With the success of The Avengers this past summer, superhero teams are back on Hollywood’s radar in a big way. We know that Warner Brothers is working on a Justice League movie and Fox is still moving forward with more X-Men flicks and a Fantastic Four reboot, but there’s no reason to assume that studios will stop at the A-list superheroes. After all, Marvel also has Guardians of the Galaxy in the works and Fox is rumoured to be developing a New Mutants movie, among other things. Now this month another intriguing possibility has surfaced that might involve a team-up between several unusual DC Comics properties that don’t really fall under the “superhero” banner. The project is called Heaven Sent (also referred to as “Justice League Dark”) and it would bring many of the magical and supernatural characters from the DC / Vertigo universe into one film with none other than Guillermo del Toro at the helm. Interested? Read on for the details.
The news first cropped up over at Latino Review earlier this month, where it was reported that Guillermo del Toro was trying to convince Warner Brothers to let him direct a movie that featured such characters as Deadman, The Spectre, Swamp Thing, John Constantine / Hellblazer, Phantom Stranger, Zatanna, Zatara, Sargon and Etrigan the Demon. WB execs are supposedly very happy with how Pacific Rim is turning out, so they’ve been trying to get him interested in more of their pre-existing properties. This is what he came back with. MTV since followed up with del Toro and he confirmed that the project was a possibility, although it still sounds very early:
“I’ve been discussing with the fans and I’ve been very, very open about how much Swamp Thing was key when I was a kid. Comics in Mexico came on the first two days of the week. Around Tuesday and Wednesday I would go to the newsstand on my bicycle and I would get Swamp Thing every time it was available and I loved Jack Kirby’s Demon. I love Constantine and all that. You know, I’ve been pursuing doing something with them for many, many years. Hopefully it’ll come to pass. But we are still just discussing.”
As far as I know these characters have never been seen as an official team in the comics, although there have been plenty of crossovers between them (many of them started as supporting characters in Swamp Thing). You may recall that del Toro was once attached to produce a Deadman movie as well, so it sounds like this might be a way of bringing all of his interests together in one movie. Either way, I love the idea of a horror-tinged comic book movie and del Toro seems like the perfect guy to direct it. Are you interested in this so-called “Justice League Dark” movie?