After I mentioned on the website's facebook page that I was waiting on line to get into the midtown Manhattan Paley Center for Media (formerly the Museum of Broadcasting) to see the advanced screening of Justice League: Doom, the little green light on my android phone flashed to indicate I had an email. It was a comment in response to what I just wrote. It simply said "tell us if it's good when you're done."
Without spoiling the 77-minute movie, there were signs that give this movie enough credibility to say it is good.
Doom was the last screen work by the late Dwayne McDuffie. It's too bad there was no reference to his name in the title for this event. Deservedly, McDuffie received the most applause by the 200+ people in the small screening room. His wife Charlotte was in attendance and some audience members stood up while applauding her.
In the movie, McDuffie did a terrific job at weaving multiple plots lines with a sprinkling of deadpan humor. The audience loved this combination, laughing at almost everything the most deadpan of the Justice League said (can you guess who?).
In general, each Justice League member gets into a pickle and has to figure out a way to get out of it. The better the pickle, the more better the story. One pickle was so good and challenging, I heard gasps and wows from the audience.
While the pickles were great, my interest in how some of the pickles were solved diminished. I wanted to be surprised but through dialogue between the Justice League members, I found out before being shown.
The movie resolves well because the Justice League saves the day creatively and without telling the audience their plan. ("Everyone knows what to do. Move!"
Before the closing credits appeared, the screen went dark and we applauded when we saw the words "In Memory of Dwayne McDuffie (1962-2011)" appear.
Kevin Conroy (voice of Batman), Phil Morris (voice of Vandal Savage), Andrea Romano (Emmy-award winning casting/dialogue director) and Sam Miereanu (Director of Publicity, Warner Bros Animation) took the stage to talk about the making of this movie.
The discussion went in two general directions: voice acting for this movie and remembering McDuffie.
Questions were asked by the audience and the best ones received free copies of the blu-ray for the movie.
Before the screening, the question I thought to ask would have been to Kevin Conroy (with trepidation): since Mark Hamill has retired as the voice for The Joker, did he have any plans of retiring as Batman. Luckily, I didn't have to ask this question because Kevin said after the film how he loves to do this voice.
Overall, I liked this movie. It was compelling, layered and funny. See it.
One last thought kind-of related: I wish the closing credits for DC direct-to-video movies like this one would scroll slowly up the screen rather than flash for 2 seconds. Sure we can press pause on our remotes at home but what about showing the credits longer to give a little more credit for the voice talents and all of the people who make these movies possible?