Though Warner Bros. has announced a boatload of new DC releases over the next decade, there’s one project noticeably absent from the list. But Guillermo del Toro is still hard at work on his dark little corner of the comic-book movie-verse.
Forbes reports that the script for del Toro’s (Pacific Rim, Hellboy) long-gestating Justice League Dark/Dark Universe project is complete and will be perused by the studio bigwigs over the Thanksgiving holiday. That’s awesome news, and if the studio actually digs del Toro’s take on the franchise, it could take a very big step toward a potential green light.
If there’s anyone well suited to bring the dark corner of DC’s universe to box-office stardom, it’s del Toro. He cut his teeth with the Hellboy movies and is well versed in the supernatural side of the comic canon. The film is said to focus on DC characters Constantine, Deadman, the Spectre and Swamp Thing as they battle the supernatural rogues not typically associated with A-listers Superman and Batman.
One outside factor to consider: NBC is already piloting the concept to the masses with its Constantine series, which is currently sitting on the bubble with so-so ratings and a second season in question. The show is great, and the ratings are actually showing an uptick (fingers crossed!), but it’s having a bit of trouble finding an audience.
If Constantine, arguably the biggest name on the Justice League Dark roster, can’t carry a TV series, it makes it a harder bet for Warner Bros. to throw down $100+ million for a film that’s a bit less bankable than something like the Justice League. Of course, on the flip side, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy has shown that audiences will respond to something a bit on the weird side if it’s well made — and with del Toro at the helm, you’d think those odds are solid.
Regardless, it’ll be interesting to see what kind of buzz comes out of the script. Do you think this one will ever actually make it out of development?