Primetime television stars Nathan Fillion and Tim Daly, the reigning voices of Green Lantern and Superman, respectively, join an exciting group of actors reprising their famed cartoon roles in Justice League: Doom, an all-new entry in the popular series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies due in early 2012 from Warner Home Video.
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.”
Fillion, the star of ABC’s hit TV drama Castle, made his debut as Green Lantern/Hal Jordan in the recent Green Lantern: Emerald Knights. Fillion made his initial DCU bow as the voice of Steve Trevor in the 2008 hit Wonder Woman.
Currently headlining the cast of ABC’s popular Private Practice, Daly originated the title character’s voice in the landmark cartoon, Superman: The Animated Series. He has reprised the role in two DCU films: the 2009 extravaganza Superman/Batman: Public Enemies and the 2010 thriller Superman/Batman: Apocalypse.
In addition to current primetime stars Fillion and Daly, the cast is a grand reunion of the original group of actors who provided the voices of the Justice League for the cartoon of the same name and its follow-up, Justice League Unlimited. Reprising their roles are 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. Bumper Robinson (A Different World, Transformers: Animated) joins the cast as Cyborg.
The Justice League faces two sets of villainous teams in the film – The Royal Flush Gang and a sextet of notable evildoers. The latter group includes three voice acting alumni of the Justice League animated series: Phil Morris (Smallville, Seinfeld) as Vandal Savage, Olivia d’Abo (The Wonder Years) as Star Sapphire, and Alexis Denisof (Angel) as Mirror Master. Also opposing our heroes are Carlos Alazraqui (Reno 911) as Bane, Paul Blackthorne (The Dresden Files) as Metallo, and Claudia Black (Farscape, Stargate SG-1) as Cheetah.
David Kaufman (Danny Phantom) also reprises his Justice League role of Jimmy Olsen.
In the comic at least, he had a plan to take down every JLA member, but it was stolen and used by Ra's Al Ghul i think. IIRC it caused Martian Manhunter to burst in to flame, Aquaman is made completely terrified of water, Green Lantern is made blind, Flash's vibrations are knocked out of whack so he keeps having seizures, and Superman's skin is made transparent, and he sort of becomes overcharged with solar energy and experiences a sensory overload.
I think he froze Plastic Man too, and Wonder Woman was locked in some virtual reality or something.
Just watched the sneak peek; some things that were noticeable to me:
No Aquaman or Plastic Man. This is solely Superman, Batman, Diana, Hal, J'onn and Wally. They're all being played by their TAS/Justice League voice actors (Tim Daly is Superman, Conroy is Batman, Rosenbaum is Flash). The villains confirmed so far are Vandal Savage, Bane, Male'fic (sp?), Cheetah, Mirror Master and Metallo.
The only thing I really, really want from this movie is for Superman to show a bit of skill and not be an invulnerable punching bag which he inevitably is in most DC animated movies.
Just watched this, and I have to say, I liked it. A lot. It was, for me, arguably the best JLA based movie they've done so far, and easily one of the best DC animated movies I've seen so far.
Solid story, good cast, great dialogue (you actually got the sense that these people weren't just a team, they were friends), and the action was some of the best I've seen in a JLA movie, in which every character got made to look good when the time came. I really liked this movie.
The only thing I could complain about would be the animation, but seeing as it was done by the same guys as Young Justice, I can't be too harsh on it.
Apparently the DVD has a feature about Cyborg and adding diversity to the JLA. Well, I suppose they're honest about it, at least.