Justice League Dark

            review by Bobby Blakey

DC Entertainment has been on a major role with their animated features with the last two The Killing Joke and Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders even getting Fathom Events theatrical runs. They look to keep this momentum going with a darker direction for their next film Justice League Dark that once again features a great voice cast including Rosario Dawson, Jerry O’Connell, Alfred Molina, Jason O’Mara, Dee Bradley Baker and more, but could it do the dark side of the DC Universe justice or should it be banished once and for all?

Justice League Dark follows the DC Universe’s beings with supernatural powers including John Constantine, Zatanna and Jason Blood also known as the demon Etrigran who join together to fight against supernatural villains. I have loved the connecting universe that DC has created with the Batman, Justice League and Titans animated films. This one steps away from the usual stories, but is still firmly planted in the same universe. Bringing these characters together in the universe makes for a really cool and dark story that was tailor made for this animated world. They have done a great job bringing them together along with the Justice League opening up a new threat to this universe. I loved the continued look of these films keeping them in the same design while still making them feel unique each time.

With these supernatural characters they took an interesting direction with giving each of them a specific look to their powers when they cast spells, etc. that makes each of them stand out. I was a bit bummed that there wasn’t as much Swamp Thing but it works for the story and makes sense. There is some great humor and action making this yet another awesome addition to the DC animated universe. I must admit that I do not follow most of these characters in the comics these days so cannot speak for the accuracy to how they are portrayed overall, but they fit in perfectly to this world that DC has created.   

In addition to the film this release includes numerous bonus features including 2016 NY Comic-Con Panel, featurettes, bonus cartoons from the DC vault, and a sneak peek at their next animated features Teen Titans: The Judas Contract. Join the dark side of the Justice League with Justice League Dark available now on Digital HD and then on Blu-ray and DVD on February 7th from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

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