Summary: Beings with supernatural powers join together to fight against supernatural villains. This team of supernatural beings include John Constantine, Zatanna and Jason Blood also known as the demon Etrigan.

Review: After the revitalization of the DC Universe Original Movie Batman: The Killing Joke, which was proudly released with an “R” rating, the DC Universe carries the “R” rated thread into their latest feature Justice League Dark, which unites some of the darker, more adult heroes from the roster like John Constantine, Batman, Deadman, Swamp Thing, Zatanna, and Etrigan the Demon. The story starts on a dark note indeed: Civilians are committing atrocities on the streets of Gotham and Metropolis, slaughtering innocents and turning against one another, thinking that they’re demons. With The Justice League flummoxed for answers, Batman takes it upon himself to find demon hunter John Constantine (voiced by Matt Ryan, who starred in the TV series) and sorceress Zatanna and other supernatural heroes like Deadman and Swamp Thing, who join forces to stop what is happening around the world. Turns out the culprit is harnessing a weapon once used against Merlin (who gets a fun sword and sorcery flashback), and only “the Justice League Dark” with their individual dark powers can stop this weapon.

Slickly produced and streamlined animation with nonstop action with a decidedly adult propensity for supernatural horror elevate Justice League Dark to the stronger echelon of entries from the DC Universe Original Movies series. Older kids and teenagers should be able to enjoy it, but small children may find it too intense or nightmare inducing. I appreciated this entry more than some of the more recent outings, but I also would like it if these animated films would go back to representing the lighter, more family-oriented sides of heroes like Superman, Wonder Woman, and the rest. 

The Warner Brothers DVD / Blu-ray / Digital HD combo pack includes a number of featurettes, bonus materials, and other tasty treats. It will be released on February 7th.


About the Author

david j. moore

david j. moore is the author of World Gone Wild: A Survivor’s Guide to Post-Apocalyptic Movies and the upcoming book The Good, the Tough and the Deadly: Action Movies and Stars, coming April, 2016 from Schiffer Publishing.