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Another day, another petition to save a TV show (…Constantine, a show that was finally starting to come into its own, might we add). It seems that nowadays, its always going to be a bit of a gamble putting the time and emotional investment into a freshman show on cable television. As; unless the ratings are surging through the roof, then there is always something of a worry in the back of the minds of advocates and fans of a particular show. It can become a rather complicated affair with some lower rated show hitting the right demographic; some shows can be “on-the-bubble”, and there are some which debut with high ratings – take a nose dive – then can’t seem to pick’um back up again. Cable will tend to give shows more of a chance , where as Network TV is pretty ruthless when it comes to axing both freshman, and even longer established shows. The question here is, …was Constantine really suited to Network TV – and in particular NBC – as Constantine is a foul-mouthed, disillusioned,British cynic pursuing a life of sorcery and danger. Maybe that’s where it all went wrong for Constantine, maybe it just wasn’t possible to portray all the complexities of the character whilst having to tone things down for network TV. (more…)

Justice League Dark

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…)

Del Toro Updates Us on ‘JL: Dark’

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We keep hearing a lot about the upcoming Justice League movie, and the problems it’s encountering as it tries to come to fruition. But there’s another Justice League movie on the table, one based on the DC Comics New 52 title Justice League Dark.

The book features the team-up of several of DC’s magic and supernatural-related characters like John Constantine, Zatana, Dead Man and Frankenstein, so naturally, you can see why it might appeal to Hellboy filmmaker Guillermo del Toro.

Despite his busy schedule, the Pacific Rim director is intent on making a Justice League Dark movie, and he recently talked to Total Film about the project:

It’s going really, really well. It’s like meeting old friends. I grew up with Demon Etrigan, with Swamp Thing, with Deadman, so these are characters that are near and dear to my heart. I’d love to use the origins that are proper to each character. I love the idea of Jason Blood as a paladin and a knight…I love the entire Constantine mythology, the Dead Man mythology, the Alec Holland Swamp Thing mythology. These are really rich things to well, and to dig.

So when can del Toro get started?

I am going to be presenting my storyline to DC and Warners of where I want to take this universe. We do have a writer, but until that is firmed up, I have to keep it a secret. I hope it happens.

We hope it happens to. It would be nice to know that we’re going to be seeing A Justice League movie even if it isn’t The Justice League movie.

More news as it develops.

Source: Geek Tyrant

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.