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Guillermo Del Toro lays out his plans for Justice League Dark

04.01.2013

Whether it comes to fruition or not, I love the talk on JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK, also being called by director Guillermo Del Toro, DARK UNIVERSE. While at WonderCon, del Toro discussed where he wants to begin his journey with the team consisting of John Constantine, Swamp Thing, the Demon, Deadman, the Spectre and Zatanna. He started off by saying that he wanted to get Constantine in as the lead, then mapped out a few more details:

On Justice League Dark, or Dark Universe, what weíre doing is we finished the bible. Then weíre going to start the screenplay with a writer we hope we can announce very soon. What Iím doing is the lead character that guides us through that is Constantine. Blonde. He is basically trying to recruit these guys. On Etrigan, Iím using Jason Blood in the time of Merlin. We get to their origin through the story. We donít 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. Itís all woven in. When I was a kid, my two favorite characters in the whole DC Universe were Etrigan and Swamp Thing, so Iím in heaven.

First up, the director will direct haunted house taie, CRIMSON PEAK with Emma Stone and Charlie Hunnam. Then presumably he will start work on JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK. I figured that Constantine would be the leading character here, especially since he is more well known (sort of) with movie goers. I would think that Keanu Reeves will not be reprising his role. Not to mention he would look kind of weird with blonde hair anyway.

I started reading JLD and really like it thus far. If you are interested in any of these characters outside of their own storylines, I would definitely suggest picking it up.

Source: /Film

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10:56AM on 04/02/2013
Surprised nobody has been like, "but they should each have their own movie first."
Surprised nobody has been like, "but they should each have their own movie first."
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5:51AM on 04/02/2013

Yes but...

as the Justice League movie franchise doesn't exist yet it would make more sense to promote this as a Constantine sequel so maybe Dark Justice and not Justice League Dark.
as the Justice League movie franchise doesn't exist yet it would make more sense to promote this as a Constantine sequel so maybe Dark Justice and not Justice League Dark.
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5:00AM on 04/02/2013

REEVES!!

We want Keannu..i'm 101% sure everyone in this world is fed-up & feel enough with re-cast..i mean..does your face always change? do you mean everyone keep doing plastic surgery to their face? if not, then why change..its not that the previous constantine is bad..in fact, i really like it..i really love a bit dark but not scary movies like constantine & end of days..
We want Keannu..i'm 101% sure everyone in this world is fed-up & feel enough with re-cast..i mean..does your face always change? do you mean everyone keep doing plastic surgery to their face? if not, then why change..its not that the previous constantine is bad..in fact, i really like it..i really love a bit dark but not scary movies like constantine & end of days..
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4:17PM on 04/01/2013

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!KEANU!

This would be the most EPIC movie ever if they could #1 make the movie....#2 have Keanu Reeves play Constantine!! almost like a sequel to Constantine but not really just have it be related to the mythos..
the studio has no idea what a gem they would have here....what a gem!! This movie would make some serious bank...I'm talking a very very big opening and then some! They love to sell toys right? They could sell tons of toys with this, among other marketing schemes to go along with the movie to
This would be the most EPIC movie ever if they could #1 make the movie....#2 have Keanu Reeves play Constantine!! almost like a sequel to Constantine but not really just have it be related to the mythos..
the studio has no idea what a gem they would have here....what a gem!! This movie would make some serious bank...I'm talking a very very big opening and then some! They love to sell toys right? They could sell tons of toys with this, among other marketing schemes to go along with the movie to make the serious moolahh!!
I would actually be more excited about this than the Justice League movie itself.....just because you already know that if they make a JL movie it would never have the artistic freedom that JLD would have...never.
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1:52PM on 04/01/2013

If this ever gets made...

It'll be utterly amazing and creepy. I really hope this is one of those projects Del Toro actually gets around to.
It'll be utterly amazing and creepy. I really hope this is one of those projects Del Toro actually gets around to.
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1:28PM on 04/01/2013
Was hoping to hear it now only featured Swamp Thing...
Was hoping to hear it now only featured Swamp Thing...
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12:03PM on 04/01/2013
Im glad we're getting updates on this film since I didnt think anything would come of it, it still might not, but gald they are still going for it. I think right now this is the comic adaptation that looking forward to the most.
Im glad we're getting updates on this film since I didnt think anything would come of it, it still might not, but gald they are still going for it. I think right now this is the comic adaptation that looking forward to the most.
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11:31AM on 04/01/2013
Very cool idea, but don't recast Constantine. Keanu did a bang-up job, and I've been waiting for a sequel to that flick since forever.
Very cool idea, but don't recast Constantine. Keanu did a bang-up job, and I've been waiting for a sequel to that flick since forever.
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11:33AM on 04/01/2013
OH Goddammit nevermind. I hate this stupid holiday. Lying is not a prank. Time to log off the internet today.
OH Goddammit nevermind. I hate this stupid holiday. Lying is not a prank. Time to log off the internet today.
12:05PM on 04/01/2013
This aint a april fools prank.
This aint a april fools prank.
12:05PM on 04/01/2013
This aint a april fools prank.
This aint a april fools prank.
11:16AM on 04/01/2013
Would recasting Constantine really be necessary. Reeve's has said if a sequel was in the works that he'd like to return to the character. Considering this is a franchise not a lot of people are familiar with, why not keep a familiar face.
Would recasting Constantine really be necessary. Reeve's has said if a sequel was in the works that he'd like to return to the character. Considering this is a franchise not a lot of people are familiar with, why not keep a familiar face.
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11:08AM on 04/01/2013
It sounds like this is proceeding as a series. I think it would need a considerable budget to pull off the visual effects work required for these supernatural superheroes and not make it look silly. I'm rooting for this to come to fruition, though I suspect WB will be waiting to see how Marvel/Disney does with their SHIELD TV show. I would love to see Etrigan the Demon, Deadman, Swamp Thing, Constantine, Dr Fate, Zatanna, all those characters come together in a proper live-action
It sounds like this is proceeding as a series. I think it would need a considerable budget to pull off the visual effects work required for these supernatural superheroes and not make it look silly. I'm rooting for this to come to fruition, though I suspect WB will be waiting to see how Marvel/Disney does with their SHIELD TV show. I would love to see Etrigan the Demon, Deadman, Swamp Thing, Constantine, Dr Fate, Zatanna, all those characters come together in a proper live-action representation. And while it goes without saying that Guillermo del Toro has a lot on his plate as it is, he sounds like the perfect person to steer such a ship.
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10:54AM on 04/01/2013

And it's going to star Channing Tatum.

You forgot to mention that part!
You forgot to mention that part!
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