The Justice League Dark animated movie is set to arrive on in early 2017.
In keeping with the precedent set by DC’s animated ‘The Killing Joke’ earlier in the year, they are continuing to explore the R-rating with the upcoming Justice League Dark animated movie. The first trailer, which just arrived, describes the feature as being R-Rated for ‘Some disturbing violence.’ And though it says the movie will be coming out on Blu-Ray, and Digital HD, it doesn’t give a specific 2017 release date.
So, who’s excited for this? And who’s a little wary after the mixed basket (and I’m being kind there) that was ‘The Killing Joke?’
Original Post 6-10-16: Plans For a Justice League Dark Animated Movie Has Just Been Revealed
Although DC Entertainment’s latest animated movie, The Killing Joke, isn’t out yet, we’ve just heard some new information on what’s coming next and it’s pretty awesome. According to a listing in the British Board of Film Classification, the release of The Killing Joke will contain a featurette titled A Sneak Peek at Justice League Dark, which heavily implies that this will be DC’s next animated film. Now, this has not been officially confirmed by DC, but hopefully, we’ll be hearing something official soon. At the very least, we’ll at least get to see the featurette when The Killing Jone comes out.
If you are unfamiliar with Justice League Dark, it was introduced as part of DC’s New 52 push and adds a hefty dose of magic to the mix. The team is made up of John Constantine, Zatanna, Madame Xanadu, Deadman, Enchantress, and Shade the Changing Man. Similar to Justice League, this group also fights crime and monsters, though they deal mostly with the supernatural and occult. They don’t even want to be grouped together, however, they have to do it for the greater good.
This is what writer Peter Milligan said about the comic:
It was the “dark” bit that really appealed to me. The idea of taking these characters and this kind of story into some dark places. That doesn’t always or necessarily mean supernatural black magic dark. It can mean emotionally dark. A messed up confused kind of dark. The basic screwed up human condition transplanted onto a superhero/supernatural comic.
There is another interesting angle to this as well. Back in 2012, Guillermo Del Toro announced he was interested in signing on for a Justice League Dark movie, but in the intervening four years, they hasn’t been any movement, and the project seems to have stalled. So if they are moving forward with an animated Justice League Dark, that may mean they’re shelving a live action version for now. Or, maybe they’re testing the waters to see how interested people are before they commit to a larger scale movie.
So, who’s excited to see some animated mystical mayhem, Justice League Dark style?
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