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Justice League Dark (2017/Limited Edition w/Constantine figure/DC Comics/Warner Blu-ray w/DVD)



Picture: B+/B- Sound: B+/B- Extras: B Film: B+



Comic fans will forever be dueling over which is the stronger company, Marvel or DC, but in all honesty both companies are equal. As far as animated films are concerned, DC is beating Marvel by a long shot - producing bold, often R-rated content that push the characters in directions even the feature films can't due to the MPAA. In many cases, these animated features also end up inspiring future DC Universe films as was apparent with Suicide Squad and the Batman: Assault on Arkham animated film which both had tons of similarities. Hopefully this will be the same case with Justice League Dark (2017), as it has been announced that plans are in the works for a live action feature film adaptation of the property and now having this fantastic animated film out there, one could easy borrow many ideas and story points from this film and it would translate very well to live action with the right cast and director.


For those unfamiliar, Justice League Dark consists of Constantine (voiced by Matt Ryan - who played the live action version of the character in the short lived NBC series), Dead Man, Swamp Thing, Etrigan the Demon, and talented magician Zatanna. All of these powerful characters are also aided by Batman himself in this film, but typically aren't in the comics. All of these heroes have extraordinary gifts similar to that of the Justice League but have much darker backstories that are geared towards a more adult audience. If you're a fan of these characters, I would also suggest checking out the comics and graphic novels, which are available under the DC 'New 52' label.


When an otherworldly spell is cast over normal citizens, forcing them to see every person they come in contact with as a monstrous threat, the crime rate starts to swell as many innocents are affected. To help find an explanation, Batman seeks out the Justice League Dark - a ragtag group of mystical misfits who all bring their particular set of the skills to the table and help expose the supernatural threat and take it down swiftly.


Presented in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1, the animated film looks fantastic on Blu-ray similar in style to the Batman: The Animated Series (reviewed elsewhere on this site) from the 1990s. While computer trickery was of course involved in helping the film come to life, the filmmakers take liberty of making the animation appear as if it was hand drawn as an overall style. As for the Blu-ray audio, a DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless track delivers the experience up to standard with a rousing score and a nice balance between hard sound effects and dialogue.


A standard definition DVD copy of the film is also included with an anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track, which is standard for the format and a little lackluster compared to the Blu-ray. A Digital UV copy of the film is also included.



Special Features...


Collectible packaging with Constantine mini figure (Exclusive to this particular packaged edition)


The Story of Swamp Thing


Did you Know?

- Constantine Origin

- Color of Magic

- Black Orchid

- Deadman Casting


2016 Comicon Panel


Sneak Peak at Teen Titans: The Judas Contract


From the DC Comics Vault: 2 Bonus Cartoons


Trailer for DC's Wonder Woman feature film


and as pictured with the review, this figure-containing box is also available as a limited edition version of 6,000 copies with a hardcover graphic novel version of the film.



A must watch for DC Comics fans, this adult animated film is interesting and shows a lot of promise for the Justice League Dark brand in the future.



- James Lockhart

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