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…)
If you’ve been watching closely, you’ve read a few articles on DC’s ‘Constantine’ coming to the small screen. Whether you’re just a fan of the film or you’ve checked out the comics, you know that this is a cool idea. If you’ve gone to the trouble of actually reading the posts (I’m talking to you, Facebook) then you know about some vital particulars. Things like the series dumping a meaningless character for a good one from the books. Also cool surprises like the Doctor Fate cameo will lure in many casual fans. As we close in on the premiere, we’re still at no loss for series news, because we’ve got info on a potential catalyst to Constantine’s chain-smoking habit. Here’s a hint: with news of DC’s Dark League taking shape, every supernatural player in their catalog is fair game! (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?
While Marvel beefs up their movie-verse DC is looking to TV for their next big success. They seem to be desperately searching for something to fill Smallville‘s gaping hole, and it unfortunately wasn’t Wonder Woman. Could a Spectre series be the ticket? The CW is currently developing a Deadman series,but this Spectre series is being developed by Fox with Brandon Camp writing and executive producing. Deadman and Spectre aren’t all that different, might they saturate the market with dead detectives/super heroes?
If you’re unfamiliar with the Spectre, God’s Vengeance, /Film as pretty good character summation,
He’s a second-stringer (or, more graciously, supporting character and occasional leading man) that has been part of the DC universe since the ’40s, when he was created by Jerry Siegel.
In life he was a cop, Jim Corrigan, but after being murdered he’s stuck in a post-death limbo, from which he seeks vengeance against his own killers (see where R.I.P.D. got its ideas?) and eventually against other evil men.
Over the decades the character has been a supernatural crusader; a member of the Justice Society of America (the first superhero team); a massively-powered, nearly omnipotent force; an excessively aggressive righter of wrongs; and an embodiment of God’s anger towards human evil. The ghostly aspect of the Spectre even became tied to Green Lantern Hal Jordan at one point.
I think this concept has a lot of potential. Particularly if they take their cues from the animated Spectre short from DC Showcase. It was brilliant, and captured the sinister feel of the Spectre perfectly. Watch a clip, here. Plus, Corrigan/Spectre was voiced by Gary Cole who I think would be fantastic in a television series, but I’m guessing they’ll want to cast someone younger. Screw that.
What do you think? Would you watch a Spectre TV series or should DC stop trying and just rehash another part of Superman’s life for a show (Lois & Clark, Smallville, what’s next?)?