The Killing Joke might not have released yet, but it looks like we already know what’s in store for the next movie from DC’s animated universe: an adaptation of the supernatural hero team up book Justice League Dark. But does the animated movie’s existence mean that the long-in-development live action film’s chances of happening just got even lower? (Yeah, probably.)
DC has yet to reveal Justice League Dark, but the British Board of Film Classification has outed the movie’s existence, thanks to the rating of a featurette appearing on the release of The Killing Joke called “A Sneak Peek at Justice League Dark.” The 8-minute featurette, rated 12 by the BBFC, is in line with the sort of previews DC does for all its animated films—our first look at The Killing Joke and Justice League: Gods and Monsters both came from previews like this finding their way online.
But what does the movie mean for the live-action Justice League Dark? It’s unlikely that this is the same project re-engineered for animation, but the fact that DC is doing an animated feature might indicate that either the movie, which has been in the works since 2012, has stalled completely or may even have been scrapped altogether at this point. If that’s the case, at least John Constantine and his merry band of magical heroes will finally get to go into action in some format.