In Review: Justice League Dark

Batman assembles a League of mystic heroes - the likes of Swamp Thing, The Demon, Zatana and Constantine - to help defeat a magical otherworldly threat.

Synopsis: Batman assembles a League of mystic heroes – the likes of Swamp Thing, The Demon, Zatana and Constantine – to help defeat a magical otherworldly threat.

Review: Released yesterday through Amazon and all good streaming services. Justice League Dark gives you a more magical side to the DC Superheroes and sees The Demon Etrigan, Swamp Thing, Zatanna, Deadman and Constantine join Batman to see off a supernatural threat that has been patiently waiting 500 years for its revenge.

The film lives up to the name because in the opening sequence we see Batman prevent a baby from being murdered and a suicide, which his brought on by a mass hallucination, which has gripped Gotham and various other cities in the DC Verse.

The story is pretty basic as stories go and should be easy enough for both DC and none DC fans to follow.

The animation and fight sequences throughout the film are great fun, but I could not help but feel that Swamp Thing was a little under used given that he was one of this films big selling points.

A majority of the films plot is steered by Constantine, Zatanna, Batman, Deadman and Etrigan the demon. For those not familiar with Etrigan. He is a fun Demon character that quotes really rubbish poetry before going into battle. He gets a majority of the films funny lines. Though Constantine pretty much gets the rest.

There’s a fantastic magic fight in the film, which sees Zatanna take on Felix Faust. This is worth the price of admission alone and makes the final battle between the team and Destiny seem somewhat anticlimactic.

Matt Ryan is brilliant as ever as John Constantine and really seems to relish the one liners he is given with newfound glee.

If you are like me. In that you were disappointed by NBC’s dumb decision to cancel ‘Constantine’. Then this film and Matt Ryan’s participation in it will go a small way to making it up to you.

With a running time of an hour and 14 minutes. ‘Justice League Dark’ is the biz, but I’d highly recommend that younger viewers watch with a parent given some of the colourful metaphors that fly about. It’s not over the top sweary, but I can see some people potentially taking offence.

Justice League Dark
  • The Good: Voice Acting and Animation
  • The Bad: Swamp Thing was underused
  • Story
  • Voice Acting
  • Animation
  • Incidental Music

Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at: [email protected]
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