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

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"Justice League Dark: Apokolips War" (2020)

"Justice League Dark: Apokolips War" (2020)

Quick Info

  • Directors: Matt Peters, Christina Sotta
  • Writers: Ernie Altbacker, Mairghread Scott
  • Producer: James Tucker
  • Distributor: Warner Home Video
  • Released: May 5, 2020
  • Runtime: 90 minutes

The Plot

The All-Powerful Darkseid has given DC's boy scout a run for his money on several occasions, and even though Superman always won, he's ended up broken mentally and emotionally. At times, it's felt like Darkseid lost the battle, but won the war.

Superman with the strength of a locomotive and the speed of a bullet tends to follow his heart. He's developed a bad habit of lacking strategy and contingencies, knowing he can rely on muscle to get the job done.

The writers made sure to exploit that with a chain of events that led to this R- rated masterpiece and the birth of an unlikely savior.

All on Superman

Superman has tangoed with Darkseid multiple times. What made this time special is that the plot wasn't on his side. Superman and his League were meant to lose this fight.

Superman is known to go into battle without a plan. That's also what Batman is known for, and he delivers. Ultimately, the Batman's paranoia is what gave the Justice League and the Suicide Squad a winning chance.

But with the lives and psyches of many of our beloved heroes shattered forever, we must dare to ask ourselves, at what cost?

Excellent Animation

The art style and character design was spot on. The fight scenes were amazing. The characters were lively, and although their movement could have been a little more realistic, the team conveyed a lot of emotion throughout the scenes. It was a nice contrast to the fighting action.

Trigon and Darkseid going toe to toe was the greatest battle in animated history.

I give it a 7/10.

Constantine is a crucial piece in the puzzle leading to Justice.

Constantine is a crucial piece in the puzzle leading to Justice.

Constantine Was Key

Constantine, our beloved British bloke, is known to cross his teammates—and sometimes his friends—for the sake of greater good.

After losing the love of his life, he binge drinks and loafs around all day in the hellscape that earth has become. Constantine seems irredeemable at first, but as events progress we realise he is a crucial piece in the puzzle leading to Justice..

With help from his sorcery and tricks up his sleeve, Constantine, the remaining Leaguers, Suicide Squad, and all manner of villains take the step to defeat the devastatingly powerful New God, Darkseid.

Suicide Squad Did More Good, Less Harm

Two years after the events on Apokolips, Darkseid took over Earth, remodeling it into something similar to Apokalips. With Paradooms running amok across the globe duty fell on The Suicide Squad, led by our favorite clown Harley Quinn. They were the resistance to the Hybrid Parademons, thus becoming superheroes in the new dark world.

Harley Queen leads the Suicide Squad into battle.

Harley Queen leads the Suicide Squad into battle.

The Voice Cast

Constantine is voiced by Matt Ryan, who has voiced the same character in NBC's Constantine (2014), DC's Legends Of Tomorrow (2016–22), CW's Constantine: City of Demons (2018–19), and Constantine: House Of Mystery (2022).

Here is the cast in its entirety.

DC CharacterVoice Actor

John Constantine

Matt Ryan

Clark Kent/ Superman

Jerry O'Connell

Bruce Wayne/ Batman

Jason O'Mara

Damian Wayne/ Robin

Stuart Allan

Raven

Taissa Farmiga

Zatanna Zatara

Camilla Luddington

Wonder Woman

Rosario Dawson

Etrigan

Ray Chase

Harley Quinn

Hynden Walch

Captain Boomerang

Liam McIntyre

Lady Shiva

Sachie Alessio

John Stewart / Green Lantern, Alec Holland / Swamp Thing

Roger R. Cross

King Shark, Trigon

John DiMaggio

Darkseid

Tony Todd

Cyborg

Shemar Moore

Lex Luthor

Rainn Wilson

Lois Lane

Rebecca Romijn

The Flash/ Barry Allen

Christopher Gorham

Superman and Raven consoling each other in "Justice League Dark: Apokolips War"

Superman and Raven consoling each other in "Justice League Dark: Apokolips War"

Unlikely Friendships

Movies this big tend to bust out the whole arsenal to defeat the even bigger, more malicious, threat.

Throughout the movies you'll spot A and B class heroes alongside or in the background fighting for a common cause. The Liberation of their home planet, Earth ,from ''Apokaliptan'' Dominion.

With all of DC's biggest names in one setting we got some memorable partnerships that were heart-warming as they were novel.

We May Already Have A Sequel

Justice League Dark: Apokolips War was a fresh take on the Justice Leagues efforts against evil and darkness. The films ending is stunning and leaves us with so many questions that we have to ask ourselves when the next movie will be out.

I have watched Apokolips War more than once and it took me a fifth go at it to realize that it's the end. Screenwriter Ernie Altbacker teases that after Constantine: House of Mystery there will be no more animations from DCAMU.

It didn't make sense at first, then it did. The ending links back to where it all started, a nexus from the very start. With Barry Allen from Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (2013) as the tipping point.

The Flash running off into the Sunset

The Flash running off into the Sunset

Grade: B

The movie was a breath of fresh air and perfect in every way. My only regret is that the story is one of a kind, and in its twisted way of ending things it leaves no room for unanswered questions.

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