For the past couple years, writer-director Guillermo del Toro has been working on a big screen adaptation of the Justice League Dark team, tentatively titled Dark Universe. The movie is expected to feature characters such as John Constantine, Zatanna and Deadman. A script was turned in recently, but it is currently unknown when the film will be released (if at all), especially with Warner Bros. mapping out its two DC movies a year plan up to 2020. And now, del Toro has offered another update on the project.
Speaking with IGN, del Toro says that he still hopes to make Dark Universe, as he is confident in the script and characters. “We turned in our [script] revision, and it all depends on the calendar, you know? If I can do it, I would love to do it. And I think the screenplay and the characters are very solid.” And in the event that he can’t do it – which is possible, given his very busy schedule – del Toro admits that, “somebody will do it.”
Del Toro also says that the film needs to fit into the grand scheme of the DC Cinematic Universe’s plan. “You cannot say, ‘Yeah, I’ll do it after I do this,’ or ‘I have the first season of The Strain.’ [Justice League Dark] needs to fall into the plan of the DC Universe.”
WB is currently focused on establishing its key DC players in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and two Justice League films, and the studio will then spin them off into their own films. Meanwhile, Suicide Squad will introduce many villains into the DCCU (including Justice League Dark villainess Enchantress), while Shazam will serve as a more lighthearted adventure.
It will be interesting to see how the Justice League Dark will fit into this universe, if at all. By the way, the JLD comic book is being relaunched this June under the name Dark Universe, the same title being given to the film adaptation. Coincidence? Stay tuned for more.