Guillermo Del Toro says Justice League Dark is dependent on Warner Bros. overall plan for DC
While Guillermo Del Toro juggles all of the various movies and other projects he is working on, there is still his involvement with DC's darker themed JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK movie. We have heard titles like DARK UNIVERSE and HEAVEN SENT thrown around, but JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK still isn't going away. Does that mean that Warner Bros. is serious about making it? Del Toro seems to think so, there is just one snag.
In an interview with CineFilos, the director explained JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK's status in the follow manner:
"We're still on [Justice League Dark], writing, and hopefully it will happen but there are no developments that are new. We're still at Warner Bros., 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, and all the media, so we have to fit into that plan."
It would be foolish to think that WB and DC are not going to model themselves after the Marvel/Disney business plan because that is working out incredibly well. The fact that Marvel has a joined cinematic universe means that their marketing department and merchandising partners have a field day with every new film. With MAN OF STEEL and the upcoming BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN poised to deliver that unified movie landscape, DC needs to make sure that all properties align with the greater plan.
Whether or not JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK will end up being an R-rated movie or a toned down PG-13 will be a business, rather than creative, decision. I would love to see a gory, violent epic with John Constantine, Madame Xanadu, Deadman and Zatanna, but that may not be in the cards. Either way, if Wonder Woman and Nightwing make it into BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN and the proposed Flash movie hits after that, expect JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK to hit theaters sometime after 2016.