions about what can and can't happen in the movie, of course).

The artwork is great and the voice cast is the absolute best of the bunch. Tim Daly as Superman, Kevin Conroy as Batman, Nathan Fillion as Green Lantern, Susan Eisenberg as Wonder Woman, Carl Lumbly as Martian Manhunter and Michael Rosenbaum as the Flash (now playing Barry Allen and NOT Wally West, who he always played before).

FYI - the establishing fight at the beginning against the Royal Flush Gang was a lot of fun. It's a small thing, but a well done scene like this to set the stage and introduce new viewers to the League's powers is a nice touch. Overall one of my favorite DC movie releases to date. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

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