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Del Toro Says He’s ‘Discussing’ Justice League Dark-Style Movie

It turns out a report last week that Guillermo del Toro and Warner Bros. are considering a movie featuring DC Comics’ supernatural characters is more than mere rumor. The veracity of the anonymously sourced item was immediately disputed, with one outlet contending the filmmaker had denied the claim. However, del Toro turned up on his own forum to clarify he was referring to the studio’s revived Justice League movie, “but this I would love to do.”

Now the director of such films as Hellboy and the upcoming Pacific Rim confirms to MTV Geek that he’s talking with Warner Bros. about a potential Justice League Dark-style movie — it’s been referred to as Heaven Sent — explains the earlier confusion.

“When somebody asked me about Justice League … I’m not involved in Justice League,” del Toro says. “I am discussing … 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.”

Emphasis should be placed on “still just discussing,” as the project may never make it beyond that stage. Beyond the issue of studio interest and timeline — would it want to put another DC team movie into motion, one featuring second- and third-tier characters like Swamp Thing, John Constantine, Zatanna and Deadman? — there’s a matter of del Toro’s availability. He’s enthusiastic about many things, perhaps to a fault, and has numerous projects on his place, both as a director and a producer. Pinocchio, ABC’s The Incredible Hulk, the fabled Hellboy 3 and Disney’s Haunted Mansion come immediately to mind.

Debuting in September 2011 as part of DC’s New 52 relaunch, Justice League Dark brings together a roster of the publisher’s occult heroes to tackle supernatural threats that are outside of the Justice League’s wheelhouse.


  • Alex

    Is there anything Guillermo Del Toro ISN’T rumoured to be doing?

  • Squirrel

    WB get him to do this movie.  Del Toro is gold on supernatural stuff like this and it would be a completely different type of superhero/comic book film from Marvels stuff.  Marvel is rumored to be working on a Dr. Strange movie, here is a chance to beat them to that punch.
    It’d be admittedly wierd if we got this team-up before an actual justice league movie, though I want to see this way more.

  • Richard Casey

    As long as Constantine is Liverpudlian (or at least english) this could be great, considering how brilliantly Del Toro handled Hellboy and Blade. That said, there’s a lot of characters to fit into one film, and none of them are particularly simple conceptually. That said, John sensing some threat and gathering a team of lovable misfits who don’t want to work together does sound JUST like something Del Toro would make.

  • A. Holland

    Sounds like what Del Toro wants to do is something like adapt Moore’s Murder of Crows storyline from Saga of the Swamp Thing, that arc had all of those characters in it. 

    Which is great, because Justice League Dark is garbage, especially after Lemire took over,

  • A. Holland

    I wish Del Toro could be cloned or something so he could make all the stuff he wants to make.

  • paden700

    how can warner brothers keep passing on these great directors who actually want to work with their properties.  sigh.

  • Pfffffftt

     Clearly you’re drunk. Lemire’s JLD is my current favorite of all the New 52. True story.

  • Lyle

    Del Toro doing Justice League Dark would be fun, but I think it would be really cool if he did Demon Knights.

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  • MrFreezeRhino

    “He’s enthusiastic about many things, perhaps to a fault, and
    has numerous projects on his place, both as a director and a producer.
    Pinocchio, ABC’s The Incredible Hulk, the fabled Hellboy 3 and Disney’s Haunted
    Mansion come immediately to mind.”

    The thing is though that most of those unfinished projects have more to do with studios either stalling for whatever reason (Marvel and Disney for Hulk and Haunted Mansion ) or his not being able to find a way to finance them (Hellboy 3). If people with the rights to these properties and/or the money t make them happen where as enthusiastic as Del Toro I think he’d be turning out a lot more things than people give him credit for. There’s also the fact that he was tied up with the Hobbit for sizeable amount of time which set production for a lot of his endeavors back a bit. I have a feeling that Pacific Rims success (if it is successful) will turn things around for him in terms of dream projects actually happening,

  •!/ David R. Schmitt

    So ‘sez the minority.