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Movie time: justice league doom

January 05, 2013

The Justice League is under attack. All superheroes have been taken hostage by the very guys they have always won against, and the end is very near.

That’s DC Movies’ latest adventure Justice League: Doom for you in which the superheroes are the ones in trouble and the villains have the upper hand.

Not for long. Batman might be buried in his father’s coffin, but he saves the day with his wit and intelligence. Helped by Cyborg, he saves his fellow Leaguers by using a contingency plan that he had reserved for such times. But as the movie progresses, we get to learn that it was Batman’s plans that caused the trouble in the first place. Yes, Batman was the mastermind behind the ‘Catch A Superhero’ plot but the Bat Computer was hacked by Vandal Savage and his goons who wanted to take revenge on the Justice League for past humiliations.

Superman was shot with a bullet made of Kryptonite, The Flash had a bomb attached to his wrist, a confidence-less Green Lantern took off his ring, Martian Manhunter was poisoned and burned, while a hallucinating Wonder Woman was fighting everyone she came across.

How the villains managed to tame the untameable heroes is what you will find out when you watch the animated flick. All I can tell you is that Earth and civilisation is saved at the last moment, the League included Cyborg as a member and all is well, that ends well. But for Batman, the hacking is too much of an embarrassment and he quits the very league he helped create.

The animated flick is one of the better products from the DC Universe and features the voice of Kevin Conroy (Batman), Tim Daly (Superman), Nathan Fillion (Green Lantern) and Michael Rosenbaum (The Flash). The dialogues are punchy whereas the story is gripping from the very first scene.

A must-watch if you want to know that the superheroes we all love are as vulnerable as the very people they protect and serve. — S.F.