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– by Nick Doll

Alas, the DC Extended Universe film I was most looking forward to, Justice League Dark — known as Dark Universe, before Universal Studios named their failed classic movie monster series of films Dark Universe — looks even more unlikely than ever before, after the fall of Justice League. I mean, who would touch a project with “Justice League” in the title while also lacking the so-called “star power” of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman?

Justice League Dark has passed through the hands of many directors and filmmakers, but none more perfect and capable than those of Guillermo del Toro. His horror aesthetic seen in films including Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy, Crimson Peak, and his most recent film, The Shape of Water, made him the best possible director to bring John Constantine, Zatanna, Deadman, Swamp Thing, and Etrigan the Demon together on one supernatural super-team.

On reddit, a user asked Guillermo del Toro for any insights on his early ideas and style for the film, and the director was happy to oblige, as much as Warner Brothers would allow:

“It’s a WB property, I am not sure I can comment. Suffice to say that Demon or Swamp Thing mean to me what Batman and Superman mean to most mortals- perhaps even more. Samp / Abigal love was a great source of inspiration for me.”

I feel you, man. I would take Constantine over any DC character except for Batman any day (especially if played by Matt Ryan, who has portrayed Constantine in his NBC show, the Justice League Dark animated feature, Arrow, and upcoming episodes of Legends of Tomorrow).

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By “Samp/Abigal” I assume del Toro is referring to the love story between Swamp Thing and Abigail Holland. Abigail was created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson and first appeared in Swamp Thing #3 in 1973. Over the years she has been the wife and partner of Swamp Thing and showcases psychic powers that include empathy, telepathy, and telekinesis. Their continuing love story has been a fan favorite for comic readers over the decades.

Does the limited amount of information del Toro is able to shell out make you wish he was still directing Justice League Dark? Or do you think it is best that he moved onto projects like The Shape of Water? Let us know in the comment section below!

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SOURCE: Guillermo del Toro (via reddit)