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The World’s Finest Reviews “Justice League Dark: Apokolips War,” New Clips, Images Released

The World’s Finest has published its review of DC Universe Movie’s Justice League Dark: Apokolips War, which is available now on DigitalHD and physical media, including 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Combo Pack. In short, Justice League Dark: Apokolips War makes it mark as an impactful finale to this era of in-continuity DC Universe Movie titles, taking full advantage of its status as the last chapter. It’s utterly jam-packed with neat surprises, cameos and narrative twists and turns that will leave viewers shaken to the core.

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Culminating a six-year animated journey that began with the release of Justice League: War in 2014, Justice League Dark: Apokolips War finds Earth decimated after intergalactic tyrant Darkseid has devastated 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.

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Justice League Dark: Apokolips War – Extras – Press Release

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THE FINAL BATTLE HAS ARRIVED!
WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT
AND DC PRESENT

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK: APOKOLIPS WAR

COMING MAY 5, 2020 TO DIGITAL;
ARRIVING MAY 19, 2020 ON
4K ULTRA HD™ BLU-RAY COMBO PACK,
& BLU-RAY™ COMBO PACK

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 – in Justice League Dark: Apokolips War, the next entry in the popular series of DC Universe Movies. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC, the feature-length animated film will be released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital starting May 5, 2020, and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack on May 19, 2020.

Justice League Dark: Apokolips War will be accompanied by the all-new DC Showcase animated short, Adam Strange. The thrilling tale, which offers insight into the space adventurer’s fascinating backstory, features Charlie Weber (How To Get Away with Murder) as the voice of title character.

Justice League Dark: Apokolips War will be available on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (USA $39.99 SRP; Canada $44.98 SRP) and Blu-ray Combo Pack (USA $24.98 SRP; Canada $29.98 SRP) as well as on Digital. The 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc in 4K with HDR, a Blu-ray disc featuring the film in hi-definition, and a digital version of the movie. The Blu-ray Combo Pack features a Blu-ray disc with the film in hi-definition, a DVD with the film in standard definition, and a digital version of the movie.

Culminating a six-year animated journey that began with the release of Justice League War in 2014, Justice League Dark: Apokolips War finds Earth decimated after intergalactic tyrant Darkseid has devastated 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.

Justice League Dark: Apokolips War features the largest Super Hero cast in the history of DC Universe Movies with dozens of actors/characters spotlighted in a grand ensemble of talent reprising their roles from this six-year story continuum. Matt Ryan (Legends of Tomorrow, Constantine), Jerry O’Connell (Carter, Bravo’s Play by Play, Stand by Me) and Taissa Farmiga (The Nun, The Mule, American Horror Story) anchor the cast as Constantine, Superman and Raven, respectively – the triumvirate determined to assemble the forces necessary to lead humanity’s final attack. Alongside that trio are the long-running core of Justice League voices — Jason O’Mara (The Man in the High Castle, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as Batman, Rosario Dawson (Briar Patch, Daredevil, Sin City) as Wonder Woman, Shemar Moore (S.W.A.T., Criminal Minds) as Cyborg and Christopher Gorham (Covert Affairs, Insatiable, Ugly Betty) as The Flash – as well as JL-adjacents Rebecca Romijn (X-Men, The Librarians) and Rainn Wilson (The Office, The Meg) as the voices of Lois Lane and Lex Luthor, respectively.

Tony Todd (Candyman) is the voice of the film’s key villain, Darkseid. The cast also boasts appearances by Camilla Luddington (Grey’s Anatomy) as Zatanna, Ray Chase (Justice League Dark, Final Fantasy XV videogame) as Jason Blood/Etrigan, Roger R. Cross (24, The Strain, Arrow) as John Stewart & Swamp Thing, Liam McIntyre (Spartacus: War of the Damned, The Flash) as Captain Boomerang, Hynden Walch (Teen Titans Go! Vs. Teen Titans) as Harley Quinn, Stuart Allan (Batman vs. Robin, Batman: Bad Blood) as Robin/Damian, Sachie Alessio (Batman: Hush) as Lady Shiva, and John DiMaggio (Futurama, Batman: Under the Red Hood) as King Shark.

Directors Matt Peters (LEGO DC: Batman – Family Matters) and Christina Sotta (Young Justice) helm Justice League Dark: Apokolips War from a script by Ernie Altbacker (Batman: Hush, Justice League Dark) and Mairghread Scott (Wonder Woman: Bloodlines), who is also credited with creating the story. Amy McKenna (The Death of Superman) is producer, and Jim Krieg (Batman: Gotham by Gaslight) is co-producer. Executive Producers are Sam Register and James Tucker (Reign of the Supermen, Justice League Dark).

Justice League Dark: Apokolips War is an epic story of supernatural proportions. A blockbuster, battle royale of a film filled with intense action and heartfelt emotions, serving up spotlight moments for our cast of unique characters,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Senior Vice President, Originals, Animation and Family Marketing. “This incredible thrill-ride takes us to the edge of the DC universe and sets the stage for an exciting new chapter.”

Justice League Dark: Apokolips War Special Features
4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital

DC Showcase: Adam Strange (Animated Short) – On an asteroid mining colony, mysterious drifter Adam Strange is dismissed as an interplanetary derelict. But when the miners open a fissure into the home of a horde of deadly alien insects, his true identity is exposed. He is space adventurer Adam Strange, whose heroic backstory is played out in flashbacks as he struggles to save the very people who have scorned him for so long. Charlie Weber provides the voice of Adam Strange, alongside with Roger R. Cross, Kimberly Brooks, Ray Chase and Fred Tatasciore. Adam Strange is produced and directed by Butch Lukic (Batman Unlimited franchise), who also conceived the original story – which is written by J.M. DeMatteis (Constantine: City of Demons).

• Darkseid: New God/Evil Classic (New Featurette) – This documentary explores the machinations of one of fiction¹s greatest Super Villains as we learn more about what fuels Darkseid¹s drive to becoming a galactic Atilla the Hun and the importance of Deities in our classic and modern fiction.

• Filmmaker Audio Commentary – Observations and behind-the-scenes insight from Executive Producer James Tucker, Directors Matt Peters and Christina Sotta, and Screenwriter Ernie Altbacker.

• Look Back: Justice League Dark (Featurette) – John Constantine leads a group of misfit characters that use magic to vanquish their opponents. This is the dark version of the Justice League taking on the malevolent forces that go beyond our plane of existence.

• Look Back: Batman and Harley Quinn (Featurette) – Take a peek at the animated feature film, Batman and Harley Quinn, featuring the creators and talented voice cast.

• From the DC Vault: Justice League Action, “Zombie King”

• From the DC Vault: Justice League Action, “Abate and Switch”

• From the DC Comics Vault: Teen Titans, “Nevermore”

• A Sneak Peek at the next DC Universe Movie, Superman: Man of Tomorrow – An advanced look at the next animated film in the popular DC Universe Movies collection.

Justice League Dark: Apokolips War will also be available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts.

DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS
On May 5, 2020, Justice League Dark: Apokolips War will be available to own in high definition and standard definition from select digital retailers including Amazon, the Apple TV app, FandangoNOW, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. On May 19, 2020, Justice League Dark: Apokolips War will be made available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.

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BASICS
PRODUCT SRP
4K UHD Combo Pack $39.99 USA, $44.98 Canada
Blu-ray Combo Pack $24.98 USA, $29.98 Canada

Blu-ray Languages: English, Spanish, French
Blu-ray Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
4K Blu-ray Languages: English, Spanish, French
4K Blu-ray Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Running Time: 90 minutes
Rated R for bloody violence, language and some sexual references.

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JUSTICE LEAGUE and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC. © 2020 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

About Warner Bros. Animation
Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) is one of the leading producers of animation in the entertainment industry, producing and developing projects for multiple platforms, both domestically and internationally. Theatrically, WBA’s full-length film, Teen Titans GO! to the Movies, released on July 27, 2018. WBA’s TV series include Teen Titans Go!, Unikitty! and the upcoming DC Super Hero Girls and ThunderCats Roar for Cartoon Network; Be Cool Scooby-Doo!, Bunnicula, Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, The Tom and Jerry Show, New Looney Tunes, Wacky Races and the upcoming Scooby-Doo! and Guess Who? and Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs for Boomerang; Mike Tyson Mysteries for Adult Swim; Green Eggs and Ham for Netflix; Harley Quinn and Young Justice: Outsiders for DC Universe; Animaniacs for Hulu; and the upcoming Looney Tunes Cartoons content initiative. As home to the iconic animated characters from the DC, Hanna-Barbera, MGM and Looney Tunes libraries, WBA also produces highly successful animated films — including the DC Universe Animated Original Movies — for DVD, Blu-ray® and digital media. One of the most-honored animation studios in history, WBA has won six Academy Awards®, 35 Emmy® Awards, the George Foster Peabody Award, an Environmental Media Award, a Parents’ Choice Award, the HUMANITAS Prize, two Prism Awards and 20 Annie Awards (honoring excellence in animation).





Justice League Dark: Apokolips War – Extras

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Justice League Dark: Apokolips War – Home Media Review

Justice League Dark: Apokolips War
Studio: Warner Bros. Animation
Release Date: May 4, 2020 – Digital; May 19, 2020 – 4K Blu-ray, Blu-ray

Synopsis: Earth is decimated after intergalactic tyrant Darkseid has devastated 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. 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 – in Justice League Dark: Apokolips War, produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC.

Justice League Dark: Apokolips War Special Features
4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital

DC Showcase: Adam Strange (Animated Short) – On an asteroid mining colony, mysterious drifter Adam Strange is dismissed as an interplanetary derelict. But when the miners open a fissure into the home of a horde of deadly alien insects, his true identity is exposed. He is space adventurer Adam Strange, whose heroic backstory is played out in flashbacks as he struggles to save the very people who have scorned him for so long. Charlie Weber provides the voice of Adam Strange, alongside with Roger R. Cross, Kimberly Brooks, Ray Chase and Fred Tatasciore. Adam Strange is produced and directed by Butch Lukic, who also conceived the original story – which is written by J.M. DeMatteis.
-Darkseid: New God/Evil Classic (New Featurette) – This documentary explores the machinations of one of fiction¹s greatest Super Villains as we learn more about what fuels Darkseid¹s drive to becoming a galactic Atilla the Hun and the importance of Deities in our classic and modern fiction.
-Filmmaker Audio Commentary – Observations and behind-the-scenes insight from Executive Producer James Tucker, Directors Matt Peters and Christina Sotta, and Screenwriter Ernie Altbacker.
-Look Back: Justice League Dark (Featurette) – John Constantine leads a group of misfit characters that use magic to vanquish their opponents. This is the dark version of the Justice League taking on the malevolent forces that go beyond our plane of existence.
-Look Back: Batman and Harley Quinn (Featurette) – Take a peek at the animated feature film, Batman and Harley Quinn, featuring the creators and talented voice cast.
-From the DC Vault: Justice League Action, “Zombie King”
– From the DC Vault: Justice League Action, “Abate and Switch”
-From the DC Comics Vault: Teen Titans, “Nevermore”
-A Sneak Peek at the next DC Universe Movie, Superman: Man of Tomorrow – An advanced look at the next animated film in the popular DC Universe Movies collection.


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Justice League Dark: Apokolips War 4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray Review
by James Harvey


As reliable as ever, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has provided Justice League Dark: Apokolips War with an incredible 4K HD presentation and a nice sprinkling of bonus content, though the additional material is not as extensive as many will likely hope. Included in both the physical and digital home media releases for this major DC Universe Movie release, the extra features include a deep dive into the history of Darkseid, another fantastic DC Showcase animated short, and an enjoyably informative commentary track. Couple that with possibly the best physical media presentation for a DC Universe Movie title to date and it all rounds out to a very respectable release.

Looking first at the 4K Ultra HD audio and video transfers, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment gives Justice League Dark: Apokolips War a strong presentation, starting with a solid DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio track that packs quite the punch. The big action beats sound suitably epic, with the track sounding like it has real heft to it, and making use of each channel, both for specific sounds jumping from speaker to speaker and when making sure every speaker is effectively used, for some of the film’s biggest set pieces. The video, sourced from a 2160p transfer, looks mighty impressive and could be the best looking DC Universe Movie title to date. The visual presentation greatly benefits from the 4K format, with banding, compression and artifacting nearly non-existent, and the colors packing that much more of a punch. Black are deep and colors look fuller and more smooth. It’s a noticable step up when compared to the regular 1080p Blu-ray transfer and stronger than any 4K digital edition transfer. As usual, the 4K Ultra HD release is the way to go for the best presentation of Justice League Dark: Apokolips War, but the digital and Blu-ray editions also serve up good (but nowhere near as good) presentations.

Moving on to the bonus content, the studio has put together a good albeit not great package. First up is the 16-minute DC Showcase: Adam Strange animated short, another riveting outing for the shorts series. Produced and directed by Butch Lukic, with a story by Lukic and a teleplay by J.M. DeMatteis, Adam Strange finds himself wasting away on a remote mining colony, haunted by a devastating past failure, but finds possible redemption when he must defend the colony from a threat. Starring Charlie Weber as Adam Strange, it’s a compelling look at a hero struggling with failure and reaching for hope in dark times. The animation (by Digital Emation) and design work is absolutely fantastic, coupled with a stirring story and a neat Alien-esque vibe, marking another home run for the DC Showcase series.

For more on Adam Strange, click here.

Outside of the animated short, the big draw for fans of the DC Universe Movie line will undoubtedly be the commentary track. Directors Matt Peters and Christine Sotta, executive producer James Tucker, and screenwriter Ernie Altbacker join in for a fun, informative track that looks at not just Justice League Dark: Apokolips War, but it also acts as somewhat of a retrospective for Tucker’s tenure on the DC Universe Movie line and this particular continuity. The track is riddled with cool tidbits, such as Tucker’s thoughts on the in-continuity DC Universe Movie titles being dubbed the “Tuckerverse” (he is … not a fan), explains how there wasn’t originally meant to be continuity between these movies, and some of the creative choices, cut and changes made to Justice League Dark: Apokolips War. And yes, this film’s resemblance to the plot of a certain big-screen, live-action movie starring the League is also discussed. The commentary is a legitimately great companion piece to the movie itself and a nice overall view of this continuity and Tucker’s run.

The main featurette, “Darkseid: New God, Classic Evil” is a legitimately interesting and riddled with neat factoids, with creators and historians chiming in on the character’s impact and his role as one of DC Comics’ biggest bad guys The featurette – featuring members of the film’s creative team and personalities from the comic world – dives into the history behind the Jack Kirby’s famed creation, the themes of the character and surprising real-life inspirations, and his different media appearances throughout the years, along with his role in Justice League Dark: Apokolips War. The nearly 15-minute featurette also includes a neat tidbit from Tucker on Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox‘s role in the continuity Justice League Dark: Apokolips Now is bringing to a close. The bonus content wraps up with a nearly 9-minute preview of the next DC Universe Movie title, Superman: Man of Tomorrow, which is set to start the next phase of the home movie line, along with a selection of trailers and previews for other DC Comics-related titles.

The bonus content is solid but, as what’s become standard, perhaps a shade underwhelming in scope. However, the commentary track really swoops in to give the release some added heft. And even still, the extra content included here remains perfectly enjoyable and well worth watching. But this is all in support of the main feature, which itself is not only an incredible ride, but its presentation on 4K is second-to-none when it comes to the DC Universe Movie line. While a retrospective on the in-continuity titles would’ve made for a nice addition to what’s here, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment still puts together a fine, though not extensive, package for Justice League Dark: Apokolips War, though the main animated feature and it’s excellent presentation is arguably worth the cost of admission alone. Recommended.

Note: Please note that while a digital screener copy of Justice League Dark: Apokolips War was offered by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment for coverage purposes, separately purchased Digital and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo pack editions were used for this review.

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Justice League Dark: Apokolips War – Animated Feature Review

Justice League Dark: Apokolips War
Studio: Warner Bros. Animation
Release Date: May 5 – Digital; May 19, 2020 – 4K Blu-ray, Blu-ray

Synopsis: Culminating a six-year animated journey that began with the release of Justice League: War in 2014, Justice League Dark: Apokolips War finds Earth decimated after intergalactic tyrant Darkseid has devastated 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.

Justice League Dark: Apokolips War features the largest Super Hero cast in the history of DC Universe Movies with dozens of actors/characters spotlighted in a grand ensemble of talent reprising their roles from this six-year story continuum. Matt Ryan, Jerry O’Connell, and Taissa Farmiga anchor the cast as Constantine, Superman and Raven, respectively – the triumvirate determined to assemble the forces necessary to lead humanity’s final attack. Alongside that trio are the long-running core of Justice League voices — Jason O’Mara as Batman, Rosario Dawson as Wonder Woman, Shemar Moore as Cyborg and Christopher Gorham as The Flash – as well as JL-adjacents Rebecca Romijn and Rainn Wilson as the voices of Lois Lane and Lex Luthor, respectively.

Tony Todd is the voice of the film’s key villain, Darkseid. The cast also boasts appearances by Camilla Luddington as Zatanna, Ray Chase as Jason Blood/Etrigan, Roger R. Cross as John Stewart & Swamp Thing, Liam McIntyre as Captain Boomerang, Hynden Walch as Harley Quinn, Stuart Allan as Robin/Damian, Sachie Alessio as Lady Shiva, and John DiMaggio as King Shark.

Directors Matt Peters and Christina Sotta helm Justice League Dark: Apokolips War from a script by Ernie Altbacker and Mairghread Scott, who is also credited with creating the story. Amy McKenna is producer, and Jim Krieg is co-producer. Executive Producers are Sam Register and James Tucker.



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Justice League Dark: Apokolips War Animated Feature Review
By James Harvey

Unforgiving, brutal, but ultimately hopeful, Justice League Dark: Apokolips War wraps up the in-continuity DC Universe Movie titles on an ambitious note as our heroes face their biggest threat ever (no hyperbole here, folks). Mixing together big epic moments with compelling character beats, the movie brings an end to the universe birthed from Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox by embracing the finality of movie’s plot and going for broke in a riveting (and surprisingly funny at times) adventure where it truly feels like nobody is safe. Another strong outing from the acclaimed movie line, even if it stumbles on occasion, Justice League Dark: Apokolips War brings everyone together for one last exhilarating ride.

Loosely inspired by Justice League: The Darkseid War Saga, the Justice League amasses an army to finally take down Darkseid before he can set his devious plans for Earth in motion. To say things go bad is an understatement. Countless heroes are killed or captured, and earth falls under the rule of the power-mad despot. Two years later, the universe’s remaining heroes and a band of rebels plan one last desperate assault to put an end to Darkseid’s rule before the Earth is no more. What follows is, essentially, one last tour of this universe, this continuity, as our heroes prepare for an epic-scale suicide run.

Please note that while this review will be as spoiler-free as possible, it may contain some minor spoilers. Proceed with caution if you want to go into the film entirely blind.

Directed by Matt Peters and Christina Sotta, with the story by Mairghread Scott, who co-wrote the teleplay with Altbacker, Justice League Dark: Apokolips War brings together the traditional Justice League along with the unofficial “Justice League Dark” team, the Teen Titans, and the Suicide Squad for their respective last hurrahs. Key members from nearly each ‘team’ make up the core of the amassed forces, primarily Constantine, Superman, Raven, Damian and Etrigan, but each member is struggling with their personal demons, dealing with the fallout of what went wrong two years ago. Superman has been stripped of his power and left to walk in Earth a symbol of Darkseid’s dominance, while Raven’s ability to hold her father at bay continues to slip. Constantine’s actions during the initial strike has driven him to drink away the apocalypse with a depressed Etrigan in tow. Meanwhile, Damian is in a somewhat self-imposed exile, dealing with losing his family and blaming himself for not speaking up against the doomed attack (“An army without killers is no army at all,” the Son of Batman says). Each member is struggling with their personal demons, dealing with the consequences of their own respective failures.

Giving us these character beats not only reinforces the film’s thematic elements of loss, failure and hope, but also puts our heroes in a situation where we’re not entirely sure they can succeed at the end of the day. Select characters outside the core group also get at least a moment or two to shine, giving them one last epic beat or poignant moment to go out on. Unfortunately, given the legitimately enormous cast size, there are some fan-favorites whose appearances amount to no more than a silent and brief cameo.

Considering the film’s huge scope and hefty cast, there’s nary a wasted minute during this unrelenting movie’s 90-ish minute runtime. Justice League Dark: Apokolips War has a lot of ground to cover, and the work by the creative to make sure every minute counts is impressive. This is especially true as, with multiple viewings, some scenes take on a bit of a different meaning once the entire story plays out. Also, the film’s decision to lay out what went wrong during the Justice League’s initial assault, and its subsequent fall out, with flashbacks littered throughout the film was a smart approach. It keeps the desperation of the situation at the forefront while being conscious of the limited space the creative team has to tell their story.

Sure, seeing the whole battle unfold as it happens could’ve made for a great set piece, but that would’ve required a lot of time that film doesn’t have and, honestly, it (personally) would’ve become tiresome to endure all that extended non-stop carnage. Presenting it in flashbacks, keeping the horrific events lingering throughout the film and reminding the audience that we’ve only seen a fraction of the horrors, is more than enough to elicit chills. Besides, even given that, Justice League Dark: Apokolips War doesn’t shy away of the cost our heroes pay for their blunder.

For those worried Justice League Dark: Apokolips War might be too grim, given its content, the film does sprinkle humorous moments throughout to keep it from being overwhelmingly depressing. There are plenty of jokes and scene-stealers to expertly break the tension and allow for a glimmer of levity amidst all the darkness.



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None of these stakes or levity would matter if the audience doesn’t care about the characters. Rest assured, Justice League Dark: Apokolips War does right by its core cast. Superman, Constantine, Raven, Damian and Etrigan all get satisfying, effective moments during their desperate journey to stop Darkseid. Each member of the movie’s core team was front and center for at least one other animated feature, and that history carries over here to great effect. Damian’s storyline in this continuity really comes into play in Justice League Dark: Apokolips War, leading to some brutally tragic scenes between he, Batman and even Nightwing. Since this is the final story for this specific continuity, the creative team clearly made sure to make these characters’ final moments count, and they nail it. During the first watch it’s evident a lot of work was done to balance the wealth of material Justice League Dark: Apokolips War has to cover. However, on subsequent viewings, the work becomes that much more apparent. The opening scene between Constantine and Zatanna, for example, carries so much more weight as events later in the movie play out. It’s a nice, quiet moment between the two which, upon subsequent viewings, turns into something more bittersweet and tragic.

Not only is the script work impressive – seriously, this must’ve been one of the most complicated DC Universe Movie titles to put together – but the entire cast also goes for broke. Voice director Wes Gleason pulls out consistently great performances from the entire cast, but even so there are some standouts. Jason O’Mara’s turn as Batman here is easily his best since he stepped into the role in Justice League: War, especially his scenes with Stuart Allan’s Damian Wayne, and Matt Ryan continues to be pitch-perfect as Constantine, here bringing a new wrinkle to the character as he struggles to deal with what happened during the botched Justice League mission. Jerry O’Connell proves again to be the absolute right choice to play Superman. He’s able to admirably convey a Man of Steel striving to be a beacon of hope despite suffering a crippling defeat. Naturally, his chemistry with real-life wife Rebecca Romijn, playing Lois Lane, remains as adorable as ever.

While Justice League Dark: Apokolips War has a wealth of strengths, the animation quality is unfortunately not one of them. It’s inconsistent, with the quality varying almost scene to scene. As a result, not every action beat is as strong as it could be, same with some of the film’s quieter months. However, this is the result of the film’s budget limitations, so I imagine any frustration felt by the viewer is likely mirrored by those who worked on the project. That said, the characters and overall designs used for the film are as strong as ever. It’s just a shame the budget doesn’t allow for the film to bring this story completely to life.

Also, the aforementioned flashback approach to filling the viewer in on the Justice League’s disastrous battle, while the smart choice to make, isn’t perfect either. It skimps on the details just a shade too much, making a third act surprise stumble when it doesn’t exactly line up with the events shown. It’s a sound approach to cover the amount of ground the movie has to, but the execution is a shade uneven.

To bring it all together, Justice League Dark: Apokolips War is a strong finish for the in-continuity DC Universe Movie titles. It’s thrilling and heartbreaking, and so oppressively dark at times, but the promise of hope and the humor staggered throughout gives the movie the core it needs to be something more than just 90 minutes of gratuitous violence. Not every returning character gets their respective time in the spotlight, but the ones who do make it count. Even though it hits the occasional snag, Justice League Dark: Apokolips War is still an enthralling tour around this particular universe one last time.

In a way, this movie is an accurate representation of the in-continuity titles as a whole. Not perfect, but still of strong quality and worth checking out. The titles may have struggled from time to time, with the quality a little rough on occasion, but the creators (under the guiding hand of executive producer James Tucker) were able to figure out what did and didn’t work and fix those issues along the way – such as refining character traits for the likes of Superman and Wonder Woman, among others, through each successive installment – forming these titles into a firm, cohesive universe and, ultimately, one worth caring about. Justice League Dark: Apokolips War is not only an engaging story on its own, but it also gives this universe one last well-deserved chance to shine. On that note, pay close attention to the movie’s score. Composer Frederik Wiedmann litters the soundtrack with countless cues and callbacks to the previous in-continuity DC Universe Movie titles.

Justice League Dark: Apokolips War makes its mark as an impactful finale to this era of in-continuity DC Universe Movie titles, taking full advantage of its status as the last chapter. It’s utterly jam-packed with neat surprises, cameos and narrative twists and turns that will leave viewers shaken to the core. To bottom-line it, Justice League Dark: Apokolips War is a stirring adventure that admirably brings to a close one universe while also leaving viewers eager to see what comes next. Highly Recommended!

Note: Please note that while a digital screener copy of Justice League Dark: Apokolips War was offered by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment for coverage purposes, separately purchased Digital and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo pack editions were used for this review.



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