If you were like me, you were eagerly anticipating Guillermo del Toro’s cinematic take on DC Comics’ Justice League Dark franchise. Also, if you were like me, you were also wondering where the project will fit in now with Warner Brothers new dedication to create a shared universe with its DC Comics-based films. Well, the director has an answer for us.
del Toro was interviewed by Cinefilos during the Festival di Roma 2013 and was asked about the status of the film, which would bring a team DC’s supernatural characters such as John Constantine, Deadman and Swamp Thing to the big screen. This is what he said:
We’re still on [Justice League Dark] and writing and hopefully it will happen, but there’s no developments that are new. It’s still at Warners. 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, all the media, so we have to fit within that plan.
Now, this could just be del Toro saying Warners has to fit Justice League Dark into its increasingly crowded slate of comic book adaptations, but it sounds like del Toro’s film is being rewritten to fit in with the shared universe started by Man of Steel and further explored in 2015’s Batman vs. Superman.
del Toro’s mention of TV is interesting. It makes me wonder if the planned Constantine TV series is going to having an effect on del Toro’s planned film, where Constantine would be the leader of the team. Warners has had no problem keeping its film and TV properties separate (see Superman Returns and Smallville). And the Flash will be appearing on Arrow this season with and eye on getting a spin-off TV series, all the while with a film for the character is in active development. But maybe Warners is seeing the success that Disney/Marvel/ABC is having with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and has decided to develop closer ties between the offerings in the two media.