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Del Toro Drops More Details About Dark Universe, His DC Comics Film

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One of the more interesting comic-based movies being discussed has to be Guillermo del Toro’s Dark Universe, the Warner Bros. project first rumored in November as Heaven Sent. Soon after, del Toro confirmed its existence, saying he was in talks with the studio about a film showcasing DC Comics’ supernatural characters like Swamp Thing, the Demon and John Constantine.

The always-busy filmmaker has updated IGN on the project, noting he’s working on an outline and has a screenwriter he describes as “perfect.” Del Toro also made it clear that he’s still very early in the process and doesn’t even have a deal yet. However, he’s excited about the potential. “We don’t know until they greenlight the movie,” he said.

Addressing the film’s lineup, del Toro mentioned the previously named characters, and added a few more to the list. “I don’t want to say because then you’ll know the plot,” he said. “I can safely say Zatanna Zatara [or should that be Zatanna, Zatara?], Deadman.”

He went on to say that he and Warner Bros. began talking about the project before the success of The Avengers. “They were galvanized to make their universe cohesive,” he said. Del Toro added that he thinks studio executives are confident with what they have in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel and are now ready to move on with two solid pillars — Batman being the other, of course.


  • Paul Moses

    Sounds VERY promising.  

  • Jmfitnesstraining

    Sounds awesome, hope he incorporates Dr. Fate into the story

  • demoncat_4

    hope this happens espically seeing what del torro can do with the spectre . nice to see waners is looking at trying to bring their other characters to other media and they are looking at del torro who has a track record with super natural characters . like the demon and swamp thing provied warners finaly has the rights back

  • Jimmyriceball

    Please let the screenwriter be Alan Moore, or at least have Alan Moore cast as Swamp Thing.

  • Drew Maxey

    Since he mentions that the characters would give away the plot, I wonder if this is somehow based on the Alan Moore Swamp Thing story that took part in the Crisis crossover. Imagine that the story were less superhero-based, retaining the elements of the multiverse collapsing upon itself, with Deadman guiding Swampy through Hell while Constantine performs the seance. It’d be pretty great.

  • Christopher-J Carlson

    Casting Alan Moore as Swamp Thing would also free up a lot of money for the FX department. ;^P

  • edge

    anything but Keanu Reeves Constantine please,thank you :P

  • Rob

    This could be terrible. Trying to handle any Supernatural film is hard enough without having to balance characters as large as Swamp Thing, Constantine, Deadman and Etrigan. I really dug his Hellboy films but I don’t think those characters can compare with these. Plus there was already clear cut relationships in the Hellboy group. Deadman, Etrigan, Swamp Thing, they’ve all got origins and plots that deserve their own films, I’m worried that’ll all be glossed over, or even worse we’re laden with too much backstory and not enough plot. God, I hope it’s good. I love the DC supernatural stuff.

  • Col

    If you adapted a Swamp Thing comic, word for word, shot to shot, scene to scene, into a movie, it would be terrible. Alan Moore is one of the best comic book writers of all time, it doesn’t mean he can write a great movie.