Have you ever thought about what it would be like if the Justice League went up against a purely magical foe? Or about what a team-up between Batman & Constantine would look like? Well, it looks like DC’s upcoming direct-to-video release, Justice League Dark will bring fans just that. The official trailer was revealed yesterday, giving fans of the DCU a look into its newest R-Rated animated film.
After being drawn into the world of the occult by Deadman, Batman seeks the assistance of John Constantine to recruit a darker team of heroes. In addition to Deadman, Zatanna, Swamp Thing, and Jason Blood (aka Etrigan the Demon) will assist the detective in saving the world from an even darker & more sinister evil which threatens to destroy it.
When asked about the inspiration for the story, director Jay Oliva, said, “I wanted to do a horror film more than just the usual superhero film. It’s still an action film, but I wanted to have horror elements and really play up the supernatural aspect. The other thing was that if you’ve seen my films, I usually have highly choreographed fight sequences, and now I was thinking, ‘What do I do with that now with the magic aspect?’” Oliva continued with, “I love Final Fantasy and video games and anime, so I looked at all of my references and thought, ‘This is what they did, now how do I bring that to the DC Universe to do something really different that’s pushed? That maybe DC fans have never seen before, at least not in this context, and bring that to these characters?’ Because of magic, anything goes, which is very freeing to me.”
Fans of the brief live action Constantine TV series should be excited to find out that the star of that show, Matt Ryan, will be reprising his role (after a fashion), as the voice of the anti-hero detective of the supernatural. Rounding out the cast are such names as Jason O’Mara as Batman, Rosario Dawson as Wonder Woman, Jerry O’Connell as Superman, Enrico Colantoni as Felix Faust, Roger R. Cross as both John Stewart and Swamp Thing, Jeremy Davies as Ritchie, and the Emmy-nominated Alfred Molina as Destiny.
Justice League Dark is slated for release on DVD, Blu-Ray, and digital formats in early 2017.