Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, and J’Onn J’Onzz the Martian Hunter are back again in Justice League: Doom. With the assistance of Cyborg, the task is to once again save the world from a horrible threat.
It starts with a real exciting battle with the Royal Flush Gang. These villains are real high tech, even though they don’t appear to be the same ones from Batman Beyond.
The real threat is the Legion of Doom. Now I can remember when I first heard about the Legion of Doom headquarters on Challenge of the Super Friends (1978-1979), which consisted of 13 archenemies. This time there are only five, not including the mastermind behind it all.
Each arch villain has a personal vendetta against a different Justice League member. They are Bane, Cheetah, Metallo, Mirror Master, Star Sapphire, and Ma’alefa’ak. From what I understand, these particular villains were handpicked because they are the toughest in each group of colorful archenemies.
Originally the leader of the Legion of Doom was Lex Luthor, but he’s not even in this movie. This time it’s a new villain named Vandal Savage. He’s an immortal intent on destroying most of the world’s population and creating a new civilization to lead. I’ll tell you, his back-story is strange. Simple, but strange.
The tactics the archenemies use on the Justice League are so intense they actually come very close to succeeding both physically and mentally. I thought that nothing ever stopped the Justice League. They always come through when they are together.
This was a good feature with its superhero action with a touch of nostalgia by bringing back the Legion of Doom headquarters. Can you believe that it was still in the swamp and in good condition since the old Super Friends animated series?
LEGO toys have been around for a long time. I know because I used to play with LEGO when I was a kid. However, It wasn’t until about the late 2000s when LEGO took well known franchises and made video games, then eventually animated features with a cute style of humor.
One such feature is Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite. Apparently it’s about Lex Luthor trying to become President of the United States with help from the Joker by using destructive means to make it happen and it’s up to Batman to stop them.
Robin also helps out and so does Superman, despite how Batman only believes that he can only rely on himself. That’s a bit annoying but not nearly as annoying as Superman is when he talks in the third person. What’s the point of that?
The action is cool. As Joker disrupts an award ceremony, it gets real interesting when the other major Batman villains like Penguin, Catwoman, Two-Face, Riddler, and Harley Quinn help him out.
I met Steve Blum, who was the voice of the Penguin, at CollectiveCon 2015 and Rob Paulsen, the voice of the Riddler, at MegaCon 2014.
What’s real common in LEGO features is buildings and machinery falling to pieces as well as being put back together. Lex Luthor has a weapon called the De-Constructor that can tear powerful black objects apart like Batman’s vehicles and it’s powered by Kryptonite.
After Luthor breaks Joker out of Arkham Asylum, Joker frees the other Batman villains who even include Bane and Poison Ivy. It’s so cool how Batman and Robin keep them from escaping with exciting vehicle chases.
Then it all comes down to a giant Joker robot that runs on Kryptonite. As much as Batman hates to admit it, he needs help. That’s when the Justice League comes to the rescue. Wonder Woman, the Flash, Green Lantern, and Cyborg all make an appearance.
This was a good LEGO movie. Lately many of the modern straight-to-DVD Batman movies have been darker and more brutal. In comparison, it’s nice to see that this one is a least a little bit lighter for a change.
It is true that I have always been more of a Batman fan than a Superman fan. One Superman series that really stands out to me is Ruby-Spears Superman (1988-1989), mostly because it was part of a Saturday morning lineup. It came on at 6:30 AM, right after The Adventures of Raggedy Ann and Andy.
The man of steel defends Metropolis against many types of villains. Of course, the most common threats come from his archenemy Lex Luthor. In this version, he’s a billionaire industrialist that always manages to elude the law by eliminating any evidence that traces back to him. Plus he often wears a Kryptonite ring to keep Superman from fighting him. Where do you suppose he got it?
A unique addition in this series is Luthor’s live-in girlfriend Jessica Morganberry. She’s pretty and soft-spoken. I find her likable in the same manner as Harley Quinn. Jessica isn’t funny like Harley, but still likable.
Lois Lane isn’t exactly labeled as a love interest to Superman, but is always glad to be around him. As a reporter, Lois is like a rival to Clark Kent since he always manages to out scoop her. Lois does all she can to change that.
Every episode includes a short segment from The Superman Family Album, which is about the misadventures of Clark Kent’s past in Smallville. It has everything from Clark as an infant to when he first becomes Superman. It’s not so easy having to hide your superpowers among normal Earth people. If you’re a fan of the series Smallville, The Superman Family Album makes a good precedent for it as long as you don’t mind the lack of any drama or superhero action.
This was a good series. The main downfall is that it doesn’t include enemies like Brainiac, Metallo, or Bizarro Superman. That might explain why I never heard of those characters until I saw Superman the Animated Series (1996-2000).
The modern adventures of the top icons of DC Comics continue with Superman/Batman: Apocalypse. A spaceship crash-lands in Gotham City. Batman goes to investigate and all he finds is pieces of Kryptonite near the ship. Where could it have come from?
It turns out that someone was in that spaceship and she’s walking around town in the nude. As Batman tries to chase the young girl down, she unintentionally causes havoc. She has all of the same super powers as Superman, but doesn’t know how to control them. Luckily, Superman was around to save everyone.
Afterwards, it’s revealed that the girl is Superman’s cousin Kara. Now I understand that this film is an alternate take on the Supergirl origin story.
Kara’s arrival causes friction between Superman and Batman. Batman believes that Kara is dangerous, but Superman is willing to give her the benefit of the doubt and that she’ll be safer with him.
Kara does warm up to Superman. As Clark Kent, he shows Kara how to be an Earth girl. Kara catches on quickly with the pleasures of shopping, junk food, and nail salons. However, with Kara’s lack of control being an issue, Wonder Woman shows up with Batman and they take her to Themyscira to train. Superman reluctantly agrees to it.
The main villains the heroes face are Darkseid and Granny Goodness. They want to capture Kara to make her captain of their guards on the fiery world of Apokolips. As a diversion, Darkseid sends an army of Doomsday clones. Wonder Woman and her army of amazons, with the help of Superman and Batman, fights them off in an exciting battle.
With Kara captured, Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman decide to go to Apokolips and rescue her. In order to get there, they seek the help of Barta, who used to be Darkseid’s captain of the guards. Barta is hesitant at first, but agrees to go with them.
After arriving in Apokolips, the heroes fight their way past some giant tanks. A battle I found really exciting was when Wonder Woman and Barta fight Granny Goodness’s female furies, Gilotina, Mad Harriet, Lashina, and Stompa. They are amazing warriors, but these ladies are brutal and out for blood.
This was an excellent film with exciting superhero action. I also liked that the amazons accept Superman and Batman as allies on Themyscira, even though they are men.