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.
Speaking with Cinefilos.it (via LCMG), del Toro said there were no new updates regarding the status of Justice League Dark, but he did confirm that Warner Bros. is working on bringing together one cohesive cinematic universe for its DC properties:
“We’re still on [Justice League Dark] and writing and hopefully it will happen, but there’s no developments that are new. It’s still at Warners. They are making plans for the entire DC Universe, all the superheroes, all the mythologies, and part of that is Justice League Dark. They’re planning on TV, movies, all the media, so we have to fit within that plan.”
It’s no secret that Warner Bros. is keen on kicking off an expanded universe of superhero movies much like Marvel, but their plan has been rather fluid over the last few years, signifying a lack of direction. With the success of Man of Steel and Batman vs. Superman on the horizon, the studio may have finally found its footing with regards to its DC properties, and it sounds like a greenlight for JLD is dependent on whether the film fits into WB’s overall plans.
It will likely be a while before we know the endgame for JLD for sure, as the studio understandably wants to bring more recognizable characters like The Flash and Wonder Woman into the fold first. Nevertheless, the prospect of del Toro bringing his sensibilities to an expanded DC Universe is certainly exciting. Watch the video interview below.