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Justice League Dark is Goth Super Friends

While DC’s recent live-action efforts have been… less than perfect, its animated movies have chugging along pretty well. Just ignore last year’s creeptastic slideshow of a Killing Joke adaptation. Justice League Dark, the latest entry, is available now as a digital download and hits store shelves February 7. Being the Punished “Venom” DC fan that I am, I gave the film a shot. Justice League Dark is no Batman vs. Superman disaster, but it’s more of a demonstration of concepts than a coherent movie in its own right.

Trusty old Batman serves as the familiar anchor as audiences are thrust into the Hot Topic occult offshoot of the heroic Justice League world. The members of Justice League Dark include cynical British mystic detective John Constantine, medieval knight and demon soul combination Jason Blood/Etrigan, stage magician with real powers Zatanna, friendly ghost Deadman, and the self-explanatory Swamp Thing.

These characters are pretty different from your…

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