Why The ‘Justice League Dark’ Animation Could Be Good News For A Live-Action Movie

Finally, after years of eager anticipation, the highly-skilled animation team at Warner Bros. is set to breathe life into Justice League Dark, the beloved team of messed-up mystics who subside in all their idiosyncratic beauty within DC’s comic book universe.

wasn’t so much made directly, but seeped out thanks to another DC Animated adaption, The Killing Joke. As an addendum to the notes for the film, the highlighted a preview to Justice League Dark, hidden away within DVD’s extras.

But although this news is exciting, what does this mean for any hopes of a live-action feature? Is it dead in the water, or will an animated counterpart resuscitate hopes of seeing the likes of John Constantine and Madame Xanadu on the big screen?

A Long Road For The Live-Action Movie

Justice League Dark (Credit: DC Comics)

Justice League Dark (Credit: DC Comics)

Let’s first cast our minds back to the treacherous path of the Justice League Dark . Esteemed director and connoisseur of all things fantastical, Guillermo del Toro, had been involved in the project way back in 2012. At the time, he announced he was working on the tentatively titled adaptation, Heaven Sent, which would’ve included John Constantine, Zatanna, Swamp Thing, Deadman, The Demon and The Spectre.

Fast forward two years to November 2014, and del Toro had — with the working title of Dark Universe — to Warner Bros. At this time, things were looking positive, opening the prospect of delving into DC’s rich supernatural world in the form of Justice League Dark and also a potential adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman.

Unfortunately, in June last year, it was announced del Toro would be , casting a shadow of doubt over any live-action adaptation for the magical team of antiheroes.

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The supernatural team in action (Credit: DC Comics)
The supernatural team in action (Credit: DC Comics)

So what does Warner Bros.’ exploration of the story in animated format mean for the live-action production? Some may see it as the final nail in the coffin, but let’s take the glass half-full mindset; after all, we’re living in the golden age post-Deadpool, where fans’ voices are heard louder than ever.