The British Board of Film Classification (B.B.F.C.) website has revealed (via a listing for Batman: The Killing Joke) that the next DC Animated movie will be Justice League Dark.
The reveal comes under the additional material section which includes “A Sneak Peak at Justice League Dark”.
In the comic book world, Justice League Dark was announced on May 31st 2011 as a First Wave title of The New 52 series of titles. The title and team was created by Peter Milligan, with art by Mikel Janín.
Launching in September 28th 2011, Justice League Dark united several of DC Comics’ occult and offbeat characters, something which had been a trait of sister imprint Vertigo, back into the main DC Universe following Vertigo’s editorial change to publish purely new, creator owned content.
Original members included:
- Andrew Bennett – A centuries old vampire from the title I, Vampire. Becomes a member of Justice League Dark as a favor to Constantine and is forcibly induced permanently by him.
- John Constantine – A working class Liverpudlian magician. Originally from Swamp Thing and protagonist of long running Vertigo title Hellblazer. Became the leader of the group in issue 9. Ousted as team leader in issue 30, and replaced by Zatanna.
- Deadman – The ghost of an assassinated acrobat who can possess the bodies of the dead. Originally featured in Strange Adventures #205. More recently featured in Blackest Night and Brightest Day. Constantine found him soon after he was lost after the Crime Syndicate appeared, bound to the Sea King.
- Madame Xanadu – A mystic and fortune teller. Originally featured in Doorway to Nightmare. More recently featured in One Year Later and Flashpoint. She has previously dealt with John Constantine in the plot of Neil Gaiman’s Books of Magic mini-series, where their relationship is fraught, as he has deceived her in the past. She brought the team together. She was captured as part of Project Thaumaton for the Crime Syndicate.
- Shade, the Changing Man – A hero with the power to warp reality. Originally featured in his own title, by Steve Ditko, and was later ‘rebooted’ in Peter Milligan’s run on the series in the late 80s and early 90s. He was featured in a crossover event in Hellblazer in 2010, also written by Peter Milligan, although it is unclear if this will affect events in this title. He was also a member of the Secret Seven during the Flashpoint storyline. He is tasked with bringing the team together at the behest of Madame Xanadu.
- Zatanna – A stage magician. Recently she starred in her own title written by Paul Dini and was part of the Secret Seven during Flashpoint. She has previously been romantically involved with John Constantine. After assisting the Justice League during the “Throne of Atlantis” storyline, she sides with the JL again in issue 22 for “Trinity War”. Left the Justice League Dark after issue 18. She was captured as part of Project Thaumaton for the Crime Syndicate. She became the leader of the team in issue 30.