Marvel proved an unorthodox comic-book movie could dominate the box office earlier this month, and DC is cooking up one that could give Guardians of the Galaxy a run for its money. You know, just swap “cosmic” for “supernatural.”
Along with all the other comic movies Warner Bros. is reportedly working on, acclaimed director Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim) is putting together his own little project set in the darker corner of the DC universe.
Currently dubbed Justice League Dark, the film will reportedly focus on the supernatural side of the DC universe and dig into characters such as Constantine and Swamp Thing as they duke it out with mystical enemies and take on the foes the Justice League isn't quite equipped to battle.
Del Toro talked more about the project in an interview with IGN and revealed that his dream team will hopefully feature characters such as “Etrigan the Demon, Deadman, Swamp Thing, Zatanna, Constantine, The Floronic Man and many, many others.” Yeah, considering what del Toro has already done with his stellar run of Hellboy films, we’re champing at the bit to see more of this one.
But what about NBC’s upcoming Constantine series, you might ask? Del Toro said he’d consider using the same actor (the pitch-perfect Matt Ryan) if the tone fits, and he wants to find a way to fit the Spectre in there, as well:
“I would love to have The Spectre in it, because he's one of the most..absolutely, beyond moral characters in this universe and he does crazy things...but, I'm happy with...they're doing that with Constantine. What I made clear to them is that the tv series will not effect the movie and they said that's okay. They said you can have independence. Now, if we see the TV series and we can mesh with it or cast the same actor depending on where the movie is going, I would be happy to consider that.”
DC seems pretty focused on getting Superman and Batman together on screen at the moment, which we’re also excited about, but this movie absolutely needs to happen. Guardians of the Galaxy showed you can give a talented director some leeway to make a quirky movie that can still be a hit, and DC needs to do the same with del Toro.
Now let's see if we can figure out how to cut a deal with Dark Horse to get Hellboy on the team somehow …