Justice League Dark: Apokolips War Review
Production: Warner Bros.
Director: Christina Sotta
Starring: Matt Ryan as Constantine, Jason O’Mara as Batman, Jerry O’Connell as Superman, Rosario Dawson as Wonder Woman, Taissa Farmiga as Raven, Stuart Allan as Damian Wayne and more.
Reviewed By: Dean Asquith
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 🏹
The World’s Greatest Super Heroes square off once-and-for-all against the despotic Darkseid with the fate of all humanity hanging in the balance.
Culminating a six-year animated journey that began with the release of Justice League: War in 2014 and featuring the largest voice cast in the history of DC Universe Movies, Justice League Dark: Apokolips War finds Earth decimated after intergalactic tyrant Darkseid devastates the Justice League in a poorly executed war by the DC Super Heroes. Now the remaining bastions of good—the Justice League, Teen Titans, Suicide Squad and assorted others—must regroup, strategize and take the war to Darkseid in order to save the planet and its surviving inhabitants.
This is truly the war to end all wars, and only the victor will live to enjoy the spoils.
As the plot says, this was the war to end all wars. From the off we are met by a true massacre of some of DC’s most famous characters. At times it was heartbreaking to see some of my beloved characters being totally and utterly destroyed arguably the most powerful CBM villain of all time. I won’t go into each individual because you NEED to watch this movie but trust me when I say the writers did not hold back in any shape or form. I have never seen such destruction of main line characters in my entire (but brief) experience of the DC animated universe or comics and yes… that includes DCeased and Injustice!!
Another truly earth shattering entry into the DC animated universe and a superb way to round of the latest series of movies. The story continues on from the likes of Justice League Dark and Justice League War. The action starts immediately and at no point gives way throughout the entire epic. The story is once again expertly handled which is what we have come to expect from the folks over at Warner Bros and DC.
The animation hasn’t improved significantly from the previous movie and doesn’t seem as polished as say Superman: Red Son did but that by no means effected my enjoyment of the movie overall.
I really struggled to find any faults with this movie and it has quickly become my favourite out of all DC animated universe. The reason Apokolips War dropped half a mark from my final score is the issue I found with Superman being able to break through the magical possession of Trigon, as far as my knowledge of Superman goes, he has a weakness to magic but in this instance the boy scout seems to swat Trigon’s powers away fairly easily. But hey, if someone can inform me better on this, I’m all ears.
There are so many aspects to this movie that I loved that it’s hard to select a favourite moment. From Constantine throughout and the razor sharp comments by Etrigan to King Shark’s immersive dialogue consisting of “King Shark is a shark!”, there’s so much to pick. Ultimately if I had to choose in order to avoid torture on Apokolips I would go with the absolutely sublime performance of Matt Ryan as Constantine, this man truly makes the character of John Constantine his own and it’s hard to see any other person in the future taking up the role. Hopefully soon we’ll get to see him in live action outside of Legends of tomorrow so he can behave a bit more like his animated role.
Please make sure you check this movie out, as i’ve said before this is my favourite animated movie now and i’m excited to watch it multiple times more! If you haven’t seen Justice League War or Justice League Dark, make sure you give them a go, it’ll make this movie way more enjoyable for you.
Be sure to let me know what you think!
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