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If you were one of the folks at WonderCon over the weekend, you might have caught Guillermo del Toro’s panel, in which the prolific writer/director/producer filled in a lot of answers to his upcoming D.C. superhero team-up “Dark Universe” film.
Among the things del Toro talked about was the title. Originally referred to as “Heaven Sent”, then “Dark Universe”, now it looks like the film might be called “Justice League Dark”. Which, I guess would make it more in line with the current D.C. comic book universe, and what Warner Bros. is doing with that “Justice League” movie. (That is, if that movie ever actually gets made, despite the studio’s insistence it’s coming in 2015. A tad optimistic, if you ask me.)
According to del Toro, he’s got the whole story written down, and they’re now looking for a screenwriter to work on, though he won’t mention who. As for the plot of the film:
What I’m doing is the lead character that guides us through, that is Constantine. Blonde. He is basically trying to recruit these guys. On Etrigan, I’m using Jason Blood in the time of Merlin. We get to their origin through the story. We don’t make the origin story at the top. We find it out as they each have mysteries to solve. Swamp Thing is at peace with who he is, but Deadman still needs to figure out who shot him. It’s all woven in. When I was a kid, my two favorite characters in the whole DC Universe were Etrigan and Swamp Thing, so I’m in heaven.
If the name Constantine sounds familiar, that’s probably because it was last adapted for the big screen in “Constantine”, starring Keanu Reeves. Del Toro’s version, we’re told, will be British and blond just like in the comics. Still, Reeves is still a relatively big name in terms of genre movies, so I wouldn’t be too surprise if he ends up reprising the role anyway (accent and blonde hair or not).
I’m actually quite surprise del Toro is this far along on “Justice League Dark”, especially given how little progress Warner Bros. is making with their would-be big-budget superhero team-up “Justice League”. I wonder how D.C. plans to handle the two superhero team movies?
Via : Moviefone