R-Rated ‘Justice League Dark’ Trailer Released

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The first trailer for Justice League Dark has been officially released online thanks to IGNJustice League Dark is the next instalment in the DCAU.The film sees the world under attack from supernatural forces, prompting Batman to look for help from John Constantine. As a result, Constantine forms another team of supernatural heroes to save the world. The roster includes Swamp Thing, Deadman, Zatanna and Etrigan the Demon. You can check out the trailer below.

The trailer also reveals that the movie will be rated R for ‘some disturbing violence, similar to the DCAU’s last instalment, Batman: The Killing Joke. Hopefully this film will not have the R-rating just for the sake of having it, which was one criticism with The Killing Joke.

IGN were also able announce some new cast members for the film. Jeremy Davies will play Ritchie; Enrico Colantoni will be Felix Faust; Alfred Molina voices Destiny; and Roger R. Cross will perform as both Swamp Thing and John Stewart/Green Lantern. They will join Jason O’Mara as Batman, Matt Ryan as Constantine, Camilla Luddington as Zatanna, Nicholas Turturro as Deadman, Ray Chase as Etrigan, Jerry O’Connell as Superman and Rosario Dawson as Wonder Woman.

Justice League Dark is directed by Jay Oliva. The script was written by Ernie Altbacker, who co-wrote the story with J.M. DeMatteis, while Sam Register will executive produce. The film will be available via digital download, DVD and Blu-Ray in early 2017.

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  • Xarias

    That is some awful art.

    • SAMURAI36

      What art did you watch?? That animation was phenomenal.

      • therightclique

        Oh come on. That word doesn’t mean what you think it means.

        • Chris W

          He doesn’t understand a lot of words, I wouldn’t give it much thought.

          • SAMURAI36

            I’m hoping you understand what it means to be blocked. I’m getting sick of you idiots with nothing relevant to say.

          • Chris W

            aww… muffin!

          • batghost

            “WAHHHH!!! Please allow me to hate things, but you guys aren’t allowed to combat me!!! BLOCKED!” – SAMURAI36

        • SAMURAI36

          I’m all for disagreeing based on personal taste, but once you get into the realm of semantics, your argument starts to lose whatever weight it might have had.

          http://www.dictionary.com/browse/phenomenal?s=t

          adjective

          1.

          highly extraordinary or prodigious; exceptional:

          phenomenal speed.

    • Nick

      Its the same art that has been in the past 3 or 4 DC animated movies.

      • RAWRRRRR

        Heck, the art in this isn’t that far off from that found in Batman Beyond, etc. I think they are looking to evoke the feeling of the artwork from the various extremely popular Batman series from during the 1990’s.

        • therightclique

          Definitely. And it’s a workflow they know very well.

      • flavortang

        Exactly. Consistently awful.

      • SAMURAI36

        It wasn’t in Killing Joke, or Batman 66.

  • Kellen Joel

    The R rating better contribute to the story, like the M rating for Arkham Knight.

  • cthulhu

    Why would Deadman be riding in a car?

    • SAMURAI36

      Because he’s a ghost, doesn’t mean he knows where he’s going.

  • Draken Blackknight

    Kevin Conroy wasn’t available for this?

    • therightclique

      There have been a bunch he hasn’t been in. Where have you been?

    • SAMURAI36

      Conroy only does special event animated films now. The main DCAU is voiced by Jason O’Mara from here on out.

  • Hugomarink

    I just can’t get into these animated films and series (DC or Marvel). I know some are supposed to be good but, to me, the voices are almost always off (or just downright bad) and the animation isn’t very good. If somebody can recommend one that you think will change my mind I’d love to check it out.

    • Foogos

      I just watched the Justice League War on Netflix a couple days ago. It seemed loosely based on the first New 52 stories. I’m not a diehard DC guy to begin with, but I finished the movie thinking that this is how they should build their cinematic universe, but never will. I thought it was an enjoyable 75 minutes.

      • Hugomarink

        Thanks! I’ll check it out.

        • Scott Neil

          Should also check out Assault on Arkham,it’s a squad movie,brilliant.Never seen a bad DC animated film yet,the live action ones suck though,

      • flavortang

        People grade animated movies with kid gloves and with low expectations. The stuff they get away with in the cartoon movies are things the movies get lambasted for and analyzed with a microscope.

        • Sman

          Have to disagree, it’s just the plain bad directing and writing (worse than many of the animated films) that causes us to lambast poor films like BvS. When the animated films are poor they get the same treatment (like all the negative press for The Killing Joke). Most of the recent ones are just a bit mediocre and obviously they get less attention than the live action films.

          • flavortang

            Have to disagree. Everything people consider “bad” in the DCEU movies happen repeatedly in the cartoons and people don’t even seem to notice. They happened in all the old cartoon series like Justice League Unlimited and no one seemed to notice. Know why? Because everything was colorful and people told jokes.

            That’s how dumb people are. You can get away with ANYTHING as long as there’s bright colors and the tone of the movie is light. It’s not that people dislike massive property damage; they hate having to take CBMs seriously.

            The cartoon movies are belong on free TV.

          • SAMURAI36

            If these animated films are supposedly so bad, then why do they continue to be great sellers for DC?
            I would throw in the DCEU in that argument as well (since you mentioned that as well), but I’d rather stick to the topic at hand.

          • Sman

            I actually like a lot of the DCAU, there are good films and bad films (a great one was Under the Red Hood, and I like a lot of the tv shows). I just disagreed that they were as poorly written as some of the live action stuff but got a free pass just because they had a lighter tone (the weaker ones rightly get called out). As for your point, sales and popularity don’t necessarily have any correlation to quality (look at how much money the Transformers films make).

          • SAMURAI36

            True, sales don’t have a DIRECT correlation to quality, but it does have a direct correlation to what people like. Otherwise, people could say the exact same thing about the Marvel stuff. Or anything, for that matter.

    • flavortang

      For a second I thought I wrote this comment because it’s EXACTLY what I would’ve said.

      I’m super-hyped for the DCEU live-action movies but couldn’t give a lick about the animated ones. They look so cheap, like they’re pumped out of some Korean animation house for pennies on the dollar compared to, say, a CG house like Pixar.

      • SAMURAI36

        To each his own, I suppose. I like Pixar’s stuff fine enough, but they pump put generic stuff on a regular basis as well. The characters tend to look, act, & talk the same. It’s designed to appeal to 8 year olds.

    • I’ve really enjoyed most of them, but if you’re looking for one of the best, definitely watch Batman: Under the Red Hood. Bruce Greenwood, Neil Patrick Harris, and Jensen Ackles turn in amazing performances.

      • Hugomarink

        I think I watched Batman: Under the Red Hood although I can’t even remember for sure. That’s what happens when you get old. I know I watched one of the Batman animated movies on Netflix a year or two ago because I saw a lot of good reviews, but I wasn’t thrilled with it. I mean, it was OK, but nothing all that exciting.

    • Christopher Hertzler

      Flashpoint Paradox is the best DC animated movie I’ve seen. Everyone I know personally says the same thing.

    • Chris W

      I grew up on Batman TAS so Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill are the quintessential Batman & Joker for me.

      Have you seen Mask of the Phantasm or Dark Knight Returns? Those to me are the best that DC animated has to offer.

      Marvel has never been good in the animated department. Though I loved the first 3 seasons of the X-Men 90’s seeries, it might be too campy if you didn’t grow up on it though.

    • SAMURAI36

      What do you mean by the voices being “off”? In comparison to what, exactly?

      • Hugomarink

        I guess it can mean a number of things, from bad dialogue, bad acting, or not sounding like you’d expect a character to sound.

        • SAMURAI36

          That last statement is pretty much what I figured. People approach stuff with their own personal bias. Mind you, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, as we all have our biases. I certainly have mine, when it comes to Marvel. That’s why I didn’t recommend any DC animation (although I could), because nothing I’d suggest would likely break thru your preconceived notions.
          You like what you like.

          • Hugomarink

            I knew as soon as I posted that last bit about the characters not sounding like I expect that you were going to pounce on that. I probably shouldn’t have included that because pre-conceived notions not being met are a minor concern and a character’s voice is not going to make me dislike a movie or show if what the character is saying is well-acted and the dialogue is well-written. With that said, I noticed immediately in the JL Dark trailer that Deadman sounds like a Scooby-Doo villain and Constantine doesn’t seem to have a British accent (or if he does, it’s a very poor one). Again, these won’t kill it for me if the story, writing, and acting are good, but both of those voices stood out to me as being “off.” But the major offenders I see in the animated stuff I’ve watched is stilted dialogue and bad acting. I always go into these things wanting to like them but more often than not I just don’t find them to be very good.

          • Matias Gagliardone

            Have you watched Young Justice? Or Avengers Earth’s Mightiest Heroes?

          • SAMURAI36

            One of these is drastically better than the other. Not saying which. 😝

          • Matias Gagliardone

            Yes I know Young Justice is way better but EMH is the best animated Marvel series in my opinion

          • Hugomarink

            I think I watched an episode or two of Young Justice but I don’t remember for sure. Are those good shows?

          • Matias Gagliardone

            Young Justice is my favorite animated series, and lucky for me a third season has been confirmed! I would recommend it to anyone that likes superheroes (or in this case sidekicks

          • SAMURAI36

            Dead man has sounded like that since the JLU days. Not sure how Constantine doesn’t have a British accent, since Matt Ryan is the one playing him in this.
            But hey, no one can force you to like something that you don’t. I understand that better than anyone, as someone who vehemently dislikes Marvel.

          • Hugomarink

            That’s Matt Ryan from the NBC show? Oh that’s cool. I liked the Hellblazer show and wish it wasn’t canceled. Well, in the brief moments in the trailer where you hear his voice I didn’t pick up much of an accent but obviously Ryan has a pretty thick accent so nothing to worry about here. :-)

          • SAMURAI36
          • elise_b

            Funny that, about the actor voicing Constantine – he’s Welsh.

          • Hugomarink

            I didn’t know that was Matt Ryan but it’s only a few lines in the trailer so you don’t hear much.

    • xGryfter

      I’m right there with you. I try really hard to like these and I think I’ve watched pretty much every one they have put out with the hope that even one would be above mediocre quality. Unfortunately that hasn’t been the case. They all feel rushed, like they were written during a single drunken evening and animated the following week. At least the voice acting is becoming a bit more consistent… Not necessarily good, but consistent. The first 5 or so they released seemed like they were changing a character’s voice actor with each movie. I think The Killing Joke is was the straw that broke the camel’s back for me.

      • SAMURAI36

        Umm, they’ve had the same actors for the animated films since the start of the new DCAU. The only exceptions have been the KJ & Batman ’66 films.

  • Scott Neil

    Well annoyed,I thought this was meant to be live action when it was announced,DC are nuts,they keep trying to make stuff dark that shouldn’t be and wont give the real dark stuff a proper chance.

    • SAMURAI36

      Uhmmm, you realize that the JLD live action DCEU movie has already been announced, yes? This is just the animated version.

      • Scott Neil

        I didn’t know obviously or I would not have said anything,good to know it’s supposedly still happening,can’t see it doing any good numbers,not like anyone watched the Constantine movie or TV show,DC being what they are I bet they make it fluffy and light,they get everything ass-backwards.

        • SAMURAI36

          Yeah, uhmmm…. No. Nothing you are saying is factual. For one thing, the JLD animated film is rated-R. And the DCEU version is getting a lot of buzz, since Del Toro is producing, & Doug Lyman is directing. Neither one has ever done anything “fluffy”.

  • cradatatatataaaaa!!!!!

    I dont know why the art gets most of the heat, its good. the acting and the way the trailer was executed is bad

  • i want swampthing.

  • HealthyAmerican

    This looks promising. It’s got to be better than Killing Joke, but that’s not asking much. Can’t stand the live action DCU but the animated world has been mostly outstanding. Justice League War and Flashpoint are on Netflix, the Damien Wayne Batman story arc episodes are available on Amazon (they’re what the live action movies should be) and Assault on Arkham is a far better Suicide Squad movie than the recent Suicide Squad movie.