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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.