“Justice League Dark” just got a visit from some friendly (and one not-so-friendly) faces. The latest clip from the upcoming animated film has nothing to do with the titular team and instead focuses on the Justice League proper, which includes Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman.
As Superman and Wonder Woman outline in the video, something strange is happening all over the world. Ordinary, law-abiding citizens are creating chaos, but they may not be responsible for their own actions. According to Wonder Woman, each of the victims recalls seeing a nightmarish vision before blacking out and waking up to the mayhem — and she believes the source of the problem may be magical in nature.
That explanation doesn’t go over too well with Batman, despite the fact that he has encountered magic-wielding enemies like Circe and Trigon. In the clip, he’s more of the mind that “the criminally insane don’t need magic as an excuse,” adding, “I recommend spending more time on the streets instead of flying over them.”
In “Justice League Dark,” Batman will operate as a sort of POV-character to serve as an entry point for viewers unfamiliar with this magical side of the DC Universe. As such, he’ll be a bit of a Doubting Thomas, as seen in the clip above.
The clip originally debuted at last year’s New York Comic Con. “There’s a lot of magic, there’s a lot action — it’s superhero stuff with a lot of magic spells,” producer James Tucker explained at the time. “Basically, I asked myself what I would do if I made a ‘Harry Potter’ movie, and that’s basically this film,” added director Jay Oliva.
Directed by Warner Bros. Animation vet Jay Oliva, “Justice League Dark” stars Jason O’Mara as Batman, Camilla Luddington as Zatanna, Nicholas Turturro as Deadman, Roger R. Cross as Swamp Thing, Ray Chase as Jason Blood/Etrigan and Matt Ryan — reprising his role from the NBC series — as Constantine.
“Justice League Dark” releases January 24 on Digital HD (for $19.99 in HD and $14.99 in SD), and February 7 on Blu-ray/DVD. A Deluxe Giftset Blu-ray — selling for $39.99 — will include a Constantine figurine, in addition to exclusive behind-the-scenes content, including an early look at the upcoming “Teen Titans: The Judas Contract” animated film.
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