Justice League: Doom

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Great teamwork in otherwise violent superhero adventure.
  • PG-13
  • 2012
  • 77 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

There's some great teamwork in this movie, with seven heroes joining forces and using their own personal strengths to overcome a huge problem. On the other hand, a smaller, more complex theme has to do with Batman's lack of trust and faith in his team members (and whether they should swap privacy for safety).

Positive Role Models & Representations

Superheroes have always been strong role models, with their dedication to helping others, using their powers for good, etc. However, the heroes in this movie are quite violent and often solve problems with their fists. Batman in particular has a fairly negative attitude and often behaves with impatience and anger.

Violence

Heavy fighting. A great deal of it is fist fighting, punching, and pummeling, but some of it involves fantasy weapons (like laser blasters) or feats of super-strength. The bad guys attempt psychologically vicious ways to immobilize the heroes. One character catches on fire. Another is buried alive. Another has a bomb strapped to his wrist. Another is shot in the chest, with some blood shown. A giant alligator attacks a character and is killed. There are also a few scary moments. The term "genocide" is used (the bad guy wants to destroy half the world).

Sex

At least three female characters wear skimpy, sexy costumes. There's some minor flirting in a bar scene. One character says of Wonder Woman: "She's so hot!"

Language

"Crap," "damn," and "hell" are each used once or twice.

Consumerism

Tie-in to vast quantities of related merchandise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A character celebrates a birthday in a bar. But he refuses a drink that he thinks is alcoholic.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Justice League: Doom is part of a series of animated superhero movies released direct-to-video, which, like the others in this series, are too violent for younger kids but have some worthwhile messages for teens. This installment features seven well-known DC Comics superheroes -- including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern -- teaming up against a new team of supervillains. The element of teamwork is strong, as the heroes each use their best attributes to overcome a huge challenge. Fantasy violence is strong, with almost-constant fighting throughout the story; the fighting ranges from punching and pummeling to fantasy-type weapons use and explosions. Each character must also deal with a psychologically intense (sometimes violent or deadly) situation. There's some minor flirting and language, but violence is the key issue. However, the strong teamwork displayed in this story -- as well as other complex issues -- will give teens something to think about.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byTinyToya March 29, 2012

Good Justice League Movie for the Fans

This movie is for anyone who loves all things DC Universe. The movie follows the Justice League vs a group of villians bent on some diabolical plan (go figure).... Continue reading
Parent of a 10 and 12 year old Written byHendo H. U December 27, 2017
Kid, 12 years old April 30, 2012

Its ok for 10+

THIS MOVIE IS SO AWESOME!!!!!!! IF YOU ARE 10+ AND YOU LIKE DC THEN YOU SHOULD WATCH THIS MOVIE!!!!!
Teen, 16 years old Written byAvengingSon98 October 15, 2014

What's the story?

The Justice League foils a diamond robbery but can't quite figure out what to make of a new "inter-dimensional projector" that helped the thieves break in. Unfortunately, it turns out that it was merely being tested for a much more sinister purpose. An evil immortal, Vandal Savage (Phil Morris), assembles a team of supervillains, the Legion of Doom, to defeat the members of the Justice League. His secret weapon is a file of data stolen from Batman's (Kevin Conroy) computer that pinpoints the heroes' psychological weaknesses. Individually, the heroes are almost defeated. Banding together, they're able to take on the Legion at full force. But can even the Justice League stop what's in store for the entire planet?

Is it any good?

The first sequence, as the team works together to defeat a group of diamond thieves, is rife with forced character interactions and overwritten dialogue. With so many characters and so little time, it helps to know a bit about Superman (Tim Daly), Batman, the Flash (Michael Rosenbaum), Wonder Woman (Susan Eisenberg), Green Lantern, J'onn J'onzz (the Martian Manhunter), and Cyborg before going in -- but unfortunately, even then, it begins awkwardly.

But when the characters divide up into separate storylines, they're each allowed to shine -- and then the final re-grouping, and the display of teamwork, are most satisfying. Much like Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, this lean animated feature includes some exciting, suspenseful action scenes, complex themes, and even some humor; it's all amazingly economical, given the 77-minute running time. The violence may be a bit brutal for younger viewers, but teens and up should find plenty to like here.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. How is the fighting different when the heroes are alone versus when they're together? How does the mood change? Do you ever feel more aggressive after watching action-packed movies?

  • How does working together as a team help the Justice League? Are there examples in real life where working as a team has worked better than working alone? Are there times when working alone is the best route?

  • Which of these heroes makes a good role model? Who are your real-life role models?

  • Does Batman overstep his bounds, or is he right to collect personal data on his colleagues? Who collects your data? What do they do with it? How can you protect your privacy?

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