Guillermo del Toro has been working on a script for ‘Justice League Dark‘ for awhile now and it looks like things are moving forward.While the film wasn’t listed on Warner Brothers announced list of DC films, it still seems to be a viable projuext as the writer/director has just handed a finished script into the studio for review.
Withe the working title of ‘Dark Universe,’ the screenplay is in the weekend reads pile and that means we should be hearing if they have a positive or negative reaction to it shortly. Also of note is that since the characters involved are so far from the mainstream of DC’s Cinematic Universe, they may be considered so separate that it may have no tie-ins to the larger franchise and could be released independently from it. I can’t see how they would plan to fit this in with the current worlds being built off of ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,’ but if Marvel can do it with ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ surely DC could as well, right? If anything, I could see them coming across some of the members of the ‘Suicide Squad‘ in a way for it to make sense.
Del Toro has previously proven his work in horror and comic book mash-ups with the huge fan outpouring for both ‘Hellboy’ and its sequel ‘Hellboy II: The Golden Army.’ While the two only garnered $260 million in combined sales at the box office, they show that there is a market for darker comic adaptations as long as budgets and proper marketing are in place.
Also of interest is that while most of DC is trying to keep the televised and cinematic universe seperate, del Toro is willing to use the television Constantine in his movie. I wonder if he still feels that way with a shortened first season of ‘Constantine’ and their unsure on a second season follow up?
Are you looking forward to seeing Constantine and company on the big screen fighting all sorts of creatures that go bump in the night? Do you think that Warner Brothers will leave this as a stand alone title or try to force it into the greater universe that they are trying to create? Share your thoughts below!