justice league dark
Although never officially on the Warner Bros./DC Entertainment slate of films for release, there’s been a lot of time, effort and energy invested in trying to make Justice League Dark happen. The team-up of many of DC Comics supernatural and magical heroes has an obvious appeal, but then again so does The Flash, and both projects have seemed to have similar trouble in holding down a director. Many have wonder if Warners/DC might now turn to It director Andy Muschietti to finally realize JL Dark, but there may be another, more surprising, name at top of mind for the studio. (more…)
The sad progress of Hellboy 3 from a twinkle in Guillermo Del Toro‘s eye through rumours of a revival and straight into the garbage pail of Hollywood history was a sad sight for many fans to behold. For a minute there it really looked like Mike Mignola’s masterpiece was going to have one last shot at the big time. And while we were left bitterly disappointed, it certainly got us all thinking. Del Toro’s career is littered with dead projects that he keeps alive through sheer force of will, waiting for the right moment to resurrect them. So what other old Del Toro projects might we end up seeing? Here are the five we’d most like the Mexican maestro to work his magic on.
It wasn’t too long ago that Guillermo del Toro was working on an adaptation of Justice League Dark, the comic book series about the team-up of a number of DC Comics‘ paranormal or supernatural heroes. Like a lot of the DC movies though, what seemed like a slam dunk has been subject to shake-ups; del Toro has departed the project, and Doug Liman has taken his place. But while a live-action JL Dark seems further and further away, an animated version is now actually less than a year away. In fact, the next DC Animated Universe movie is Justice League Dark, and now there’s a trailer for your viewing delight. (more…)
You may recall that an animated Justice League Dark movie is coming out soon, which will star Matt Ryan as John Constantine; quite a bit of buzz about it was stirred after the sneak peak was revealed alongside The Killing Joke. You may also recall that there is rumored to be a live-action affair, with Guillermo Del Toro attached at one point. Now, we get a little taste of ‘what could have been’ in the form of an animation test for the character Swamp Thing, a critical member of the team and to the story. (more…)
Matt Ryan stole the hearts of comic fans with his portrayal of John Constantine, from the show Constantine NBC aired in 2014. The series, which was based on the Hellblazer comics, saw John and his cohorts battling the evils of ‘the Rising Darkness’, protecting the innocent from the paranormal, occult, and that which goes bump in the night. While the show was well received by fans of the comics and of superhero shows, it was cancelled after one season due to not making the numbers NBC has come to expect from their shows; fans, however, were adamant that the character return as played by Matt Ryan. There were petitions, hashtag campaigns, and even Stephen Amell of Arrow made a push (resulting in Constantine guest starring on an episode of the green archer’s show). Now CW has picked up the rights to the show (along with Supergirl from CBS)—though if they will revive it remains to be seen. While we wait for more news on the hopeful revival of the show in some capacity, we have a nice adventure to fill in the gap: the new, animated version of Justice League Dark. (more…)
If there is one thing Warner Bros/ DC does better than Marvel, its their animated universe. From Flashpoint, The Dark Knight Returns, Young Justice, and everything in between, they absolutely knock it out of the park. This is not to say Marvel isn’t any good but the sheer volume of quality animated movies and shows that DC puts out is way ahead of anything Marvel has been doing. DC also treats their animated projects with much more brevity than kid friendly stuff Marvel does on Disney XD. For every Spider-Man or Super Hero Squad, there is Justice League Doom or All Star Superman. Sufficed to say, fans are eager to know what’s next.
During their Comic-Con panel, they officially announced three animated films that are currently underway…
All eyes are on the summer release of Batman: The Killing Joke, not only is it an adaptation of one of the most seminal stories in the history of the Dark Knight, but it’s the first DC Comics Animated Universe movie to be R-rated. Given the material, that shouldn’t be very surprising, but might the work on this project be inspiring the filmmakers behind these films to explore further more dark materials? Good question, and one that looks to be answered on the upcoming Blu-ray release of The Killing Joke, which includes a hint as to the identity of the next DCAU film, Justice League Dark. (more…)
Justice League Dark is the latest property that comic publisher DC is interested in adding to their film-focused Extended Universe, and rumors are flying around like wildfire that seem to indicate that they are pushing to get the film going as quickly as possible. Yesterday brought some casting rumors that might have been more fan-fiction than anything else, but today we’re hearing word from a reliable source that the hunt for a “dark” director is on.
What once seemed to be a pet project of Guillermo del Toro‘s has now become a full blown Warner Bros./DC Entertainment joint, and work on Justice League Dark is persisting despite del Toro bailing for other (greener?) pastures. Uber-producer Scott Rudin is now rallying the cause, and as Warner Bros. struggles to get original recipe Justice League off the ground – part one is due in theaters in 2017 – it seems that Dark is coming along with progress in the casting of this other League. Sources have leaked the names of three potential JL Dark members, as well as some additional casting details that might make you think this is really the League to watch in the coming months. (more…)
It was with a lot of regret that fans got the news last week that Guillermo del Toro‘s vision for Justice League Dark would not be realized. A super-team made up of DC Comics‘ premier supernatural heroes seemed too inside del Toro’s wheelhouse for it not to happen, but sometimes these things are not meant to be, unlike Pacific Rim 2, which is currently in development and will be released in 2017 in theaters everywhere. Meanwhile, fans eagerly await the news that will assure even the remotest chance that Hellboy 3 might become a reality. But would it surprise you to know that these three projects are all connected in way beyond del Toro’s involvement? In fact, it’s the very epitome of the term “show business.” (more…)