Guillermo del Toro Says JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK Will Have to Fit in Warner Bros.’ Expanded DC Universe Plans

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As one of the current masters of genre filmmaking, one might surmise that Guillermo del Toro is due to tap into the current superhero movie craze on a larger scale.  Of course del Toro helmed Blade II and both Hellboy films, but fans are surely eager to see him tackle a more well-known comics property in this current climate dominated by Marvel and DC.  Indeed, plans are in the works for del Toro to potentially join the DC Universe at Warner Bros. with an adaptation of Justice League Dark, but movement on the project has been rather slow-going.

While del Toro recently revealed that he was in the process of writing JLD and was waiting for a certain writer to become available so he/she could take a pass on the screenplay, the filmmaker has now added a curious bit of info to the development of Justice League Dark, saying that the film will have to fit into Warner Bros.’ plans for a cohesive DC Universe.  Read on after the jump.

Guillermo del Toro Gives Updates on JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK and HAUNTED MANSION; Confirms He Won’t Direct HAUNTED MANSION

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Director Guillermo del Toro is known for juggling quite a few projects at once, but with Pacific Rim hitting theaters this Friday, the filmmaker has a pretty solid schedule lined up for the next year or so.  Del Toro will direct the pilot for the FX series The Strain this fall, after which he will move directly into production on his next feature film, a classical gothic romance ghost story called Crimson Peak.  Beyond that, though, we don’t quite know which of del Toro’s many projects he’ll be tackling.

Steve recently sat down with del Toro for a lengthy interview in anticipation of the release of Pacific Rim, and the director provided updates on a couple of his major upcoming projects: Justice League Dark and The Haunted Mansion.  Del Toro said that the process of writing JLD has been one of his most enjoyable screenplays, and noted that they’re simply waiting for their writer to be available.  The director also provided an update on Haunted Mansion and his upcoming book Cabinet of Curiosities, and teased a bit of Kung Fu Panda 3.  Hit the jump to read on.

DC Comics Writer Ann Nocenti Talks About DC Comics’ Villains Month, The New 52, Her JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK Issue THE CREEPER and Other Upcoming Issues

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This fall, DC Comics will launch Villains Month, a line-wide initiative that features the darkest, most dangerous characters in comics taking center stage.  In September, each of DC’s New 52 titles will be taken over and renamed for of one of that book’s most infamous villains.  In anticipation of this upcoming event, writer Ann Nocenti (Katana, Catwoman series) was kind enough to answer some questions about her contribution, “Justice League Dark #23.1: The Creeper.”  She talked about her take on the character, what other villains she’s looking forward to seeing and offered some teasers for future issues of her regular series.  Hit the jump to see what Nocenti had to say and to check out  exclusive new images from the upcoming DC comics for Villains Month. 

Guillermo Del Toro Gives Updates on JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK and His HBO Series MONSTER; Premieres New Trailer For PACIFIC RIM

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Saturday at the Los Angeles Times Hero Complex Festival, Guillermo del Toro was on hand to discuss his two greatest and most personal films: The Devil’s Backbone and Pan’s Labyrinth. During the far-reaching conversation Del Toro gave updates on the currently in development Justice League Dark and the status of his HBO series Monster (based on the Japanese manga by author Naoki Urasawa).

On Justice League Dark, Del Toro revealed that his script features Constantine, The Swamp Thing, Madame Xanadu, Deadman and Zantanna as the team. He stated that there are other characters in the mix too (“everybody that doesn’t feel like a repeat”) – but any additional info would be too ‘spoilery’ for the hypothetical film.  However Del Toro is still waiting for the go-ahead from Warner Brothers (perhaps box-office returns on Man of Steel and Pacific Rim will dictate it’s fate). Per Del Toro “If they [Warners] like the [script], I’ll do it; if not…” For additional highlights from the Q&A including an update on Monster and an all new trailer for his summer tent-pole robots-vs.-monsters flick Pacific Rim, hit the jump.

Guillermo Del Toro Talks PACIFIC RIM, Test Screenings, PACIFIC RIM 2, Hypothetical PACIFIC RIM vs. GODZILLA Movie, CRIMSON PEAK, THE STRAIN TV Series, and More

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At last weekend’s WonderCon, I was able to land an exclusive video interview with Guillermo Del Toro.  As you may have noticed, all week we’ve posted parts of the interview (Pacific Rim 2 newsJustice League Dark news, his thoughts on a Pacific Rim vs. Godzilla movie) but it’s now time to offer the entire conversation.

During our extended conversation, we talked about the fans’ positive reaction to the Pacific Rim footage, what the test screenings have been like, how he directs every single detail you see on the screen, his preference for visual sense of depth over 3D gimmicks, the Pac Rim comic book with cover art by Alex Ross, the status of his FX series The Strain, all of his upcoming projects, and so much more.  If you’re a del Toro fan, I promise you will love this interview.  Hit the jump to watch.

Guillermo del Toro Talks JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK, Reveals another Character on the Team, the Status of the Screenplay, and More

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The strangeness of Warner Bros. trying to put together their superhero proprieties is perhaps best illustrated by the fact that Justice League Dark might hit the big screen before Justice League.  Granted, it might not be called “Justice League Dark” when it’s finally released (It’s also been referred to as “Heaven Sent” and “Dark Universe“), but it will be a band of DC Comics anti-heroes rather than the mainstream superheroes.  Guillermo del Toro is overseeing the development of the project as a possible directing vehicle, and recently spoke with Steve about it at WonderCon.

Hit the jump for what del Toro had to say about Justice League Dark, his reveal of another character on the team, his personal attachment to the material, the status of screenplay, and more.

Guillermo del Toro Talks DARK UNIVERSE, Progress on the Film, Hiring a Mystery Writer, Which Characters Will Appear and Aspects of the Comics They’ll Adapt

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At today’s WonderCon panel presentation for Warner Bros. film Pacific Rim, director Guillermo del Toro revealed a surprising amount of information on another of his upcoming projects, Dark Universe.  Also called Heaven Sent and, colloquially, Justice League Dark in previous reports, Dark Universe will feature a team up of such DC characters as Swamp Thing, Etrigan the Demon and John Constantine.  Del Toro talked about the progress of the film, the hiring of an as-of-yet unnamed writer, the lead characters and what elements of the DC comics the film plans to feature.  Hit the jump to see what he revealed.

Guillermo Del Toro Planning to Pitch Warner Bros. and DC on JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK a.k.a. HEAVEN SENT

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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.

Hit the jump for more.  Del Toro’s new film, Pacific Rim, opens in 3D on July 12th.  He’s set the gothic haunted house film, Crimson Peak, as his follow-up.

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