Phantom Stranger

The world would be a very different place if the entertainment giant known as Disney hadn’t of stepped in and lobbied for change to copyright laws. Movies, comic books, anything and everything superheroes would be unrecognizable today. And it all started with Steamboat Willie, soon to be known the world over as Mickey Mouse. Copyright law used to be a very finite thing, but with the popularity of Mickey, Disney couldn’t stand to let him go, and still fights today to hang on to the property. Because of this, many other properties have benefited from the changes in law, including but not limited to Marvel and DC. Ever wanted to write a Superman story of your own? Ever wanted to combine Thor and Wonder Woman in their own superhero duo? You can’t. But only because Disney stepped in. What did they change? What beloved superheroes could you be creating with today?

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?

Source: Blastr