Movie Review: Justice League Dark: Apokolips War (2020)

The culmination of seven years of animated movies, Justice League Dark: Apokolips War is a 2020 adult animated movie, set in the DC Animated Movie Universe. Following absolute decimation in an attempt to protect the Earth from Darkseid (a wonderfully menacing Tony Todd), Earth’s superhero defenders are left scattered and broken. Chief among them, Constantine (Matt Ryan), who fled from the initial battle, and spends his days drinking his way through what remains of London with the now horribly depressed demon, Etrigan (Ray Chase). Soon approached by Raven (Taissa Farmiga) and Superman (Jerry O’Connell), Constantine must help rally survivors for one final stand. Almost every hero and anti-hero from the preceding 14 films makes an appearance in one way or another, in a speaking or silent cameo role.

+ almost all of the DC Animated Movie Universe voice actors return, with Constantine (Ryan), Superman (O’Connell) and Etrigan (Chase) my personal highlights. Rebecca Romjin and Rosario Dawson are given limited, but important moments to shine as Lois Lane and Wonder Woman, respectively, and Rainn Wilson’s Lex Luthor is once again a joy. As mentioned, Darkseid (Tony Todd) is menacing and intense, and it’s clear Todd is having some fun being a monster – a role he certainly knows very well
+ the plot is absolutely full of ‘holy shit’ moments. Pro tip: don’t have a favourite character, because they most definitely will die gruesomely or otherwise not end up in great circumstances – that’s not really a spoiler, it’s that kind of movie. This really feels like the culmination of multiple movies, comparable to what Infinity War and Endgame were for the Marvel Cinematic Universe

– I truly cannot express in words how sick I am of every one of these movies turning into ‘The Batman Show’. Arguably this film more than any other was perfectly set up for literally anybody else to be in the role he was in here, but alas. Maybe next time
– the DC Showcase short film on offer with this film was that of Adam Strange. It did nothing for me at all, compared to the fantastic Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam or more recent Death

> After all this time, we better be getting a solo Constantine movie. This was almost one for him, the same was Captain America: Civil War was a Hawkeye movie, but I want more
> This is the second of two adult animated movies I watched recently (back to back with Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge). This was significantly better

Should you see this film: As the culmination of everything that has come before, this was incredible. The shock and awe of the plot will have you reeling (and rewinding for a better look) and the final few moments are some of the most hype in all of comic book movies. If you have watched and enjoyed any of the preceding 14 movies in this series, this is a must see.

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