After an extended, unfortunate, hiatus dealing with all sorts of other Geeky things, the Superman lookback for Kal-El’s 75th year is back this weekend! And this time we randomize (?) a cartoon featuring an epic battle of good versus evil in Justice League Doom.
A story arc from several years ago from the Justice League comic is adapted here by the late writer Dwayne McDuffie and features Batman’s secret plans on how to take out the League stolen. And used against the heroes. One by one they fall prey to what Batman devised. Superman is victimized by Kryptonite in a most lethal way!
Some of the ways imagined to take out our heroes feel natural, like Martian Manhunter infected with fire or Flash strapped to a bomb. But others, like Green Lantern turning mopey from gas or Wonder Woman fighting endlessly, strike me as out of character. Much Geek debate can be held on these topics.
This film is not for the little ones. Several fights scenes are exceptionally brutal, and one segment involving Bruce Wayne may be a bit much. While we all know the heroes will prevail in the end, those parts might still trouble kids under nine.
Justice League Doom is a great film coming from a great comic. Much discussions can be held over how each hero is taken out, giving Geeks of all ages alot of fun debate.
…is currently reading The Death And Life Of Superman by Roger Stern.
P.S. This post is one of several I hope to do this year to celebrate the 75th Birthday of Superman. Happy Birthday Kal-El! Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.
P.P.S. Superman Man Of Steel opened Friday, June 14th 2013 and is now on dvd. For an indepth look at the creation of this landmark movie, check out Jeffrey Taylor’s columns.