Guillermo del Toro returns to Justice League Dark with new DC bosses | Pretty Reel

Director Guillermo del Toro is opening up about the possibility of revisiting the Justice League Dark franchise under new DC Universe leadership at DC Studios.

Guillermo del Toro is opening up about the possibility of revisiting the Justice League Dark franchise under new DC Universe management. Several years ago, Del Toro nearly joined the DCU (formerly known as DCEU) franchise as he helped develop a live-action Justice League Dark movie. Based on DC’s iconic supernatural team, Justice League Dark was being worked on by Del Toro, with the possibility of him directing the film as well. However, his iteration of the project eventually fizzled out when Warner Bros. continued with other filmmakers in an attempt to make Justice League Dark.

With DC Studios’ recent launch, led by James Gunn and Peter Safran, ComicBook recently asked Del Toro if he would consider revisiting the Justice League Dark property. However, his response is one that many won’t like, as Del Toro admitted to having doubts about the idea. While having a huge love for Justice League Dark characters, including Swamp Thing and Etrigan the Demon, Del Toro doesn’t see him returning to the DCU movie anytime soon. Here’s what Del Toro had to say about possibly having another tryout with Justice League Dark:

Oh, I don’t know. My love for Swamp Thing, The Demon, knows no bounds, but I don’t. You don’t get a manicure with a big machine, that’s what I learn, you lose a few fingers. So I don’t know if I want a manicure with a big machine. As Danny Glover would say, ‘I’m too old for this shit.’

What’s Going On With JJ Abrams’ Justice League Dark

Even though Del Toro’s Justice League Dark movie didn’t move forward, the IP was eventually redeveloped as the start of a new shared universe JJ Abrams was working on. As part of his overall deal with Warner Bros., Abrams was tapped to create a new character-based continuity from Justice League Dark, with a team-up show for HBO Max as one of the projects he was producing through Bad. Robot Productions. The idea was to have a universe made up of TV shows and movies that would connect to Justice League Dark.

However, it’s unclear what’s going on with the darkness-centric universe of Abrams’ Justice League. Following the Warner Bros. merger. Discovery, the company’s newest release has changed a lot of things behind the scenes, including how HBO Max works. Originally slated to bring a Constantine reboot show and a Madame X series to HBO Max, it was confirmed this fall that the streaming service would no longer be their home. The latest update on either was that Constantine and Madame X were making the rounds at other outlets. The Zatanna movie, which was written by Emerald Fennell, has also hit the pause button for now, while the fate of the Justice League Dark series is yet to be determined.

Assuming the Justice League Dark franchise moves forward, it would be a dream if Del Toro was perhaps at least a part of Abrams’ new universe. Whether he’s directing episodes of connected shows or a franchise-related film, Del Toro would be a perfect filmmaker to have for this particular side of DC Studios. With the horror and supernatural genres being a huge part of Del Toro’s filmography, Justice League Dark is the perfect corner of the DC realm for him, but time will tell if that ever happens.

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