“Justice League Dark” Animated and in Live Action

Warner Bros. has released an extended clip for the Justice League Dark animated film in conjunction with PlayStation.

 

The six-minute clip ironically does not include any members of the titular magical team, but instead focuses on the normal Justice League characters as they confront a supernatural threat. It involves people in multiple cities seeing their fellow civilians as monsters and attacking them violently; perhaps most creepy is a woman who nearly kills her baby before Batman intervenes.

 

The actual “Dark” team consists of heroes such as the magician Zatanna, sorcerous detective John Constantine, ghost Deadman and plant spirit Swamp Thing. In the comics, they unite together to face supernatural threats that normal superheroes have a hard time dealing with.

 

Justice League Dark is part of the DC Animated Movie Universe. So far, its films have focused mainly on the Justice League and Batfamily, though it branched out a bit last year with Justice League vs. Teen Titans. As such, this focus on the lesser known “Dark” characters may lead to a more expanded universe.

 

DC and Warner Bros. seem determined to make this particular team more popular; they have also announced vague plans for a Justice League Dark film in its live-action DC Extended Universe, which is now in a state of flux after its current movies received less than glowing reviews from both critics and fans. The animated Justice League Dark may be testing the waters for a more costly counterpart.