Although Warner Bros’. Justice League has had to go back to the drawing board, Guillermo Del Toro doesn’t mind the idea of pursuing Justice League Dark. For those unfamiliar with the unconventional superhero team, the title launched in September 2011, and it’s comprised of John Constantine, Madame Xanadu, Deadman, Shade, Zatanna, Mindwarp, and Enchantress. Del Toro tells Total Film, “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.” While Total Film refers to the project as “Justice League Dark”, the project shares multiple characters with Heaven Sent, which we reported on back in November. It’s likely that it’s the same project, but TF is probably referring to it as “Justice League Dark” since that’s the name of the comic book.
Speaking to Total Film, Del Toro says
“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 Alex Holland Swamp Thing mythology. These are really rich things to well, and to dig.”
Del Toro has been attached to produce a Deadman adaptation since 2009, so Justice League Dark/Heaven Sent might be the way to finally bring the character to the big screen.
Of course, this is probably distant-future stuff. Warner Bros. can’t even figure out Justice League proper, and that features characters people actually know. Since Del Toro has already set his sights on Crimson Peak as a follow-up, and since he has plenty of other projects he wants to do, Justice League Dark will probably just be another film that ends up in his orbit. Maybe he’ll direct it one day, maybe he’ll write it, or maybe he’ll just produce it. In any event, don’t expect to see it in theaters any time soon.