The upcoming R-rated Justice League Dark animated film takes us into the realm of the supernatural and features threats that are beyond the means of the Justice League to defeat. Instead, they must turn to John Constantine and other supernatural characters if they hope to defeat the coming darkness and save the day.
The animated feature pairs Constantine and a ragtag group of masters of the supernatural with Batman, a die-hard skeptic who doesn’t believe that the threat facing the world is actually supernatural at all. There may be more to the world than Batman realizes, however, and a new clip from the film shows off just one of the potential threats that fall outside of the Dark Knight’s narrow view of reality.
The clip was featured in the latest edition of DC All Access (at the 2:38 mark in the video above) and shows John Constantine taking on some demons in a game of poker. Being demons, they are blatantly cheating during the game; not only that, but they continually trash talk Constantine and even insist that stage magician David Copperfield is more powerful than he is. The demons maneuver to force Constantine to fold, but instead he ups the ante by betting the magical House of Mystery on a winner-take-all hand. Though it seems that the demon he’s playing against is holding all of the right cards to win (after some careful changes to the cards themselves), fans of Constantine already know that he’s got some other trick up his sleeve if he’s willing to make such a large bet against such an untrustworthy opponent.
The DC All Access episode also features interviews with Matt Ryan (the actor who portrayed Constantine on the short-lived NBC show, and who has returned to voice the character for Justice League Dark) and Jason O’Mara (who voices Batman in the film). They discuss Batman’s role in the film and how working off of the supernatural gives him a chance to be something other than the straight man, even making jokes since he doesn’t actually believe in the magic and supernatural powers that surround him during the movie. Ryan also discusses Constantine’s relationship with Zatanna in the film and what it’s like to reprise the role of Constantine yet again after the NBC show was cancelled.
It’s been a long road getting Justice League Dark together, since there were originally plans for a live-action film that was set to be directed by Guillermo del Toro. When del Toro left the production, the then-renamed Dark Universe brought on Edge of Tomorrow‘s Doug Liman as a replacement. Despite Liman’s attachment and his comments on the film as recently as October, there has been no other official word about Dark Universe or how much of del Toro’s work when it was still Justice League Dark will remain. The animated film seems to be separate from the live-action plans, though it will certainly help to tide over fans until more information on Dark Universe comes to light.
Justice League Dark is slated for release on DVD, Blu-ray and digital on January 24, 2017.
Source: DC All Access