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R | | Animation, Action, Fantasy | Video 7 February 2017
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.
Marvel has (mostly) done a great job with it’s movies and TV shows but so far its been DC that has all the real stand out animated movies. As such once I heard of Justice League Dark (with characters I love like Batman, Constantine and Swamp Thing) I was in.
While watching this I couldn’t helping thinking that the voice for Constantine sounded very familiar. I checked and sure enough Matt Ryan (who voices John) is the same one who played him in the cancelled too-soon Constantine TV show, good thinking! I was also immediately impressed that the film does live up to it’s name, immediately you see this is not an animated movie for kids. There is violence, adult themes (like a woman going to jump off a building with her baby in her arms) and even coarse language.
While we get very little of Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and Superman, this is fine by me, these characters have plenty of their own movies and certainly aren’t the “dark” heroes needed for this mission. Swamp Thing doesn’t get much screen time but I still thought they did an ok job with him. He’s a complicated character and really needs a film to himself (and something way better than that piece of crap from the 80’s!).
Another nice surprise was the humor, Batman gets to tell some jokes! He also just kind of grumbles when someone says something he doesn’t like, I found it funny and laughed several times. Of course Ryan is perfect as Constantine and with animation gets to do a lot of magic and still be the annoying/funny/powerful mage I love.
The film moves along at a good pace and is certainly not dragged out at an hour and fifteen minutes. There is a twist that I didn’t see coming and of course these dark heroes manages to save the world from an evil magic disaster.
I quite enjoyed this movie. I felt that some of the characters were just tacked on (like they had to show Superman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern) and they contribute almost nothing to the story. DC continues to put out solid animated movies and this is no exception. I give it 7.5 out of 10, mainly because of the tacked on characters and a rushed treatment of Swamp Thing. Please don’t let your kids watch this, ages 14+. Until next time, which will most likely be my thoughts on Sci-Fi on the Rock (a convention here in NL).