Parents' Guide to

Justice League Dark: Apokolips War

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Animated sequel has violence, binge drinking, cursing.

Movie R 2020 90 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 14+

It's a comic accurate movie

This is a mature movie, even though it is an animated movie. It is a true, comic accurate, justice league movie. That proves that failing the first time, doesn't mean you can't get back up. This movie is extremely high quality, there is some gore though it's not detailed because of the animation style. Don't go into this expecting something like marvel, because it's not. It is a true DC comics worthy movie.
age 18+

I hate that it’s Rated R

This movie is definitely NOT for kids, or for me even though I’m 29. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone honestly, the movie has so much gore, and a lot of favorite characters are killed grotesquely. Honestly I would’ve preferred the movie PG-13.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (6 ):

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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