A couple of weeks ago, the first Justice League Dark trailer was released. It was also rated R, which isn’t a very common thing in the world of animated superhero movies. The last one to get this rating was Batman: The Killing Joke and it’s been making a steady amount since its release in July.
So it should come as no surprise that Warner Bros. was comfortable enough to let their latest animated film be rated R as well. Director Jay Oliva recently discussed the film’s rating and how the filmmakers are allowed to show some things while, in other instances, some violence has to be scaled back.
“If I knew that I could get away with a rated R, I would have made it a hard R. When we make these films, our goal is always a PG-13, so there’s certain things that we know we can get away with and things that we can’t; we can’t do beheadings and we can’t do arterial blood spray or anything like that. I’m just trying to tell the best story that I can, and from there we edit some things out, or we try to hide things. Instead of showing a beheading, we’ll cut to the shadow on the wall as you see the beheading in the shadow, but you don’t actually see it. The Killing Joke was kind of a godsend in the sense of, because of its success and because Home Video took a chance of releasing it as an R, it paved the way for this to be an R.”
Matt Ryan is back playing Constantine in this animated version of him, while Jason O’Mara gives voice to Batman. Justice League Dark is available on Digital HD on January 24, 2017 and will be out on DVD and Blu-Ray on February 7, 2017.