Movie Name: Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League—Attack of the Legion of Doom!
Studio: Warner Bros. Animation
Genre(s): Animated/Comic Book/Action/Adventure/Comedy/Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Release Date(s): August 25, 2015
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Lex Luthor has grown tired of falling to the Justice League at every turn. Assembling a Legion of Doom to combat the Justice League, the Justice League will face its biggest challenge yet. Cyborg tries to find his place among the Justice League while Batman takes control of the team. Lex has a secret team backer that the Legion and the League don’t know about, and he has a plan.
Directed by Rick Morales, Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League—Attack of the Legion of Doom! is an original animated feature. The film follows Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League released earlier in 2015.
With The Lego Movie becoming a massive hit, Lego has amped up its production of films (which did predate The Lego Movie). With so much area for exploration, it makes complete sense to capitalize on the buzz…and in many ways it does succeed.
Unlike The Lego Movie which was pretty clever, Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League—Attack of the Legion of Doom! is rather basic in its humor. Don’t go into the movie expecting deeper meaning (like The Lego Movie), but instead approach it like a super hero movie where no one can get hurt (just like the Lego games) and all is in good fun.
The movie also does hire some decent voice actors though they are not the same voice actors used in The Lego Movie. Many of the voice actors have done other work on Lego and DC animated films like Mark Hamill, John DiMaggio, Troy Baker, Dee Bradley Baker, Grey Griffin, Kevin Michael Richardson, Cree Summer, and Tony Todd among others. The characters sound like they are having fun and that is what is necessary for the movie.
The movie also isn’t in the style of The Lego Movie. The Lego Movie went for more of a stop-motion style film but the Lego direct-to-video movies are just standard computer animation. It is pretty good computer animation, but it lacks the uniqueness of The Lego Movie.
With some of the world’s most awkward and wordy titles, The Lego DC Comics Super Heroes movies are easy and quick entertainment. Don’t expect to be wowed and people who play the Lego games might just find themselves wanting to play them instead. With DC owning the rights to all their characters, it is fun to see almost anyone show-up and interact and I like it when Lego gets weird or obscure…so I hope it happens more. Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League—Attack of the Legion of Doom! was followed by Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League—Cosmic Clash in 2016.