Justice League Dark, the Justice League team that steps in when magic and the forces of darkness are too powerful for the regular JL, has just seen their film go into official limbo. The Inquisitr reported in June that Guillermo Del Toro was no longer directing the Justice League Dark film, Dark Universe. This is despite the fact that Del Toro has spent two years developing the Justice League Dark film, and handed in a finished script to Warner Bros.
Comicbook reports that the mainstream speculation turned out to be true, and it was a certain sequel that took him off the Justice League Dark project.
“Warners liked the script, they were very enthusiastic and wanted to green-light it but they wanted it to coincide with the shoot of Pacific Rim 2. I was put in a very difficult place facing a difficult choice, and I chose to do Pacific Rim 2.”
Some speculations suggested that it might have been because Del Toro was working on Hellboy III, as Ron Perlman has been hyping the possibility of a third film for the past few months or so. Other speculations seem to suggest that it was a combination of the above and the completion of his new Gothic horror film Crimson Peaks, set to release later this year.
Justice League Dark is a comic book series that has a varying group of mostly magical, but some non-magical, superheroes. It most often consists of John Constantine, Deadman, Madame Xanadu, and Zatanna.
Many fans of the NBC show Constantine have hopes that Matt Ryan will crossover to play the titular role in the magical comic book film adaptation, Dark Universe, which Warner Bros. has planned in the past to include it in the DC Comics film universe.
According to the Daily Beast, Guillermo Del Toro and Hellboy fans are in the same boat as Justice League Dark fans. However, in a vocal poll last year at Comic Con, 6,500 adoring fans cheered at the mere mention of a Hellboy III film.
Though, at this point, the Justice League Dark film seems to have officially been put in comic book film limbo. However, with the desire for such a film growing since the NBC Constantine show and Warner Bros. desire to see Justice League Dark part of the broader DC Comics film universe, it seems like it will only be a matter of time before their magic brings forth a film.
Constantine fans, especially, need to beat the drum and carry the torch for Justice League Dark. They are probably the biggest advocates for it.
What are your thoughts? Are you bummed about the current status of Dark Universe?
Who would you chose to direct instead of Del Toro? Leave your thoughts.
[Image Courtesy of NBC Constantine/Tina Rowdon]