Superhero team-up films are becoming the latest comic-to-film trend, and Guillermo Del Toro is jumping on the bandwagon with an ensemble superhero flick for DC Comics that focuses on the supernatural side of the DC Universe.
The Avengers was an unprecedented and ambitious film for Marvel Comics, and a runaway success at that. DC Comics is rising to the challenge by finally pulling its Justice League project out of development hell for a planned release in 2015.
Marvel is looking at other ways to cross over its other creative properties, and DC seems apt to follow by tapping Hellboy director Guillermo Del Toro to put together a superhero team flick that focuses on the supernatural side of the DC Universe.
Latino Review reports that Del Toro is developing a superhero team-up flick called Heaven Sent based on DC Comics characters. The list is reported to include DC characters the Spectre, the Phantom Stranger, Zatanna, John Constantine (who we know from the Keanu Reeves film Constantine), Deadman and Swamp Thing.
These characters are familiar to long-time DC fans, but generally unknown to the public at large, so Del Toro’s project will need to craft an interesting premise, an engaging story, and stunning visuals to turn audiences out in support of the ambitious project.
In other words, it has to be better than The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Given Del Toro’s track record and the stunningly low bar set by that film, Heaven Sent has all our faith.
Below, you will find a gallery introducing you to Heaven Sent‘s potential characters. Click to enlarge and read the descriptions, via MSN.
Del Toro Developing Supernatural Superhero Team Flick For DC Comics
A tough cop is murdered but not allowed access to the afterlife, returning to Earth as a ghostly, superpowered being charged with avenging evil.
Born into a family of stage magicians, Zatanna is also a real magician who can control the four elements of the Earth. She has been a member of the Justice League and also worked a bit with Batman.
A presumably ancient being, the Phantom Stranger’s true name, identity and origins have never been revealed. He wanders the DC Universe, battling evil and occult forces wherever he finds them.
A human-shaped mass of intelligent vegetative and organic matter, Swamp Thing is one of DC’s most popular cult characters. He/it fights supernatural and human threats against the world.
Popularized in the “Hellblazer” comics, the cynical, ruthless magician and occult detective yearns to do good despite crossing ethical lines over and over.
A former circus trapeze artist, Deadman is a ghost who can inhabit the bodies of other living beings as he seeks out vengeance against the criminal elements of the world.
Guillermo Del Toro takes on the supernatural for DC