The DCEU is filled with could have, should have, would have stories when it comes to certain filmmakers. One particular set of characters that have always been left in the shadows are the Justice League Dark. This DC Comics team consists of the more supernatural characters like Zatanna, John Constantine, Deadman, Swamp Thing and more recently Detective Chimp and Man-Bat.
This side of the DCEU almost got a little momentum going when DC Universe announced that they were going to be doing a Swamp Thing series on their streaming service, with names like James Wan producing and a decent cast. But as we know it unfortunately got cancelled right after the debut of their first episode, which led to a terrible rewrite for the final episode. So there went the hopes of that maybe leading to a Justice League Dark.
There is one filmmaker who in the past has been linked to working on a Justice League Dark film for Warner Bros. and that is Guillermo del Toro. Del Toro as we know loves to create dark and disturbing films like the Hellboy series and Blade II. It would seem that he would be the perfect choice to direct it especially now that he has an Academy Award for Best Director and Best Picture for The Shape of Water. Heck, the guy has even co-wrote a screenplay for a Justice League Dark film, but alas it has never moved forward from there.
But why does this set of characters intrigue del Toro so much? During a conversation with comicbook.com he reveled the answer to this question. “Well, I co-wrote a whole screenplay on Justice League Dark for Warner Bros., so that’s your answer,” del Toro said. “I love Deadman, I love Demon, I love Swamp Thing…Zatanna. That’s a universe, is one thing. I’m very attracted to that side of the DC Universe.”
He then made it clear that it wasn’t about the fact that this was a superhero or comic book property but it was his love for “monsters” that really motivated to try and make a Justice League Dark film. He added, “But I’m not a superhero guy. For me to like a superhero, the superhero needs to be a monster. I’m not into those things, I’ve never been. I’m always in favor of monster narratives. That’s what I like. Or, I love noir. I love police, crime dramas. I love science fiction.”
With his rise in fame and popularity, it would seem like this particular paring for a film is now nothing more than a missed opportunity. I would be very curious to see what he had in mind for this set of characters, maybe in a graphic novel form? What do you think? Would you have liked to see a del Toro Justice League Dark Film? Let us know in the comment section below!
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