Guillermo del Toro Drops Out of Justice League Dark Adaptation, 'Dark Universe'

Monday, 29 June 2015 - 3:16PM
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Monday, 29 June 2015 - 3:16PM
Guillermo del Toro Drops Out of Justice League Dark Adaptation, 'Dark Universe'
Guillermo del Toro has been the driving force behind a Justice League Dark adaptation since the rumors first started in 2012, and was one of the most exciting parts of the project. But now, according to THR's "inside sources," del Toro is no longer attached to the film.

Justice League Dark is a team of superheroes in the DC Comics universe that serves as something of a complement to the mainstream Justice League. Where Justice League is composed of more typical "superheroes" with powers such as super strength and speed, Justice League Dark enlists the more magical heroes who wield greater power over the universe. In the comics, Justice League Dark is often entrusted with missions that are deemed unfit for the traditional Justice League.

Guillermo del Toro confirmed in early 2013 that he was working on an adaptation of Justice League Dark, tentatively called Dark Universe, and would begin production on it after his next project, Crimson Peak. In November 14, he stated that he had written a screenplay and had handed it in to Warner Bros. for review, and in December he claimed that it could be part of DC's shared universe. Then, in April 2015, he confirmed that the script revision had been handed in and that he would direct the film if his schedule permitted. If not, then "somebody else will do it... [Dark Universe] needs to fall into the plan of the" shared universe."

So it seems that between his current projects, Crimson Peak and Beauty and the Beat, as well as his commitments to the Pacific Rim sequel and a live-action adaptation of the manga Monster, his schedule won't align with Dark Universe's filming schedule. This is extremely disappointing, but on the plus side, this makes it much more likely that Dark Universe will, in fact, be part of DC's shared cinematic universe. 

This is also supported by the fact that Justice League Dark is remaining with Warner Bros. studios. Deadline broke the news today that several Vertigo Comics properties, including Sandman, which stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the title role, Constantine, Preacher, and Lucifer will all move to New Line Cinemas, while all the films that could be part of the interconnected movie universe, such as Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, and Justice League Dark, will remain with Warner Bros.
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