Names are a funny thing, especially when it comes to big, developing brands. Earlier this year, it was revealed that the universe that is set to bring together King Kong and Godzilla would be referred to as the MonsterVerse. That always seemed a bit odd to me, because we knew that Universal was working on their own universe that would consist of the Mummy, Frankenstein’s Monster, the Invisible Man, and more. It seemed to me that given the fact that that universe was made up of monsters that they’d have that name locked down.
However, with that name no longer available, it was clearly not meant to be, and not long ago, it was revealed that Universal’s monster universe would take on the moniker of Dark Universe. It seemed like an odd pivot. However, given the inherent dark nature of the monsters, it was something we could roll with. But there was one other weird conflict: Justice League Dark.
For years, Justice League Dark — a comic that brought together the more horror-based DC heroes — was in development. Given the huge implications of the words Justice League, they took up another name: Dark Universe. Of course, Dark Universe is a film that’s been in the making for years, so who knows if it’s actually going to happen, but that doesn’t stop this from being a bit of a weird move.
Apparently, the folks over at Warner Bros. have noticed this name deal, and according to a new report from THR, the studio is considering taking legal action. There’s no word yet on what legal action this will entail, but considering this is a film that’s been in development hell for years, there’s no reason to assume that they have any real ground to stand on. But who knows? I’m not a lawyer.
Should this go through, and should Universal be forced to change the name of their universe, it would certainly throw a wrench into things, as it’s not just a name change, but a motion logo at the front of each movie that will need to change. It’s not a dealbreaker we’re sure, but it would be an annoying pain for many.
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