“Justice League Dark” (Warner Home Video)

By Catholic News Service

A supernatural mystery rather than a traditional superhero battle, this animated straight-to-video release from DC Comics contains quite a lot of material unsuitable for kids, including the sickening sight of a monster made of living human excrement.

The protagonist, John Constantine (voice of British actor Matt Ryan), is an occult detective who solves problems in the spiritual world. When people around the globe start having hallucinations involving demons, the Justice League deduces that these delusions are caused by magic — one of the few things that titans like Superman (voice of Jerry O’Connell) and Wonder Woman (voiced by Rosario Dawson) aren’t able to handle easily. So it’s time to call in Constantine, along with Deadman (voice of Nicholas Turturro), Batman (voice of Jason O’Mara), Jason Blood (voice of Ray Chase) and Zatanna (Camilla Luddington).

Director Jay Oliva’s film has a positive moral about the terrible results of denying our mortality and playing God. But parents should not mistake this cartoon for children’s fare. Possibly acceptable for older teens. Considerable stylized violence with some blood, occult themes, gross scatological imagery, a couple of crude terms. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III — adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R — under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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