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Justice League Dark (2017)

Justice League Dark (2017)

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Beings with supernatural powers join together to fight against supernatural villains.

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(136) comments

  • Steve ROctober 7, 2016Reply

    Despite the return of the original actor as Constantine from the series, this is just yet another long cartoon episode pretending to be a film. Watchable, but there are so many of these now that they all get lost in the shuffle.

  • Wailun LDecember 12, 2016Reply

    One of the better DC animated films in a while

  • Mohammed AJanuary 13, 2017Reply

    The D.C Animated world is much more (MORE) better than it cinematic world

  • Henry PJanuary 21, 2017Reply

    There’s not much to say about Justice League: Dark. It’s not bad, but it’s not praiseworthy. It starts out with some random woman going into road rage based on a hallucination, and when the cops show up, she realizes she plowed through actual people. After that, we see a man hold his family hostage, again, under the assumption they are demons. Finally, we meet Batman (Jason O’Mara) as he saves a baby girl from her mother who threw her off a building because she thought she “gave birth to the devil,” and after Batman saves the baby, the mother is found dead on the sidewalk with blood slowly spreading around her. Parents, this is not the type of Batman film you can sit your kids in front of if you want an hour’s peace, unless you want them traumatized. While I wasn’t really horrified by anything in this film (being an adult makes it too easy to remember they’re fake), it didn’t really feel R, but it got that for the blood pools and supernatural stuff. After the Justice League decides to call on supernatural heroes to fight supernatural forces, Batman goes out to get these supernatural fighters: Zatanna (Camilla Luddington), John Constantine (Matt Ryan), Deadman (Nicholas Turturro), and Jason Blood/Etrigan the Demon (Ray Chase). These four, plus Swamp Thing (Roger Cross) and Batman are the focus, and if you saw any trailers for this, the Justice League is in this as much as they are in the trailers. The characters we focus on have their moments, but character development is weak. That may have to do with the fact we barely get to know them, and despite the best efforts of Warner Animation, they still just feel thrown-together. What really killed character development was the pace: too fast. They could have given it a slightly longer run time to develop these characters (John Constantine and Zatanna had a past relationship worth exploring a little more, and Batman was really just Batman and not much else). Robert J. Kral crafts an appropriate soundtrack here, the animation looks fine, everything is there for a reason, the story is coherent, and there’s a microscopic comic relief from Constantine, but not much else beyond that. There was some salty language, but about as much as you’d expect from one of Batman’s blockbuster adventures. The R-rating comes from the intensity of their supernatural situations and more bloody violence than said blockbusters. Worth it if you’re a fan of Constantine or are curious about the supernatural elements of the DC universe, but nothing too impressive here.

  • Magnus SJanuary 24, 2017Reply

    Not justice league at all.

  • Walter KJanuary 24, 2017Reply

    “Justice League Dark” may very well be the best thing to come out of DC’s latest in-Universe offerings that started with “Justice League War” and “Son of Batman” back in 2014 and continue to one-up each other every entry. Though it may confuse some casual viewers as the film primary features only Batman of the traditional Justice League, it isn’t their film: the JLD are exactly what the title suggests – the Dark Side of the Justice League. Here, the ragtag group is quickly formed by a skeptical Batman after a series of “plain-Janes” begin committing atrocities across the globe (a mother tossing her baby off a roof, an ordinary suburban family man killing his neighbors and stuffing them in his shed before trying to do the same to his own, etcetera) in what seems to have a paranormal element.
    We meet the magician Zatanna, the wise-cracking John Constantine who plays poker with demons before exercising them back off to Hell, the demon Etrigan bound to the once-mortal knight Jason Blood, not to mention the amusing Deadman, a former acrobat whose soul’s caught between the afterlife and is able to possess the bodies of the living. These are the Justice League Dark and, because DC can’t afford not to have their mascot promoting their every product, we also get Batman, though it was nice to see that once the team was formed his involvement was limited and we were able to see the real stars of this movie shine.
    All in all, this is DC’s best film since “Flashpoint Paradox” and “The Dark Knight Returns,” which were also directed by Jay Olivia. It’s safe to say that this film has set the stage quite nicely for the upcoming live-action adaptation that is scheduled to be helmed by director Doug Liman. Tagged “Dark Universe,” I think that movie will have a lot to go off following the success of this animated feature and I can only hope that we’ll be seeing the JLD together again in a sequel sooner rather than later.

  • Phoebe SJanuary 24, 2017Reply

    This movie was so amazing! The characterizations were all perfect, the animation was stunning, and the plot was super entertaining! I loved it!

  • Pramitheus RJanuary 25, 2017Reply

    I put up this disclaimer before reviewing anything related to comic books and that is, I am not a very avid comic book reader because of it’s unavailability here. I keep myself at pace via websites and I am certainly up to date regarding the DC animated movies. Believe it or not, but I’ve watched all of them.

    SCREENPLAY – The story and the dialogues are very 50/50 but thank you DC, for making it R-rated. The banter is pretty good. Especially Deadman and Batman. They have the best punch-lines and Batman’s “hmmm” always cracked me up. Without going too much into detail, a part of the movie felt a tad bit like Kingsman. If it’s a reference to the comics, which the readers can point out, then it’s cool but to me, it felt a bit cliched. The expository stuff was surprisingly kept at a minimum. There was some of it of course but, I’ve seen in the other animated movies where everything just comes to a halt and some character is just hurling exposition. The callbacks between Zatana and Constantine sometimes felt over-used. I have watched the T.V. Show of Constantine, so I know what happened in Newcastle but they were ranting about things that happened all over the world. I mean, maybe it’s entertaining for the comic-book readers but from a writer’s point of view, using the same trope too many times reduces it’s effect.

    ART-DIRECTION – Let me get rid of the gripes I had about the animation. First of all at around 17 minutes into the movie, Deadman is opaque and transparent even when he hasn’t been made visible by Constantine. Second, sometimes the expressions of the characters didn’t change with the dialogue. I know it is nitpicking but you’ll begin to notice after some time. If that would happen to a live actor, I would call it a wooden performance. Now, the pros. The action sequences were amazing. Especially the second last fight. That really got me pumped up. Earlier there used to be a lot of cut-away’s during a fight sequence. The difference here was that each individual fight was done for a longer time before interjecting it with a scene. That increased the intensity of the fights by a notch.

    VOICE-ACTING – There were a lot of known actors and actresses doing the voices like, Rosario Dawson as Wonder Woman, Alfred Molina as Destiny and of course Matt Ryan as Constantine. It’s so sad that his show got cancelled. It was the only DC character I was invested in, especially due to his performance. Nicholas Torturro was amazing as Boston Brand. I know people will be hypothetically punching me for saying this, but he felt like the Deadpool of the lot. All the others were great as well, no complaints in the voice-acting department.

    FINAL VERDICT – At one point I was thinking that what is Batman doing in the middle of all this magic and hocus-pocus. Just then all these magical elements started to deconstruct his character and I was like,”Oh! That’s why he is there”. It is quite rightfully rated R because there is a lot of violence, but personally, I wanted a little bit more. Maybe I am sadistic but if you agree then give me some assurance that I am not as sadistic as I think I am. Do give this one a watch. I am sure DC fans will, but if you’re a fan of animated movies, I am sure this one won’t disappoint.

  • Jonathan HJanuary 25, 2017Reply

    DC need stop with the “magic”.

  • Ryan BJanuary 25, 2017Reply

    This film was a enjoyed to watch.

  • Kamila 0January 25, 2017Reply

    the Bad with the Good (mostly spoiler free):
    Take some of the good parts of Suicide Squad, have some more unknown but fan favorite characters of the supernatural DC kind, make it an animated movie and make Batman your outsider looking in character, then you just might end up with the Justice League Dark animated movie.
    I surprisingly ended up liking Batman in this story it actually worked for me! and I didn’t hate the voice of Dead Man, also a surprise.
    However the voice actor for Felix Faust and Constantine sadly didn’t ‘always’ work out for me, it was mostly sad because Matt Ryan the actor of John Constantine didn’t give the performance that I had expected since he’s played him before (maybe it has something to do with him not being a voice actor, I don’t know), but it ‘mostly’ felt like he was just reading a book (plain and emotionless ‘at times’), happily that didn’t ruin my overall experience of the movie.
    the magic scenes worked out on the level of what I expected after watching the trailer not awesome but pretty good, (a little to like the magic you see in games and some other animated movies, but it worked for the story it had to tell, even if having a blade that worked like a gun in the beginning was a little to off for me, and made me go “really?”).
    the colors was a little to saturated at times, but when I really got into the story I forgot all about it.
    and even though I didn’t like how they ended Swamp Things story (and in some ways also Jason Blood’s story),
    I still will say that the best part of this movie was the script, it was well thought out and had room to surprise me along the way.
    And I wasn’t bored at any time while I saw the movie.
    I would recommend this movie to any fan of Superhero stories especially the ones that wants to see a new slightly darker take on the genre, it wasn’t groundbreaking but it was good.

  • Ricardo Victor LJanuary 25, 2017Reply

    Good characters, intriguing story and nicely done animation. The best animated DC movie in years.

  • Rondy SJanuary 25, 2017Reply

    Strange movie, introducing fringe DC characters.

  • Joshua BJanuary 25, 2017Reply

    A fantastic animated film, and a side of the DC universe few know much about. Having Matt Ryan voice Constantine is awesome, but still makes you want to see him play the character in live action again. The fact they are going to make a live action movie of this and not cast Matt Ryan as Constantine is a huge mistake, because he IS Constantine. Not too much worry though. It’s a ways off, and with how bad DC’s movies have been, not to mention The Flash movie getting a complete rewrite and rushed production, they could cancel it all. Check this film out!

  • Charles SJanuary 26, 2017Reply

    Another great DC animation. focusing on the Magic based characters of the DC universe. With Batman thrown in to make it extra good. Constantine, Zatanna, Deadman, Etrigan the Demon, and Swamp Thing all show to battle a Dark and ancient evil. I really enjoyed this one.

  • Julio DJanuary 27, 2017Reply

    One of the best DC cartons I’ve ever seen! I hope the live action movie is going to be this good. John Constantine is hilarious.

  • Alex LJanuary 28, 2017Reply

    I hope to see more of this animated JLD on TV or movie

    I loved it

  • Elad AJanuary 28, 2017Reply

    Like everything post New-52 in the DC Animated Universe, the Justice League franchise is best when it doesn’t focus on the Justice League itself. It’s a well written, well directed, thrilling story with wonderful characters and great action.

  • manic%20 dJanuary 28, 2017Reply

    Another strong dc animated studios entry let down by a manic plot and a few slightly off-putting voice actors. Some characters are downplayed but overall worth a watch for fans of the studios previous entrues

  • Carlos DJanuary 28, 2017Reply

    Justice League Dark is proof that the DC animated universe is delivering nothing but excellent content almost every time (ignore ‘the killing joke’ please).
    Constantine is a great main character and it is a shame to see that his tv series did not survive in the vast world of comic book shows.
    A series or a sequel of this would be great.
    Worth Watching.

  • Robert BJanuary 28, 2017Reply

    A very nice change of pace from the usual Justice League animations: a more mature story (without so much explicit blood), exploring the magic side of DC universe. I enjoyed it more than the last DC animations released.

  • Gerry MJanuary 28, 2017Reply

    A touch of Warner Brothers D.C. Magic

  • Jason HJanuary 29, 2017Reply

    Another great entry into the animated DC universe.

  • Charles K. BJanuary 29, 2017Reply

    I like it!!! Very entertaining. But what happened to Swap Thing though?

  • Movie KJanuary 29, 2017Reply

    This is definitely a film for fans of the comic book series namesake. Others might have a bit of a hard time wrapping their heads around this movie. That being said…

    Matt Ryan IS John Constantine. The movie offers subtle (and not so subtle) nods to the much beloved TV series that made fans fall in love with the actor in the first place. The story is solid and haunting, the first 5 minutes earn the R-rating with some disturbing imagery and concepts. Batman’s role in the whole story makes sense, and his ever present disdain towards all things magical will tickle you every time. Cameos from fantastic actors and characters will keep you wondering who you’ll see next. It’s a movie that takes risks and doesn’t hide from them. It’s a must see.

  • Dailiesel MJanuary 29, 2017Reply

    another Great amazing movie waithing for more Constantine is back hell yeah the need green arrow the all team inside to make more like this,Thanks DC and WB guys yo are the best ð???

  • AnonymousJanuary 29, 2017Reply

    Superb Flawless Victory of the DC animated movie realm. Great story, great animation, great action, fun sarcastic humor. What else can you ask? It is a great entry to introduce new characters from the DC catalog and most of all new villains. Everyone was properly introduced and the execution was very well manage. Go watch it!!!!

  • Gabriel HJanuary 30, 2017Reply

    Probably my new favorite DC Animated film. DC really knows how to do animated movies. The story of Justice League Dark is clearly intended for a matured audience. There is a lot of matured content. John Constantine stole the show. Matt Ryan nailed it once again. Overall, fun and engaging story. Highly recommend it if you are a DC fan or fan of magic.

  • Bryan DFebruary 5, 2017Reply

    While Marvel is, in my opinion, the King of live actions it is DC who has been putting a lot more effort into their animated series. Justice League Dark at one time was supposed to be a live action film, entitled “Dark Universe” directed by Guillermo del Toro. That fell through, and supposedly the story for this is based upon an early screenplay.

    To be honest i don’t see the reason for the R rating, but it is the second DC animated film to carry one. My only other complaint would be the animation is a little weak and inconsistent.

    Otherwise, we get to see characters not often seen such as Swamp Thing, Constantine and Boston Brand.

    While Marvel is making a come back with the excellent Star Wars: Rebels and the upcoming Spider Man Disney XD series, I hope they step up their game to match DC.

  • Mirza Mohd SFebruary 5, 2017Reply

    ‘Justice League Dark’ is a solid introduction to the Dark Universe of DC & assures that if you’re a fan of animated films, you won’t be disappointed with this one.

  • Patiparn PFebruary 6, 2017Reply

    After the last year that was a bad year of DC, this film like their redemption.

  • Andrew KFebruary 7, 2017Reply

    make look interesting, are bland with no variety. The ghost character is Rob Schnieder levels of ear-grating, Zatanna is just a skin show, John Constantine doesn’t swear, even fucking Batman’s existence is pointless. He basically just exists in scenes, making you wonder why he’s even there in the first place. Etrigan/Jason Blood is the sole character of interest, and even then, he’s not particularly diverse. In short, Justice League Dark is waste of money, time and brain cells on both the creator’s and the audience’s part.

  • Carlos IFebruary 7, 2017Reply

    They just had to shoehorn Batman in there didn’t they? And what was with making Deadman the comic relief…? Besides that it was pretty damn fun. It’s nice to see the darkside characters for once. These connected animated movies are starting to feel less and less like films though, and more of a serial. Why don’t they just convert this into a series? Especially when half the time they’re struggling to stretch out their stories to 70 minutes…

  • Alvin Ian BFebruary 8, 2017Reply

    I like it. Some characters are introduced thru flashbacks. I love the two lovers (maybe ex-lovers): John Constantine and Zatanna. I wish the two characters (and their relationship) where flesh out more. It could have make this movie longer. It has a dark edge which warranted the R-18 rating but Sam Register’s Gods and Monsters, I think, is more darker. It was an adaptation from Justice League Dark comics of DC Comics New 52 run. But this team of Dark Arts experts and mages has Batman by their side while the source comics has not. And I wish I knew what is going around Batman’s mind while working with this team. With perfect characterization, this film is 3 1/2 to 4 stars for me.

  • Bryan CFebruary 8, 2017Reply

    my favorite DC animated movie.

  • Nick PFebruary 8, 2017Reply

    Decent despite Batjerk at the beginning and John Stewart’s curbstomp.

  • David GFebruary 9, 2017Reply

    A predictable, subpar plot but overall it’s another fun animated DC movie to pass the time. There’s potential to see more from these iconic B-characters in future installments without the need to add Batman.

  • James WFebruary 9, 2017Reply

    Batman has the most space on the cover but this is very much led by Constantine. B-man doesn’t have much to do since he doesn’t know magic and just lobs a couple batarangs around every now and then. It’s entertaining, though perhaps as not a fan of the more mystical DC characters I didn’t enjoy this hugely, but it was fun.

  • Michael RFebruary 10, 2017Reply

    A dark, intelligent and violent animated adaptation of DC’s Justice League Dark team. Full tilt action and frightening imagery make this one of the stronger DC animated films.

  • Juan SFebruary 10, 2017Reply

    An other amazing DC Comics movie it was worth the wait

  • frank cFebruary 12, 2017Reply

    very good, Matt Ryan coming back as constatine was a nice treat and its a very diffrent justice league then we are used to seeing .

  • Jacob MFebruary 12, 2017Reply

    New look into characters that most don’t know. John Constantine leads his team against an unknown foe. The animation is amazing and DC strikes again with a fun adventure that many comic fans will enjoy.

  • Patrick DFebruary 12, 2017Reply

    way way better than the last Justice league movie.

  • Brevin SFebruary 13, 2017Reply

    Since this new 52 reboot in DC animation where all the films are based in the new 52 continuity they haven’t been as good as they were previously. But as they have continued they really feel like there getting close. From the very start of the film it has this dark and deadly tone to it as we get some really gruesome scenes. Law biding citizens are doing heinous acts and things don’t look pleasant.

    Sadly the film’s first halve doesn’t live up to the rest. That right the scene that was released on the PlayStation network is probably the darkest scene in the entire film. Everything else is just par for the course and feels like every other Hollywood blockbuster with some over powered villain and some light in the sky.

    The main antagonist really doesn’t do the film any favors. He feels like he was plucked right from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He is typical and kinda unneeded and is something we have seen before. There is just nothing new there.

    The film does succeed tho with the way the characters are developed. Zatana, Constatine, Swamp Thing and Etrigan the Demon are given quite a lot of interesting development and we come to care about all of them. Deadman does also have a good role to play even if his voice doesn’t really work for the character.

    The voice work here overall isn’t very strong. Aside from Matt Ryan returning as Constantine there are no notable performances which is kinda sucky. The casting director, Wes Gleason, needs some work. I wish they could get back Merdith Layne who worked on Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox and has Emmy Award on her mantle.

    I know I sound like I am ragging on the film, but I did like it. I loved Constantine and Zatanna’s relationship here. And I actually did feel all the other members got just enough needed screen time. I don’t feel Batman was needed, but I didn’t mind him when it was in the context of the film.I actually loved the way all the Justice League members were used.

    So I would consider this a pretty good film. Maybe not worth the extra money on DVD or Blu Ray, but still a pretty nice film if your a fan of DC animation.

  • Crystal BFebruary 15, 2017Reply

    I loved Matt Ryan as Constantine on NBC and was thrilled to hear he would be back in the role here. I was not disappointed. I sincerely hope there are more Justice League Dark movies to come. These are wonderful, flawed, neglected characters that deserve some time in the spotlight. Especially Constantine and Zatanna.

  • Vibhansh GFebruary 16, 2017Reply

    Equally good and even better in some aspects than Doctor Strange ! Some might argue with me but I feel it was an amazing experience to take part in .

  • Scott PFebruary 16, 2017Reply

    Rubbish! Story was weak, character designs were horrible, and aside from Constantine and Zatanna, I did not care for any of the vocal choices, ESPECIALLY for Etrigan, Swamp Thing, and Deadman! Such a disappointment.

  • Tom MFebruary 16, 2017Reply

    Justice League Dark tells a cool horror comic story with some good characters that will please fans of the source material.

  • Joey SFebruary 16, 2017Reply

    DC Entertainment’s animation department really knows what theyre doing with these movies. Theyre creative and fun, just overall a good time. There was one minor complaint with the film, especially if you like Swamp Thing. He kind of got the short end of the stick. For that its minus one star, but its not enough to make me dislike the movie as a whole. I highly recommend this movie.

  • Imran SFebruary 16, 2017Reply

    this is more like a Constatine’s movie featuring Batman & 10 minutes of justice league. Not a fan of super natural stories but this movie kept my attention with interesting characters and well developed story line. im a casual batman comic reader so i enjoyed getting to know some characters for the first time.

  • Yarden AFebruary 18, 2017Reply

    nice,but not as good as DC’s last movies

  • Sean GFebruary 18, 2017Reply

    A good test run for a live action film based on the same characters but there is seemingly not enough room for each character to show themselves and a lot of space in the plot.

  • Douglas LFebruary 18, 2017Reply

    Batman seemed to be thrown in mainly because its Batman. He’s the recruiter, but really JL Dark is fine without him. It was nice to see the darker heroes of DC shine in this one. Constantine and Deadman steal the show. I’m getting tired though of the same anime looking animation for DC animated films though. Switch it up.

  • August CFebruary 18, 2017Reply

    John Constantine animated. Enough said.

  • Jackson KFebruary 19, 2017Reply

    Great DC animation. Batman is hilarious in this take.

  • Tyler HFebruary 21, 2017Reply

    The movie tends to be quite confusing at times but overall results in a satisfying animated movie. The rated R should be taken off. Really unnecessary.

  • Ravi NFebruary 21, 2017Reply

    Great to see Constantine back in action, even in Animated format

  • Douglas MFebruary 23, 2017Reply

    The rivalry between DC Comics and Marvel has been around for nearly 70 years and at no time has the competition been at such an extreme level or the stakes involve a multibillion-dollar industry. While Marvel continues to dominate the cinematic side of this competition, both in revenue and critical acclaim, DC Comics continues to push on mainly in the arena of television and animated films. In the connected universe that DC Comics has established on the CW has been incredibly well received in the franchise of animated movies continues to push the envelope creating movies that are far more mature and content than ever before.

    This latest instalment of the DC Universe Animated Original Movies series, ‘Justice League: Dark’, is the 27th offering of the franchise and serves as an example of the growing trend towards, darker, more mature stories. The character of John Constantine has already been establisted in DC through the TV series fearturing him and a single episode of the CW’s ‘Arrow.’ Reinventing the role was actor Matt Ryan who protrayed Constatine in both of appearances, returning here as the charater’s voice. The trouble is bringing the character of Constantine to broadcast television was to portray the character accurately themes beyond the scope of the media where required. Even as a digitally released animated film, Constantine forcefully brings the material into the purview of an ‘R’ rating. Stories and characters that at one time would be impossible to consider in the somewhat innocent s have now evolved into something not for the children, consistent with a growing trend on both sides of the rivalry. Films and other content by DC and Marvel are growing increasingly dark in nature. This is great as provided by the growing importance of premiering content on streaming video services such as Vudu, Amazon Prime, and Netflix. Unhampered by the restrictions imposed by the FCC, films, and series presented in such a fashion a reasonably unfettered and what they can present as part of the storyline. An ideal example of this new paradigm found in this film. It is a tightly written story with excellent character development that so intensely portrayed as to s to warrant the restrictive rating.

    One thing that has become increasingly important in television shows and movies originating with comic books is the use of the supernatural. Magic and supernaturally based abilities have always been part of both of the major comic brands, but in the last few years the importance of this plot device has become exceptionally crucial to the storylines.’ Justice League: Dark’ movie opens with people all around the globe the grips of terror. People begin to see everyone around them as demons resulting in the tragic death of many innocent people. Ever vigilant the Justice League of America leaps into action. The conclusion is that magic is responsible and realized it would have to adjust their standard strategy to deal with it. Batman (voiced by Jason O’Mara), dissents with the groups plan and leaves their headquarters. Back at stately Wayne Manor, Bruce falls asleep and posseted by the supernatural creature known as Deadman (voiced by Nicholas Turturro). Upon awakening find one word repeatedly written all over his walls, “Constantine.”

    This leads to the requisite expository flashback as John Constantine shown five days prior. The investigator of the occult is in Las Vegas playing poker with Jason Blood (voiced by Ray Chase), a man bound to the demonic entity known as Etrigan. Rounding out the poker table is a group referred to as the Demons Three, Abnegazar (voiced by JB Blanc), Rath and Ghast. Constantine is known to be a heavy gambler, which is just one of his many anti-heroic personality traits. Convinced of the hand is holding you Constantine enriches the pot with his home in a box of occult artifacts. As it turns out the demons were cheating, something that should’ve been a foregone conclusion. When Constantine calls out their dishonesty, a melee ensues. To emerge victoriously, Constantine invokes a spell that summoned the demon of his friend Jason. Again, nearly mandatory plot contrivance inserted here; the demons swear vengeance on John Constantine.

    The story return to focus on Batman. He pays a visit on the stage magician, Zatanna (voiced by Camilla Luddington). Known to Batman was a potential source of magic, Zatanna had had an on-again/off-again relationship with Constantine. She agrees to bring Batman to his home,’ House of Mystery”, calling a tornado to transport them. After the pairconnecting with the cultist. Impeding theirjourney the attack attempts to prevent access to Constantine’s home, the ‘House of Mystery.’ The source of this attack appears to be an incredibly powerful sorcerer with the ability to work from a distant location. Upon entering the house, they are greeted by The Black Orchid Capital (voiced by Colleen O’Shaughnessey), a physical manifestation of the magic infused in the house. After quickly gathering themselves the trio seeks out a mutual friend of Constantine and Zatanna, Ritchie Simpson (voiced by Jeremy Davies), another practitioner of the occult immediately brings another adversary into the picture, the personification of death was come to collect Richie’s soul.

    This movie turns out to be a major entrance for DC into the realm of the supernatural. The cast of characters consistent such a broad selection of their comic book paranormal lineup that this movie serves as an excellent introduction to this part of the DC universe, even for those unfamiliar with the stories in the comic books. Such strange and iconic creatures such as The Swamp Thing and Felix Faust (voiced by Enrico Colantoni), become intrinsically crucial to the plot. The fight sequences are epic, among the best that the animated series has yet offered. The only significant difference is that the powers wielded by the forces derived on both sides from the occult and supernatural rather than more scientific origins as high-tech gadgets and extraterrestrial backgrounds. It is typically a significant amount of continuity maintained throughout theentire series of animated films. Once again, as seen in both television and real action movies, there is a significant change in course to encompass mystical forces.

    This trend towards adult themes has been building for the past few movies. In the previous film, ‘The Killing Joke’ not only was the level of violence substantially ramped up, but there is a scene where Batman had sex with Bat Girl, something I never would’ve been considered during the Silver Age comics of our youth. That particular installment of the franchise was less than stellar and considerd disappointment by most. The team of people at Warner Brothers Animated Studios has once again found their stride. One out one of the best of the franchise this is a solid hit of the Production Company and DC comics in general. What a shame that the Constantine television series met an untimely cancellation after just one season. As mentioned it was just too dark and intense for the venue. The character John Constantine is one of the more interesting in the DC universe and highly reminiscent of one of the most popular supernatural detectives in literature, Harry Dresden. Ironically, Dresden also had a one season run on broadcast television. The fact that much of the back story by John Constantine had already been covered by the TV show and summarized some expense by his one episode appearance on ‘Arrow,’ little time had to be allocatefdto such exposition here. The result is an efficient use of the running time of just over an hour. Warner Brothers demonstrates respect for their audience for this election of additional content provided on the Blu-ray. Featurettes included covers the origin stories of a couple of the major characters and provide some foundation for how the existence of magic within the context of the DC universe is handled. There is also a little figurine of John Constantine included using Matt Ryan as a model. There’s for improvement as Warner Brothers animated delves deeper into the R-rated territory but this is a significant step in the right direction.

  • Jake MFebruary 27, 2017Reply

    Absolutely love this movie! Constantine and Zatanna are two of my favorites

  • Chris GFebruary 27, 2017Reply

    Another strong entry into the DC animated universe, with powerful voice acting, particularly from Matt Ryan

  • Pedro Stephan MFebruary 27, 2017Reply

    Muy decepcionante, solo me gustaron 2 escenas de constantine y lo demás fue meh

  • Sibusiso MMarch 1, 2017Reply

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  • Chris MMarch 5, 2017Reply

    “Is That A Sword In Your Chest…Or Are You Just Happy To See Me?” -Constantine

  • Nick SMarch 5, 2017Reply

    I like this movie a lot especially John Constantine and his magic mention

  • Ayden DMarch 8, 2017Reply

    I loved it, I can’t wait to see more of the Dark series. Always been a huge fan of Zatanna.

  • Kostas CMarch 10, 2017Reply

    There is a mistake near the end of the movie,where Zatanna is talking to Batman there is Superman in the background but when the image zooms out there is no Sups in the scene.

  • Da KMarch 10, 2017Reply

    I love how batman just grunts most of time and it is brilliant timing

  • Mayank AMarch 15, 2017Reply

    This was more a mystic league than a justice league, still fun to get to know all these other supernatural heroes from DC Universe, besides Constantine hadn’t even heard of them. Zatanna, Etrigan & the Swamp Thing were really awesome. These guys are actually more fun than the normal muscle power Justice League although the story and plotting is better with other DC animated movies.

  • Austin LMarch 15, 2017Reply

    Poorly paced and acted, confused and teeming with unutilized potential. Justice League Dark was somewhat enjoyable on the merit that it wasn’t really long enough to overstay its welcome. The film has an odd obsession with Batman who really could have just as well not been in the movie at all. You can also go ahead and scribble out Swamp Thing’s face on the cover as he is a completely shoe-horned and unnecessary character. The only thing supernatural about this movie is how uncannily it resembled a good one.

  • Steve DMarch 18, 2017Reply

    Fun but somewhat forgettable DC film, gets credit for letting some lesser known heroes shine. Some great voice work as well.

  • Richard PMarch 23, 2017Reply

    Great movies, the characters are in fact relatable and it doesnt have the effect other DC animated movies have and that’s keeping you engaged and interested. Constantine as ever is amazingly voiced by Matt Ryan.

  • Andy DMarch 23, 2017Reply

    I was dissapointed with this film; I wasn’t a fan of the art style or the plot; also I would have thought anyone watching the film wouldn’t have needed the forced introductions to each character.
    Highlights were Constantine and Swamp Thing.

  • Jim AMarch 25, 2017Reply

    With an R rated edge and some crazy supernatural elements plus a lot of cool darker lesser known DC characters this is one of the better animated superhero movies of late. Even though this New 52 Justice League still continues to lack the connection of earlier animated versions of the characters. However the animation is good for a direct to video feature and I imagine fans of these characters will be pleased with their portrayal here

  • Steve WMarch 26, 2017Reply

    Justice League Dark is a film that isn’t perfect, but its very entertaining. I feel like it shoehorns in the Justice League without needing to, and they aren’t fully utilized to the fullest extent if they are going to be there. Also the movie is very slow for 75% of the movie, using a lot of flashbacks and exposition, until the action packed finale. Its a nice foray into the magical world of DC, and its a very enjoyable offering.

  • Vivin MMarch 31, 2017Reply

    One of the best by DC animated in recent times

  • Trishan CApril 1, 2017Reply

    awesome movie must watch already watched 5 times

  • James HApril 2, 2017Reply

    It was good to see that Swamp Thing and Constantine were finally mentioned in a DC movie, even if it was animated. They are unrated characters that should of been shown earlier.

  • Gimly MApril 4, 2017Reply

    It’s nice to hear Matt Ryan voice Constantine again after his short tenure as the Hellblazer. It’s also cool to see the oft-shunned Deadman get some attention, and I’ll always give Batman-starring media a chance. But I have not been a fan of DC’s more recent animated offerings. I feel they are simply going through the motions, and Justice League Dark is no great exception.

  • Justin SApril 8, 2017Reply

    Deadman annoying, mostly about Constantine. Don’t know the villain, swamp thing cool.

  • Retlaw LApril 10, 2017Reply

    Es mi imaginación, o Constantine se fumó uno/ningún cigarrillo durante toda la película??? Aunque sea la versión de new earth, igual el man fuma arto…

  • Jim SApril 21, 2017Reply

    I wish more people knew about this Gem. A good old who done it mystery with Constantine providing a refreshing change in tone for the justice league. I hope they continue to make more like it.

  • Heather MMay 3, 2017Reply

    This is like watching the comics coming to life. A very entertaining, animated movie.

  • Brendan OMay 8, 2017Reply

    I’ve improved my initial review of this film. I have had a little more experience with the characters in the comic book volumes and this film is much better than I remembered. The team is clever and the twisting plotline keeps this from being the usual generic storyline. It’s not at the heights of Batman Under the Red Hood, but it’s differently one of the better shared universe films for the animated studio. 19/05/2020

    The inclusion of Batman and the justice league wasn’t essential but this introduction to the DC dark elements was okay. Deadman was terribly casted, that voice work was not suiting the character. The film isn’t without its flaws but the characters are very interesting but just suffer from a convoluted storyline that gives them nothing. I’m hoping the live action film can learn a thing or two from what failed here. The DC animated has fallen from grace since Under the Red Hood and that’s a shame. 17-04-2017.

  • Keli Ray MMay 17, 2017Reply

    Great animation, better than the last few DC animations I’ve seen. The action and atmosphere are what I would expect for Justice League Dark, dark and intense. The interactions between characters seemed real and brought up back stories. Constantine was a delightful as#$ole as usual. Plus, Batman, Batman makes everything better.

  • Luca MMay 22, 2017Reply

    Thoroughly enjoyable movie, full of bizarre occultism and intense battle scenes. John Constantine is expertly portrayed, and the romantic tension between he and Zatanna is executed with quality and emotion. As far as animation goes, this film is one of the best modern 2D animated films I have seen so far.

  • James RMay 26, 2017Reply

    A continuation of the DC Universe Original films Justice League Dark follows Batman (Jason O’Mara) who is investigating a string of murders connected with people going crazy. He finds out it has something to do with magic, so he enlists the help of John Constantine (Matt Ryan), Zatanna (Camilla Luddington) and Deadman (Nicholas Turturro). Along the way they come across Jason Blood (Ray Chase) and the Swamp Thing (Roger Cross) who help them uncover the mystery of the crimes. Ok so first off the animation is well done and it’s actually a pretty interesting story. There’s some pretty cool action and anybody who watched the canceled Constantine show will enjoy Matt Ryan voicing his character once again. Batman is almost underused here and not even necessary. I get that they got him because they needed a “mainstream” hero that people would recognize and watch the movie, but man he makes very little sense in this one. The movie is also Rated R which is unnecessary. I don’t even recall a single shot that would warrant an R rating. Overall, it has a cool story to it, but there are a few things that hold it back (like why call it Justice League Dark if half the team is only in the film for a few minutes?). Any DC Universe Original film fans will enjoy it though everyone else it’ll probably just be a rent!

  • Yanik FJune 7, 2017Reply

    They didn’t need batman in this movie. But the connection to the real justice league was plausible. The dynamic of the group was also entertaining.

  • Jacob TJune 27, 2017Reply

    There’s a few shining spots here and there, but the film itself is too convoluted and uninspired to get invested in.

  • Hayden HJune 27, 2017Reply

    Darker than I ever thought it was gonna be as this animated film is one that should be part of the DCEU very soon. Love the use of Constantine and Batman as a traveler through the movie.

    “B” is my final grade

  • Collin PJuly 4, 2017Reply

    Justice League Dark follows similar patterns as other DC animated films, but puts its own interesting twist on things.

  • Tyler HJuly 5, 2017Reply

    Take note Snyder. 100%

  • Daniel RJuly 11, 2017Reply

    Probably the only time you can say the worst thing about this movie is Batman. But one of the better DC animated movies

  • Matthew DJuly 27, 2017Reply

    The ‘dark’ of the title may have some magical connotation, but what sets this team apart is their contrast to the straight-laced do-gooders of the Justice League, they have other priorities and the film’s exploration of these and the way the difference is used to subvert expectations is where it triumphs. The actual use of magic is portrayed well, often the problem with magic onscreen is either that when spell-casters can do anything, it’s hard to have stakes or too much time is spent establishing rules that stop them doing anything. Here the animation and direction makes it clear when magic takes its toll.
    It’s nice to see a different part of the DC universe given the spotlight, and the story moves forward pretty constantly while having time to catch us up on the mythology; even the breaks for backstories aren’t too intrusive and the characters are all interesting. They have great chemistry with one another and ultimately they make the movie worth watching despite a fairly straightforward plot, as they provide a great deal of laughs and surprisingly even a quite moving ending.

  • Andy FAugust 22, 2017Reply

    A bunch of wizards cast spells at each other while Batman stands around feeling rather out of his element.

  • Kyle MAugust 25, 2017Reply

    The latest in the animated continuity continues the entertaining thread with not just the impressive animation nor level of the performances but more shows an improvement in the usually-flawed pacing with raised stakes and tenser action. Next to that is a nice introduction of the titular group upon formation, being carried by the elemental showcase of Matt Ryan’s charming performance in his living television portrayal of Constantine. Their inclusion brought in the horror genre without any actual horror but through recognizable unappealing violent taste from the prior films and visuals if they were live action; which means the approach was mostly different apart from its shared predecessors as something more freshly. Typically entertaining to put it simplistically, but it also has set the lowest bar to be the least enjoyable yet, despite given the same rating that it reaches. (B+)

    (Full review TBD)

  • Jamie CAugust 26, 2017Reply

    The name kind of gives it away as it’s very dark and unless you’re a hardcore fan of DC this movie may fly over your head as there’s allot of unknown characters and the plot is very stuffed at times as in my kids were asking me what’s going on? and who’s that?, It was good to see Constantine finally make an appearance as he did bring his charm to the film, The animation and action were ok but the film itself just didn’t interest me enough to care about what happened to the heroes or anyone, It had its moments but I wouldn’t go back and re watch this anytime soon.

  • Ted WAugust 30, 2017Reply

    Terrible dc animated film.

  • Kevin HSeptember 9, 2017Reply

    Batman was added for name value, but this could have easily been just as good without him. DC animated films always work so much better than Marvel’s.

  • Mark WSeptember 21, 2017Reply

    Moderate. It’s nice to see some unrecognized characters get some attention for once. But one thing bothered me more than anything. What about Swamp Thing? He died, no one cared. Everyone was looking at the graves at the end, but Swamp Thing wasnt there. Kind of a bastard move, guys. Poor Swamp Thing…

  • Late ROctober 22, 2017Reply

    Featuring some of the more obscure DC characters and very little of the well-known ones, you may find yourself wondering who half the characters are or what their backstories are, a problem that is exacerbated when there’s too many of them running around and not enough time to get to know or care about them. Add to that a somewhat convoluted plot that doesn’t really engage you and you have a rather lifeless film. On the plus side, there’s potential for something interesting involving Constantine, Zatana and their supernatural world – just far less stuffed and more emotional heft next time, please.

  • Thiago BNovember 19, 2017Reply

    Great fighting scenes! Zatanna it’s just an amazing character. Hope to see a live action of her someday.

  • Jon CNovember 19, 2017Reply

    another satisfying animated DC adventure
    puts a new spin on the superhero teamup from before; instead of the Trinity it’s now Batman, Swamp Thing, Zatanna, and John Constantine of all things
    there’s much more dark magic involved here as a sinister force is making people see their greatest fears
    everything ties back to the time of Merlin and a sorcerer called Destiny holding that power conquering everything
    someone else now plans to wield it and become the ultimate god
    Constantine doesn’t have the best relations with the underworld plus he only had a casual relationship with Zatanna back in the past
    but they have to work together to track down the source of the nightmares
    of course Batman makes a statement that magic doesn’t have to solve every problem, it’s usually more seeking answers from the streets
    this new team is very colorful and otherworldly which is a new change of pace that’s always welcome
    the animation is amazing, too and the voice actors still haven’t lost their touch
    not the best JL installment but certainly engaging

  • Colton DNovember 25, 2017Reply

    A perfectly fun superhero outing that features an outstanding ensemble cast of voice actors and provides plenty of action, humor, and character moments that flesh out a story with some surprising twists and disturbing content, making this film another fun DC animated film.

  • Dan MDecember 11, 2017Reply

    Once again another DC animation movie/TV show being far better than the live action “blockbusters”. I’m not too familiar with JL: Dark as I’m not a comic book nerd, but a few of the characters I’m familiar with were also in the Batman: Animated Series, throw in Constantine(from the forgettable movie with Keanu Reeves) and Swamp Thing. Short movie, but the quality is so much better along with the character portayals. Deadman was a much better comedic sidekick than live action Flash could ever hope to be. My only gripe would be that Kevin Conroy didn’t voice Batman in this. This is worth checking out if you’re into DC.

  • AnonymousDecember 18, 2017Reply

    They need to make this into a TV series

  • Zakyr HDecember 24, 2017Reply

    Intense, emotional, faux-cinematic telling of DC’s ‘dark’ heroes. Constantine overshadows The Dark Knight by a massive margin.

  • Kevin MJanuary 4, 2018Reply

    An entertaining and visually stunning addition to the DC Animated Films Universe. Unfortunately, as with the other recent films, this movie doesn’t have the thought-provoking quality the pre-New 52 movies used to have.

  • Jack WJanuary 23, 2018Reply

    By far the best of DC’s connected animated universe. You get a bunch of unique characters, good and sometimes funny dialogue, a diverse use of magic, and some good fight scenes. It’s rather unique compared to some of the other DC movies, being more of a dark fantasy.

    There are a few qualms: They still use the blocky character design they used in the other films and I’m not a fan of it. (Also, I can’t stand Wonder Woman’s outfit. It leaves so much to be desired.) And this movie gets too dark at some points. Civilian deaths in this are a lot more frequent or necessary than they had to be.

    Overall, a good time-waster.

  • AnonymousMarch 7, 2018Reply

    I loved this movie, one of my favorite DC animated films. Dark has a very strange premise that isn’t for everybody, but its a really great movie that’s worth checking out if you’re a fan of superheroes.

  • Vlad MMarch 13, 2018Reply

    Should have been called Batman follows Constantine

  • AnonymousMarch 22, 2018Reply

    Mystical, fun new territory that DC is exploring and succeeds. Although Batman is our gateway into this new group of characters, it still feels like he (and the Justice League) are too much in these new characters’ spotlight.

  • Marin MMay 18, 2018Reply

    Good start for the weirder part of DC.The cast is good apart from Deadman.Dark,violent, and fun.Especially love the John Constantine-Batman dynamic.

  • AnonymousMay 24, 2018Reply

    John Constantine & Batman = amazing movie!! Loved every minute of it!!!

  • AnonymousJune 6, 2018Reply

    This was a great movie, and despite what some have said, not hard to follow. Reviewers complained that their kids couldn’t follow the movie… well it is rated R, it wasnt meant for kids, and the story is such that a person of average intelligence should be able to follow it. If not here is a brief synopsis (may contain spoilers)
    -Bad things happen
    -Intro to some of DCs magic based less known heroes
    -They investigate after picking up some magical relics
    -They are directed to a DC magic based less known villian
    -They find out it was a misdirection
    -They fight the real bad guy
    -Resolution

    Pretty standard plot outline, but done in interesting ways with hints and clues thrown in so you can follow along wirh the magic jargon if you are paying attention and not answering your kids nagging questions .

    All in all I’d say the most confusing thing in the movie was trying to decipher Zatanna’s spells. For those unfamiliar with her she speaks her spells backwards, so in comics her spells are easy to decipher because you just read them backward. But since the Closed Captions just puts up [reciting incantation] when she casts spells and some of them are kind of long it can be very hard to figure out what she is saying.

  • AnonymousJune 8, 2018Reply

    Solid story paired with overall great voice work and animation throughout creates a unique and entertaining animated DC movie.

  • David JJune 23, 2018Reply

    It’s called justice league but had nothing to do with the justice league

  • Alex SAugust 5, 2018Reply

    Its characters aren’t as well developed as many of the other DCAU movies but Justice League dark is a suitably fun and entertaining movie with excellent action sequences.

  • Chris BAugust 11, 2018Reply

    I really enjoyed this and would love more films focussing on Constantine et al. I thought with a short run time it managed to get exposition covered whilst keeping the plot moving along. I was almost hoping that it had been longer to allow some scenes to breathe.

  • Bob OAugust 26, 2018Reply

    Not a bad animated film, but the story needed to not feel like it was plucked from the middle of a good TV series. The characters needed more fleshing and less exposition. Constantine was great though.

  • Mark LOctober 12, 2018Reply

    Justice League: Dark reinstates its titular ensemble with a mystical twist, allowing time for fresh new characters to shine in an otherwise convoluted, but satisfyingly dark DC offering.

  • AnonymousNovember 14, 2018Reply

    Black Orchid: You exude pain. Your life is a patchwork of blackness with no time for joy. How do you cope with it? Batman: I have a butler.

  • Jacob BNovember 18, 2018Reply

    The R rating doesn’t feel necessary since nothing screams “too family-unfriendly for PG-13” and not sure including Batman was really necessary. Yeah, he helps out when he can but he seems to be in this movie just to sell more copies. And no, the title isn’t misleading because this is actually “Constantine & Friends feat. Batman” since “Constantine & Friends” actually are “Justice League Dark”. However, JL Dark, while often saying “magic” as an easy way out of having to explain is still quite enjoyable, at least for me. The action is fun, the voice acting is good, the story is well-told and Deadman actually is funny. He doesn’t overshadow Constantine, though which is good because his VA, Matt Ryan does a good job voicing him. Overall, Justice League Dark is a good introduction to the magical elements of the DCAU. I’m a bit sad that nobody made a Doctor Strange joke since this came out only a few months after Strange’s movie was released in cinemas.

  • Kean HJuly 4, 2019Reply

    Kudos to Warner Bros exploring Constantine’s supernatural side of things with the world’s best detective.

    Nice getting to know Zatanna & other characters whom I’ve hardly seen made a special appearance on this episode of DC animated goodness.

  • David WJuly 13, 2019Reply

    I really expected it to be better.

  • David WJuly 13, 2019Reply

    Really expected it to be better

  • Sarantos FMarch 9, 2020Reply

    Loved It. One of the best DC animated films ever.
    Simply, a must-watch for every DC fan.

  • AnonymousApril 15, 2020Reply

    Cool flick. Adult. Intense. Worthy rewatch 4/14/20

  • Alejandro SMay 6, 2020Reply

    It’s epic, a wonderful conclusion of this animated cinematic universe, the construction of the characters was solid, and the story was envolvent with a lots of action and emotion.

  • Yuta KMay 8, 2020Reply

    Es un flaspoit bastante trajico, por lo que abra devastación bastante bueno y impactante. Será que es el fin?

  • David JMay 9, 2020Reply

    JL: Dark started slowly, but the decision to center a film around Zatanna was a good one. John Constantine may be the best character in the DCAMU.

  • Sahil GMay 14, 2020Reply

    Constantine is a fresh face in the Justice League, but the addition of magic means most of the league is useless. Pretty funny to see batman in a supporting role here though!

  • Eric WMay 17, 2020Reply

    Having problems with magic, Batman assembles a team of supernatural heroes and anti-heroes to handle it in this installment of the Flashpoint Paradox storyline. (Isn’t Wonder Woman the one who usually handles magic? I don’t know.) Some very clean, dark animation typifies the story in JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK as magic users take the forefront and powerhouse their way through the many obstacles.

  • J LJune 2, 2020Reply

    This film is more about Constantine and less about the Batman and Justice League. The plot drags along and Batman seems to just be there for the ride. It may have had more impact if the conflict didn’t seem so light hearted considering the protagonist’s hero arch.

  • Geo MJuly 5, 2020Reply

    Amazing magical spells, mesmerizing animation. This movie is for any fan of fantasy movies

  • Joshua HAugust 30, 2020Reply

    What did I think of Justice League: Dark? Check out my full review below:
    https://open.spotify.com/episode/1h5v9Wu0cU6rw3Gdz4QmcN?si=0XP14bndR3iBAbZAgqT-Bg

  • Daniel20 SOctober 29, 2020Reply

    Justice league is just cool

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