As excited as everyone is for the new NBC series, Constantine, the one question that has been on many minds is how this new show will affect Guillermo del Toro’s long awaited Justice League Dark movie. This is a valid concern, considering John Constantine is a key, founding member of the team. Well, the ever-busy filmmaker has finally addressed this question.
Speaking with IGN, del Toro confirmed that he would be willing to welcome the television incarnation of the JLD member into his movie fold:
“What I made clear to them is that the TV series will not affect the movie and they said that’s okay. They said you can have independence. Now, if we see the TV series and we can mesh with it or cast the same actor depending on where the movie is going, I would be happy to consider that.”
If you were one of the lucky people who saw the Constantine pilot at San Diego Comic-Con last month, you know just how wonderful the series is and just how well Matt Ryan fills the character’s shoes. Watching this incarnation of Constantine meeting up with the likes of Deadman, Madame Xanadu, Zatanna and maybe even Swamp Thing, to name a few members, is a very exciting prospect. Hell, let’s be honest – pretty much anything del Toro has up his sleeve is an exciting prospect.
The prolific filmmaker is currently working on his gothic horror flick, Crimson Peak, and will be returning to the world of kaijus and Jaegers with Pacific Rim 2 very soon. Finding time in his tight schedule to create a Justice League Dark movie that will live up to expectations may seem like an impossibility but if there is anything del Toro fans know about the filmmaker, it’s that nothing is impossible when it comes to the projects he feels passionately about. Luckily for us, JLD seems to be that type of project.
Any bit of news that del Toro can offer regarding taking the DC Comics property to the screen is welcome news. The project was announced years ago and has been stalled since before Man of Steel. It is possible that Warner Bros., the movie studio behind the DC Cinematic Universe, wanted to see how Zack Snyder’s take on Superman would go over before greenlighting an unusual project like JLD. While it may not have been universally loved, Man of Steel definitely brought in the money that WB was hoping for and as a result, there are now three new television series’ based on DC properties that will be hitting the small screen this fall (CW’s The Flash, NBC’s Constantine, and FOX’s Gotham), all of which have been testing through the roof. Plus, considering WB’s recently released list of dates that they are reserving for future comic book movies, there are plenty of dates that could be taken by a JLD movie. Let’s all hope WB is willing to take a risk on some heroes that are fond of the dark.