Justice League Dark (2017) Movie Review

Batman forms Justice League Dark, a new team of dark arts specialists that is led by John Constantine. The team must unravel the mystery of a supernatural plague and contend with the rising, powerful villainous forces behind the siege.
Initial release: 7 February 2017 (USA)
Director: Jay Oliva
Running time: 1h 15m
Language: English
Distributed by: Warner Home Video

Plot summary

The plot starts simple but grows increasingly complex, thanks to all of the mythology in play. It starts with citizens all over the world suddenly becoming convinced that people around them are demons and then feeling compelled to kill them, pretty much like you feel everyday…The Justice League step in and realize it’s out of their “league”, and Batman gets visions of Constantine’s name, and that’s when we meet Zatana, who’s now reduced to doing cheap parlor tricks at parties because lets face it, we all love magic.

She reveals that Deadman was trying to convey a message to have him meet Constantine, because cloning the mammoth was easier than possessing someones body and have them deliver the message. Eventually, it turns out that it’s all connected to a magic gem known as the Dreamstone created centuries ago by a sorcerer known as Destiny.

If you’re not Confused yet? Just wait. Not all of the main characters have even been introduced yet.

Wrap up

The biggest flaw with the movie is that it’s so full of mythology and lore that only DC fans familiar with the backstory can relate. sadly while this was also to be a set up for larger things in the JLD universe, it fails at that with too much info in too little time.

That aside this is easily one of the best DC animated movies out so far, and the star of the movie is John Constantine reprised by Matt Ryan from the TV series. While a lot of other characters don’t develop as well, especially Swamp thing, who has somewhat of a cult following, seemed like big show getting eliminated at the royal rumble in the most painful way.

That aside, It’s definitely the best feature set within DC Animation’s continuity, and even with Batman tacked on there for good effect, all his grunting is worth watching.