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Guillermo del Toro Working On DC 'Dark Universe' Movie

The 'Pacific Rim' director talks about the cast of JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK heading to the big screen.

Look out, Marvel Studios! It appears that Warner Bros. is also aiming to create a cohesive movieverse for their comic book properties. While chatting with IGN, Hellboy director Guillermo del Toro confirmed an old rumor -- he's working on a DC movie currently being called Dark Universe.

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.

Regarding the roster, the director named Swamp Thing, The Demon, Deadman, John Constantine, The Spectre, Zatanna and Zatara.

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When asked if the success of The Avengers motivated Warner Bros to move forward with their comic properties, del Toro says the studio had plans before Marvel's team-up dominated the box office.

He seemed quite excited about the writer... who do you think it'll be and how do you feel about this team heading to the silver screen? Be sure to check out our Comic Vine page for the team to do your homework on the characters!

Source: IGN

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Edited By Mia26

Although I would rather see a Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Arrow , or even a Bird's of Prey movie, heck I think a Justice Society movie would be a better choice but at least their trying so am happy.

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Posted By sesquipedalophobe

@SpadesSlick said:

Can we also get Andrew Bennet in on this? If only to force DC to keep I, Vampire around as long as possible.

No kidding.

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Posted By KnightofSteel

Interesting... great choice for director. But after JL in 2015, WB really should make a Wonder Woman movie. She's iconic, part of the Trinity with Superman and Batman and all that stuff. But she's never gotten the big screen treatment. So much potential here. Flash too. Saying all that, and getting back to Del Toro, I could really see him doing the 'dark' characters justice for the big screen-- bring it on!

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Posted By oblivionatm

Love it! Love everything about it!

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Posted By Decept-O

Great match of a director for a property. Indeed, curious who the writer is. Considering the characters and tone, I really doubt there could be a better director. Damn this is really intriguing, even if a "regular" Justice League movie may be up in the air ( I really don't trust any of the "news" of late pertaining it ), this looks to be something that will appeal to a lot of people who aren't comic book readers. Sweet!!

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Posted By MizariSeth

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Posted By colonyofcells

I agree about the use of Constantine and he can be the leader. I also like Demon and I Vampire. Maybe throw in an angel like Zauriel. For females I prefer Madame Xanadu, Enchantress and Black Orchid.

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Posted By fables87

I like the roster already. I want to see this now.

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Posted By Bonzi161

i spoke with Mike Mignola at comic con a couple of years ago, he told me to take anything Guillermo Del Toro says with a huge grain of salt (like "at the mountains of madness") but i hope this is a case where hes wrong and this goes threw. loving the comic and Constantine needs a redo

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Posted By sethysquare

@Bonzi161 said:

i spoke with Mike Mignola at comic con a couple of years ago, he told me to take anything Guillermo Del Toro says with a huge grain of salt (like "at the mountains of madness") but i hope this is a case where hes wrong and this goes threw. loving the comic and Constantine needs a redo

wow what a way to throw an industry expert under the bus. who does mike mignola think he is. a nobody.

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Posted By longbowhunter

I heard about this late last year. Really hope someone will see this through. I've been a big fan of this corner of the DC universe for quite some time. Especially Swamp Thing.

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Posted By sethysquare

@longbowhunter said:

I heard about this late last year. Really hope someone will see this through. I've been a big fan of this corner of the DC universe for quite some time. Especially Swamp Thing.

And Animal Man, Zee, PS, Deadman and Constantine.

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Posted By TheMess1428

This sounds like an awesome idea!

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Posted By c2thaj

Give Zatanna her own movie.

Bah, now I'm just being greedy.

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Posted By garrettsgonewild

BEST THING EVER!!!

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Posted By RedheadedAtrocitus

That would be too amazing for words if this actually was greenlighted and followed through with.

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Posted By spetsnaz_gru

Cast Paul Bettany for Constantine!

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Posted By millennium

about dam time one of the big 2 made a movie about their supernatrul based characters and i think i speak for everyone when i say in del toro we trust man this just made my week

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Posted By zackattack529

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Bring him back pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeease ;)

I agree!

people gave him a bad rap because they wanted a blonde British brown coat Constantine. But keanu reeves did an excellent job playing an original american Constantine.

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Posted By AnonymousMC

Del Toro, Swamp Thing and Constantine..f*ck it I am in. More excited about this the JL!

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Posted By modunhanul

It's not a rumor, right?

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Posted By Skewer

This is the best thing that could happen to that comic series. DC should be pushing the issue since it would help increase their sales.

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Posted By comic_shaun

Okay, look. Del toro is a great director and writer, will not deny that. However it took years for him to make Pacific Rim. We don't have a Hellboy 3 and he shoots ideas like a Arnold with a minigun filled with blanks. It sounds like a good idea, these characters are the cream of DC's roster but will they register with a non fanboy/girl audience? Can he give each character a fair amount of exposition and screen time? Consider these questions people. Remember we still have'nt seen Pacific Rim yet, it may make or break Guillermo. Really hope it will be successful.

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Posted By Vincent_Valjean

@MarioBoza: Seriously??????

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Posted By Billy Batson

@sethysquare said:

@Bonzi161 said:

i spoke with Mike Mignola at comic con a couple of years ago, he told me to take anything Guillermo Del Toro says with a huge grain of salt (like "at the mountains of madness") but i hope this is a case where hes wrong and this goes threw. loving the comic and Constantine needs a redo

wow what a way to throw an industry expert under the bus. who does mike mignola think he is. a nobody.

Really? Mignola is a nobody?
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Posted By Billy Batson

@zackattack529 said:

@MarioBoza said:

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Bring him back pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeease ;)

I agree!

people gave him a bad rap because they wanted a blonde British brown coat Constantine. But keanu reeves did an excellent job playing an original american Constantine.

An original American Constantine? What's that supposed to be?
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Posted By Jonny_Anonymous

Ok I'm a huge fan of Guillermo, I love Hellboy and I have the box set of his original films but I have 3 requests

1. It actually has to be dark, these characters wer created to tell dark storys and it would be doing them a disservice if it ended up like JLD which is about as dark as a box of kittens

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Posted By sethysquare

@Billy Batson said:

@sethysquare said:

@Bonzi161 said:

i spoke with Mike Mignola at comic con a couple of years ago, he told me to take anything Guillermo Del Toro says with a huge grain of salt (like "at the mountains of madness") but i hope this is a case where hes wrong and this goes threw. loving the comic and Constantine needs a redo

wow what a way to throw an industry expert under the bus. who does mike mignola think he is. a nobody.

Really? Mignola is a nobody?
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compared to del toro, what do you think?

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Posted By SmashBrawler

@sethysquare said:

@Billy Batson said:

@sethysquare said:

@Bonzi161 said:

i spoke with Mike Mignola at comic con a couple of years ago, he told me to take anything Guillermo Del Toro says with a huge grain of salt (like "at the mountains of madness") but i hope this is a case where hes wrong and this goes threw. loving the comic and Constantine needs a redo

wow what a way to throw an industry expert under the bus. who does mike mignola think he is. a nobody.

Really? Mignola is a nobody?
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compared to del toro, what do you think?

Quiet, before you trip on your own stupidity. Of course Del Toro is more recognized, he works on the frickin' film industry!

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Posted By TDK_1997

This can be something truly amazing!

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Posted By SmashBrawler

@Jonny_Anonymous: What about the other two? :P

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Posted By mcbean

@MarioBoza: NOOOO WAAAY they need to can get someone better

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Posted By sethysquare

@SmashBrawler said:

@sethysquare said:

@Billy Batson said:

@sethysquare said:

@Bonzi161 said:

i spoke with Mike Mignola at comic con a couple of years ago, he told me to take anything Guillermo Del Toro says with a huge grain of salt (like "at the mountains of madness") but i hope this is a case where hes wrong and this goes threw. loving the comic and Constantine needs a redo

wow what a way to throw an industry expert under the bus. who does mike mignola think he is. a nobody.

Really? Mignola is a nobody?
BB

compared to del toro, what do you think?

Quiet, before you trip on your own stupidity. Of course Del Toro is more recognized, he works on the frickin' film industry!

you should probably read my post before screaming at me. unless that is sarcasm which i cant seem to tell.

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Posted By Xanni15

So this is why he scurried away from The Hobbit like it was the plague? ROFL

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Posted By SmashBrawler

@sethysquare: Of course I read your post, why would I be replying to you otherwise?

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Posted By monitor_earthprime

i am in. I love the JLD and would love to see this movie.

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Posted By KZR

@Aldo512: That's why I'm happy.

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Posted By Yz

This is sad news because del Toro needs to be working on the final piece to the Hellboy trilogy! I mean, now that Mignola killed off Hellboy, it should be okay for him to do it in the movies (wasn't that always the problem? that it wouldn't be right to upstage Mike?).

Also, I don't like this idea of making movies based off of comics that don't exist or haven't established themselves rather than drawing from the classics, it's one thing to come up with a new concept but to market some retcon as what has earned these character a movie seems wrong. I mean, I'm all for keeping things unique but all this is going to be is The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen II (which I actually enjoyed the first one when I first saw it but not in the context of the comic).

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Posted By Vincent_Valjean

@zackattack529: An american Constantine???Seriously????

Dude,the world is not only about America you know,isn't enough that you already americanized Wonder Woman(she wears the american flag and the eagle as her suit)?

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Posted By Loki9876

well it would be very cool but most of the time they'll just talk about it.

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Posted By sethysquare

@SmashBrawler: then do you have problem comprehending my posts? its obvious what i'm saying. feel free to look at it again.

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Posted By Azrael66

A JLD movie would be the greatest thing that could ever happen. Del Toro, make it so.

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Posted By BumpyBoo

On the one hand I really don't want to get my hopes up.

But on the other....

THIS SOUNDS FREAKING AWESOME!! My hopes are all the way up!! O_O

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Posted By RedQueen

@JamDamage said:

@RedQueen: oh it will be years. Del Toro takes for ever to get things done. He's good like that.

Yeah, still waiting on Hellboy 3. Which hopefully he'll feel obliged to do before this, otherwise it could be decades before we see closure to that franchise.

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Posted By Or35ti

That's an intense roster for an intense movie. damn!

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Posted By Bonzi161

didnt mean to start a mini fire with my last post (that i think was taken down at this point) it was just idol chitchat between me and a dude who hadnt had the chance to pee in a while :p

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Posted By SmashBrawler

@sethysquare: I don't have any problem comprehending your posts. You just said Mike Mignola is a nobody. One of the most idiotic things I've ever read in my entire life.

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Posted By Jonny_Anonymous
@SmashBrawler: damit, stupid phone posted that before I finished it. This is what I meant to say: 
 
Ok I'm a huge fan of Guillermo, I love Hellboy and I have the box set of his original films but I have 3 requests

1. It actually has to be dark, these characters were created to tell dark storys and it would be doing them a disservice if it ended up like JLD which is about as dark as a box of kittens 
 
2. John Constantine is British, blond and smokes. He is not from LA, he does not have black hair and unlike the DCnU shadow he does not live in New York. 
 
3. Etrigan rhymes when he talks, like at ALL times.
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Posted By broo1232

Please have Swamp Thing and Constantine in it.

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Posted By SmashBrawler

@Jonny_Anonymous: Pretty straightforward. I don't think they'll go into R-rated territory, though. Especially after what happened to Prometheus.