Guillermo del Toro

Busy director Guillermo del Toro confirmed that he is still working on a ‘Justice League Dark’ movie, and even hinted that there are even bigger plans in store for the DC Universe onscreen.  Despite the blockbuster success of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy and the box office success of Zack Snyder’s ‘Man of Steel’, Marvel still rules the theaters in most fans minds.  But Warner Brothers is banking on the pantheon of DC heroes to help spread some of the love their way.  And it seems the ‘Hellboy’ director has something of an inside connection.

At the Festival di Roma, the director stated:

“We’re still on (Justice League Dark), writing, and hopefully it will happen but there are no developments that are new. It’s still at Warner Bros., they are making plans for the entire DC universe. All the superheroes, all the mythologies, and part of that is Justice League Dark. They’re planning on TV, movies, and all the media, so we have to fit into that plan.

‘Justice League Dark’ is set to showcase John Constantine, the Swamp Thing, Deadman, Etrigan the Demon, The Spectre and possibly more.  It was recently announced that DC was also developing a TV show that would star John Constantine.  (Which, if they know what they’re doing, should star James Martsers.)  There have also been rumblings that The CW’s hit show ‘Arrow’ may also feed into the DC movie universe, in a similar fashion to ABC’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ which connects to the Marvel cinematic universe.

There have already been rumors that Nightwing, Wonder Woman and possibly even The Flash may pop up in ‘Batman Vs. Superman’ and it’s already been confirmed that The Flash is going to appear on ‘Arrow’ and will possibly be spun off into his own TV series.  But will the TV shows tie into the movies?  Or will we get two different Flashes and Constantines?  Will viewers be able to differentiate?  Or more precisely, will they be willing to spend $10+ to see a movie about a character they can see for free from the comfort of their own sofas?

What do you think?  Can Warner Brothers and DC Comics duplicate Marvel’s ‘Avengers’ success?  Or did Marvel capture lightning in a bottle?

Source Slash Film