With so much attention given to superheroes and their exploits in both cinemas and on television, one can’t forget about how DC Entertainment dominates the animated market. With Batman: The Animated Series establishing DC to be a force in animation, recent years have proven the company to be a juggernaut with blu-ray exclusive releases. Whether it be the excellent two-part Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Justice League: War or the upcoming Batman: The Killing Joke, DC has staked their claim in this market and they are not messing around.
With a Killing Joke release date set after this summer’s San Diego Comic-Con, many have wondered what is next for the company. Look no further, as it seems the British Board of Film Classification (via Comicbook.com) has given us a slight confirmation of what DC’s next big animated film will be: Justice League Dark. In a breakdown of the various special features, the BBFC lists “A Sneak Peak at Justice League Dark” in the additional materials section. This has not been a confirmation from DC Entertainment, but the BBFC listing leads a lot credence to the film’s existence.
‘Justice League Dark’ Continues DC’s Dark Streak
This is exciting and makes sense on a couple of fronts. First, with the confirmation that The Killing Joke will be rated R (a warranted rating, based on the source material), DC has opened the doors for dark/edgy material. Second, Justice League Dark has been floating around the nerd sphere in recent years as Guillermo Del Toro was involved in some type of live-action production with Warner Bros. Every couple of months Del Toro would pop up and give a “this might happen” type of announcement. This was in the interim between Man of Steel and Batman v Superman, and now that the DC Extended Universe has been established, it doesn’t look like Del Toro’s Justice League Dark will ever see the light of day.
Introduced as part of DC’s New 52, Justice League Dark is a very Suicide Squad type of story, what with the villains/anti-heroes banning together. Though Suicide Squad looks to be dark and twisted, it doesn’t have anything on JLD. The usual roster of characters is John Constantine, Zatanna, Deadman, Enchantress, Swamp-Thing (and many others).
What do you guys think? Are you disappointed that Del Toro’s live-action film is gone, or do you think the animated medium will be great for this material? Are you looking forward to more R-rated animated films from DC? Let us know in the comments below!