Justice League Dark - Still in development!

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Justice League Dark - Still in development!

Postby Peel » Oct 8th, 2015, 10:18 pm

Despite the departure of Guillermo Del Toro, it’s now apparent that the JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK adaptation, otherwise known as DARK UNIVERSE, is moving forward under the guide of Scott Rudin. Del Toro is still staying on as a producer, though he’ll no longer direct.

Sources confirm that Rudin is moving quickly on this one, making updates to the script and approaching directors. The project is now a priority for Warner Bros., with our sources also reporting that the studio is looking to shoot the superhero team-up film in 2016. Niija Kuykendall, Nik Mavinkurve, and Jon Berg are overseeing for Warner.

Dark Universe has been in development for several years, on a different track from Warner’s other DC titles. Del Toro, who both scripted and was set to helm, proved to be a major champion for the take, which introduces a horror spin to the DC superhero universe. When Del Toro opted out this past summer in favor of Pacific Rim 2, many fans were skeptical if Dark Universe would recover, though that’s clearly not the case.

While the film’s plot has generally been kept under lock and key, we’re hearing that it involves a series of ancient tomes stolen by a madman hellbent on the destruction of humanity. When he learns of this, occult detective John Constantine seeks out a group of heroes that specialize in the mystic and arcane in order to save the world. Though the film’s heroes have not yet been announced, save for Constantine, Del Toro had mentioned that Swamp Thing, Deadman, Zatanna, and Etrigan The Demon will likely make up the team.

Dark Universe is based on the comic series Justice League Dark written by by Peter Milligan, illustrated by Mikel Janin and first published in November, 2011. The film, which would introduce both mysticism and the supernatural into DC’s Cinematic Universe, is similar in premise to another of Warner’s superhero team-up films, Suicide Squad.

Dark Universe and Suicide Squad are only the latest team-up/crossover films planned, as Justice League is still in the pipeline as well as a Blue Beetle/Booster Gold film, which has Arrow, Supergirl, and The Flash series creator Greg Berlanti behind the wheel. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the first of Warner’s DC team-up pics, releases March 25, 2016.

The group established in Dark Universe will separately co-exist with the main Justice League team, much like how Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy operate individually from the Avengers. Though, the plan is to eventually bridge the worlds and plant Dark Universe members in other DC titles.

The character of Constantine was recently introduced to audiences on the NBC series of the same name, though that series was abruptly cancelled. The character, played by Matt Ryan, will also appear this season on Arrow, but will be recast for the film. The character also appeared in a film of his own in 2005, played by Keanu Reeves.

Rudin is a prolific producer who’s known for consistently working on a library of titles from the likes of Paul Thomas Anderson, Noah Baumbach, David Fincher, Wes Anderson, Aaron Sorkin, and the Coen brothers. With his hands in dozens of projects, it’s not surprising that he’s been tapped to shepherd Warner’s ailing Dark Universe.

Rudin’s latest project, Steve Jobs, opens wide this weekend. He recently wrapped on Ben Stiller’s comedy sequel Zoolander 2 and is next starting on The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter, which stars Josh Brolin and Danny McBride.



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Personally, I am so pumped that Justice League Dark hasn't been shelved and WB are still adamant in moving forward with the project, making it a 'priority'. Furthermore, Scott Rudin is a fantastic addition to the movie crew as a producer with his great record in producing movies from The Social Network to The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Guillermo Del Toro is staying on as a producer as well, meaning his original plan and vision for the movie will not go to waste.

Even more interesting is that an unofficial synopsis to the movie has been given here, with John Constantine forming the team to stop a 'madman' from destroying humanity through stealing ancient totems. Who could this madman be? Klarion the Witchboy? Felix Faust? Despite having only been created a few years ago, the Justice League Dark are not short on adversaries.

What are your thoughts on the production of the Justice League Dark movie? Who do you think should direct it? Who do you think should play the charming and charismatic John Constantine? Discuss below!
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Re: Justice League Dark - Still in development!

Postby AW8 » Oct 9th, 2015, 6:52 pm

Good to hear it's still alive. I don't know much about the team in the comics, but to have the DCCU branch out into the realm of magic is very welcome.

And live-action versions of Deadman, Zatanna and Etrigan would be freaking awesome.
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Re: Justice League Dark - Still in development!

Postby Peel » Oct 10th, 2015, 10:27 pm

AW8 wrote:Good to hear it's still alive. I don't know much about the team in the comics, but to have the DCCU branch out into the realm of magic is very welcome.

And live-action versions of Deadman, Zatanna and Etrigan would be freaking awesome.


It's a real good stepping stone for the DCEU, and I'm all for more team up movies in particular. When Del Toro was originally at the helm, based on his recurrent collaborators, I always thought we'd get Norman Reedus as Deadman, Ron Pearlman as Etrigan and a wildcard like Alexandria Daddario as Zatanna. But now that we don't know who's directing it, anything could happen.

Now that I think more about the synopsis, I think Felix Faust is definitely the main antagonist, if they're sticking with Del Toro's script. I remember Del Toro saying the two villains he wanted for the movie were Faust and Floronic Man. If they go with Faust, its possible they could try to tie the movie in to the Wonder Woman one, which would be great for continuity. For even more continuity, I was hoping for a while Cara Delevingne would make an appearance as Enchantress.
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