According to a recent report, Justice League Dark: Apokolips War is going to be the final movie in the DC Animated Movie Universe.
The DC Animated Universe started in a post-credits scene for Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox and was then continued with Justice League: War. The DCAMU was heavily based on The New 52 era of storytelling in the comics. However, the New 52 line of comics concluded back in 2016, so it isn’t really a surprise that DC would want to go in a new direction with their animated movies.
A recent trailer for Apokolips War hinted at some major casualties in the film, so this could also be DC’s way to keep the stakes up in the final film. As we know, comic book characters are never actually dead. However, if they are calling this the final film in the series, some of these deaths could actually be permanent.
While it’s sad to see this series of movies go I am definitely excited to see where DC will take there animated movies from here on out. DC’s animated movies have been know throughout the fandom for their quality so I have no doubts that DC will continue this trend in their future movies.
This does not mean that DC will stop making animated movies. This only signals that the current continuity that spanned from Justice League: War to Justice League Dark: Apokolips War is ending. That also indicates that future movies such as Superman: Man of Tomorrow are still set to release, but they won’t be apart of the existing DC Animated Movie Universe set of movies.
Justice League Dark: Apokolips War Plot Synopis
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.
The cast of Justice League Dark: Apokolips War includes Matt Ryan (John Constantine), Jerry O’Connell (Superman), Taissaa Farmiga (Raven), Stuart Allan (Damian Wayne), Tony Todd (Darkseid), Jason O’Mara (Batman), Rosario Dawson (Wonder Woman), Shemar Moore (Cyborg), Christopher Gorham (Flash), Rebecca Romijn (Lois Lane), and Rainn Wilson (Lex Luthor).
Other characters in the movie include John Stewart and Swamp Thing (Roger Cross), Hal Jordan (Nathan Fillion), Aquaman (Matt Lanter), Martian Manhunter (Nyambi Nyambi), Shazam (Sean Astin), Zatanna (Camilla Luddington), Etrigan (Ray Chase), Deadman (Nichola Turturro), Black Orchid (Colleen Villard), Captain Boomerang (Liam McIntyre), Trigon (Jon Bernthal), Mera (Sumalee Montano), King Shark (John DiMaggio), Harley Quinn (Hynden Walch), and Lady Shiva (Sachie Alessio).
Are you excited for the release of Justice League Dark: Apokolips War? What has been your favorite animated DC film during this six year run? What storyline or character would you like them to adapt next? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to keep up with us here at The Illuminerdi for more regarding DC’s slate of animated films. Justice League Dark: Apokolips War releases on demand May 5th with a physical release on May 19th.