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Guillermo Del Toro’s Gives Details On His Justice League Project, Hints At A DC Comics Film Continuity


I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Lock Guillermo del Toro in a room and tell him he can’t have any supper until he finishes his work. In this case, his work being the countless projects he’s currently juggling. More fuel was added to that fire back in November of last year when a rumor was reported about the director working on a superhero project for Warner Bros., one that would be based on DC Comics’ magic characters. Well guess what? Del Toro says it’s definitely happening and he even shared a few small details, including that of an impending DC film continuity that involves Batman and Superman. 

Just yesterday we reported del Toro turning down the chance to direct Star Wars VII. Could this project be the reason? Sure, we know he’s the kind of guy to work on five things at once but if you commit to Star Wars, you really need to commit.

In a video interview with IGN.com (which we’ve transcribed) del Toro said that yes, he is working on this DC magic film, previously referred to as Heaven Sent.

Yeah I’m doing it, I’m working on it. I’m writing the outline and we already are in talks with a writer. A very, very good writer. I think people are going to be happy with who we have chosen. And he accepted. I’ve been courting this writer because I think he is the perfect guy for this job. And we’re doing it. Hopefully it will happen. We don’t know until they greenlight the movie.

Del Toro says the working title is Dark Universe. If you ask me, that strays a bit to close to Thor: The Dark World but again, working title.

“Oh my god, those are…you’re talking about my childhood,” he said when asked if he had a favorite character from the magic realm. “I mean, Swamp Thing, for me, is a rock star. You know demon, the Jack Kirby demon, Etrigan, is amazing. And then you know, you go to Constantine, who I thought was an amazing creation, and I want to do the Constantine of the comics. Deadman. You know it’s really, really a lot of work but a lot of fun.”

He also mentioned The Spectre but tried to hold back after that. “I don’t want to say because then you’ll know the plot a little bit but there’s…who am I gonna say? I can say Zatanna, Zatara, Deadman.”

As if all of that information weren’t juicy enough, del Toro also spoke on the overarching planning that’s gone into the DC Comics films.

The movements for this happened before [The Avengers]. They were already galvanized to launch Justice League and they were galvanized to make their universe cohesive. So it’s really, what I feel now is that they are really, really with Superman they feel very, very confident with what they have and they are now feeling like they can…they have two pilars – Batman and Superman for the DC Universe. And internally, now they are finding they are, they have a darker tone. A more urban and sophisticated tone you know? So I think now they can build up, build the foundation and now they can build a building.

This is the first (would we call it definitive?) information we’ve heard as to the direction of Warner Bros. on their superhero projects. They have a few in production but it wasn’t clear whether or not they were going to go the Marvel Entertainment route of tying them all together. Now it seems as if that is the case.

As for Dark Universe, del Toro said he’s hopeful it will be greenlit but, “I don’t control my own destiny as I have proven time and time again.”

(via IGN, image via Mikel Janin)

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  • Joy P

    Fingers and toes are crossed…oh please let it be so!! Though one thing is worrisome, he mentions them already having two pillars (Superman and Batman) and we know the Superman movie is coming, does that mean the Nolan Batman movies are going to be included? I’m not sure how that would fit at all but from what Del Toro says here I am feeling a lot more hopeful about what DC/Warner are attempting to do.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sarah.brockman.37 Sarah Brockman

    Dark Universe isn’t even greenlit yet and we almost have more information on it than we do on Star Trek. This amuses me.

    That said, I wasn’t super excited about a DC ensemble movie until I heard del Toro was on board. Now, between Superman and this announcement, I am intrigued.

  • Anonymous

    If all the conflicting rumors are accurate it seems like WB might not have made up their mind as to whether or not they want to reboot Batman or continue from the ending of TDKR.

  • Anonymous

    This could be really cool. Zatanna is one of my all time favorites so I hope they’d pick a fitting actress.
    The big problem I can see here is the budget. This sounds expensive for a first time outing.

  • http://www.thenerdybird.com/ Jill Pantozzi

    Did you watch Smallville? I really liked the actress who played here on that.

  • Joy P

    Oh boy…well they kind of need to make up their minds, once Superman hits theaters the ball is officially rolling. I really hope they reboot Batman. I loved the Nolan movies, except the 3rd one, Anne Hathaway’s Catowman was the only thing good about in my opinion, the plot holes were just to gigantic to ignore and plus at the end of the movie Bruce Wayne is no longer Batman :( A non-Bruce Wayne Batman cannot be a founding member of the Justice League, unless of course DC really does want to alienate all their core fans en mass…which honestly wouldn’t completely shock me :(

  • http://twitter.com/BDrew0829 Warmaster Heardt

    Thanks for this write up! While I’m not a HUGE fan of the JL Dark series though I do love Deadman, Swampthing, & Zatanna. Also a big fan of GDT I hope this film comes to fruition it would be a nice addition to a shared DC Film Universe. Keep up the great work here I do enjoy reading this blog( first time I ever commented here lol ).

  • http://zadl.org/ Captain ZADL

    If only they could do the Shadowpact, with Detective Chimp…..

  • Anonymous

    I just ask to leave Keanu Reeves OUT OF THIS, is that too much to ask ? =x

  • Anonymous

    More, more, the teasers read
    To fill the site and churn the feed.
    With heroes dead, or damned, or Brit,
    You hope Avengers looks like shit.
    But, Del Toro, heed these words most:
    Etrigan’s paid not from net, but gross.

    (I’m sorry, you mentioned Etrigan in the article, and I just… I envisioned him in negotiations with Del Toro over his appearance. I don’t know what’s wrong with me.)

  • Anonymous

    ” I want to do the Constantine of the comics.”

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! That Keanu Reeves garbage was a slap in the face.
    Man I hope this is good and Hellblazer gets a spin off in a REAL film that takes place in London.

  • Life Lessons

    Wow! So DC is getting smart and copying Marvel and getting GOOD people to write and make their movies. Good!

  • Anonymous

    Why isn’t Tim Hunter in this lineup?

  • http://www.facebook.com/emily.walton.7503 Emily Walton

    But I’m still waiting for him to finish At The Mountains Of Madness…

  • http://twitter.com/AbelUndercity Abel Undercity

    I’ll say it if nobody else will: SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!