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Nathan Fillion Joins Justice League: Doom, The New DC Animated Movie

It's a reunion of the Justice League cartoon's cast and the last script by the late Dwayne McDuffie.

I take many opportunities here to express my fondness for that volume of JUSTICE LEAGUE that was titled JLA and one of my favorite story arcs from its era was definitely “Tower of Babal.” Mark Waid and Howard Porter put together one ripping good yarn about the League facing Batman’s regular foe, Ra’s al-Ghul, after he'd just gotten his ever-so-manipulative hands on a “contingency plan” Bats had worked out detailing Leaguers’ weaknesses and strategies to take them down if they ever went rogue.

This GL's going to sound like he should be the captain of some space ship.

So it pleases me to know that this latest feature from DC Animated, JUSTICE LEAGUE: DOOM, is inspired by that arc - - even if it seems like it’ll be a rather loose adaptation. Al-Ghul’s been replaced by a new version of the Legion of Doom and , from the sound of it, the crazier elements of the arc like the virus that makes the whole world talk in gibberish won't be included, either. The line-up’s also been changed to better resemble the New 52, so J’onn J’onzz is wearing a more-concealing outfit and Hal Jordan and Cyborg have respectively replaced Kyle Rayner and Aquaman.

Actually, it’s the roster that’s the crux of this announcement...

== TEASER ==
Sound familiar?

Nathan Fillion’s back as Hal, Bumper Robinson’s playing Cyborg and the rest of League's voiced by the same actors behind the JUSTICE LEAGUE cartoon (making this something of a reunion show.) The cast shakes out like this....

And then for those scoundrels in the Legion of Doom…

Notably, this was the last DC Animated script Dwayne McDuffie wrote before his untimely passing. No release date is set yet, but its trailer will premiere at the Warner Home Video’s panel at NYCC.

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Posted by Aeroman

can't wait to see it, I hope they honor dwayne mcduffie in the film

Posted by Bestostero

I cannot stress how much I am looking forward to this movie!

...that said, I'm disappointed that Ra's al Ghul involvement isn't included, and I'm not liking the replacement of Aquaman!

Posted by Decept-O

Sounds great and a very interesting choice in terms of story line for the animated movie. The Tower of Babal was indeed a fun ride, especially giving insight on Batman's somewhat questionable relationship with the Justice League, it was well done. These DC animated movies are usually top notch, hopefully this will be as well.

Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt

awesome.

League roster is great -although i wish they hadnt left out Aquaman

LOD roster is pretty good- I now officially declare Olivia D'abo as the go to voice for Carol Ferris/Star Sapphire. She's been doing it since the Justice League cartoon and rocking it the whole way

Voice Cast: two words.......DROOL DROOL

Posted by PrincessSolaria

Yeah Baby, another movie from Dc comics!!!!

Posted by Mbecks14

SO EXCITED!!!

Posted by msavo

So Kevin Conroy as Batman... instant buy.

Posted by TheGoldenOne
Looking forward to it.
Posted by Red Rum

I remember that Ra's once used a virus called Ebola Gulf-A (aka The Clench). Maybe that could be the Legion of Doom's master plan...

Posted by Manchine

Looking forward to this.

Posted by Baddamdog

they should make an animated film based on the new 52 JL

Posted by MetropolisKid41

I can't wait, I wonder what Lead Figure will come with the Best Buy Exclusive version.  
 
This is one of my favorite story arcs, so it'll be great seeing it animated. Pumped about the return of Kevin Conroy as Batman and Tim Daly as Superman.
Posted by Sammo21

While MARVEL dominates the big screen, DC does an amazing job (typically) with their animated features. I thought MARVEL had great potential in the animated area, but they just haven't excelled (though Avengers:EMH is still my favorite comic series so far in terms of animated).

Posted by CrimsonAvenger

As much as I like Kevin Conroy as Batman, I would like to see a new actor play the character or at least have Bruce Greenwood do this Batman as well or have Jeremy Sisto reprise the role which he played in The New Frontier. I'm still disappointed that there is no Kyle Rayner in this and that it won't have Ra's Al Ghul.

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Must...see it! I'm absolutely looking forward to this. Anything JLA I will watch, 'nuff said!

Posted by Dernman

sounds interesting

Edited by Jordanstine

#1 Why is Superman wearing girly eye-liner?

#2 Wait what? Cyborg? What happened to Plastic Man?

Okay wow, couple of things: First of all this is like the 3rd time or so that DC shafted John Stewart in their latest animated feature film (Crisis of Two Earths, now Doom, and even Emerald Knights).

I grew up a Hal Jordan fan, but I'm literally sick of the fact that since John Stewart is not going to be the featured Green Lantern, that DC feels like they need to throw in another "token black character" into the mix by adding Cyborg now to appease the masses which...

"DC: Dear John Stewart fans,

Sorry for all the John Stewart fans out there of the original Justice League cartoon who do not read the comic books but grew up watching John Stewart as the original Justice League's Green Lantern on TV. The truth is we honestly really wanted Hal Jordan to be in JL cartoon in the first place, but our DC Exec Producer - Bruce Timm needed a black token character to appeal to the masses (which he explained so in JL Season 1's Special Features or you can read it HERE) so we ended up with John Stewart. But with our recent Hal Jordan film, I hope you understand why you won't be seeing the Green Lantern you grew up watching since 2000 anymore; the comic book fans at least understand. But to make it up to you, we'll give you the fans, Cyborg, which you all know from Teen Titans since we're assuming, you, the John Stewart fans are indeed of all diversities including white, asian, hispanic, but mostly black."

^ Hurts, but it's the unspoken truth.

Secondly, they already did this in the comic books first at the expense of replacing Martian Manhunter. And now they're doing it here at the expense of Plastic Man? The original Tower of Babel storyline didn't even have Cyborg in it!

Damn you!

Posted by -Vigil-

Wow, this sounds awesome! I'm actually really excited about the inclusion of Cyborg as well, since I'm a huge Titans fan.

Posted by Lvenger

The movie's taken inspiration from a brilliant story, adapted by an exceptional writer (RIP Dwayne Mcduffie) and has a well known (well at least in our circle) cast of voice actors. I literally cannot wait!

Posted by _jackbauer

Nice, Fillion did a great job with Emerald Knights. He should be portraying Hal Jordan in the live-action movies.

Edited by Adnan

@Jordanstine: The only problem with John Stewart - and Hal Jordan, Kyle Rayner, and Guy Gardner - is that he carries the "not my GL" stigma. DC seems to have some sorta Hal Jordan-fetish these days, and as far as 'token black' picks go, Cyborg is the next best (if not the best) choice they have. People know who he is, but he's not too important of a character (unlike Static, who isn't that important universe-wise, but is the face of Milestone...) and he doesn't have the word 'Black' in his superhero name.

I kinda wish they just brought the Tangent stuff back. I haven't read any of it (yet) but the characters sound super diverse and genuinely interesting too.

Posted by Mercy_

Please excuse me while I go fangirl the f*ck out.

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Edited by Gambit1024

First reaction- YES! NATHAN FILLION!!!!!!! <3333333

Second reaction- Kevin Conroy, Tim Daley, and Flash from the Justice League. :DDDDDD

Third reaction- Tower of Babel! :D

Fourth reaction- Cyborg... Ok, cool I guess :)

Fifth reaction- No Aquaman or Plastic Man?! F*CK YOU CYBORG!!!

Sixth and final reaction- ...Where's my Flash solo movie, DC?

Posted by Jordanstine

P.S.

It's not really a "complete" reunion when Phil LaMarr (John Stewart) and Maria Canals (Hawkgirl) aren't there.

@Adnan said:

@Jordanstine: The only problem with John Stewart - and Hal Jordan, Kyle Rayner, and Guy Gardner - is that he carries the "not my GL" stigma. DC seems to have some sorta Hal Jordan-fetish these days, and as far as 'token black' picks go, Cyborg is the next best (if not the best) choice they have. People know who he is, but he's not too important of a character (unlike Static, who isn't that important universe-wise, but is the face of Milestone...) and he doesn't have the word 'Black' in his superhero name.

I kinda wish they just brought the Tangent stuff back. I haven't read any of it (yet) but the characters sound super diverse and genuinely interesting too.

True dat, Cyborg is the next more popular black DC superhero.

Your comment made me laugh since I was thinking, "how about Black Lightning..."!

Posted by LoganRogue24

i wonder if this is the apocalypse of 09 that they mentioned in batman beyond cartoon sometimes i would love to see that story.

Posted by TheMess1428

I thought Arkham City was Kevin Conroy's last voicing of Batman ever. Or was that Mark Hamill as Joker?

Posted by The Stegman

this...this just made my day...i seriously need to sit down now...

Posted by Transmetal

Yessssss
Posted by ImperiousRix

Hell to the yes. Definitely picking this up. Been falling behind on picking up the DC Animated stuff, so this'll get me back on the horse.

Also, the amount of JLU voices returning (specifically Michael Rosenbaum as the Flash) makes me smile.

Posted by elayem98

Why replace aquaman if hes in the JL of DCnU??

This looks awesome though very excited

Posted by Hunter114
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Posted by Bestostero

@Gambit1024 said:

Fifth reaction- No Aquaman or Plastic Man?! F*CK YOU CYBORG!!!

YES! No Plastic Man either! lame :(

Posted by NXH

Can't wait for this. Should be an awesome flick.

Posted by Darkmount1
@Hunter114
Well, at least they have SOME nemeses (Metallo, Bane, Cheetah, Mirror Master, and Star Sapphire), but I wonder where Vandal Savage fits into all this? And come to think of it, Martian Manhunter barely has any signature villains, since he wasn't exposed so much to the general public, and I hear the Royal Flush Gang is in this movie.
Posted by RiddlingGambit

I was hoping for the original Legion of Doom from the Challenge of the Super-friends with Luthor, Sinestro, Riddler, Bizarro, Grodd, Scarecrow, Giganta, Black Manta, etc... but Cheetah is the only original included. I don't like this new roster of villains. It's just not the Legion of Doom to me. And no Aquaman in this JL? Ehhhh, I think I can skip on this movie, although I'm sorry for the scriptwriter's untimely death, may he rest in peace.

Posted by GuruOfFunk

Im loving the JLA cast, favorite voices for Superman, Batman, and Flash. I'll be missing Plastic Man and Aquaman though. Kinda wish it was Kyle but at least they got Fillion again for Hal.

Posted by Wattup

With Kevin Conroy as Batman once more...all is well with the world.

Edited by Jordanstine

Loving how they canned Plastic Man who was on the original "Tower of Babel" storyline to incorporate Cyborg instead who wasn't even in the storyline for "ethnic diversity" purposes.

Martian Manhunter from Justice Leauge #1 says "hi!".

Posted by ltbrd

I don't understand what Tom is thinking about when he wrote "The line-up’s also been changed to better resemble the New 52, so J’onn J’onzz is wearing a more-concealing outfit and Hal Jordan and Cyborg have respectively replaced Kyle Rayner and Aquaman.".......um, Justice League: Crisis on 2 Earths already had MM in his darker outfit, Hal Jordan as the GL, and Aquaman was nowhere in sight. The only new element this Justice League film brings in is the inclusion of Cyborg as a member. Aside from that everything and everyone looks exactly like they did pre-52.

Can we all please stop invoking pre-52 and post-52 to every DC conversation we have and just talk about the projects as they are.

Posted by Daveyo520

As I said when I saw this on Reddit, they cast the right Superman and Batman and that is what i care about. Though having my second favorite voiced by Fillion is a big plus.

Posted by DarkShadows

Can't wait.

DC Animated films are excellent.

Posted by GraveSp

awesome, love it, sign me up and send me an advanced copy

Posted by Burnstar1230

Can we just love that we're getting another DC animated movie from the same guy that worked on "All-Star Superman" (R.I.P. McDuffie), with voice actors that should know their characters well, instead of complaining about how its not exactly the same as its original medium? Race and gender stereotypes are always going to exist. It's sad, but we can try to look at the positives, like I mentioned earlier.

Posted by vandinejd_1991

No Lex Luthor in the Legion of Doom? No Joker? No Sinestro or Brainiac or any of the other members that made up the original LOD? FAIL!!!

Posted by blueninjapanther

This is gonna be awesome and I like Kevin Conroy playing batman

Posted by Sasuke

Cant wait

Posted by CaptainCockblock

Fillion's back? NERDSPLOSION! The old Justice League cast is back? DOBLENERDSPLOSION! Bane is in it? TRIPLENERDSPLOSION! He's voiced by the Taco Bell Dog? OH MY ZOD, THIS IS GONNA BE AWESOME!

Posted by entropy_aegis

@vandinejd_1991 said:

No Lex Luthor in the Legion of Doom? No Joker? No Sinestro or Brainiac or any of the other members that made up the original LOD? FAIL!!!

YAWN overused villians are overused.

Posted by The Mighty Monarch
@Burnstar1230: I love the guy to death, but All-Star Superman was FAR from his best work. Superman and Lois Lane's voice acting was TERRIBLE, especially compared to the stars in the supporting cast like Steve Blum, John Dimaggio, Ed Asner, and whoever Luthor was. If we should be praising something DM did it should be Crisis on Two Earth. 
 
And yes, god yes, the voice actors for this. So excited.
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