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->''"My actions don't require any defense. In the same situation, I'd do it again. [...] As individuals, and even more so as a group, the Justice League is far too dangerous to lack a failsafe against any misuse of our power. [...] What if we ever use it for some other purpose? If you people can't see the potential danger of an out-of-control Justice League, I don't need to hear a vote. I don't belong here."''\\
--'''Batman'''

A film in the WesternAnimation/DCUniverseAnimatedOriginalMovies line, ''Justice League: Doom'' is a loose adaptation of the classic ''[[JusticeLeagueOfAmerica JLA]]'' arc, "Tower of Babel''. In another one of his {{Evil Plan}}s, VandalSavage has gathered together Metallo, Bane, Cheetah, Mirror Master, Star Sapphire, and Ma'alefa'ak to form the LegionOfDoom. Armed with plans designed to take out the JusticeLeague, they set out defeat their enemies and TakeOverTheWorld...

The last movie written by DwayneMcDuffie before his death, the film was released in February 2012.

Just like the ''[[WesternAnimation/SupermanBatmanPublicEnemies Superman/Batman]]'' [[WesternAnimation/SupermanBatmanApocalypse movies]] (and ''SupermanBrainiacAttacks'' in regards to Superman and ''WesternAnimation/BatmanGothamKnight'', the ''[[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries Arkham]]'' [[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries games]] and ''DCUniverseOnline'' in regards to Batman and [[TheOtherDarrin was later]] Wonder Woman), Creator/TimDaly, Creator/KevinConroy, and Creator/SusanEisenberg reprise their respective roles from the Franchise/{{DCAU}} as Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. In the same vein, fellow DCAU voice actors Carl Lumbly, Phil Morris, Olivia d'Abo, Alexis Denisof, and David Kaufman reprise their respective roles as MartianManhunter, VandalSavage, Star Sapphire (though d'Abo also voiced a pre-Star Sapphire Carol Ferris in ''[[WesternAnimation/GreenLanternFirstFlight Green Lantern: First Flight]]''), Mirror Master, and Jimmy Olsen, and Creator/NathanFillion reprises the role of Hal Jordan/Green Lantern from ''Film/GreenLanternEmeraldKnights''. Michael Rosenbaum also voices the Flash, but [[http://www.toonzone.net/news/articles/39061/nycc2011-dc-animation-panel-report---catwoman-justice-league-doom this Flash is Barry Allen]] and not Wally West like the Flash he voiced in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''. Other voice actors include Bumper Robinson (''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'') as Comicbook/{{Cyborg}}, Paul Blackthorne (''Series/TheDresdenFiles'') as Metallo, Creator/CarlosAlazraqui as Bane, Music/GreyDeLisle as LoisLane, and Creator/ClaudiaBlack as Cheetah.

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!!This movie provides examples of:

* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Savage's sword. [[spoiler:He sticks it straight through Cyborg's metal plating like it was butter.]]
* AchillesInHisTent: [[spoiler:Batman is pretty much this at the end of the story.]]
* AdaptationExplanationExtrication: In the original comic storyline, Batman was able to better defend his position by citing an incident where [[FreakyFridayFlip supervillains swapped bodies with the Justice League]]. While he was still being paranoid, that incident proved he was speaking from experience. In this film, we never get any indication that a similar situation happened or could happen in this universe, and we are just supposed to take Batman at his word that he has a point. There is a sequence where a drug-addled Wonder Woman attacks innocent civilians, but she wouldn't have been in that situation if Batman hadn't made the contingencies.
* AdaptedOut: The movie replaces Wally West with Barry Allen, Kyle Rayner with Hal Jordan, Aquaman and Plastic Man with Cyborg, and Ra's al Ghul and the League of Assassins with Vandal Savage and the Legion of Doom.
* AffablyEvil: Vandal Savage, once more.
* AllThereInTheManual: The film assumes that the viewer has some cursory knowledge on each superhero and their RoguesGallery. Each villain is given very little backstory, even the more obscure ones like Mirror Master and Ma'alefa'ak. The biggest example is probably Green Lantern's trap and his interactions with Star Sapphire, which are completely based on their [[UnresolvedSexualTension shared]] [[DatingCatwoman backstory]]--but said backstory is barely even alluded to.
* {{Animesque}}: Especially Star Sapphire.
* ApocalypseHow: Vandal Savage plans to control this by using a device to incinerate the sun facing side of the planet, while ruling over the other.
* ArtisticLicensePhysics: Vandal Savage plans to launch a rocket at the sun which will create a solar flare. A magnetic trail left by the rocket will guide the flare back to Earth. When implemented, this fails on several points. The rocket gets there at practically the speed of light, even though by all appearances it's an ordinary rocket. Superman can catch up to and keep pace with it, not to mention shooting at its warheads with heat vision despite the speeds involved. The solar flare is also blocked by Green Lantern, yet that only stalls it as opposed to dissipating it.
** Superman offers to move the Earth out of the way of the flare, playing it straight, but Batman immediately cuts him off, saying it would take a week to explain why it ''wouldn't'' work.
* BadassBoast:
-->'''Bane''': When we [[{{Knightfall}} fought before]], I broke the Bat. Today, I break the man.
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: Superman can either breathe in space.
* BatmanColdOpen: Literal version.
* BareYourMidriff: Oddly enough, the only members of the Legion who have shirts covering theirs are Savage and Mirror Master. Granted, Metallo is a robot, and technically, Mirror Master's costume ''is'' transparent around the belly... it's just that his ''torso'' is transparent, too.
* BeehiveBarrier: Hal makes one.
* BigBad: Vandal Savage.
* BittersweetEnding: Savage is defeated, the world is saved, all the Leaguers come out alright and Cyborg becomes a member of the league... but the League's faith in Batman is shattered and he himself quits when called out on his actions. That said, it ends a ''lot'' better than the comic it's based on. Here, it's played like a semi-amiable conflict of interest (especially when Superman is involved), in the comic it's a total schism which near shatters the trust of the entire League and has ripple effects to other teams around the DC Universe.
* BlondesAreEvil: [[spoiler: Ma'alefa'ak's disguise as a blonde woman.]]
* BondOneLiner:
** A villainous example. When [[spoiler: Ma'alefa'ak, disguised as]] a human woman asks [[MartianManhunter John Jones]] for a light, he replies "I don't smoke." [[spoiler: After poisoning J'onn to make his skin secrete magnesium and [[KillItWithFire setting him on fire to burn to death]], he casually walks out of the diner, scoffing "He 'doesn't smoke...' "]]
** [[spoiler:Wonder Woman says one after defeating Cheetah.]]
--->[[spoiler:"You're good, but lately, I've had a lot of practice fighting you."]]
* BondVillainStupidity: Several examples:
** Bane's first fight against Batman is a CurbStompBattle that ends [[spoiler: with him dumping the still-living but quite unconscious Bruce Wayne into the grave of one of his parents and burying him alive. If he had simply killed him then and there rather than deciding to humiliate him, the Legion of Doom would probably have won.]]
** If Star Sapphire [[spoiler: had killed Green Lantern while he was vulnerable during his HeroicBSOD, the bad guys would likely have succeeded.]]
** Metallo [[spoiler:simply shoots Superman once and pushes him off the roof, then goes back to hang around the swamp. Vandal Savage has unlimited wealth, and he couldn't afford more than one kryptonite bullet?]]
** Why did Mirror Master [[spoiler:put conditions on when the wrist bomb could detonate? It's not like he has to worry about his own safety, since he's not even there. He should've detonated it as soon as it was locked in.]] This one, at least, can be attributed to [[spoiler:the bomb being of Batman's design, and wasn't intended to be lethal.]]
* BreakTheHaughty: Batman actually refuses to surrender to this trope, mostly because his ego won't let him.
* BuriedAlive: Happens to [[spoiler: Batman]].
* CombatTentacles: Star Sapphire seems fond of these.
* CompositeCharacter:
** In design rather than characterization. Cyborg's personality is closer to his comics counterpart, but his design melds elements from his look from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''.
** The Flash is Barry Allen, but acts (and sounds[[note]]down to the voice actor[[/note]]) like Wally West.
** Green Lantern is Hal Jordan, but is more playful and fun, like Kyle Rayner.
* CrazyPrepared:
** Batman. This proves to be the impetus for the plot, as Batman had made plans to take down the League just in case. The others see it as paranoia, but he sincerely believes that all of them need to have something that can take them down just in case the worst happens - even himself. And considering the readiness with which he countered the plans, it's likely that Batman also [[UpToEleven had contingency plans for the contingency plans]].
** Vandal Savage. The missile actually sets off a MacrossMissileMassacre? Okay, fine, not ''that'' crazy. [[spoiler:Turns out that the individual missiles can launch their ''own'' missiles.]]
* CurbStompBattle:
** Superman gets two. In the first, when fighting the Royal Flush Gang, the [[SuperStrength super-strong]] Ace slams the Man of Steel with a huge vault door. For a moment it seems Supes has taken some serious damage, but that's only because the focus switches to the other Leaguers' battles. When the attention returns to Superman and Ace, the former blasts through the vault with his [[EyeBeams heat vision]], then [[NighInvulnerable simply stands there while Ace ineffectually pounds at him]] until Ace literally breaks his own arm off. Then Superman [[PunchCatch catches the other fist]], crushes it, and finally tears Ace in two with one punch. In the second, [[spoiler: it's Superman vs. Metallo. At first this one looks like it might be an actual fight, as Metallo has Kryptonite and briefly has the upper hand -- until Superman decides he has more pressing matters to attend to, smashes the Kryptonite compartment shut, and simply decapitates Metallo with his heat vision.]]
** Bane's first fight against Bruce also counts. Bruce only survives because of Bane's BondVillainStupidity, as explained above.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Vandal Savage. [[spoiler: While every other supervillain would build a single missile, thus allowing his plan to be foiled just by destroying it, Vandal puts smaller missiles in his big missile, and ''then'' puts smaller mini-missiles inside those missiles.]]
* DarkestHour: [[spoiler: When Superman is shot with a kryptonite bullet and falls from the top of the Daily Planet tower, shots of him falling are interspersed with shots of the rest of the Justice League facing their own apparent demises. ]]
* DeathDealer: Queen of the Royal Flush Gang.
-->"Pick a card! ''Any'' card!"
* DecapitationPresentation: [[spoiler:Batman holds up the head of the robotic decoy of Carol.]]
* {{Determinator}}:
** Batman. This is a man who punches his way out of a grave through six feet of earth and returns to action without resting or waiting to recover.
** Wonder Woman. This character trait is basically the crux of her trap; since she would never give up a fight, she'd keep attacking Cheetahs until she died of exhaustion.
* DoppelgangerAttack:
** Mirror Master favors this form of combat.
** Wonder Woman's trap seems to be this from her point of view due to some [[AppliedPhlebotinum nanobots]] that cause her to hallucinate that everyone she sees is a clone of Cheetah.
* EvilCounterpart: Bane (to Batman) and Star Sapphire (to Green Lantern) are present.
* EvilTwin: Well, Ma'alefa'ak ''is'' Martian Manhunter's [[CainAndAbel brother]].
* EyeBeam: Jack of the Royal Flush Gang. And of course there's Superman's heat-vision, which is the deciding factor in [[spoiler: his second fight with Metallo.]]
* FashionableAsymmetry: Several characters; Cyborg (even more than usual), Bane, Metallo, etc. Even Savage wears an asymmetrical tooth on a gold chain.
* GenreSavvy: Jack of the Royal Flush Gang. While far from DangerouslyGenreSavvy, he's Genre Savvy enough to realize that someone needs to be on lookout for superheroes during the robbery.
* GenderBender: Ma'alefa'ak [[spoiler: transforms into a hot blonde woman to tempt the Martian Manhunter into lowering his guard.]]
* GoryDiscretionShot: Most of Wonder Woman's scenes when she's infected are from her perspective, so we see the cops, civilians, and Cyborg as Cheetah for the most part. We conspicuously ''don't'' have her viewpoint, however, when she rips off Cyborg's arm.
** We also don't see [[spoiler:the actual slash across the throat when Cheetah tests Savage's immortality. The blood (from behind), him falling, lying facedown on the floor, the marks healing, yes.]]
* HeroicBSOD: The plan to take down Green Lantern involves putting him in one of these with lots of trickery and a healthy dose of fear gas.
* HeroInsurance: Wonder Woman clearly has her premiums paid up. [[spoiler: Cheetah uses some AppliedPhlebotinum to force Diana to see everyone around her as Cheetah, causing the Amazon to assault what may be dozens of civilians and cops, not to mention ripping off Cyborg's arm. Cyborg snaps her out of it, but still, she's committed a good number of assaults of Muggles and never gets called on it. Well, not to her face.]]
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Batman's reason for the contingency plans.
* IdiotBall: In-story, Green Lantern accuses Batman of carrying the ball. GL's actually okay with the idea of Franchise/{{Batman}} having contingency plans to take down the League; what he objects to is Batman letting those plans be stolen.
* LadyInRed: A blonde woman in a red dress J'onn meets in the bar. [[spoiler:It was Ma'alefa'ak in disguise.]]
* LegionOfDoom: That goes without saying, although Cheetah is the only member of the [[WesternAnimation/SuperFriends original incarnation]].
* LeeroyJenkins: In the beginning, Superman asks Batman to wait for backup, but Batman shuts off his communicator and charges in. The Royal Flush Gang kicks the crap out of him before the Justice League shows up.
* LittleNo: From Superman, when [[spoiler: the last bit of Savage's missile escapes him and the deadly solar flare begins.]]
* LivingLieDetector: Wonder Woman, with the aid of her Lasso of Truth.
-->'''Green Lantern''': You sure know how to take the [[TortureForFunAndInformation fun]] out of interrogations.
* [[ManOnFire Manhunter on Fire]]
* MarsNeedsWomen: A literal example as J'onn really seemed attracted to that hot blonde who was hitting on him, [[spoiler:until he realized she was Ma'alefa'ak in disguise.]]
* MythologyGag:
** Jack sarcastically mentions ComicBook/{{Robin}} when King warns him that Batman wouldn't have attacked the Gang's heist alone.
** Savage mentions that he paid [[SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor LexCorp]] for the device Mirror Master uses to steal Batman's files.
** Green Lantern was attacked with a version of [[Characters/BatmanRoguesGallery the Scarecrow]]'s fear gas.
** Vandal Savage's plan involving solar flares is similar to the Legion of Doom's plan GoneHorriblyWrong in an episode of ''SuperFriends''.
*** Similarly, Superman's plan of moving the Earth out of the way is a call back to the episode "Invasion of the Fearians" where Green Lantern did the same thing to save it from Sinestro's comets. It did more harm than good.
--->'''Batman''': [[SelfDeprecation If I had a week, I couldn't explain all the reasons why that wouldn't work.]]
*** It's also a nod to a ''JLA'' story from the 70's where Superman moved the Earth in order to save it from Starbreaker.
** During the graveyard scene, Bane says, [[ComicBook/{{Knightfall}} "When we fought before, I broke the Bat."]]
** The Queen says "take a card" while throwing cards at Batman, like the Joker in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "Be A Clown".
* NeckSnap: Bane does this to an alligator that attacks him.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: A story where limits to each superhero are revealed and ''exploited'' allows a solid aversion of this trope. Even once the heroes make their comeback and then try to save the ''[[spoiler: entire]]'' world, it takes more intellect (and some AppliedPhlebotinum) rather than superpowered brawn to come up with a plan that succeeds.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Everything the League goes through is Batman's fault.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Bane's arrogance essentially leads to the downfall of the Legion. Burying Batman alive [[spoiler:with his parents]] is really only going to serve to remind him why he's Batman and piss him off. Batman himself [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this.
* NoBadassToHisValet: In the opening battle sequence, Batman gets pretty badly hurt, but being Batman wants to shrug it off and keeps working. Wonder Woman offers to let him use her [[{{Autodoc}} Purple Healing Ray]] to cut down his recuperation time; he ignores her. But when he's back at the Batcave, Alfred insists that he rest and get medical care, and stares him down.
* NoodleIncident:
** Hal Jordan's long and sordid past with Star Sapphire. It's brought up several times in an important context, but not actually explained.
** Martian Manhunter mentions a previous fight between the League and the Royal Flush Gang which left Superman embarrassed by Ace. No details are given. Leads directly to a CurbStompBattle.
--->'''Superman''': He sucker-punched me.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Bane delivers one to Bruce Wayne, beating him unconscious, then burying him alive.
* NoSell: Ace really isn't a match for the man of Steel.
* NoSocialSkills: Batman fits this trope judging by his inability to understand or accept the League being mad at him over his secret contingency plans.
* OffWithHisHead: [[spoiler:Superman decapitates Metallo with his heat vision.]]
* OffhandBackhand: Vandal Savage does this to Cheetah, after she tried to kill him.
* OhCrap:
** The entire Legion when [[spoiler:Savage gets up after Cheetah slashes his throat.]]
** Batman, when he realizes that [[spoiler:his contingency plans are being used against the League.]]
** Ma'alefa'ak when [[spoiler:Savage's missile ignites in his face.]]
** Ten in the first battle, literally: "Crap! It's the Justice League."
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: The way in which Hal is taken down seems very out of character for him, since the ability to overcome great fear and doubt are job requirements for Lanterns, but it's actually a plot point--[[spoiler: Hal had fear toxin used on him in addition to having his greatest failure recreated.]]
* OutrunTheFireball: Flash, [[spoiler:after vibrating the bomb off his wrist.]] Being the Fastest Man Alive, of course, means he literally can outrun the fireball (though the shrapnel wings him).
* PowerOfTrust: A major theme. Though it's not quite as shattered as in "Tower of Babel," mostly as it isn't revealed until well after he's gone out of his way to save them all, the team's trust in Batman is wavered by the fact that he made the plans against them in the first place. In the end, however, it leads to a heartwarming moment of sorts where it's shown that even though they don't like his methods they, particularly Superman, still trust him to do what's right even if it's against them, and likewise Batman trusts the League to counter him should he go too far.
* ProvokeMeTaunt: Green Lantern delivers one to Ten after the first warning shot.
--> "Give up? Please say 'no'."
* PunchCatch: Superman does this to Ace.
* PunchPunchPunchUhOh: Ace repeatedly punches Superman without so much as making him blink. The last time, Ace's arm ''explodes''.
* RecursiveAmmo: Vandal Savage's missile works this way. In multiple layers, no less.
* RoleReprisal: Outside of Cyborg and the Flash (technically, given he's Barry Allen and not Wally West) on the League's side and Metallo, Bane, Cheetah, and Ma'alefa'ak (the last of these never appeared outside of comics before this movie) on the Legion of Doom, all of the main players are reprisals, with [[Creator/TimDaly Superman]], [[Creator/KevinConroy Batman]], [[SusanEisenberg Wonder Woman]], [[CarlLumbly Martian Manhunter]], [[PhilMorris Vandal Savage]], [[AlexisDenisof Mirror Master]], and [[OliviaDAbo Star Sapphire]][[note]]Although it should be noted that the DCAU Star Sapphire has a British accent[[/note]] being voiced by their {{DCAU}} voice actors and [[Creator/NathanFillion Hal Jordan's voice actor]] coming from ''WesternAnimation/GreenLanternEmeraldKnights''.
* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: As mentioned under ArtisticLicensePhysics, Superman and the rocket can get to the sun in a manner of minutes, and Superman actually outruns the solar flare on the way back.
* ServileSnarker: Alfred's in top form, as always.
* ShapeShifterShowdown: J'onn vs. Ma'alefa'ak.
* ShockAndAwe: Ten of the Royal Flush Gang.
* SpannerInTheWorks: Cyborg.
* TheStoic: Ma'alefa'ak. While the rest of the Legion [[spoiler: celebrates the apparent destruction of the Justice League]], he simply leans back without a word. He only loses his cool when [[spoiler: Martian Manhunter is revealed to be alive]], and when [[spoiler: the missile ignites in his face.]]
** Martian Manhunter as well. When King knocks him out, he just looks up and says, completely deadpan, "I am unharmed". He loses his cool when [[spoiler: Ma'alefa'ak attacks him]], but in his defense [[spoiler:it's hard to remain calm when you're on fire.]]
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Star Sapphire in her current costume (actually nowhere near as much as some of her other more recent costumes).
* [[BatmanCanBreatheInSpace Superman Can Breathe In Space]]: [[spoiler:And he also talks too. Well, he does have super breath, he could theoretically produce the air needed to speak in space himself. Or he's just using communicators.]]
* WhamLine:
-->'''Batman:''' The Justice League is under attack!\\
'''Alfred:''' By whom?\\
'''Batman:''' [[spoiler:By me]]!
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
** [[spoiler:The Legion of Doom, to an extent. Savage is the only one explicitly said to be in prison. Ma'alefa'ak is likely dead, given his proximity to the missile when it launched, and one could assume the other five were arrested, but it's never brought up.]]
* WhatTheHellHero: Pretty much the entire League's reaction to Batman's holier than thou refusal to admit he was wrong or at least responsible for innocent people being hurt. Wonder Woman begins to give Batman one of these speeches, but is cut off. Superman finishes it, calling the Dark Knight "arrogant" to his face.
* WhipItGood: How Wonder Woman uses her Golden Lasso. It's actually used as a whip ''more'' than it's used as a lasso, and the lasso's loop often disappears entirely, apparently creating the loop whenever it's needed.
* WholePlotReference: The plot is loosely adapted from the "Tower of Babel" story from the comics.
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: Wonder Woman pulls out more wrestling moves than Bane.[[note]]after all, wrestling as a sport ''was'' developed in [[FridgeBrilliance ancient Greece]].[[/note]]
* WomanScorned: Star Sapphire's problem with Green Lantern.
* TheWorfEffect: Happily averted. When he's in an ensemble, Superman often goes down very easily to emphasize how dangerous an opponent is; early seasons of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' were especially bad about this. But in ''Doom'', he's clearly the team's strongest member, offering to move the entire Earth and [[spoiler:easily outstripping a solar flare traveling at light speed]].
** As described under CurbStompBattle above, Superman appears to fall victim to this in the battle against the Royal Flush Gang when the battle starts with Ace flattening Supes under the vault door. But in the end, it barely slows him down.
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