Warner Bros. has always struggled to try and bring the characters of DC’s Justice League Dark to both the small and big screen. Out of that group of heroes the two that we’ve seen recently are Constantine and Swamp Thing. Constantine had is own series that lasted one season on NBC back in 2014 where he was played by Matt Ryan. He then found a home in the Arrowverse universe where he can currently be seen on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow on The CW. Swamp Thing also had his own series that premiered last year on the DC Universe streaming service before being cancelled very soon after it’s premiere. It was rumored that the series could have been the beginnings of a Justice League Dark series for the streaming service but it never happened. So where do these mystical characters go from here?
According to Deadline, they are reporting that J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot through it’s recent deal with at WarnerMedia is exclusively developing both film and television series that are based on the Justice League Dark universe. Currently there aren’t any specifics about what characters are being specifically talked about, but we can speculate that classic characters like Constantine and Swamp Thing would probably be in the mix, not the mention Zatanna, who they had also wanted to develop into a film. It is said that Bad Robot’s Head of Motion Pictures, Hannah Minghella and Head of Television, Ben Stephenson will be meeting with talent reps and writers on what characters they will be developing.
Although some of these characters have been around for a while, the Justice League Dark team first appeared in September of 2011 in DC’s Justice League Dark #1 and it featured characters like John Constantine, Madame Xanadu, Deadman, Shade, the Changing Man and Zatanna. Other characters that appeared are Swamp Thing, Frankenstein, Doctor Fate, Black Orchid, Andrew Bennett and Pandora. That specific team book was created by Peter Milligan with great artwork by Mikel Janin.
Currently it’s unknown if Abrams will be directing any of the projects that they will be developing. He is coming off his $1 billion success of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and is currently working to find a showrunner for his HBO epic sci-fi fantasy drama Demimonde. This series follows the world’s battle against a monstrous, oppressive force. Minghella will be working with Warner Bros. President of DC-based Film Production, Walter Hamada on the feature side. Stephenson will work with the Warner Bros. Television Group which include President and Chief Content Officer, Peter Roth, President Susan Rovner and President Brett Paul.
After years of waiting to see Warner Bros. do something with this amazing group of characters, it would be fantastic to see them finally put together a plan that would allow us to see them on both the big and small screen. What characters would you like see developed? Let us know in the comment section below!
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