A couple of years ago, director Guillermo del Toro confirmed his involvement with a film adaptation of DC’s Justice League Dark, which is tentatively titled Dark Universe. Last year, he revealed that he was writing the story outline for the movie, with another screenwriter (who is still unnamed) turning it into a full script. Since then, we haven’t heard much on the film besides del Toro saying that, while the movie will initially be standalone, it may connect with other DC properties in the future. And now, we have a promising update on the supernatural ensemble film.
Speaking with Forbes while promoting The Strain, del Toro confirmed that the Dark Universe script has been completed and sent to Warner Bros., who will read it over the weekend. If the studio approves of the script, then the movie will likely move forward. Del Toro’s quotes on the film will be included in Forbes’ full interview with the director, which will be posted in a few days.
This is surely good news for fans hoping to see DC’s most iconic magic-oriented characters assembled on the big screen. Of course, a major question regarding Dark Universe would be when the film releases. Warner Bros. will two DC movies per year starting in 2016, not counting new Superman and Batman films. Could Dark Universe be another exception to the two movie a year formula? Of course, it has been suggested that WB has a separate slate for Vertigo adaptations, so perhaps this movie will fall under that banner?
Of course, this all depends on whether or not Dark Universe undergoes production anytime soon. Del Toro is shooting the Pacific Rim sequel late next year for a 2017 release, and he is attached to a number of different projects. So, assuming Dark Universe is the next movie he directs, maybe he can shoot that for a 2019 or 2020 release, if not later. We just have to wait and see. Stay tuned for more news as we have it.