Comic Vine News

129 Comments

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.

No Caption Provided

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

129 CommentsRefresh
Avatar image for bladewolf
Posted By bladewolf

This should be amazing with Del Toro behind the wheel! Looking forward!

Avatar image for sandman_
Posted By SandMan_
@k4tzm4n: Ahem...:P
 
Yeah I heard about this. let's see what happens.
Avatar image for _black
Posted By _Black

Wow x1000. Swamp Thing, Constantine, Spectre, and Zatanna? Nerdgasm.

Avatar image for redqueen
Posted By RedQueen

Del Toro would be perfect for a JLA Dark (ish) adaption... Strange that it seems it might come out a year or so after the original JLA. Would have thought it would be years after (if at all).

Avatar image for nightfang3
Posted By NightFang3

I have faith in Del Toro, but i'll believe this movie is happening when I see a trailer.

Avatar image for dark_vengeance_
Posted By Dark_Vengeance_

I haven't read it, but yay I guess?

Avatar image for smashbrawler
Posted By SmashBrawler

Sounds awesome.

Avatar image for bob808
Posted By bob808

That is so cool.

Avatar image for krspacet
Posted By krspaceT

Could be neat. Was wondering about Swamp Thing movies the other day

Online
Avatar image for judasnixon
Posted By judasnixon

I'm guessing Scott Snyder.... But I don't know anything.

Avatar image for matkrenz
Posted By MatKrenz

And yet no Wonder Woman, Flash or Aquaman movie. I just don't understand DC movies sometimes. Don't get me wrong this project sounds magnificent and right up my alley but you gotta wonder does no one in Hollywood want to make a movie based on DC heavy hitters ? Or did Green Lantern kill that interest ?

Avatar image for aldo512
Posted By Aldo512

Nice to see DC is giving someone besides Batman and Superman a movie

Avatar image for marioboza
Posted By MarioBoza
No Caption Provided

Bring him back pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeease ;)

Avatar image for catsnlynne
Posted By Catsnlynne

Is Etrigan in Justice League Dark?
Avatar image for treefreak32
Posted By treefreak32

I'm Effin Pumped!

Avatar image for cuddles666
Posted By cuddles666

This writer? PleasebeNeilPleasebeNeilPleasebeNeil!

Avatar image for br_havoc
Posted By BR_Havoc

Ok its really cool that Del Toro is going to make this but I'm I think only one that thinks JLD is an odd choice for a movie? I mean the books sales are not that high and a casual movie goer would know none of the characters. I am looking forward to it but I am confused.

Avatar image for gothamred
Posted By GothamRed

Which Zatara?

Avatar image for mrshway88
Posted By MrShway88

I just came. God I hope this movie isn't shelved.

Avatar image for pspin
Posted By pspin

Could be good but there would be some set up needed if it is only one movie especially if Man of Steel and Justice League are successful.

Avatar image for jonsmith
Posted By JonSmith

I'm seconding the opinion of not believing til I see a trailer.

AND AS FOR YOU, @MarioBoza said:

No Caption Provided

Bring him back pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeease ;)

Loading Video...
Avatar image for gambit1024
Posted By Gambit1024

Deadman? Zatanna? Spectre?

Holy sh*t.

Sign me up.

Avatar image for benblanks
Posted By benblanks

@MarioBoza said:

No Caption Provided

Bring him back pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeease ;)

The winking face means you're kidding right? Right? RIGHT?! I trust Guillermo Del Toro to finally give the fans an accurate John Constantine. The LEAST he can do is keep him friggin' British. However, the blonde hair and chain smoking would do nicely as well. Haven't read a single issue of JLD (namely because of the rebooting of Constantine) but I'm excited about this.

Avatar image for knighthood
Posted By knighthood

Okay this sounds interesting. I might start reading JLDark again.

Avatar image for crom_cruach
Posted By Crom-Cruach

Cool.

Avatar image for big_nasty
Posted By Big_Nasty

The Teem Roster will Beat the crap out of the Avengers.

Avatar image for fantasgasmic
Posted By Fantasgasmic

@MarioBoza said:

No Caption Provided

Bring him back pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeease ;)

Hellllllllllll no. Unless he does a British accent.

Avatar image for roninautomaton
Posted By RoninAutomaton

I'm guessing Peter Milligan. Where did he go after launching Justice League Dark?

Avatar image for alton
Posted By Alton

This type of project is a complete waste of time for a director like Del Toro,but what the heck it certainly has more potential that a regular JL movie. It's exactly because these characters haven't been done to death that make it easier to attract the wider non comic fan audience. No preconcieved notions ,and thank the lord, no Wonder Woman.

Avatar image for man_struttin
Edited By man_struttin

I will have very high expectations for the use of these characters.

@BR_Havoc said:

Ok its really cool that Del Toro is going to make this but I'm I think only one that thinks JLD is an odd choice for a movie? I mean the books sales are not that high and a casual movie goer would know none of the characters. I am looking forward to it but I am confused.

That's how I feel about Guardians of the Galaxy.

Avatar image for br_havoc
Posted By BR_Havoc

@man_struttin said:

I will have very high expectations for the use of these characters.

@BR_Havoc said:

Ok its really cool that Del Toro is going to make this but I'm I think only one that thinks JLD is an odd choice for a movie? I mean the books sales are not that high and a casual movie goer would know none of the characters. I am looking forward to it but I am confused.

That's how I feel about Guardians of the Galaxy.

That is a good point and frankly I feel the same way.

Avatar image for jamdamage
Posted By JamDamage

Del Toro takes for.......ev.........er............to complete things, but I hope this goes like he says it is. Having a director in line is HUGE. I hope it's him actually. I bet they throw Swamp Thing in cast too. Del Toro likes monsters and Swamp Thing in it only makes sense. Plus, I bet the agile kung fu guy who played the bad vampire in Blade 2, and the bad guy prince in Hellboy 2 gets a roll.

Avatar image for redhoodnet
Posted By redhoodnet

YES PLEASE!!!!!

This may be a better answer to Avengers than a Justice League movie.... Original....

Avatar image for jamdamage
Posted By JamDamage

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

Avatar image for marioboza
Posted By MarioBoza

@JonSmith said:

I'm seconding the opinion of not believing til I see a trailer.

AND AS FOR YOU, @MarioBoza said:

No Caption Provided

Bring him back pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeease ;)

Loading Video...

LMFAO, you sir made my night. I havent seen this clip or movie in ages. Ty :)

Avatar image for spadesslick
Posted By SpadesSlick

I might just lose my mind if it's Neil Gaiman. Please be Neil.

Avatar image for red_robin212
Posted By Red_Robin212

@MarioBoza said:

No Caption Provided

Bring him back pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeease ;)

Hellllllllllll no. Unless he does a British accent.

Ummmm

Loading Video...

No thanks

Avatar image for savagedragon
Posted By SavageDragon

If this is real it could be AMAZING. Awesome linup. Im a huuuge Etrigan fan.

Avatar image for judasnixon
Posted By judasnixon
@MarioBoza: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! NO! NO! NO!
Avatar image for oldmanjoe
Posted By OldManJoe

@MarioBoza: Seconded!

Avatar image for donfelipe
Posted By DonFelipe

This could be everything from very disappointing, just being lame (as most comic movies) to super-awesome and best adaption ever. However, this could also be a brilliant b-movie... Ed Wood-style (Bela Lugosi would be a great Constantine btw).

I'm in for this... if it will ever happen and no matter which version. :)

Avatar image for davidgrantlloyd
Posted By davidgrantlloyd

@SpadesSlick said:

I might just lose my mind if it's Neil Gaiman. Please be Neil.

Holy Moly! That would be f***ing awesome!

Avatar image for donfelipe
Posted By DonFelipe

@Catsnlynne said:

Is Etrigan in Justice League Dark?

Not really! He has a minor role in the JLD Annual #1 (which is a great story nonetheless) and has yet to appear in the regular issues of the New52's JLD.

Avatar image for spadesslick
Posted By SpadesSlick

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

Avatar image for omgomgwtfwtf
Posted By OmgOmgWtfWtf

Guillermo Del Toro is known for taking a very long time to make his movies. Considering how long his list of movies are, one's that haven't been released or filmed, it would be a while before this even reaches 'developmental' phase. Though I will say this he better make a Hellboy 3.

Avatar image for kincart
Posted By KINCART

I hope they do this right.

Avatar image for jameskm716
Posted By JamesKM716

This should be good.

Avatar image for cthulipe
Posted By Cthulipe

I just hope they will use Shade.

Avatar image for stormbox
Posted By Stormbox

This could be interesting....