Among the countless Guillermo del Toro projects out there is JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK, which is essentially the horror-genre version of The Justice League. Comprised of John Constantine, Madame Xanadu, Deadman, Shade, the Changing Man and Zatanna, the group seems very fit for a transition to the big screen via Guillermo, who knows unconventional superheros quite well. But since it was announced a couple of years ago, we haven't heard much in terms of progress. So where are we with it?
At Comic-Con promoting CRIMSON PEAK, del Toro found an opportunity to talk about JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK, and how it will fit into the Batman/Superman universe DC Comics is currently building with Zack Snyder.
I’m still working on it. Sandman doesn’t figure in the Dark Universe. We have Deadman, we have the Demon, we have Swamp Thing, we have Zatana, we have Constantine, but DC and Warners have been very clear that they are trying to keep those properties separate so when the time comes they can unite them, once they know they’re quantifiable. Batman, Superman, Green Lantern… everyone eventually will come together. Right now, they’re allowing us independence."
Regarding Constantine, who of course is getting his own TV show, del Toro says he can do his own thing and not step on the show's toes.
No, I had that conversation when the Constantine show was pitched. I said, ‘Do I have to have continuity with that?’ and they said, ‘No, feel free to continue the way you’re going.”
This is good news, of course, but it remains to be seen just when we'll be getting this movie. Knowing that Guillermo is locked in to finishing CRIMSON PEAK, making his small B&W movie and then moving onto PACIFIC RIM 2 (and, potentially, HELLBOY 3), doesn't leave him much time to develop JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK. Then again, he always seems to find a way.