Sunday, February 19, 2012

Cast and Crew Hit World Premiere of Justice League: Doom |

Aside from all the hype surrounding next summer’s anticipated last installment of Christopher Nolan’s acclaimed Batman trilogy, ‘The Dark Knight Rises,’ fans of the superhero team Justice League have their own film to look forward to, ‘Justice League: Doom.’ The animated movie, which is based on Mark Waid’s ‘Tower of Babel,’ had its world premiere on February 13, 2012 at New York’s Paley Center for Media.

Actor Kevin Conroy, who reprises his voice role of Batman, and his co-star Phil Morris, who can be heard as villain Vandal Savage, were joined by Emmy Award-winning casting-dialogue director Andrea Romano on the red carpet at the premiere. Following the screening of ‘Justice League: Doom,’ the three took the time to speak to the audience about their experiences while shooting, during a Q&A session.

‘Justice League: Doom’ is set to be released as a Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD, On Demand and for Download on February 28, 2012. The movie, which was directed by Lauren Montgomery and was the final DC Universe film script from the late screenwriter Dwayne McDuffie, follows the members of the Justice League as they’re pursued by their enemies, led by Vandal. The villains want to take down Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, Cyborg and Batman. They used the Dark Knight’s contingency plans for stopping the superheroes, so Vandal can take over the world.

While the Justice League is upset to learn their enemies plan to kill them, they’re equally upset at Batman for creating the contingency plans, which he would use if he needed to stop a rogue team member. At the same time, Batman must question whether he wants to continue working with his fellow team members when they express their concerns over trusting him again.

While on the red carpet and during the Q&A session, Conroy and Morris had nothing but praise for Romano, and expressed their delight with working with her. She has an “artful way of directing, as it’s in what she doesn’t say,” Conroy said of Romano. She’ll “give an approximation” of where she wants the actors to take the characters. While Romano shows a “command of her domain,” she also respects the actors, and allows them to work through finding the right fit for their characters.

Conroy added that he finds Romano’s work habits “refreshing, as she gives us the freedom to go places we’d be afraid to go otherwise.” The actor also said he feels fortunate to have worked with the dialogue director, as she very rarely gives line readings, and doesn’t come off intimidating.

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