Deadpool seemed to help open the floodgates to content that fans have been waiting to see for decades: Mature content. There have always been gritty comic books out in the world including Spawn, Blade, Watchmen, and to name a few. But Hollywood was always gun-shy about pushing out content to the big or even small screens. You may not be a fan of the Deadpool movie, or Deadpool at all, but it is undeniable that the movie has become a pioneer for many reasons; not only was the film the biggest rated R success, but it showed film studios that they get in their own way, causing movies that would otherwise be a success, ending up as huge failures (see aforementioned titles). Those failures caused movie studios to abandon any ideas of giving fans what they want in exchange for mediocre (at best) adaptations in PG-13 form. But with the internet, Hollywood, if they’re smart, can listen to fans in real time and know what would sell. Could JLAD be another powerhouse for fans?
Comicbook.com is reporting Batman: The Killing Joke’s added feature with give a glimpse of another animated film from DC Entertainment: Justice League of America: Dark. Dark revolves around a more mystical group of lesser known (relatively) group of heroes in the DC Universe. JLAD’s membership consisted of John Constantine, Zatanna, Madame Xanadu, Deadman, Enchantress, and Shade the Changing Man. The featurette is expected to run about seven minutes according to the British Board of Film Classification which requires releases to post intended content for regulatory approval. Writer Peter Milligan spoke with Newsarama about the premise of the series:
It was the “dark” bit that really appealed to me. The idea of taking these characters and this kind of story into some dark places. That doesn’t always or necessarily mean supernatural black magic dark. It can mean emotionally dark. A messed up confused kind of dark. The basic screwed up human condition transplanted onto a superhero/supernatural comic.
But now, we’re in a new age of cinematic history – the gritty, unapologetic, R-Rated visual media of the printed page. Soon, we will see an R Batman, Wolverine, and animated Batman: The Killing Joke. But we’ve seen this before: Hollywood over-producing a “fad”, and running it into the ground. Will we see another instance of Hollywood toppling over, getting in the way ofitself just to punctuate on the more mature content, making films be edgier, darker than they need to be?