After some speculation back in November, Pacific Rim director Guillermo Del Toro has officially confirmed to IGN that he is developing a film adaptation of the DC Comics series Justice League Dark for Warner Bros.
Launched in September of 2011, the series served as a darker, more mature version of the mainstream Justice League comics, bringing together a group of DC’s more niche, offbeat characters (many of whom were associated with DC’s Vertigo imprint). The initial team featured demon-slayer John Constantine from Hellblazer, fortune teller Madame Xanadu and body-jumping ghost Deadman, among many others. John Constantine was previously featured in the 2005 live-action film Constantine where he was played by Keanu Reeves.
According to Del Toro, the film will feature many of those characters as well as other fan favorites like Swamp Thing and The Spectre. The director says he is in the process of working out the script with a yet unnamed writer.
“I’m writing the outline, and we’re in talks with a very, very good writer,” Del Toro revealed to IGN. “He accepted, and people are going to be happy with who we’ve chosen. I’ve been courting him and I think he’s the perfect guy for this job.”
Del Toro further claims that, with the success of Christopher Nolan’s Batman series and the anticipation surrounding the upcoming Man of Steel, he is optimistic about the film’s prospects.
“With Man of Steel DC are really very confident with what they have. They’re now feeling that they have two pillars, Batman and Superman…There’s a foundation they can now build on. ”
Previously referred to as Heaven Sent, the project is now tentatively titled Dark Universe.