A few weeks ago, Guillermo Del Toro, after spending years developing the project, announced he would no longer be working on Justice League Dark for DC Films, but gave no real reason as to why. He has now confirmed the reason was for him to focus on metal-meets-flesh giant film, Pacific Rim 2.
Last week at the San Diego Comic-Con, The Daily Beast spoke to the director, who was at the event plugging his new film Crimson Peak. It was during this interview that the director revealed his official reasons for his departure on what would have been his fourth comic book adaptation, following Blade II, Hellboy and Hellboy II: The Golden Army.
His official statement was as follows: “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’“.
Justice League Dark will still go ahead of course, and will centre around the supernatural adventures of Zatanna, Deadman, John Constantine, and Etrigan the Demon, among others. If the film is set to clash with Pacific Rim 2, we can expect the films’ release to be some time in 2017.