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Dawn Of Justice hasn’t even been released and it has already been a point of contention, lots of hype and a torrent of fan speculation. Obviously, Warner Bros have a heck of a lot riding on the spanking new DC Movie Universe that they are going to throw at us and it seems like they are already pulling all the stops. Already, the new Suicide Squad trailer is ready to hit the Interwebs and the Cartoon Network animated seriesDC Films Presents: The Dawn of the Justice League is about to prep us for the next big-budget incarnation of the Justice League of America.

In a concerted effort to get the hype-train rolling into full speed, Warner Bros has gone ahead to reveal their concept art for their new Justice League, as well as to present the full roster and look of Earth’s Bravest and Boldest.

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Remember yesterday, when I shared some quotes from Michelle Rodriguez in where she claimed there are no strong female superheroes? Most of us agreed with her if we were talking about superhero movies, but when it comes to comics there are quite a few great, strong female characters. That is, until they’re fridged. Yes, fridged, a term unique to comics which describes the unnecessary, usually graphic death of a female character as a plot device. Coined by Gail Simone, the term comes from the death of Kyle Raynor’s girlfriend, Alexandra DeWitt, who wasn’t only brutally murdered but left in the fridge for Kyle to discover.

And I may be jumping to conclusions here, but I fear that may have just happened, again, in Justice League of America #4. Major, MAJOR spoilers ahead.

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One of the few panels I managed to fight the crowds and actually attend at New York Comic Con was the DC Universe Animated Original Movies panel. If you’ve perused Nerd Bastards once or twice before you’re aware I’m a diehard, DC fangirl with a serious cartoon obsession. This panel was of high priority. Along with the screening of the Catwoman short feature, panelists Bruce Timm and Andrea Romano shared the first trailer for the next animated feature, Justice League: Doom. I wasn’t going to risk recording the trailer at the panel, like many of my fellow convention-goers, because one, let’s be honest, the quality would be shit and two, I knew it’d hit the web fairly soon.

What do you know? Here it is, the first peak at Justice League: Doom,

Doom is loosely based on the JLA storyline by Mark Waid, “Tower of Babylon.” In the series Batman has collected necessary information on how to eliminate every member of the Justice League were they ever to go rogue. Batman, the ultimate Boy Scout, who knew? Unfortunately, he didn’t secure this information well enough and it’s stolen. The Legion of Doom is formed to enact these “destroy the Justice League” protocols and all hell breaks loose! If you’re a fan of big ensemble superhero stories, like Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths or just about every Justice League/JLU season finale, Doom sounds like it’ll be right up your alley.

Justice League: Doom was the last screenplay written by the late Dwayne McDuffie and it’s directed by Lauren Montgomery (Wonder Woman, Green Lantern: First Flight, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse). This flick will also have one AMAZING voice cast, let’s run down the list shall we? Tim Daly as Superman, Kevin Conroy as Batman, Susan Eisenberg as Wonder Woman, Nathan Fillion as Green Lantern, Michael Rosenbaum as The Flash (note, this is the Barry Allen Flash, not Wally West who Rosenbaum voiced JL/JLU), Carl Lumbly as Martian Manhunter, Bumper Robinson as Cyborg, Olivia d’Abo as Star Sapphire, Claudia Black as Cheetah, Alex Denisof as Mirror Master, Phil Morris as Vandal Savage, Paul Blacthorne as Metallo, Carlos Alazraqui as Bane,  Grey DeLisle as Queen of the Royal Flush Gang and David Kauffman as Jimmy Olson.

Wow, right? Justice League: Doom will release early 2012, and yes, you should fully expect a review from me in the future.

Batman_Streets_of_Gotham_1_800x600This list from Wired is actually pretty good, I like the fact that you can get full reviews from within the list as well as just the overview of their thoughts.  The only problem with their selection is that I would tend to rank Superman TAS series higher.  I thought it was a great show and the animation was a very well updated style from Batman TAS.  Some people found it rather dry and childish compared to Batman but trying to compare those two is complete lunacy, they are worlds apart in style, story direction, and depth.