A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No real positive messages in dark DC animated feature.
Positive Role Models
Main characters are conflicted and flawed, shown binge drinking, suffering depression, attempting suicide.
Violence & Scariness
The third act of the movie is almost entirely made up of fighting between heroes loyal to Earth and those fighting for Darkseid. Superhero and villain violence throughout. Punches, kicks, laser beams, machine guns, characters thrown around, tied up, taken prisoner. Attempted suicide. Character shot and killed in the forehead.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual innuendo concerning oral sex.
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Regular profanity usage. "F--k" and variations used. Also: "c--kblock," "a--hole," "s--t," "bitch," "piss," "asses," "crap," "bastards," "bitches." UK slang: "bollocks" and "wankers."
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Products & Purchases
Pretty much everyone from the DC Comics Universe is present and accounted for in this movie; characters employed in a wide array of merchandising.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Binge drinking in a bar, characters passed out. One of the heroes spends his days binge drinking in the aftermath of an epic losing battle. Cigarette smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Justice League Dark: Apokolips War is a 2020 DC Comics animated movie in which the Justice League regroups after defeat to save the Earth from Darkseid and his minions. Even among the many dark depictions of superheroes and villains in recent years, this contains more content intended for mature teens and adults, which explains the movie's R rating. The third act of the movie is one extended violent battle. Fighting with machine guns, lasers, punches, kicks. Character shot and killed in the forehead. Attempted suicide. Regular profanity, including "f--k" and some colorful variations. Innuendo concerning oral sex. Binge drinking in a bar, as one of the heroes takes to drowning his sorrows in the bars still standing in Gotham after the Justice League is defeated. Cigarette smoking. This is the 15th film in the DC Movie Animated Movie Universe franchise, and while this sequel can be enjoyed on its own terms due to the constant action and basic familiarity most people have with most of the characters, it's still a movie that's best enjoyed by superfans of the DCU. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Justice League Dark: Apokolips War is the 15th and final film in the DC Animated Movie Universe. While it's possible to enjoy this movie on its own, this is definitely best enjoyed by those who, if they haven't seen the previous 14 movies in the series, have at least more than passing familiarity with the DC Comics Universe. It's somehow even grittier and darker than the DC movies of the last quarter century or so, and it has certainly earned its R rating. The blurred lines between "good" and "evil" that has come to define so much of these characters and their stories and backstories now takes the overarching narratives into territory long believed to be impossible -- superheroes can actually be killed. Not knowing who will actually survive this onslaught -- and it's an onslaught, as the third act is essentially one long nonstop war -- actually makes this more interesting than the typical superhero and villain stories where it's generally assumed that "the good guys" will survive no matter what "the bad guys" throw at them.
Without a working knowledge of the DCU, or familiarity with what happened in the previous movies, so much of this can feel like little more than fan fiction. There are unexpected alliances, characters in unusual situations and relationships, and story and character twists best enjoyed by fellow superfans. It can be exhausting trying to keep up with what's happening with every single superhero and their respective fates, and the story soon grows into a wearying hydra-headed complexity, so much so that new viewers can be forgiven for simply enjoying the epic battle scenes.
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