With Warner Bros. focused on creating its DC Cinematic Universe, there have been some questions by fans regarding potential Vertigo adaptations, such as Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Sandman. How would these films fit in with the rest of the studio’s comic book plans? Now, we have an answer.
According to Deadline, WB is moving its Vertigo movies, such as Sandman, over to sister studio New Line Cinema. Warners will continue to work on the mainstream DC films, which will feature Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman and the rest of the Justice League. However, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Shazam will still be developed by New Line, despite that movie being expected to eventually cross over into the DCCU.
THR also has both good and bad news surrounding the Justice League Dark film, which is also being called Dark Universe. The movie will still be stationed at WB, rather than New Line, even though some of the characters previously came from Vertigo. The film will take notes from the comics and integrate these characters into the main DC Universe, seemingly confirming its presence in the DCCU.
Justice League Dark was expected to be directed by Guillermo del Toro, who has been developing the project for years. However, THR confirms that the ever-busy director is no longer attached. Del Toro is currently at work on his Pacific Rim sequel, and he has been attached to several film and television projects over the years. It will be interesting to see who replaces him and where Justice League Dark fits into the DC movie schedule.
Stay tuned for more news as we have it.