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…)
With Warner Bros. set on quickly expanding their DC Cinematic Universe, it comes as no surprise that more news is starting to surface regarding the future of Guillermo del Toro‘s movie adaptation of Justice League Dark. Having managed to juggle his fantastically busy schedule; writing and handing in a finished screenplay to the suits at Warner just before Christmas, this is by no means a transient money-grabber for the ever-proverbial workaholic. Guillermo has been working on the project alongside the studio for many years now, and it seems that both parties want to knock things into gear–or at least kick-start the creative engine. With no solidified release date in sight yet, we have news on potential characters who could be set to feature in the dark superhero franchise. (more…)
Talk about a Guillermo del Toro overload?! (click to read our article on the Pacific Rim sequel here). Looks like the executives over at Warner Bros. are in for a treat at the weekend. While most people will be kicking back in front of the TV with a cold beer, or a glass of vino after a long hard slog at work, or perhaps heading out en masse to catch a certain trailer? (Star Wars: The Force Awakens anyone?), execs at Warner have their weekends sorted. Guillermo del Toro has confirmed he has finished his script for the tentatively planned movie adaptation of Justice League Dark and handed it over to Warner for a planned weekend read. (more…)
The pilot episode of Constantine has aired in a few places, and it’s been making the rounds on torrent sites for a couple of months now. You may even have seen it yourself. Even if you haven’t, you may be aware that the Doctor Fate helmet is fairly prominent Easter Egg in it, thus implying that more than just John Constantine and his cohorts might be appearing on small screens everywhere, a situation akin to how Arrow and The Flash are filled with references to other comics and characters. So is it possible that other occult characters from the DC Comics Universe like Swamp Thing, Zatanna or Deadman might encounter Matt Ryan‘s exorcist/con man? One of the executive producers says the answer is “yes.” (more…)
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. (more…)
No, this is not a story about Alan Moore. I think, by now, we all know Alan Moore’s opinion on the issue of DC Comics, adaptations of his works, and life in general. No, this time the Constantine co-creator in question is Stephen Bissette, who worked on the Saga of the Swamp Thing with Moore from 1983 to 1987 including issue #37 that introduced the character of John Constantine. And with interest in the character high thanks to the proposed NBC series about him starring Matt Ryan, Bissette’s getting a lot of requests for some comment. So what is a semi-retired comic book artist to do? Well, Bissette addressed an open letter to DC Comics on his Facebook page to pose them that very question. (more…)
Earlier today I had the pleasure of writing an update piece about Guillermo del Toro and his continuing attempts to get a Hulk television series and the At the Mountains of Madness project going. Now, it looks like the guy just isn’t busy enough, cause he’s taking on something more. Just a rumor under the title of Heaven Sent thus far, it has been confirmed that the new working title of del Toro’s going-to-happen DC project is Dark Universe.
This film, based on the darkly awesome DC Vertigo line (the comics that I personally grew up on), will be bringing together some of the best of DC’s alternative heroes. So far, del Toro has mentioned the presence of John Constantine, Swamp Thing, The Spectre, Deadman, Zatanna and The Demon. He refuses to divulge any more, unfortunately, lest the film get spoiled.
The project is still in its infancy, however, and del Toro has mentioned that they’ve only just hired on a writer. Who is that man who can make or break this fkn kick-ass project? Del Toro won’t say! Jerk!
So other than the fact that it is moving forward, has a writer and will most likely feature the characters previously mentioned, we know nothing. Rest assured that we will be handing out details as soon as they emerge.
A hearty nerd-boner thanks to /film for the heads-up on this one.
While there’s been a lot of talk about Warner Bros. and their dreams of getting a Justice League movie started, we learned last week they were talking with Guillermo del Toro about developing another super hero team movie. Del Toro has his eye on Heaven Sent, a flick that would team up many of DC’s darker and more mystical characters like Deadman, The Spectre, Swamp Thing, Constantine Hellblazer, Phantom Stranger, Zatanna, Zatara, Sargon, and Etrigan the Demon. It sure sounds a little out of the box but like I said before, with del Toro in charge this could be a smash.
Recently speaking with MTV del Toro confirmed his enthusiasm for the project, saying,
When somebody asked me about Justice League…I’m not involved in Justice League. I am discussing…I’ve been discussing with the fans and I’ve been very, very open about how much Swamp Thing was key when I was a kid. Comics in Mexico came on the first two days of the week. Around Tuesday and Wednesday I would go to the newsstand on my bicycle and I would get Swamp Thing every time it was available and I loved Jack Kirby’s Demon. I love Constantine and all that. You know, I’ve been pursuing doing something with them for many, many years. Hopefully it’ll come to pass. But we are still just discussing.
Okay, WB, let the man do what he wants! Who better to tackle bringing Swamp Thing back to the big screen, especially teamed with Deadman, Spectre, Etrigan the freakin’ Demon, than del Toro? He has such a knack for monsters who really aren’t so monstrous at heart, the heroes who look more frightening than any villain. That’s who these characters are. I don’t know, to me, this sounds like a no brainer, what do you think of del Toro possibly working on Heaven Sent for WB?
Source: Geek Tyrant
Forget the Justice League, the movie Warner Bros. is oh-so-desperate to make in order to challenge The Avengers, they may soon let Guillermo Del Toro make his own super hero movie using a different team of DC characters.
This all stems from WB being really pleased with Pacific Rim. It’s testing well and it looks like del Toro and WB might have a bonafide hit on their hands. Enough so that they’d be willing to let del Toro work on whatever the hell wants as his next project, and what he wants is to make is a supernatural team-up movie called Heaven Sent. The report is coming from the Latino Review who say the team would consist of Deadman, The Spectre, Swamp Thing, Constantine Hellblazer, Phantom Stranger, Zatanna, Zatara, Sargon and Etrigan the Demon.
Any other director and I think this worst idea ever, destined to fail, but del Toro? This sounds right up the Hellboy and Pan’s Labyrinth director’s alley. Now, were this to really happen it’d be years and years away, but what do you think? Does this sound like a flick you’d want to see?
OK, honestly, how do you not pick these comics up? First of all, Animal Man and Swamp Thing have been two of the strongest books of DC’s New 52 since the reboot kicked off last year. Second of all, there aren’t enough straight-up evil monsters in comics anymore. Third of all, it’s called Rotworld! Now that the (awesome) Night of the Owls event is over in the Batman books, it’s time for the “Dark” family of DC Comics to shine with this event, and in this two-issue prologue co-writers Scott Snyder and Jeff Lemire definitely don’t disappoint.