Saturday, May 17, 2014

Legion of Doom Headquarters: Hall of Doom

The Creation: The Hall of Doom was created for the TV animated series Super Friend's Challenge of the Super Friends as the headquarters for the Legion of Doom. I have not been able to find evidence of who specifically designed the Darth Vader looking headquarters, but I believe it was design by Alex Toth.

The Original Origin: When the Challenge of the Super Friends season was originally conceived, it was named Battle of the Superheroes and featured the introduction of Captain Marvel to the Super Friends. The group that challenged the heroes was to be called the "League of Evil", led by Captain Marvel's nemesis Doctor Sivana. However, Filmation was producing Shazam! and The New Adventures of Batman which prevented the use of characters such as Mister Atom, King Kull, Beautia Sivana, Joker, Penguin, Mr. Freeze, and Catwoman. Early conceptual art drawn by Alex Toth also included Heat Wave, Poison Ivy, and Abra Kadabra
The Origin: The Legion of Doom is lead by Lex Luthor, and is maned by all of the Justice League's primary villains, such as Gorilla Grodd, Brainiac, Sinestro, Bizarro, Toyman, Riddler, Scarecrow, Cheetah, Black Manta, Captain Cold, Solomon Grundy and Giganta. The Hall of Doom was their headquarters. The Hall of Doom was mobile, lowered below or raised above the swamp water's surface, and often flown through the air via rockets if needed, and was even able to fly through space. It could be remotely controlled and sometimes used to help the Legion escape. It also had laser defense weapons and at times was altered to time travel to the past or future.

Watch the Official Origin Story

 Comic Origin: The Hall of Doom was the secret headquarters of the modern incarnation of the Injustice League. Nestled somewhere in a hidden location in the middle of Slaughter Swamp (just outside of Gotham City), the Hall of Doom stood as the counterpart to the Justice League's Washington-based headquarters, the Hall of Justice. The League used this base for only a brief period of time. During the "Lightning Saga", it became a temporary haven for the time-displaced Triplicate Girl who encountered the Justice Society of America and the Justice League of America while on a mission for her own team, the Legion of Super-Heroes. In the Justice League of America: Injustice League Unlimited the Hall of Doom is located in the Florida swamplands. In the "Final Crisis" storyline Libra offered the super-villains of Earth a new headquarters, the Hall of Doom, prior to Darkseid's takeover of the Earth.
Kingdom Come: This structure was created as a prison for supervillains, which, following a riot, became their headquarters. This was one of the events which Superman dealt with following his retirement.
Justice: DC comic miniseries Justice features a version of the Legion of Doom. Series plotter/artist Alex Ross is a passionate Super Friends fan. In addition to Lex Luthor, Bizarro, Black Manta, Brainiac, Captain Cold, Cheetah, Giganta, Gorilla Grodd, Riddler, Scarecrow, Sinestro, Solomon Grundy, and Toyman, this version of the Legion of Doom also counts Black Adam, Metallo, Clayface, Parasite, and Poison Ivy as members. The Joker and Doctor Sivana also make appearances. Sivana employs microscopic robots that resemble Mister Mind.
Justice League Unlimited: In its final adventure, Luthor converted the Hall of Doom into a starship with the intent of recovering the last Brainiac pieces so he could again merge with the superintelligent android and recover his godlike form. Instead, this brought Darkseid of Apokolips back. He destroyed the Hall and only the energy fields maintained by Sinestro and Star Sapphire saved the Legion until Lightray of the New Gods reached them, and Evil Star stole his Mother Box, enabling the Legion to return to Earth to warn the Justice League.
Young Justice: In the episode "Revelation", the team battles the Light's Injustice League in the Louisiana bayou. The group's headquarters and location is a homage to the Hall of Doom.

Justice League Doom: The film revolves around Vandal Savage's plot to exterminate the greater part of the human population and start a new civilization. To ensure that the Justice League is unable to stop him, Savage hires Mirror Master, who hacks into the Batcomputer using a device made by LexCorp and steals contingency plans devised by Batman to incapacitate his League teammates should they ever go rogue. Savage assembles a group of supervillains with personal vendettas against the heroes and pays them richly to simultaneously attack the members of the League using these plans, albeit altered to be lethal

JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time: In the animated film JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time, the Legion of Doom travel back in time to eliminate Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman before they became superheroes. The members here are Lex Luthor, Bizarro, Toyman, Solomon Grundy, Cheetah, Gorilla Grodd, Captain Cold, Black Manta, and Time Trapper.

DC Universe Online: The headquarters for the Secret Society of Super-Villains, led by Circe, Lex Luthor and the Joker, the Hall of Doom is a secret villain base submerged deep within the waters of Slaughter Swamp.Designed and built by Luthor's LexCorp resources, the Hall is connected to various nightclubs around Gotham City and Metropolis via teleportation systems. Following the influx of villains on Earth thanks to Future Lex Luthor's exobytes, the Hall was renovated to accommodate for the new recruits; creating individual wings that catered to either Meta, Magic or Tech based villains.

by John Miic

Brandon Hopkins

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Kal said...

Great post. Well researched and most importantly interesting to read. It's great when you find a passion for a subject isn't it?

The Dork said...

Thanks Kal and yes it is. I wish DC and Marvel would release a book of "Headquarters" which gave schematics and history of all the gathering places that have existed thru the years.

Hobgoblin238 said...

I want to do a custom of this one day.

The Dork said...

A custom Hall of Doom would rock!