The DC Universe will continue to grow with reports confirming that production on the long-halted Justice League Dark will begin filming next year. Justice League Dark is a relatively new comic that was introduced in DC’s New 52 reboot of their graphic novel titles in 2011. The story initially followed the team of John Constantine, Zantanna, Madame Xanadu, Deadman, Shade and the Changing Man as they battled supernatural threats to the DC universe that the traditional Justice League have no comprehension of.
The film adaptation was a passion project of writer and director Guillermo del Toro who brought his script to Warner Bros. who were interested in getting a Dark universe off the ground. Although reports today confirm that Del Toro will no longer be directing the adaptation, it is understood that he will produce the super hero team-up with an assist from Oscar winner Steve Rudin (Steve Jobs, The Social Network, No Country for Old Men).
The Tracking Board reports that “Sources confirm that Rudin is moving quickly on this one, making updates to the script and approaching directors. The project is now a priority for Warner Bros., with our sources also reporting that the studio is looking to shoot the superhero team-up film in 2016”. According to the site, the “group established in Dark Universe will separately co-exist with the main Justice League team, much like how Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy operate individually from the Avengers. Though, the plan is to eventually bridge the worlds and plant Dark Universe members in other DC titles”.
With the DC universe getting a crash course in magic via supermodel Cara Delevingne’s Enchantress in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad next year. It will be interesting to see if that character will lay foundations for the Justice League Dark to build upon and how magic (and the supernatural world) will fit into a world dominated by an intergalactic alien and a billionaire with a vigilante alter ego.